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Women of Rodef Shalom

Members of the Women of Rodef Shalom enjoy getting together for a variety of activities and projects that enrich and support our members, as well as our congregation and the broader community.

For information on membership, please contact us at

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What We Do:

Recently, the Women of Rodef Shalom employed some of the Covid-restricted time to carefully review and update our by-laws. This led to the recognition that with a stronger structure in place, now would be the right time to reimagine our future, even in a still uncertain environment.

And for that we need your input and support, both participatory and financial.

So here is a short list of a few of our many programs and activities:


  • The Caring Community reaches out to our members, for example with deliveries of homemade soup, a challah, and dessert, truly “Soup From the Heart.” Also, each week we provide the flowers which grace the temple’s pulpit, and after Shabbat deliver them to members. Gift bags hold holiday goodies, such as mishloach manot, which cheer members residing in senior living facilities.

  • Topical Programs that have been suggested include recent Supreme Court decisions, women's issues, social justice, antisemitism, and more. But we want to hear from you! Tell us what interests you and then join us in planning it.

  • Social Connections are made and maintained in our popular weekly programs, like bridge, mahjong, and canasta, smaller gatherings that offer an easy way especially for newer members to get to know others in an informal setting. Or check out our weekly Sewing & Knitting Group (beginners welcome), where we create items for sale at our Gift Corner as well as donations to the Free Store, before brown-bagging it. Of course, WRS members enjoy festive larger events as well.

  • Congregational Support extends beyond financial contributions to programs such as the Family Center, religious school, and camp scholarships. Annually we also offer a seder and, jointly with the Brotherhood and religious school, a special Shabbat service. Throughout the year Sisterhood supports holiday celebrations and onegs, and presents gifts to our b’nai mitzvah students. We manage the Gift Corner, which sells gorgeous Judaica and unique items. Profits from this and other sources enabled us to make a generous contribution to the stained glass window repair.

  • The Women of Reform Judaism Atlantic District is now being led by our own Jan Shaw, who is serving as District President of this 100+ year-old organization, until the spring of 2026.  As a member of WRS, you automatically gain membership to WRJ, which strives to enrich contemporary life with Jewish traditions and values. We join with WRJ in practicing Tikkun Olam, in the belief that our collective action can create a more just and compassionate world.


The Community Outreach and Social Action (COSA) Committee and Women of Rodef Shalom (WRS) are looking for volunteers to help make hats and scarves for The Free Store. The Free Store is a project that was started by Gisele Fetterman, a past recipient of Rodef Shalom Congregation’s Pursuer of Peace Award. WRS has a lot of yarn and material available for anyone who would like to help. Please contact Nancy Rosenthal at with any questions or to get involved.

Who We Are:
Women of Rodef Shalom Board 2023-2024
Leadership Council

Past Presidents:

Karen Brean

Terri Cowan

Michele Gray-Schaffer

Jane Kart

Goldie Katz

Andi Kaufman

Marcia Levaur

Caroline Liston

Elaine Rybski

Jan Shaw

Terry Starrett

Marilyn Asimow

Vice President

Carol Leaman

Vice President

Terry Starrett


Nancy Rosenthal

Financial Secretary

Marjorie Goldfarb

Recording Secretary

Phyllis Feinert

Corresponding Secretary

Emmeline Silk

Assistant Corresponding Secretary

Joan Forscher


Janet Ocel


Rochelle Sufrin


Sheila Werner


Marion Damick


Upcoming Events

WRS Calendar
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