Anniversary celebration

Anniversary celebration

Lynn Magid Lazar (Photo courtesy of Dale Lazar)
Lynn Magid Lazar (Photo courtesy of Dale Lazar)

The centennial anniversary of the Women of Reform Judaism will be marked in Pittsburgh Feb. 8 and 9 during special Shabbat programming at both Temple Sinai and Rodef Shalom Congregation.

Using Shabbat services specially created by a team of three international WRJ board members and their three rabbi daughters in honor of the centennial, Temple Sinai and Rodef Shalom will join congregations around the world in celebrating this landmark year for the organization.

“One hundred years is pretty remarkable,” said Lynn Magid Lazar, international president of WRJ, speaking from Cincinnati while attending the WRJ Fried Leadership Conference, kicking off the centennial year.

“Women of Reform Judaism is an arm of the Reform movement,” said Lazar, a Pittsburgh resident and member of Temple Sinai. “It was formed in 1913, and here in Cincinnati, the birthplace of Reform Judaism, we just launched the centennial.”

WRJ now represents more than 65,000 women in nearly 500 women’s groups in North America and around the world. Throughout the year, sisterhoods all across the United States as well as in other countries will be celebrating its landmark anniversary.

The Women of Temple Sinai will host its Sisterhood Centennial Shabbat evening service at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Lanie Katzew will be the special guest cantor for the service. During the evening, the sisterhood will honor WRJ’s history, as well as its own past presidents, past and current WOTS chairs, and life trustees.

The oneg following the service will feature baked goods from recipes included in past Temple Sinai cookbooks.

The Shabbat celebration will continue at Rodef Shalom Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m., and will mark not only WRJ’s centennial, but also the 106th anniversary of Rodef Shalom. The service will feature special music sung by Rowna Sutin. A lunch will follow.

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