Over the last 100 years, collective contributions to the Women of Reform Judaism’s Youth, Education, and Special (YES) Projects Fund have financed the establishment of several well known institutions of Reform Judaism. The YES Fund founded the North American Federation of Temple Youth and helped with the first URJ camp. It financed the building of the Union for Reform Judaism Headquarters in New York, and the establishment of the Jewish Braille Institute International.
The YES fund also supports the WRJ’s ongoing efforts to enrich the lives of Jewish youth, develop Jewish leaders, and promote tzedakah both here and abroad. The YES fund endowed the Campaign for Youth Engagement, which is the URJ’s new strategy to inspire more Jewish young people to build meaningful connections and experience immersive programming. The upcoming NFTY6 Fellows program, also financed by a grant from the YES Fund, will equip 10th to 12th graders to engage 6th graders in their communities. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, which works in Washington D.C. to advocate for social justice, receives support annually. The fund also aids the Israel Religious Action Center, which works towards achieving religious pluralism in Israel. Together, we are able to help strengthen and grow Reform Judaism to enrich the lives of current and future generations of Jews around the world.
At Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, we contribute to the YES Fund through our Sisterhood dues. We also support the YES Fund by purchasing Uniongrams, the simcha greetings Sisterhood sends to congregants. The list of upcoming significant birthdays and anniversaries is published quarterly, in a bulletin insert. One may also contribute directly to the YES Fund at the Women of Reform Judaism web site, wrj.org. The incredible work accomplished by this, and other WRJ initiatives, is greater than each of us could do alone. We are truly Stronger Together.