Established in 1913 as the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, the organization promoted Jewish women's religious equality with men. Over the course of the 20th century, NFTS was actively involved in both social action and change, such as:
The years since WWII have been a time of growing membership for the organization. It has continued its commitment to human rights and the elimination of religious intolerance and discrimination based on religion.
As an indication of the growing achievement for Women of Reform Judaism, in 1972 the first woman Rabbi, Sally Priesand, was ordained. In 1993, NFTS changed its name to Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ).
WRJ is a federation of independant and autonomously operated local affiliates that gives Reform Jewish women a collective voice on local, national and international issues. WRJ provides services and advocacy assistance to many sisterhoods and members throughout North America, Israel and around the world. Committted to a range of Jewish and humanitarian efforts, WRJ furthers the teachings and practices of Judaism. Some of its projects include:
The WRJ serves affiliated Sisterhoods by making available materials for: