The YES Fund was named in 1955, but the tzedakah roots of WRJ that initially were centered around rabbinic scholarships date to 1913, the same year the organization was founded. Over the past century, the YES Fund has raised millions of dollars through a combination of dedicated campaigns and product sales for projects which include: building the dormitory at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati and the URJ Headquarters in New York, establishing the Jewish Braille Institute (JBI International), founding the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), and helping to create the first URJ camp.
With your support, the YES Fund will continue to grow Reform institutions, fund clergy education, and inspire our youth. Inspired by the past and committed to the future, your gift today builds on our 100-year legacy and keeps Reform Judaism vibrant.
Through the YES Fund, WRJ is able to achieve what no one individual or one sisterhood could accomplish alone as it represents the collective efforts of our sisterhoods and our individual donors to advance our mission of strengthening Reform Judaism in our congregations, in North America, and around the world.
Ask your sisterhood and sisterhood members to donate annually to the YES Fund. Donations made during the WRJ fiscal year (July 1-June 30) are credited to sisterhoods for the YES Fund honor roll level.
For more information on the YES Fund and how you/your sisterhood can help,
Make Your Sisterhood a YES Fund Winner!
Here are the three award levels your Sisterhood can reach based on YES Fund contributions:
Endow the YES Fund by starting a YES Fund Lifeline.
WRJ recognizes the pressing current needs of our global Reform/Progressive Jewish community but is also aware of the need to plan for the future. Those who contribute to the WRJ YES Fund Lifeline Endowment Fund, the annual interest of which directly supports the YES Fund, are helping to ensure it endures l’dor vador (from generation to generation).
YES Fund Lifeline gifts are also a meaningful way to recognize someone who has touched your life or to honor a confirmation, graduation, an ordination, or as a memorial.
Upon completion of a YES Fund Lifeline level (listed below), you will receive a handmade sterling silver or 14K gold pin with the appropriate gemstones corresponding and signifying your generous contribution. Payment plans can be arranged.
Centennial Lifeline: $100,000
Personal YES Fund donations in any amount are always welcome and appreciated.