Longtime Richmond community leader Linda O. Ferguson was elected as a member of the North American Board of Women of Reform Judaism at their Legislative Body Meeting on March 18.
Along with several new board members from around North America, Linda will serve on the WRJ North American board for a term of three years. Board members are responsible for articulating and promoting the organization’s vision, developing and implementing major initiatives and policies, inspiring women leaders, and consulting on project strategy essential to WRJ’s success.
Active Community Leader
For nearly 30 years, she has been an active community leader in Richmond, and a leader in national Jewish organizations. Currently, Linda serves on the Board of Manager of Congregation Beth Ahabah, the Board of Directors of the Virginia Holocaust Museum and on the Leadership Council of the Women of Beth Ahabah.
In the Richmond community, she’s previously served as president of Women of Beth Ahabah and president of the Board of Directors at Jewish Family Services.
As a newly elected Member of the North American Board of Women of Reform Judaism, Linda will continue her long-running involvement with the organization where she previously served on the Mid Atlantic Board of Directors for the Women of Reform Judaism and on the North American Board and Executive Committee.
Catalyst for Action
WRJ is the voice, the presence, and the catalyst for action of the women of Reform Judaism in the Synagogue, the Jewish community, interfaith groups, and the general, local, national, and international communities. Devoted to a broad spectrum of Jewish and humanitarian causes, WRJ furthers the teachings and practices of Judaism. Stronger together, they support the ideals and enhance the quality of contemporary Jewish living to ensure the future of progressive Judaism in North America, Israel, and around the world.
To accomplish this mission, WRJ supports diversified activities, including projects on religious and family education and a wide range of vital, far-reaching programs in the fields of social justice and women’s issues.
WRJ’s philanthropic efforts include the YES Fund (Youth, Education, and Special Projects).
This provides grants for causes such as training of Rabbinical and cantorial students at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, financial support of the National Federation of Temple Youth, initiatives at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and ongoing support for global Progressive Judaism.
Founded in 1913
WRJ, founded in 1913, is the women’s affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America. WRJ represents tens of thousands of women in hundreds of women’s groups, strengthening the voice of women worldwide and empowering them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values.