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Women of Reform Judaism Biography

Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“WRJ [Women of Reform Judaism] calls upon its North American Sisterhoods to:

1. Become informed about the medicinal use of marijuana and its constituent compounds,

2. Call for further medical research on marijuana and its constituent compounds with the goal of developing reliable and safe cannabinoid drugs for management of debilitating conditions, and

3. In the interim, strongly urge elected officials to support legislation to reclassify marijuana as a prescribed controlled substance so that it can be used to conduct research and prescribed for critically ill patients with intractable pain and other conditions.”

“Resolution on Medical Marijuana,” WJR website (accessed May 20, 2008)


“WRJ was founded in 1913, during a historic period of advancing struggle for recognition and equality for women, as The National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS). The organization was renamed in 1993 to more accurately reflect Reform Jewish women in sisterhoods throughout the world. Empowered by the Reform Movement ‘s precept of placing Jewish women on a plane of religious equality with men, WRJ became active in areas that continue to define its work today.”

“About WRJ,” WRJ website (accessed Sep. 21, 2007)


“With a mission to ensure the future of Reform Judaism, WRJ works to educate and train future sisterhood and congregational leadership about membership, fundraising, leadership skills, advocacy for social justice, and innovative and spiritual programming.”

“About WRJ,” WRJ website (accessed Sep. 21, 2007)