Events & Tours

Jewish American Heritage Month Lecture at National Archives

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7 p.m.

To the Bimah: Women’s Activism Enters the Synagogue

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
To the Bimah: Women’s Activism Enters the Synagogue

In partnership with the Women of Temple Rodef Shalom

From the Suffragettes to the second-wave American feminism to the 2017 Women's March and #MeToo, American Jewish women have shaped and been shaped by the social and political environments around them. How did Jewish women- inspired by the women’s movement – bring change to their communities through sisterhoods, Hadassah, and other women’s groups? And how have Jewish women contributed to the women’s movement and taken a stand for women’s rights?

During this discussion, Temple Rodef Shalom’s Rabbi Amy Schwartzman will share her experiences as a woman rabbi.

Where you come in: To facilitate our conversation, please bring an object or photo of an object that helps answer one or more of these questions: 

  • How has your vision or practice of Judaism changed in light of women's movements?
  • Does being a woman change your Jewish identity? How?
  • How has the increased involvement of women impacted your synagogue, community, nation, and world?

The object can be almost anything -- religious or secular -- that holds a personal story. Perhaps it is a self-made tallit or kippah, an issue of the Lilith magazine or new Judaica like a Miriam’s Cup for Passover. Maybe it's a sign you carried to a protest, photographs of you at a rally, or a cap you knitted at a sisterhood event. It could even be a resolution that your congregation passed, or the pen used to draft a piece of legislation.   

Submit a photo of your artifact and a one-sentence description in advance, and we may feature your object at our event! To share an object in advance, email it to

Did you know? We are building a new museum and launching our "antiques roadshow" collecting initiative to gather our communities stories and artifacts! Please consider donating your object(s), especially those related to Women's movements, social activism, and civil rights. 

At Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street
Falls Church, VA 22043

Advanced registration requested.
RSVP | 202-789-0900.

Following the program, Rabbi Schwartzman will lead those interested in a short havdallah service. Light refreshments served. 

Open to everyone who identifies as a woman or an ally!