Women of Temple Rodef Shalom

Women of TRS

Lisa Katzman


Stephanie Tebor


Women of TRS (WoTRS) is a multi-generational women’s auxiliary of Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, VA. We are a social, educational, cultural, fundraising group that gets together to promote Judaism and community. And, we like to have fun! Click here to view our Year at a Glance.


  • We care deeply about each other, our community and our world.
  • We support each other in times of struggle, happiness, sickness and health.
  • We study, learn and grow with and from each other.
  • We strengthen the bonds of those in our Temple Rodef Shalom community.


  • We give generously of our time and monies to our TRS community and beyond.
  • We give back through a variety of projects – one-time, short- and long-term – to meet the schedules of all our members.

See below for list of WoTRS charitable activities and organizations to whom WoTRS donates funds.

Women of TRS: Something for Everyone

  • We meet your schedule: programs, activities and volunteer opportunities in the evenings, weekends, and weekdays.
  • We offer variety: lectures on cutting edge issues, wine tastings, dinner out, weekday and weekend book clubs, mah jongg, cooking and challah baking demos, unique cultural tours, knitting and more.
  • We are diversity: young moms, retired ladies, working women.

Join us!

Membership in WoTRS is separate from TRS membership. As a member in WoTRS, part of your membership dues goes to WRJ (the international Women of Reform Judaism organization) and to the local Mid-Atlantic District WRJ. The balance is used for programs and events we sponsor. The $36 dues payment entitles membership from July 1 to June 30, the WoTRS fiscal year. As a first- time member, if you join in the months of April, May, or June of any year, you will have membership through the June 30 of the following membership year.

Payment Options:
1. Online: Please click here to complete the membership form. THEN, USE THE BUTTON BELOW TO PAY when you return to this page.

2. By Check: Please click here to fill out registration form and follow the instructions on the form for check payment and mailing address.

3. Renewing Membership: If you receive TRS quarterly dues statements, you will see a line item to renew your WoTRS membership on your First Quarter dues statement beginning July 1st.


Find our events on the Temple website calendar, in the Connection and weekly Temple e-letter, and in our WoTRS Hanashim e-letter. Registering for our events is easy – you can do so through the convenient links provided in our publicity in the Connection, the weekly Temple e-letter, and in Hanashim or by going directly to Event Registration on the Temple’s website; most are either free or are a nominal fee.

Women of TRS Gives Back to TRS and the Community

Bagel Bar

This Sunday morning gathering place is where congregants can socialize, hold small meetings, and wait for children who are attending religious school. . . and, of course, enjoy some fresh hot coffee, bagels and schmear!

Baking in the Hood

Learn how to make challah – both regular and gluten free, rugelach, hamantaschen, matzah, and babka to coincide with the Jewish holiday each food item is eaten. Special January kids & moms baking challah session.

Blood Drive

Give the gift of life!  Twice a year, usually in December and May, WoTRS organizes a Blood Drive and our Temple Members respond generously.

Book Clubs

Meet monthly on the second Wednesday and third or fourth Sunday. Books selections are published in the Connection and Hanashim (E-Letter).

Board Meetings for Women of TRS

First Wednesday monthly starting in September thru June. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Chanukah Bazaar

Annual Treasures’ event focuses on holiday items and gifts for Chanukah. Many options and price points to choose the perfect holiday gifts for children and adults.

Knitting Circle

Meets the 3rd Thursday monthly in the early afternoon. Typically 8-12 women meet to knit. Sisterhood members contribute squares even if they do not come to other activities.

Judy’s Place – Holiday Store for Children

Gives all children the opportunity to learn the joys of giving when they pick out gifts that have been wrapped and are ready for them to buy and give to family and friends.  Volunteer by shopping for gifts, wrapping, and staffing the shop which operates at Chanukah time.

Ladies Night Out

Dinner and socializing trying restaurants in different locations to choose to participate. Women of all ages enjoy this activity.

Legislative Action Calls

Issues critical to Jewish Women are tracked and brought to the attention of our Women of TRS members who respond by contacting our legislators.

Lox & Lectures

Two Sunday lunchtime programs per year. Serving bagels, lox and the fixings before a timely lecture.

Mah Jongg

WoTRS holds weekly Mah Jongg games for all levels of players at the Temple (see calendar.)

Order Mah Jongg Cards Through Women of TRS!
These are official cards and will be sent to you directly from the National Mah Jongg League. The cards are usually sent out in late March/early April. Based on the number of cards sold, the National Mah Jongg League makes a donation to the WoTRS.
Each year the WoTRS generally receives over $1000 in rebates that support our Temple’s education, social and community programs.

MahJongg three-session classes are offered for beginners in July, September, December, March and May-June, Register quickly; enrollment is limited.

Please direct questions to Gail Gershman at 561-596-4245, email.

Mimosa Brunch

Annual fall membership event with guest speaker.

Passover Palooza

Treasures’ Shop showcases all your Passover needs in one-stop shopping in time before the holiday.

Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle

Monthly on the first or second Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. Format will include a variety of sharing, listening, singing, dancing, poetry, prayer, and meditation. Beth Rene will focus on a theme, inspired by Jewish holidays celebrated in each particular month.

Social Action

Women of TRS members support the Falls Church Day Care Center, volunteer at the TRS Soup Kitchen, and participate in Sukkot in April and Mitzvah Day. See the list of charities we support below.

Special Event Rental

WoTRS provides Table Settings for Temple Member Simchas. Beautiful china, flatware, and glassware are available for rent for events held in our Social Hall. Easy, convenient, and a way to give back to WoTRS since part of the proceeds go to our organization.


Stop by our wonderful gift shop!  We offer one-stop shopping of Judaica and fine gifts.  Under “new management” with new merchandise including a new high end Israeli designer, more flexible credit card payment options.

Visit Treasures webpage here.


Congratulatory notes sent to TRS confirmands provide scholarships to rabbinical and cantorial students via the Women of Reform Judaism YES Fund.

Charities We Support