Hoberman has represented the South African Union of Temple Sisterhoods (SAUTS) on the board since 2003 when the sisterhoods of SAUTS nominated her to serve as their official representative.
"I was subsequently elected on November 8, 2003 as a member on the Women of Reform Judaism Board of Directors at the 44th WRJ Biennial Assembly, which took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota," Hoberman said.
"Members of the WRJ board are usually elected for a four-year period only. It therefore came as a complete surprise when I received a letter earlier this year informing me that the Committee on Nominations had recommended that my term be extended for a further two-year period (2007-2009). I feel very honoured," she said.
The vote for the board members will take place during the 46th WRJ Assembly, which is due to take place in December in San Diego, California.
According to SAUTS national president, Monica Solomon, Phina has represented the SAUTS with distinction, at great expense to herself, and has kept us informed of everything that is being done by the WRJ.
"She has been a wonderful ambassador, not only for the sisterhoods in this country, but for Progressive Judaism in South Africa," said Solomon.
In a letter to Hoberman, Linda Canon of the WRJ said: "I want you to know we are delighted to have you as a board member even if you are unable to attend all the meetings. Mazeltov. I look forward to continuing to work with you."
"Kol hakavod, Phina, from all the Sisterhood members in South Africa. We are so proud of you!" said Solomon.
Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is the women's affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Progressive Judaism in North America. Established in 1913, WRJ now represents more than 75 000 women in over 500 women's groups in North America and around the world.
With a mission to ensure the future of Progressive 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.