Our sisterhood, formed in 1919, is the oldest auxiliary of the synagogue. Our most significant contribution to the synagogue has been our Sisterhood Sanctuary. Our women have mentored the Confirmation Classes, instituted an Adult Education program, participated in our Adult Bat Mitzvah program hosted theater trips and more. Our College Program has been a model for other synagogues, and has received national attention. The canopy at the entrance to the synagogue is one of the many projects that have been funded and donated by the Sisterhood Gift Shop, in addition to a major cash contribution at the end of each fiscal year. Also, we have many other major projects planned for the future.
Through the years, as Conservative Judaism evolved, permitting full participation of women in worship services. One of the highlights of the year is the Sisterhood Shabbat service that is led entirely by our members.
To view the Sisterhood Calendar events, filter the calendar for Auxilliary Groups.
Sisterhood Officers 2013-2014
President: Patti First
Co-Membership Vice-Presidents: Lynne Album, Kim Decker and Sylvia Pomerantz
Co-Religious Vice-President: Anna Green and Rosa Goldstein
Co-Program Vice-Presidents: Sandra Kazman and Lisa Weiss-Shore
Treasurer: Linda Abrams
Corresponding Secretary: Marilyn Miller
Recording Secretary: Dianne Cutler
Communications: Lorna Adelman
College Program: Doris Pohl
Parliamentarian: Anita Schatz
Immediate Past Presidents: Kay Schwartz and Shirley Weiner
Sukkah Decorating Monday Oct. 6, 2014 Through Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 10:00am-3:00pm
All are welcome to join Sisterhood in the mitzvah of decorating our Succah to make it as beautiful and inspirational as you have come to expect.
Opening Membership Dinner Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:00pm
We are thrilled to begin our year with the beautiful song styling of International Singing Star Ricky Pen. The Israeli born singer is famous for her beautiful voice. She has been charming audiences in 18 languages with a variety of vocal performances ranging from Israeli/Hassidic to international and Broadway tunes. Be sure to pay your dues so you won't miss out on this extraordinary evening. Dinner will be served. RSVP Required
Sisterhood/Men's Club Honors Veterans Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 9:15am
Participate in the mitzvah of honoring our Veterans at Shabbat services and celebrate their service at our Veteran's museum featuring memorabilia and pictures.
Sisterhood Torah Fund Event Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 11:00 am
Each year we support the Jewish Theological Seminary and this year we are delighted to honor our beloved Rabbi Andrea Merow. Our renowned speaker will be Rabbi Amy Eilberg, a native Philadelphian, the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Help us raise funds for JTS and honor Rabbi Merow for her dedication and service to Beth Sholom and the extended community. Dinner will be served. RSVP Required
Sisterhood Lunch and Learn with Lisa Kogen of the Eve Project, November 23, 2014
The Many Faces of Eve: How the biblical Eve relates to the women of today. With the Sisterhoods of Melrose B'nai Israel and Aduth Jeshurun. Details TBA.
General Meeting Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:00am
Nomi Eve, MFA in fiction writing from Brown University, author of Book of the Month Club main selection that was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award The Family Orchard, will enthrall us with her second novel, Henna House (Scribner; on sale August 12, 2014), an evocative and stirring novel about a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews of the mid-twentieth century. Read the book and follow Nomi as she takes us through an intimate family portrait and a panorama of history. Petit luncheon will be served.
General Meeting Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10:00am
Stay warm and munch on popcorn with us as we watch "Left Luggage", Berlin Film Festival Winner, where Chaja, child of Holocaust survivors who refuses to live in the past, while her family and employer seem firmly stuck there, learns to accept and respect a culture steeped in traditions to find the true values of life. Petit luncheon will be served.
Tu B'Shevat Seder Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 11:30am
Rabbi Andrea Merow will lead us in an exhilarating Jewish experience you will find both informative and unique. Petit luncheon will be served.
General Meeting Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:00am
Sam Feinberg will be our presenter on "The Joy of Music" Petit luncheon will be served
Sisterhood Shabbat Wednesday, April 18, 2015 at 9:15 am
Our Sisterhood members lead the entire service and we welcome you to celebrate Shabbat together. Following services, we serve an elegant extended kiddish with a lunch and learn to which we are all invited.
Annual Donor Celebration Dinner Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm
This evening honors our generous Donors with dinner and entertainment. We are blessed to have a concert by Hazzan Jeff and Andrea Weber. This experience will be a delight for all of us to hear our new Hazzan and Andrea in a festive, celebratory atmosphere. Your Donor contribution can be paid in many ways making it easy for you to support Sisterhood endeavors. Invite friends and family and come prepared to thoroughly enjoy the evening. RSVP Required.
Installation Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 10:00 am
This is your opportunity to show your respect to the leaders of Sisterhood, the women who give of themselves to keep Sisterhood active and vibrant by raising funds for our Congregation. Our dynamic speaker is Rabbi Lynnda Targan, co-founder if the Women's Midrash Institute and a teacher in the Gratz College Scholar's Program, who will address "Biblical Women as Moral Agents"; the many virtuous women in the Hebrew Bible whose powerful and influential behavior is so extraordinary and courageous that they literally rescue the Jewish people from destruction, and move the destiny of the Jewish community forward.
Please become a General Meeting Sponsor this year.
Your $250 Contribution adds your name to all printed materials and ALL is applied to your Donor.
Throughout the year, Sisterhood hosts many trips to Broadway shows, exhibitions as well as local trips.
All are welcome to join us.