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Co-Presidents:  Eileen Foley, Kim Freedman, Susie Gudema

We are a group of women of all ages who join together for friendship, mitzvot, socializing and learning  - and we’d like to meet you. Take a break from your busy life for some time just for you. In Sisterhood, you’ll find old and new friends at our many interesting and fun events listed below and at the right.

Sisterhood Membership

Your contributions to Sisterhood, your dues and participation in events helps us strengthen our congregation. Sisterhood fundraising supports our Temple’s youth engagement, inclusion for children with learning differences in our education programs, and Families with Young Children (FwYC) initiatives.

If you’ve been a member in the past, you might have renewed for the coming year. You can confirm by selecting "My Account" in the main menu above and looking for the lilac “Sisterhood Member” icon.

To join today, sign in to the Temple website and complete the form on the left margin of this page.
Having trouble or not a Temple Shalom member, email sisterhood@templeshalom.org.

Get Involved!

Would you like to lend your talents to an event committee? Social justice project? Communications? Sisterhood Board? Contact the co-presidents atsisterhood@templeshalom.org.

Tikkun Olam

Sisterhood is committed to tikkun olam ("repairing the world"), and our past presentations on mental health and domestic violence have earned us praise on the national Sisterhood stage. Grants from Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) have supported speakers including Hadassah Margolis, LICSW , who spoke this fall on Spirituality and Mental Health.

In conjunction with Women in Reform Judaism ​​​​​and Temple Shalom’s Tzedek Task Force, Sisterhood will lead our congregation in advocacy for reproductive justice.

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Upcoming Events
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Author Rachel Kadish on The Weight of Ink

Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for conversation at Temple Shalom with with noted writer and teacher Rachel Kadish, author of The Weight of Ink, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, the Julia Ward Howe Fiction Prize and the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Fiction Award. Rachel’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate and The Paris Review.

The Weight of Ink is an absorbing novel set in London in the 1600s and the early 21st century and tells the story of two remarkable women — Ester Velasquez, a 16th century scribe for a blind rabbi, and Helen Watt, a contemporary historian, who becomes intensely involved in Ester’s history.

 

Tickets are $10 for Sisterhood members, $18 for non-members. 

Sisterhood Women’s Seder

Sunday, April 5, 2020 from  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Kick off Passover at our popular, participatory Seder - infused with a woman's perspective. Our clergy will lead us in an updated Haggadah celebrating not only our Biblical heroines, but also our contemporaries. Come together with the women of Temple Shalom, our friends, our mothers and our daughters age 13-plus. We'll sing and dance while we enjoy symbolic Passover foods and desserts. Dip into our Charoset Bar, and create your own charoset with an assortment of ingredients (nuts, dried fruits and fresh fruit) from traditions around the world.

$45 per person/$35 for daughters age 13 - 18. Register by March 29.
All are welcome regardless of ability to pay. For financial questions, please contact Susie Gudema.

Save the Date! Sisterhood Annual Ainner

Monday, May 4, 2020

It's more than friendship. It's Sisterhood. Join us for our annual Sisterhood Member Dinner. The event is free to Sisterhood current members. Not a member yet? No problem. Become a member for 2020-2021 for $45, and attend the dinner for free.

A Sampling of Past Events

Israeli Folk Dancing + Falafel
Jan. 5, 2020
Israeli dancing with Pazit Lahav and an Israeli dinner.

Latkes & Vodka Bake-Off
Dec. 14, 2019
The Sisterhood presented a great co-ed Chanukah party.

Sisterhood Fall Fling
Nov. 14, 2019
Our signature kick-off event of the year. Dinner, wine and schmoozing. The 2019 Fall Fling featured author Felice Cohen, who wrote  90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (...or more).

Sisterhood Annual Membership Dinner
First Thursday in May. Sisterhood members. Free

Progressive Dinner Party
April 6, 2019
Three locations, three courses, countless conversations. Open to all temple adults.

Women’s Seder
Semi-annual event celebrating Passover from a woman’s perspective. Open to all women (post-bat mitzvah) of Temple Shalom or Sisterhood. In 2018 the Women's Seder was the capstone event in the Discovering Miriam series.

Merlot & Midrash
March 3, 2019
Modern midrash from the perspectives of women was discussed over wine and light bites at the home of a Sisterhood member. Led by Rabbis Berry and Abrasley.

Sisterhood and FwYC join for Paint Night
Jan. 30, 2019
Sisterhood and Families with Young Children created our personal masterpieces at the Paint Bar.

Sisterhood Cook's Night Out
Oct. 4, 2018
Expert chef Marjorie Druker kicked off the Jewish New Year with this cooking demo.

Discovering Miriam: Making Passover Your Own
With a WRJ Grant, Sisterhood presented a series of four learning experiences to deepen our understanding of Passover from a women’s perspective.

  • Passover Wine Tasting and Charoset from Around the World - Feb. 10, 2018
  • Make Your Own Miriam’s Cup - Feb. 11, 2018
  • DIY Passover Learning Fair and Passover Cooking Demo – Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Women’s Seder – March 25, 2018
Mon, April 6 2020 12 Nisan 5780