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Temple Shalom Sisterhood

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.

To help us best serve our congregation, let us know your areas of interest and general availability in this 
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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 right margin of this page. Having trouble or not a Temple Shalom member, email

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

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

                      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 the WRJ and Temple Shalom’s Tzedek Task Force, Sisterhood will lead our congregation in advocacy for reproductive justice.


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.


Upcoming events:

The Politics of Abortion


As part of the Women of Reform Judaism's Reproductive Health and Rights Campaign, our Sisterhood and Tzedek Task Force present "THE POLITICS OF ABORTION: protecting abortion rights in Massachusetts and beyond."

Join us to hear from: 

State Senator Cynthia Creem, a strong supporter of the ROE Act

Cheryl Hamlin MD,  a local OB/GYN who travels to Mississippi to the state's only abortion clinic

Gena Frank, the NARAL Pro-Choice MA Legislative & Political Director.  We'll learn about the ROE Act, which will protect and expand abortion rights in Massachusetts. 

Register today

Author Rachel Kadish talks on The Weight of Ink

Sunday March 15 at 3 p.m. at the home of Temple member Karen Korn
Join us for conversation 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. Toni Morrison has referred to Rachel as “a gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration and the politics of passion.”
Tickets are now available: $10 for Sisterhood members, $18 for non-members. 
Only six spots remain, so please don't wait to sign up.

Sisterhood Women’s Seder returns

Sunday, April 5, 4-6 p.m.
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.

Registration is open.

Save the date - Sisterhood annual dinner

Monday, May 4,
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

Thu, February 27 2020 2 Adar 5780