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Welcome to Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El

You can now pay your Sisterhood dues online with PayPal by clicking the button below.  Please note:  Minimum online dues payment is $38. Additional donations are always welcome.


Looking for ways to connect with other women? Sisterhood offers opportunities to stay in touch and meet new friends. We strive for providing a warm environment where women can bond with one another through a variety of activities and are always looking for new ideas. The very essence of Sisterhood is the notion of solidarity. We strive to support each other. Most important at present, of course, is to keep each other safe. In that spirit, for the time being, many of our programs will need to be virtual, until such time as we can return to in-person gatherings.

Sisterhood welcomes all women of Temple Beth-El to participate in all of our events and activities. We sponsor various kinds of programming throughout the year, most recent of which have been a presentation on The Impact of Immigration Policy Changes: A View from the Other Border with Professor Beth Lyon and three law students, a session on meditation with Anna Salamone, a series of four yoga classes with TBE Co-President Linda Aigen, a book talk on The Yellow Bird Sings, with author Jennifer Rosner and Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Roald Hoffmann, a discussion on Contemporary Antisemitism with Ithaca College Jewish Studies Professor Rebecca Lesses, and the annual hamentaschen baking extravaganza in our Temple kitchen are just a few.

Some potential programs for the coming year include: a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, bake and schmooze (rugelach/mandel bread/babka) in your own kitchen while joining others via ZOOM, Sisterhood Shabbat, a discussion of non-right wing antisemitism, and Rita Calvo may do a presentation on What our DNA tells us about Jewish Origins and migrations. Please share all of your suggestions with any member of the Sisterhood Board!

Sisterhood raises funds to support the synagogue and its Religious School, provides beautiful flowers to grace our bimah during holidays, oversees use of the Temple kitchen, and assists in organizing holiday receptions.

We would love to include your ideas. Please let us know whether you would enjoy helping to plan an event or sharing your expertise with our membership. Feel free to contact us with questions or to share your ideas. We are excited about engaging with you in the new year!

Sisterhood Board of Directors - 2020-2021 / 5781

 President  Gail Zussman
 Vice President Membership  Christie Avgar
 Co-Vice President Programming  Marcia Kepecs
   Joanne Zager
 Vice President Fundraising  Beth Begany
 Corresponding Secretary  Liz Hess
 Financial Secretary  Nancy Emerson
 Past President  Liz Hess
 Directors  Linda Canina
   Carole Fisher
 Religious School Representative  Rochelle Proujansky


To share information with each other on our list serve -- information you would like to share, please feel free to contact:
Elizabeth Hess: eh39@cornell.edu  or Gail Zussman: gzussman@twcny.rr.com

In times such as these, it is important to have ways to connect to one another, provide comfort, support each other, and decrease isolation. To support this effort, we have created a Sisterhood Bulletin Facebook Group, where everyone can post their thoughts, events, and requests. This is very easy to use.

Please encourage all members to join – it’s easy to access and easy to share with each other. All Facebook members are free to post on the site directly.

Here is the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142107096383587

Judaica Shop

Sisterhood operates a shop where individuals can purchase items for holiday celebrations, ritual items such as tallitot and kippot, books, jewelry, and more.  You are invited to place special orders, as well.  For more information please go to the Judaica Shop's web page:  https://tbeithaca.org/gift-shop.html

The Torah Fund

Sisterhood donates to the Torah Fund, administered by the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. The Torah Fund supports all of the Conservative movement seminaries: Jewish Theological Seminary (New York, NY), Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles, CA), Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem), Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires), and Zacharias Frankel College (Potsdam, Germany).

Sat, September 26 2020 8 Tishrei 5781