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Welcome to the Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El

Looking for ways to connect with other women?  Sisterhood offers opportunities to meet new and old friends. We strive to provide a warm environment where women can bond with one another through a variety of events and are always looking for new input.  The very essence of Sisterhood is the notion of solidarity. We strive to support each other. Most important at present is to keep you, our members safe.  In that spirit for the time being many of our programs will need to be virtual and when we are able to transition to face to face gatherings we will.

Our group welcomes all women of Temple Beth El to partake in all of our events and activities.   We sponsor various kinds of programming throughout the year. A few of the events that are happening this year or coming in 2022:

Meet and Greet at Cornell Botanic Gardens

A Taste of Halvah (halvah tasting online)

Book Discussion: An Unorthodox Match (virtually)

Beginning Yiddish class meeting weekly during winter months

Rosh Chodesh program, Grace Gleason, 3rd year rabbinical student presenting

Fingers crossed Annual Dinner in June 2022

When we are able baking cookies/baked goods for onegs and/or Kiddushes with other sisterhood members in temple kitchen. (always a fun time!)

Sisterhood Shabbat one weekend.

Sisterhood raises funds to support the Rabbi Felix Aber Religious School and the Temple. Our annual Flowers and Greetings fundraiser provides beautiful flowers that grace our Bimah during holidays. We oversee the Temple Kitchen and assist in organizing holiday Oneg receptions.

We would love to have you join us in any or all activities. Please let us know what you would enjoy, and if you are willing to assist planning an event or have expertise to share with our membership!   Feel free to contact any member of our board with questions or to share your ideas for us to pursue. We are excited about engaging with all in the coming year.


Sisterhood Board of Directors - 2021-2022 / 5782

 President  Gail Zussman
Treasurer Paula Grant
 Past President Liz Hess
Financial Secretary Nancy Emerson
 Directors  Christine Avgar
   Rosalyn DuBois
   Joanne Zager
 Religious School Representative  Rochelle Proujansky



We want to make sure everyone knows how to share information with each other on our list serve. If you have information you would like to share, a poem, a program you think we could do via ZOOM please feel free to contact either of us. We are happy to set up groups of us interacting with each other when possible.

Elizabeth Hess at:

Gail Zussman at:

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

Please encourage all members to join – it’s easy to access and easy to share with each other.

Here is the link:

Pay your Sisterhood dues online!

You can now pay your Sisterhood dues online by clicking HERE.  Additional donations are always welcome and may be added to your dues payment.  Credit Card payments will incur a 3% service fee.  Payments by ACH do not incur a fee.  If you wish to pay by check you may download and print a membership form HERE.

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:

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, May 21 2022 20 Iyyar 5782