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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.


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. Events of our past year included: a session on Meditation, How to Listen to Podcasts, and Coffee with Rabbi Safman.


Some potential programs being considered for the coming year include Wednesdays, biweekly from 12:00 noon – 12:40, Chai and Tea get together with other members online to catch up. Other events/programs to include: Basic Hebrew, Basic Yiddish, Conversational Hebrew, Program on Yiddush Slang, Sisterhood Shabbat, Annual Celebration and Annual Brunch. We are currently developing some new programs potentially to include baking cookies (with men and women) every quarter for Temple onegs and kiddushes, an intergenerational support program matching elderly and families whose families of origin are far away and more. If you have some suggestions please share them with any member of the Sisterhood Board.


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


We would like to include your ideas.  Please let us know what you would enjoy, and if you would be willing to help plan 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 in the coming 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  Carole Fisher
 Religious School Representative  Rochelle Proujansky


Here is how to share information on our list serve. If you have information you would like to share, a program you think would be of interest, or a poem, a program you think we could do via Zoom, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Hess:  or Gail Zussman: We are happy to set up groups of us interacting with each other when possible.

We have 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:

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).

Tue, October 19 2021 13 Cheshvan 5782