Hello Everyone! I hope you had an easy fast and I’d like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and wonderful new year. We were off to a busy start this year. In August, TE Sisterhood sponsored our first WRJ Pacific District Area Day, which was more like an Area Weekend! We had women from around our district – New Mexico, California, and Arizona join us at our temple. The weekend started with a “Shabbat” services followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Saturday morning we enjoyed services together again. As a special bonus, we were able to help an adult Bat Mitzvah celebrate her accomplishment. Saturday was filled with learning from each other in our breakout sessions. There were sessions on programming planning, music, writing a d’var, etc. We also heard from a variety of wonderful guest speakers. Saturday evening, we collapsed while enjoying a nice dinner and a beautiful Havdalah service. Then Sunday, we partied at Bunco. It was an incredible weekend. Thank you to all that helped put this together. It definitely took a community to make that weekend the success it was. I hope you will join us next year for our Second Annual Area Day.
In September, Sisterhood sponsored our Break Fast after concluding services for Yom Kippur. Thank you to all that helped in the preparation and cleanup. September was also the beginning of this year’s Lilith Salon programs. We had a record number of women attending. This program is growing quickly thanks to the ground breaking hard work of Aileen Louik and continuing growing efforts of Laurel Ginsberg. Laurel has graciously taken over running the Lilith Salons. If you haven’t had the opportunity to join one of these discussions, try to make it to the next one – December 4. More information will follow. These are lively, intelligent, and sometimes very “entertaining” discussions. All start out discussing an article in the current Lilith magazine. They don’t always end up that way…..
Over the next few months, things will start to get even busier. Please mark you calendars and join us.
- Sips, Sukkot and Havdalah – Programming and Sisterhood have joined forces again. We are looking forward to our first joint event of the year – Sips, Sukkot, and Havdalah. On, October 7, at 6 pm, join us in the Sukkah for a light refreshment and beverage. There is a small fee of $5.00 per person to help cover expenses. Men and guests are welcome – adults only please.
- We are in the process of organizing a Painting Party on October 29. Watch your inboxes and Facebook postings for updated information.
- And of course, our monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3 and November 7 at 6:30 at Temple. All Sisterhood and prospective Sisterhood members are welcome.
- We are jumping right into the holiday season. Where did the year go? Watch for information on our collection to help a family from Jewish Family and Family Services It’s a Wrap program again this year. Each year we collect gifts and necessities for a family in need. All families are vetted through JFCS. I am amazed each year with the generous donations we receive. I am confident that our donations make a difference in the lives of these families.
- Sisterhood is serving dinner to the homeless on November 5 through the I-help program. Let one of us know if you would like to help out. Family participation is encouraged. You will see more information in your inboxes and facebook posts. Look for that SignupGenius.com email from me.
Now that you’ve marked your calendar for the important events coming up, let’s talk about Sisterhood and what it is that we do. What is Sisterhood?
A basic premise of Sisterhood is to encourage women to connect to a Jewish community and to build on that community. We, as people, connect to others through acceptance and non-judgmental behavior. Sisterhood strives to make sure no one feels left out or unappreciated. Some of the ways in which we have done this in the past is through building a Sisterhood Shabbat service together, sharing holidays, meal preparation for members going through a difficult time, preparing I help Dinners, and raising funds for YES, camp scholarships and Temple donations. A mitzvah project is a key element to almost all of our events. In the past we have collected books for children, toiletries for homeless, pet supplies for an animal shelter, non-perishable foods for a food bank, to name a few.
Yes, Sisterhood does have a membership fee. It is $36 per year, or $25 if you are a “Senior”. Over one half of your donation goes to support WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism) and WRJ programs. WRJ is a worldwide organization that empowers women around the world. This link will take you to the WRJ website. Feel free to investigate. What is WRJ. Your dues, along with fundraising enables us to:
- Make financial donations to the temple operating budget for the last 2 years
- Provide Camper Scholarships for our temple families that would like to send their children to Jewish camps.
- Provide financial support to WRJ which supports NFTY (and thereby our own TETY), Jewish Camps across the country, Rabbinical College Scholarships, YES Fund (Youth Education and Special Projects)
Are you STILL not a member of Sisterhood? Would you like to become a member? Joining is easy and painless!!