Temple Emanuel of Tempe


Join Sisterhood for 2016-2017 here.

Your Sisterhood has been very active during the winter months.  We ended the year with our annual Chanukah Party.  Approximately 30 women joined forces for a pot luck dinner and gift exchange.  Wonderful food, and a lot of fun stealing from each other as we opened our presents!  If you were not able to join us this year, please watch for it next year. 

We introduced a new event this year.  As many of us are animal lovers, we decided to raise funds and awareness for a local animal shelter.  Pastries and Pets was held on a Sunday during Religious School in the lobby.  Meri Kuvent out did herself once again with creative pet themed pastries and snacks.  We collected items and money to bring to Ohana Animal Shelter in Tempe.  Please visit their website at http://www.ohanaanimalrescue.org/ if you are interested in adding a new furry member to your family, want to volunteer, or would like to make a donation.    

We also celebrated Sisterhood Shabbat.  We studied the effects both being the caregiver and being the receiver of someone else’s caregiving as some of our Temple Emanuel community members shared their stories.  It was incredibly moving, thought provoking, and a very personal night for everyone in attendance.    I think everyone in attendance, and we had a full house, could relate to the issues at hand in one way or another.  And as in typical Sisterhood fashion, we had wonderful homemade “comfort” foods for dinner and a wide array of tasty desserts.  Thank you to all who brought things to share, and to all to “shared” themselves with us. 

On to Bingo.  What a night!  We had approximately 125-135 people attend this event.  The raffle prizes were extra special and 13 silent auctions.   As always, the most coveted prizes were Herman’s Pickle winners!  Thank you to the Hermann family for the generous support each year.   Bingo is Sisterhood’s only fundraiser for the year.  Through Bingo we are able to help some children attend Jewish camp that may not be able to otherwise attend.    Take a look at the attached list of sponsors.  Try to visit them and say thank you for their support.

This March was Aileen Louik’s last time as facilitator of the Lilith Salon.  Aileen started our Lilith Salon and we watched it grow and blossom.  We thank Aileen with all our hearts for all her hard work, generosity and hospitality over the past few years.  With as much thanks to Aileen, we also thank Laurel Ginsburg for taking over Lilith Salon beginning in June.  Dates, times, locations, and RSVP information will be sent out shortly.   

Our inter-cultural activities continue to include the Anatolia Cultural Cooking Club. The next cooking class is on April 8 at 2:30, and then April 22. Please contact Stefanie Cargill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To RSVP directly, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mark your calendars for the end of year Sisterhood Brunch.  Sunday May 21 at 10:30 at Temple.  If you would like to work on the committee for this event, please contact Dina Bedak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Lori Selles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP.  

Do you play Mah Jongg?  We are in the process of planning our first ever Mah Jongg Tournament.  Would you like to get in on the ground floor?  Want to help, but not sure where or what?  Contact Dana Spiel and tell her you would like to help plan the Tournament.  Dana’s email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As always, our meetings are open to all women of the Temple.  Feel free to join us the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 at Temple. 

See you there!

Barbara Raviol

President, Temple Emanuel Sisterhood 


Family Bingo Supporters:


Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Puppet Theater

Arizona Rattlers

Air Time

Ann Pinkwasser

AZ Museum of Natural History

Arizona Theater Company

As You Wish

ASU Gammage

Bounce University

Buttercream Dreams – Beth Haas

Camp Destination

Camp Rimon (EVJCC)

Camp Stein

Chandler Center for the Arts

Changing Hands Bookstore

Children's Museum of Phoenix

Child's Play


Cindy Weschrob

Classy Closets

Desert Botanical Garden

Emily Kaye Voice Lessons

Fat Cats

Frank Lloyd Wright


Grant Shapiro

Gr. Phx. Jewish Film Festival


Hermann Pickle Company

Hilton Phoenix/Chandler

House of Tricks


Jennifer Wortzel

Just Say It Too

Kane Photography

Laurel Ginsburg

Lowell Observatory

Julie-Ann Zahn

Nancys Nifty Notes

Organ Stop Pizza

Out of Africa

Phoenix Coyotes

Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Theater
Pogo Pass Phoenix

Pueblo Grande Museum

Rabbi Jason Bonder

Rabbi Dean Shapiro

Renaissance Festival

Ruth Liss Makeup Artistry

Sal’s Gilbert Pizza

Scottsdale Performing Arts Center

Silberman Family

Stratum Laser Tag

Theater League

The Clarendon Hotel

The Jewish News

The Keg

The Phoenix Symphony

Todd McFarlane

USA Skateland

Valley Youth Theatre

Venezia’s Pizzeria

Wet N Wild

Wildflower Bread Company

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

Yad B'Yad Preschool


Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt




Have you joined Sisterhood yet?  Have you renewed your membership from last year? 

No?  It isn’t too late!  Contact one of the board members, leave a note in the Sisterhood mailbox at Temple, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., come to a meeting or an event.  When you join our Sisterhood, you become part of a group of women with similar values, likes, and dislikes. We are multi-generational, not into cliques, have very different backgrounds and interests. The one thing we all have in common is that we like working together.  When you like what you are doing and who you are with, you have no choice but to succeed.   There is something for everyone at Sisterhood.  Check us out!!

Did you know…..

When you join Temple Emanuel Sisterhood you become a member of the national organization Women of Reform Judaism?   As members of WRJ we are part of a much larger organization, one that provides scholarship, aid, education, and support to the Jewish Community worldwide.  WRJ also provides support for our congregation.  One of the ways we benefit from WRJ locally is due to the special relationship between WRJ and Lilith Magazine, provides discussion material for Temple Emanuel of Tempe’s Sisterhood. 

We will see you at the Break The Fast table after Yom Kippur closing services!  On behalf of all of Sisterhood, we wish you a happy and healthy and safe new year! 

About Sisterhood

Sisterhood is a lively and active women’s group at Temple Emanuel of Tempe. We are the only sisterhood in the Phoenix area affiliated with Women of Reform Judaism. Sisterhood is for women ages 21+ who are in all stages of life-- single, married, parents, childless women, empty-nesters, working and retired.

Sisterhood works hard to bring education, religious, and social programs to our synagogue. Temple membership is required to join sisterhood; however, all are welcome at attend our events. Sisterhood provides a place for spiritual, personal and leadership growth.

Sisterhood is a great place to help nurture our congregation through:

  • Camp scholarships
  • Sisterhood Shabbat
  • Educational speakers
  • Providing Oneg for special occasions
  • Providing meals and support to families in need
  • Social events

Our annual events include:

  • Sisterhood Shabbat
  • Bunco
  • Hanukkah Party
  • Family Bingo
  • IHelp

Meetings: First Tuesday of Each Month, 6:30 at Temple
Fees: $36 annual dues; $25 for ages 65+

Contact Person: Barbara Raviol, President
Phone: 480-838-1414
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Barbara Raviol, President
Dana Spiel, Immediate Past President
Karen Kahn, Executive Vice President
Aileen Louik, VP Religion & Education
Leah Livingston, VP Membership
Adriane Keene, VP Administration
Janice Walker, Treasurer
Lori Selles, Secretary
Elaine Nelson, Historian
Marian Weintraub, Director
Dina Bedak, Director
Bina Peck, Member at Large                                                  


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Download the 2016-2017 Sisterhood Membership Form. (pdf)