Temple Beth El Sisterhood
We are Women of Reform Judaism, the Federation of Temple Sisterhoods. We represent 75,000 women in 550 Sisterhoods throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. WRJ is the women’s agency of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ).
Sisterhood, which is the largest single contributor to HUC/JIR scholarship funds, provides scholarships for Rabbinic students. Women of Reform Judaism is the founder of (NFTY) and the Jewish Braille Institute of America. Sisterhood advocates for women’s rights within Reform Judaism and in the community. Internationally Women of Reform Judaism supports the World Union For Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), currently contributes to five Reform pre-schools in Israel and continues to provide books for the library of the Leo Baeck School in Haifa.
For Our Congregation
Each and every year we fulfill a substantial commitment to our Temple’s general fund plus additional gifts to enhance our Synagogue. This is made possible through our fundraisers and profit from our Judaica Shop which we sponsor, and our Sisterhood Calendar.
For Our Youth
We give Camperships to Jewish Youth Summer Camps. We give Youth Scholarships to assist young people in leadership training with a URJ sponsored educational experience such as NFTY in the United States and Israel, as well as the Arachim Program through Jewish Federation. We support our Youth Choir. We support our Torah School and we sponsor our Half–Pint Havurah Program for children 6 months to 6 years. Sisterhood presents every Bar / Bat Mitzvah and every Confirmand with a personal gift, and sends hamantaschen to our college students. More information here
Mitzvah of Membership
Temple Beth El Sisterhood is an organization of dynamic women. We gather together in friendship for programs to benefit the Temple and our Community, and for social activities and study. In addition Sisterhood provides for the growth of the individual so that each woman may find an opportunity to fulfill her potential as a person that encourages creativity and leadership as a Jewish woman in a Jewish atmosphere. Through Sisterhood her own life becomes enriched.
Sisterhood needs the support of All of the Women of our Congregation to accomplish that which has been set forth in this tri-fold. We are committed, involved and energized, and have fun along the way.
Let us add your strength to our numbers as you formalize your affiliation with other Women of Reform Judaism.