"To foster and promote the love, understanding, and practice of Reform Judaism"

Yom Sheini, 4 Av 5778


Top Ten Reasons to Get Involved with Sisterhood!

10. It’s a “girl” thing!

9.   All ages are welcome!

8.   Dinner Out!

7.   Loads of fun as “sisters!”

6.   Judaica Shop – The place to go for all your Judaica needs, PLUS a discount for members!

5.   FUNdraise!!! To benefit Temple & the community at large!

4.   Get social with our social action projects! Anything from building a house to cooking meals for the needy!

3.   Send a Templegram! An easy and fun way to recognize birthdays, anniversaries and other Simcha moments!

2.   Book Group! Mah Jongg! Mitzvah Corps! The possibilities are endless!

1.   Because it’s what your mother would want you to do!  L’DOR V’DOR!

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Sisterhood Activities and Committees

Book Club/Mah Jongg: The chairman of this committee makes sure that everyone is informed of the next meeting of the Book Club or the Mah Jongg Group. She is also responsible for arranging a place to have these events.  

Break the Fast: This committee is responsible for arranging food items to be provided for the Annual Break the Fast following Yom Kippur Services. Food is donated by Sisterhood and Congregational members, and the chairman must keep records as to what was needed and who brought each item.

Caring/Mitzvah Corps: This committee arranges for services to our congregational members such as meals for families who have experienced a recent hospitalization, birth, or a death in the family.

Diane Meade Women’s Health Program: Diane Meade was a past President of Temple Emanuel Sisterhood, who passed away due to a medical condition.   Donations to this fund cover the cost of an annual health program in memory of Diane. The chairman of this committee is responsible for arranging for the program, speaker and refreshments.

Fundraisers: This chairman works with the Vice President of Sisterhood to coordinate fundraisers, and appoints chairs of the various fundraising projects. She works on all fundraisers.

Judaica Shop:  The Judaica Gift Shop provides items for all Jewish Holidays and Life Cycle Events along with other fun and interesting Jewish gifts. This chairman staffs and orders the items for the gift shop.

Membership: This chairman recruits new members for the Sisterhood, collects dues and keeps records of membership.

Oneg Baking: This committee is responsible for providing baked goods for the Oneg Shabbats, arranging for bakers, labeling and dating all baked goods in the freezer.

Oneg ShabbatThis chairman schedules and arranges the refreshments and coffee/tea for the social hour either before or following services and also for special Temple occasions.

ProgrammingArranges programming for the Sisterhood. This committee is chaired by the Vice-President.

Templegrams:  Sisterhood provides a means of recognizing special occasions in the lives of Temple members in the form of birthday, anniversary and bar and bat mitzvah and confirmation greetings. The funds raised by Templegrams support both Temple Sisterhood projects and the projects sponsored by the Women of Reform Judaism. The Templegram chairman is responsible for coordinating the roster of special occasions, mailing the Templegrams, and keeping records of funds received in response to Templegrams.

Women’s SederThis committee is responsible for arranging the Women’s Seder, preparing the Passover Hagaddah, arranging for food, and collection of funds.

Our Judaica Shop is open during regular daytime Temple Office hours or by appointment.  We have a variety of items available for every holiday and Jewish occasion.  As a benefit of Sisterhood membership there is a 10% discount on each and every purchase!

Contact the Gift Shop through the Temple Office to see what's new!   563.326.4419

         Special of the Month - "BUY ANY TWO ITEMS AND GET ONE FREE!" 

                (Free item is equal to or lessor than the most expensive item.)


Some of the items you'll find in the Sisterhood Gift Shop include:

*Shabbat Candles and Candlesticks

*Kiddush Cups

*Challah Covers

*Items for Rosh Hashanah

*Dreidels and Menorahs for Hanukkah

*Seder Plates and Matzah Covers for Passover

*Jewish Jewelry

*Gifts and Games for Children

*Special Items for Bar, Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation Children

*Mezuzahs and other Home Decorating Items

And much, much more!











Sisterhood Mission Statement

Temple Emanuel Sisterhood is a community of women dedicated to ensuring the future of Reform Judaism by enhancing the quality of Temple life.  We organize and encourage religious, educational, community and social activities.  We support the education and training of future Sisterhood and congregational leaders.   And, we promote the aims of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ).

Vision Statements

            l         To create a sense of community through shared experiences.

            l         To promote future Sisterhood and congregational leadership.

            l         To engage in acts of Social Justice.

            l         To provide support to the Temple Emanuel Religious School.

            l         To support Temple youth and youth groups.

            l         To collaborate on various Temple projects.

            l         To provide support to congregants during times of joy and sorrow.

            l         To create a welcoming congregation.

            l         To support WRJ and its programs and initiatives.

The Sisterhood of Temple Emanuel affiliated with the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods in 1913. This organization was renamed Women of Reform Judaism, in 1993. Like WRJ, Temple Emanuel Sisterhood is also celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2013, which makes us one of a dozen still-functioning founding members. From its first president, Mrs. Aaron L. Weinstein, to the present day, Sisterhood has become the backbone of Temple Life.

In 1959, Temple Emanuel Sisterhood published it’s first cookbook, “Culinary Capers,” with many more variations to follow.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Sisterhood organized an annual event that proved to be a major fundraising tool and would assist Sisterhood in its endeavors for years to come. The annual Smorgasbord served traditional Jewish foods to the entire community. At its peak, the Smorgasbord served over 1,000 meals in two seating’s. All the food, including briskets, turkeys, cabbage rolls, chopped liver, apple pudding, kugels and many more delicious Jewish foods were made by Sisterhood members. Much of it was made in the Temple kitchen. For approximately $10.00, an adult could go through the serving line and enjoy a large variety of Jewish palate-pleasing cuisine.

Another extremely successful fundraising event for Sisterhood was it’s semi-annual rummage sale. People from the neighborhood would wait until the signs were posted telling the dates of the sale and would then line up around the block waiting for the doors to open. The ever-popular “last day,” when you could fill a paper sack for $5.00 was always a highlight.

In recent years, musical revues, plays and other forms of entertainment have been the force behind the Sisterhood’s success.

Throughout Sisterhood's history, their members have always been instrumental in supporting Temple efforts and special projects by raising money or providing volunteers to build community and a foundation for the future.