The collective voice of the women of Temple Sinai, Sisterhood enjoys and explores spiritual and social programs together in friendship, and provides opportunities to perform acts of tikkun olam (repairing the world). This group plays an essential role in making Temple Sinai a warm and welcoming community. Throughout the year, Sisterhood works hard to create opportunities for women of all ages to connect spiritually, socially and charitably, while passing down our traditions l’dor v’dor (from generation to generation). The group enjoys working yad b’yad (hand-in-hand) to make meaningful contributions to our Temple, our community and the State of Israel.
Holiday, Festival and Simcha Celebrations
Sisterhood helps make holiday celebrations meaningful. The group organizes Shabbat Dinners nearly every month, giving families and friends the opportunity to celebrate Shabbat together. We prepare traditional Shalach Manot (Purim gift bags) filled with goodies and deliver them to each congregant, to every family in our Early Childhood Center, to the elderly, and to the needy at Purim. We also deliver welcome bags to the homes of every new Temple member twice a year at Rosh Hashanah and Passover. We celebrate Rosh Chodesh, the first day of a new Hebrew month, with song and thought-provoking discussion. We give gifts to the children of our congregation in honor of Consecration, Bar/Bat-Mitzvah, Confirmation and high school graduation, and send packages to our college students while they are away from home.
Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)
Sisterhood helps to cook and serve meals for the hungry in Bergen County, supports local food drives, and donates leftover food to nearby programs and shelters. We actively participate in Mitzvah Day with activities including packing Chanukah gift boxes for Jewish soldiers stationed overseas and conducting a blood drive. Through our Shalach Manot (Purim gift bags) program, we raise money to support our many programs.
We begin the Jewish New Year with a popular Sisterhood brunch and close the year with drinks, dining and dancing at our Dinner Celebration. We also co-sponsor events ranging from a secular New Year’s Eve party to an Auction Night that raises funds for our Early Childhood Center and Religious School. We lead book reviews and enjoy organizing activities that bring women, adults and families together. We are multi-generational and strive to offer a range of social programming that appeals to each generation.
Temple families are encouraged to pay annual Sisterhood dues and additional donations are always appreciated. Other fundraising efforts take place throughout the year and Sisterhood is extremely grateful to all who participate.
Volunteerism and Participation
At the heart of Sisterhood lies a deep commitment from the women of Temple Sinai who participate with their time, talents and energy to make all of our events and programs happen. We are pleased to work hand-in-hand with Brotherhood, Renaissance, Youth Group, the Religious School Committee, the Early Childhood Education Committee and the Tikkun Olam Network to contribute to our Temple and to our community. Please join us, make new friends, and help us build an ever-stronger community.