Belong. Connect. Grow.

The Sisterhood of East End Temple brings together women in all stages of life in friendship, leadership, and intellectual and spiritual growth. We listen to women’s voices and promote their interests, passions, ideas, and concerns. Together we engage in tikkun olam by producing timely and relevant programming, fundraising, and advocating for social justice, while nurturing the life of the congregation, its leaders, and the community at large.

Join Sisterhood today!

We are happy to announce that we can offer a few different options to make an annual dues donation to Sisterhood:

To pay online, by echeck or credit card, please click here. As the temple does pay a fee for all online payments, we do ask that you include any fees in your payment, although not required.  You will receive a receipt of your donation by email.

To pay with a paper check, please click here. Your cancelled check is your receipt.

For more information, email us at sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

2020-2021 Programs

As we adjust to our changing circumstances, such as meeting virtually versus meeting in person, we will continue to update this page with locations and links. Programs are open to all, unless otherwise specified.  Please send any questions and RSVPs to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org, except where noted.

Ongoing Programs

Sisterhood Schmoozes (Women only)
Twice monthly, Noon and 8:00pm
(See East End Temple Everywhere for upcoming schedule)
Share your thoughts, ideas and concerns with us on our regular Zoom gatherings.

Writing Workshops
Every Thursday, 10:00am
Beth Gerson leads a writing workshop using our experiences and different writing styles. This is an ongoing workshop; no prior attendance required. Pre Registration is required.

Mah Jongg Lessons and Play
Learn Mah Jongg from our resident experts and play virtually (using RealMahJongg.com). Once we are able, we will host in-person play and lessons. If you are interested in learning, buying a Mah Jongg card, or finding people to play with, send an email to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

Scheduled Programs

Sisterhood Board Meetings (Sisterhood members only)
Wednesdays, 7:00pm: 9/23, 10/28, 12/16, 1/27, 3/3, 4/21, 6/2
Meetings to discuss plans and meaningful topics for members of Sisterhood.
RSVP required to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

Stitch in (Virtual) Time
Sunday, October 18, 11:00am, and Sunday, November 15, 4:00pm
Knitters and crocheters teach others the crafts, create items to donate to those in need, and share their works-in-progress. Yarn is available for those new to crafts.
Pre-Registration required:
— For 10/18, click here.
— For 11/15, click here.
(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)

Virtual Trivia Night
Thursday, October 29, 8:00pm
A night of fun and games, co-hosted with the Men’s Club.

Shakespeare Workshop
Thursday, November 12, 8:00pm
Led by Ysatis Llano, an actress with a great passion for Shakespeare and his contemporaries and who continues to study and explore what Shakespeare has to offer to humanity today.

Monthly Rosh Chodesh Study Sessions (Women only)
Sundays, 11:00am: 1/17, 2/28, 3/14, 4/18, 5/23 
Engaging study and discussion of the Book of Ruth, led by Judith Lorber, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies, CUNY Graduate Center. Open to all EET women and their guests. RSVP requested: Judith.lorber1@verizon.net
1/17/21 — Ruth Clings to Naomi
2/28/21 — Ruth Harvests with Boaz
3/14/21 — Ruth Pursues Boaz
4/18/21 — Boaz Redeems Ruth
5/23/21 — Ruth’s Changing Status

Lilith Seder (women only)
Thursday, April 1, 6:00pm
Our annual Passover celebration for and about women uses female rituals and symbols and a Haggadah prepared by us.  RSVP required.

Sisterhood Shabbat
Friday, April 30, 6:15pm
A celebration of Sisterhood’s contributions to EET with WRJ Executive Director Rabbi Marla Feldman speaking about Women of Reform Judaism and women’s advocacy.

Engaging in tikkun olam – our fundraising and advocacy programs

Sisterhood supports a number of worthy causes for those in need as well as temple staff, clergy and building projects.  If you are interested in donating to any of our funds and/or honoring a loved one, please refer to the Contribute page.

Birthday Fund
Led by Jodi Malcom, donations celebrating birthdays and other life events are given to groups that empower women and girls. This year we donated to as the Safe Passage Project, and the Correctional Association of New York. Jodi reaches out to all of our Sisterhood members with a birthday surprise.

Food For Families Funds
Led by a team of Sisterhood women, our program to make meals to feed hungry New Yorkers is on hold until we can meet again. We are continuing to accept donations for when the program restarts.  You may also donate the amount you would have spent on buying bread and fruit (5 loaves of bread and 16 pieces of fruit per person) to City Harvest; to donate click here.

Helene Spring Library Fund
A jewel of the temple, our library houses an extensive collection from which temple members may browse and borrow. Named for one of EET’s founding members, who is both a past temple president and Sisterhood president, we raise funds to keep our library beautiful and well-stocked.

Programs On Hold…

East End Temple Sisterhood Theater Program
Theater lovers look forward to seeing Broadway shows once again when the lights come on and the curtain go up. We will keep you posted.

Jewelry Sale
While we await another sale, we are continuing to collect jewelry. If you have jewelry you no longer wear, items you have inherited, or gifts that were not quite your style, we would love to have them. For more information on how to make a donation, contact Linda Hetzer at lhetzer@aol.com.

Social Justice (Tikkun Olam) is a key tenet to living a meaningful and responsible Jewish life. East End Temple participates in social justice in myriad ways. Within the past year, we are pleased to have:​

  • Prepared and packed thousands upon thousands of meals for the needy with our monthly Food for Families program.
  • Learned about the immigration crisis with activist Ravi Ragbir and Professor Alina Das from the NYU School of Law.
  • Hosted Accompaniment Training sessions with the New Sanctuary Coalition, in support of immigrant rights.
  • Proud members of the Synagogue Coalition on the Immigration and Refugee Crisis (with one of our community members being appointed its Vice President!)
  • Became one of 100+ congregations in the Reform Movement to sign a Brit Olam in dedication to social justice in key areas.
  • Signed onto multiple amicus briefs in support of immigrant rights and opposing the construction of the border wall.
  • Joined RAC-NY and its efforts to pass Green Light NY.
  • Redoubled interfaith collaboration in our area, including an interfaith Seder with the Cordoba House (Muslim community) and St. Francis Xavier (Catholic community).
  • Taken part in, cosponsored, and led numerous rallies in support of immigrant rights and against the separation of families.

East End Temple’s Young Professionals meet monthly for Shabbat services and a dinner conversation, connect for Jewish holidays, and gather socially at each other’s homes. This growing constituency is comprised of people who want to be Jewishly involved, Jews by choice, people in relationship with Jews, and those who are Jewishly interested and seeking meaning amid busy lives.

Get connected

Email Rabbi Josh Stanton, jstanton@eastendtemple.org.  And to receive the EET Weekly Eblast so you are up-to-date with what’s going on across the Temple, send your email to EET office at info@eastendtemple.org.

The Boomers of East End Temple (BEET) is a chavurah (group) formed to build connections among the baby boomer (officially defined as born between 1946 and 1964) community.  We look to schedule programs that may interest the generation who grew up through massive social changes which strongly influenced who we are today.  During these programs, most of which are open to the general baby boomer community, we enjoy sharing special memories unique to our generation as well as educating and supporting each other as we continue on our current life’s journeys.  One of our most popular events is our intimate (members-only) Friday, Shabbat potluck dinners where we share our thoughts on a boomer-related topic, ensuring that everyone gets to know something about each other.

And, as we say, the BEET Goes On! 

Listen to this original Adon Olam with Cantor Shira Ginsburg and Michael Hunter Ochs!

Listen to Oseh Shalom with Cantor Shira Ginsburg

Click here to listen to Cantor Shira Ginsburg’s CD, A New Light, which is also available to pick up at EET for free.

Join the Cantor and sing your heart out at Shira with Shira. Shira with Shira is a group of congregants who sing with our fabulous Cantor Shira Ginsburg. We have several sessions about three times a year (not unlike the approach to adult ed), and we occasionally sing at services, the annual Holocaust Observance in the City, and the like. The next sessions of Shira with Shira will take place in November, on three successive Tuesdays, the 5th, 12th and 19th. We rehearse in the sanctuary from 6:30 to 7:45 pm, and we will be preparing for a joint interfaith Thanksgiving service on November 26 with singers from the Village Temple. We hope you can join us. Singing with Shira with Shira is an opportunity to spend time with Cantor Shira and up to as many as ten or more congregants who love to sing and learn about singing with the Cantor.

Hashkiveinu, East End Temple Composer in Residence Project with Cantor Shira Ginsburg and Michael Hunter Ochs
Songbook Sessions: Adon Olam with Cantor Shira Ginsburg
and Composer in Residence Michael Hunter Ochs
Songbook Sessions: L’cha Dodi
with Cantor Shira Ginsburg and Composer in Residence Michael Hunter Ochs
Songbook Sessions: Mi Chamocha Freedom Song with Cantor Shira Ginsburg
and Composer in Residence Michael Hunter Ochs
Mourner’s Song
East End Temple Composer in Residence Project with Cantor Shira Ginsburg and Michael Hunter Ochs

Songbook Sessions: Adon Olam With Cantor Shira Ginsburg
and Composer in Residence Michael Hunter Ochs