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 credit card or e-check (must be logged in to your ShulCloud member account for e-check option), 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.

2022-2023 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 and will take place at the temple (as per any updated Covid-19 guidance), unless otherwise specified.  Please send any questions and RSVPs to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org, except where noted.

Ongoing Programs

Food For Families
Sundays at 12:00pm: Nov. 13, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 12, April 16
For almost 30 years, multiple generations of our community have made meals to feed hungry New Yorkers. Advance sign-up will be required (look for the link in an upcoming eblast). All participants must be age 12 or older (ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult) and must observe COVID safety rules, including:
— wearing masks and maintaining appropriate distancing
— showing proof of vaccination
Each participant should bring five loaves of whole wheat bread and 16 pieces of fruit (preferably apples and oranges) and wear a hat to comply with Department of Health regulations. We’ll be making sandwiches to donate along with fruit to City Harvest to feed hungry New Yorkers. 

Getting to Know You — First Wednesdays Lunchtime Speaker Series (Zoom)
Wednesdays at 12:00pm: Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1, April 5
Bring your lunch and join us on Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month, when an EET woman will share her stories, accomplishments, passions and interests, for the benefit and enjoyment of the community.

December 7 — Ali Hoffman: Entrepreneur, Music Industry Professional, and City Gardener 

Meet Ali Hoffman, a woman of many talents.  When she isn’t working in the concert industry, she is knitting beautiful sweaters and selling them on her Etsy shop and growing fruits, vegetables and herbs on her terrace. Take a tour of her terrace garden and learn about how to grow a green thumb!

Women’s Rosh Chodesh Study and Discussion (in person and Zoom)
Sundays at 10:30am: Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 12, April 16

Sarah, prophetess and first matriarch of the Jewish people is legendary for her enduring faithfulness to God and her commitment to her husband Abraham. She is also the only woman in the Torah whose name gets changed by God! Explore the life and times of our first matriarch as our Women’s Rosh Chodesh Study and Discussion gets under way this season, with some fresh perspectives on the “Sarah Story.” We’ll enjoy a potluck breakfast together, followed by shared readings and lively discussion led by Fern Stampleman, Elissa Macklin and Laurie Treuhaft.
No prior knowledge necessary! Registration required (link to come). All reading materials emailed to registrants in advance of each date. 

Stitch-A-Thon (in person)
Sundays from 1:00-3:00pm: Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 12
Gather for a while with other stitchers. Show off your latest projects; get help from our experts; make a hat or scarf for our Cold Weather Project for donating to New York’s needy.

Mah Jongg Lessons and Play
While we are continuing to offer lessons and play virtually (using RealMahJongg.com), we are starting to put together plans for in-person play as soon as we are able.  To help us plan, we greatly appreciate your completion of this quick survey. Thank you, and hope to dot, bam and crak with you in person soon! If you are interested in learning or finding people to play with, send an email to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

Sisterhood Board Meetings (Sisterhood members only)
Wednesdays at 6:30pm: Oct. 26, Dec. 7, Jan. 25, March 8, April 26, June 7. Times are subject to change; be sure to RSVP
All Sisterhood members are invited to join our bi-monthly board meetings when we share thoughts about our upcoming and past events, social action initiatives and what we can do to support each other and the EET community. RSVP requested to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

Scheduled Programs

Mark Levy, “The Tourfather”

Trivia Night (in person)
Saturday, November 19 at 7:00pm

The Sisterhood and Men’s Club invite the EET community for a fun-filled evening of friendly competition, laughter and community. Teams compete against each other in a variety of New York-themed categories, such as history, entertainment, geography and Jewish life. Meet new people while coming up with answers to questions over an alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) beverage and snacks. Led by Mark Levy, “The Tourfather,” licensed tour guide, creator of the Panorama Challenge and NYC history maven.

For The Love of Chocolate (in person)
Sunday, December 11 at 3:00pm

Presented by Alexandra Leaf

Learn about the terroir and history of the finest chocolate bars and discover how chocolate is made from the creation of the shell to the piped filling. Then taste some of the best handcrafted chocolate bars and bons bons made in America today from award winning chocolatier Chocolat Moderne. Alexandra Leaf is a culinary historian, author of culinary books, organizer of the 92Y Chocolate Fest, and founder of Chocolate Tours of NYC.

Helene Spring Library Event (in person and Zoom)
Sunday, March 26, time TBD

Join our annual celebration of our beautiful library as we hear a featured author speak about their book, followed by a book signing and homemade desserts.

Lilith Seder (in person and Zoom)
Tuesday, April 11 at 6:00pm

Open to all members of Sisterhood, we celebrate the Passover story from the women’s perspective with our own unique Haggadah, while singing the songs of Debbie Friedman and eating a potluck dinner together. RSVP required to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

Sisterhood Shabbat (in person and Zoom)
Friday, April 28 at 6:15pm

Celebrate the Sisterhood of East End Temple while we welcome Shabbat. 

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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
In its 10th year, Jodi Malcom chairs this outreach fund supported by donations honoring Sisterhood member birthdays, the birthdays of their loved ones, and other life events. Monies are directed to two local organizations selected annually that support the lives of women and girls. Last year, donations were given to Hot Bread Kitchen‘s Bridge Training Services; and CASA-NYC, court-appointed special advocates which give free legal help to vulnerable children within NYC’s Family Court/Foster Care system.

Food For Families Funds
Led by a team of Sisterhood women for almost 30 years, we gather to make meals to feed hungry New Yorkers, which are picked up and distributed by City Harvest. Donations to these funds are used to buy the meal-making ingredients and materials.

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.

Sisterhood Leadership Development Fund
We are dedicated to creating leaders who can develop programs to enhance our EET community and to raise funds to support meaningful projects.  Women of Reform Judaism, along with other leadership organizations, provides us with access to many development tools, from conferences to training presentations.  Monies in this fund will be used to take advantage of those tools in order to support the enhancement of leadership skills of current Sisterhood members and to develop future Sisterhood leaders.