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.

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2023-2024 Programs

We offer a number of programs in different formats — in person, on Zoom and hybrid.  Unless otherwise stated, the entire community, friends and family, is welcome to join us! Please send any questions and RSVPs to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org, except where noted.

Ongoing Programs

Food For Families
Sundays at 12:00pm: Mar. 3, Apr. 7
For over 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). 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.

Getting to Know You — Monthly Wednesdays Lunchtime Speaker Series (Zoom)
Wednesdays at 12:00pm: Mar. 6, Apr. 3
Bring your lunch and join us as we introduce a fascinating member of our community. 

March 6: Andrea Nimberger – Being Part of an EET Founder Family
Andrea Nimberger has a career in both the fashion industry, and as a realtor. Her family are among the founders of East End Temple, and she has been a member of our community throughout her life. Her son is a third-generation East End Temple community member. Find out about her family, her life and her work.

April 3: TBD


Rosh Chodesh Study and Discussion: “Rebekah, Our Second Matriarch” (in person and via Zoom)
Sundays at 10:30am: Mar. 3, Apr. 7
We continue our celebration of Rosh Chodesh, a holiday traditionally connected to women. When Rebekah, second matriarch of the Jewish people, sends Jacob to Mesopotamia to find a wife and escape his brother Esau’s wrath, he introduces himself to his cousin (and future wife) Rachel not as the son of Isaac, but as the son of Rebekah (Gen 29:12). What might this suggest? Join us for lively sessions led by Fern Stampleman, Elissa Macklin and Laurie Treuhaft. We’ll spend time together in conversation, share a potluck brunch and participate in evaluating Rebekah’s impact on the covenantal promise. 
No prior knowledge necessary! Registration required. All reading materials emailed to registrants in advance of each date. 
March 3: In session three we look at the covenantal trail… l’dor va-dor... from generation to generation, and how Rebekah fares. Click here to register

Stitch-A-Thon
Sundays at 1:00pm: Mar. 3 (in person)
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 Play and Lessons (click for more information)



Sisterhood Board Meetings (Sisterhood members only)
Thursdays at 6:30pm: Mar. 7, Apr. 11, May 23, June 27 (in person and via Zoom)
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

Sisterhood Shabbat (in person and Livestream)
Friday, March 8 at 6:15pm
Celebrate 75 years of Sisterhood and International Women’s Day, in prayer and song. Our speaker will be Rabbi Marla Feldman, former executive director of Women of Reform Judaism and author of Biblical Women Speak: Hearing Their Voices Through New and Ancient Midrash. A festive dinner will follow the service.

Helene Spring Library Event 
Sunday, March 17 at 3:00pm
Our annual celebration of our beautiful library includes a featured author speaking about their book, followed by a book sale and signing, and our always-popular homemade dessert buffet. This year, award-winning author Jennifer Rosner will discuss her new novel, Once We Were Home. Based on the true stories of four Jewish children hidden in Christian settings to survive during World War II, it is the story of bonding, struggle, return, and in the end, the question of what is home. The novel is a remarkable achievement.

Lilith Seder
Thursday, April 25 at 6:00pm
(in person)
Sisterhood members using she/her pronouns, plus one guest,  are welcome (ages 13 and up)
Join us for our annual potluck seder! Led by Cantor Brodsky, everyone participates in reading from a Haggadah written especially for the Sisterhood of East End Temple, focused on the women’s role in the Passover story, including prayers using feminized Hebrew. We sing songs written by Debbie Friedman, dance with tambourines, honor women of valor, use a Miriam’s Cup for water and place a symbolic orange on the seder plate. 

  • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER, indicating whether you will join in person or on Zoom, and if in person, including your guest’s name and contribution to the potluck dinner or seder items.  In-person space fills up quickly so you are advised to respond as soon as possible. If you are not a current Sisterhood member, we welcome you to JOIN OR RENEW for a minimum contribution of $36 for the 2023-2024 membership year. For further information, please email SISTERHOOD@EASTENDTEMPLE.ORG.

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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 12th 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 local organizations selected annually that support the lives of women and girls. Recently, donations were given to the Women’s Prison Association, which empowers women to redefine their lives in the face of injustice and incarceration, and New Women New Yorkers, which empowers immigrant women to obtain meaningful employment or pursue higher education in NYC.

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.