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

Twice-monthly Sisterhood Schmoozes
Lunchtime Speaker Series, First Wednesdays, 12:00pm

Michal Nachmany

3/3: “The Art of Personal Reinvention: Self-Empowerment through Creativity”
Artist and educator Michal Nachmany grew up in Jerusalem, lives in NYC, and has exhibited her collections of collage and mixed-media works around the globe (https://www.michalnachmanyart.com/). Be inspired as you listen to her journey to leverage her early life experiences to reinvent herself as an artist, as well as to enrich her work as an educator. Benefit from her lessons about artistic resilience and fearlessness, while you learn about her collections of ethnic jewelry and fabrics, and objects of ritual.

4/7: “Lunch with Judge Alice Schlesinger”
EET member the Honorable Alice Schlesinger will share her journey and lessons in the legal system, from Legal Aid to the State Supreme Court.

5/5: TBA
6/2: TBA

Nightcap Schmooze, Third or Fourth Wednesday, 8:30pm
3/17, 4/28, 5/19  
Build friendships by sharing your thoughts, ideas and concerns
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/93950571610
Meeting ID: 939 5057 1610
Dial in:  646-558-8656

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 — for the registration link, please email info@eastendtemple.org.

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: 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
Sundays at 4:00pm:
3/21, 4/18
Share your latest knit and crochet projects and life stories, while making hats and scarves to donate to the needy. Pre-registration requiredclick here.

Monthly Rosh Chodesh Study Sessions (Women only)
Sundays, 11:00am: 2/28, 3/21, 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. Pre-registration requiredclick here.
1/17/21 — Ruth Clings to Naomi
2/28/21 — Ruth Harvests with Boaz
3/21/21 — 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. Pre-registration required — click here to register.

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.

Annual Helene Spring Library Event
Sunday, May 16, 1:00pm 

In honor of our beautiful library, named for our founding member and past president of Sisterhood and East End Temple, we host a renowned author to speak about their book. This year we are honored to hear Dani Shapiro, author of “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love,” speak about her “quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years.”

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 meet in person and make meals to feed hungry New Yorkers is on hold.  Instead we are offering two options:
— You can now purchase food online to feed hungry New Yorkers through our new Food For Families digital food drive. Through City Harvest’s partner, #GiveHealthy, our members can donate fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy food requested by local hunger relief organizations.  Choose the foods you want to donate at https://amplify.ampyourgood.com/user/campaigns/3681. At the end of each month, all donations will be delivered to the City Harvest warehouse for distribution.  
— You can continue to make donations in honor of a loved one to our Food For Families fund via the Contribute page, and we will allocate these monies on a monthly basis to satisfy our monthly goals of giving to #GiveHealthy.

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 goes 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, email Sisterhood at sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.