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 (Women only)
Coffee Talk Schmooze, First Wednesdays, 11:00am
12/2, 1/6, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7,  5/5,  6/2  
Nightcap Schmooze, Third or Fourth Wednesday, 8:00pm
11/18, 12/23, 1/20, 2/24, 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.

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: 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.

Mah Jongg Tips and Strategies
Thursday, January 14, 8:00pm
Calling all Mah Jongg players who are looking to “up their game.” Sandy Magesis, experienced Mah Jongg instructor, will be leading an interactive seminar on Mah Jongg tips and strategies for all levels of players.  

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 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://ampyourgood.com/user/campaigns/3507. 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, 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 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.