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.

2021-2022 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

Writing Workshop (Zoom)
Every Thursday at 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.

Sisterhood Board Meetings (Sisterhood members only)
Wednesdays at 6:30pm: 9/29, 11/10, 1/12, 3/9, 5/11, 6/22
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.

Food For Families
Sundays at 12:00pm: 10/3, 11/14, 12/12, 1/9, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3
For almost 30 years, multiple generations of our community have made meals to feed hungry New Yorkers. We look forward to resuming this in-person program. Details to be announced.  

Stitch-A-Thon
Sundays at 1:00pm: 10/3, 1/9, 3/6
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. Needles, yarn and snacks supplied.

First Wednesdays Speaker Lunchtime Series (Zoom)
Wednesdays at 1:00pm: 10/6, 11/3, 12/1, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4, 6/1
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. Past speakers included a NYS Supreme Court Judge, artists, and a filmmaker. Please let us know about a topic you would like to promote and check this space as we build out our speaker calendar.

Rosh Chodesh Brunch and Discussion of Miriam (Women only)
Sundays at 10:30am: 1/9, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1

Join us for potluck brunch and study of Miriam the Prophetess over five monthly Rosh Chodesh gatherings. Consider this: according to popular midrash, without Miriam, Moses would not have been born! RSVP requested to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org, with an indication of what you would like to bring for brunch.  

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.

Scheduled Programs

Open Hearts: Gratitude Wishes For The New Year with EET Women
Sunday, September 12, 3:00pm in Stuyvesant Square Park (Women and Children)
Join us in Stuyvesant park to bring in the year 5782 with gratitude and hope. Meet your fellow sisters — we’ll share what we loved about the past year, and send out our wishes for the one ahead. Enjoy a celebratory Hora with Paul Shapiro. We welcome women of all ages and their children to come together for a moment of shared reflection and community.

Single-Gender Cohorts: Still Necessary?
Sunday, October 17, 11:00am

Come to a lively discussion on why Sisterhoods and Men’s Clubs persist in a time of non-binary and mixed genders. Judith Lorber will ask provocative questions of Suellen Eshed and Marc Block, Presidents of the Sisterhood and Men’s Club, who will respond and invite discussion about the pros and cons of their one-gender groups. Light brunch. All welcome.

For The Love of Chocolate
Sunday, November 7, 3:00pm

Join culinary historian and chocolate expert Alexandra Leaf for an adventure in chocolate. Learn about percentages, production, terroir, how chocolate is made. And satisfy your sweet cravings with a taste of fine chocolates and a glass of wine that pairs well with chocolate. $25 per person. Pre-registration required.

Resolution Bingo (Zoom, Women only)
Thursday, January 20, 8:00pm

Join the women of EET, pour a cocktail and grab a snack for Zoom bingo. A chance to have fun, catch up, and win prizes. Pre-registration required; $18 suggested donation for non-Sisterhood members.

Family Collage Workshop with Michal Nachmany
Sunday, January 30, 3:00pm

Join EET families and create a collage project with Michal Nachmany. Collage art is an opportunity for personal expression, allowing us to connect to memories, a community, and our family, themes of particular importance today. Everyone can be a collage artist, with scissors, a glue stick, creativity, and a bit of guidance! Sisterhood members: $25 per family unit; non-members: $36 per family unit. Pre-registration required.

Sisterhood Shabbat
Friday, March 25, 6:15pm

Celebrate the Sisterhood of East End Temple while we welcome in Shabbat. Speaker to be announced.

Helene Spring Library Event
Sunday, March 27, 1:00pm
Our featured author will be media lawyer and our own EET member, Ian Rosenberg, who will discuss his very timely book, The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases that Define Our First Amendment Freedoms. His book guides us in layman’s terms through familiar contemporary cases that demonstrate how to combat authoritarianism and protect our democracy. Q&A, book signing and dessert buffet to follow.

Lilith Seder (Sisterhood members only)
Thursday, April 21, 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 to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

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. Last 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 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.

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.