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

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, 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

Sisterhood Board Meetings (Sisterhood members only)
Wednesdays at 6:30pm: 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

Food For Families
Sundays at 12:00pm: 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. 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;
— submitting our Health Form on the day of the event.   
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. For the first session, we’ll be making sandwiches to donate along with fruit to City Harvest to feed hungry New Yorkers. 

Sundays, January 9 and March 6 at 1:00pm
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.

Getting to Know You — First Wednesdays Lunchtime Speaker Series (Zoom)
Wednesdays at 1:00pm: 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.

Rachel Silverman

Dec. 1 — Exploring Our Roots With Rachel Silverman
Come and learn about how to begin delving into your Jewish family history. EET member Rachel S. Silverman is a professional genealogist and founder of Silverman Genealogy Services, specializing in modern American-Jewish family history, including immigrant families from all over Europe. She willl share tips and resources for exploring your past and building your family tree.

Jan. 5 — Feminism and Gender Roles with Judith Lorber
Meet our former Sisterhood president, Judith Lorber, as she traces her personal story of participation, research, education and authorship of books on feminist ideology, especially as it relates to the changing perceptions of gender. Hear about her newest book, “The New Gender Paradox: Fragmentation and Persistence of the Binary.”

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, 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, 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

Scheduled Programs

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.

For The Love of Chocolate
Spring 2022

We look forward to joining 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.

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

Art Sale and Cocktails
Sunday, May 15, Time TBD

Be part of an EET FIRST – an evening of art, cocktails, music, and noshes, surrounded by beautiful art for sale. The art comes from YOU, who cherish the works but think they would also look great on someone else’s walls. Start now. Look in those closets. Dust off the Rembrandts and contact us at for more information.

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.

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