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

Lunchtime Speaker Series, First Wednesdays, 12:00pm

“A Self-Combing Woman”

June 2: “A Self-Combing Woman” 
EET member and filmmaker Min Ding will share her newest film project.  “A Self-Combing Woman” is about a young scholar who risks everything to return to her hometown in China and search for the myth of her great-aunt, a member of the Self-Combing Sisterhood.

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, 5:00pm: 6/17
Join us as we review ideas and plans for next year, including continuing and new programs which highlight the voices, interests and passions of our EET women and connect us in learning and fun. RSVP required to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

Stitch in (Virtual) Time
Sundays: We’ll see you again in the Fall!
Knitters and crocheters “spin some yarns” while they teach each other their craft, create items to donate to those in need, and share their works-in-progress. Yarn is available for those new to crafts.  

Monthly Rosh Chodesh Study Sessions (Women only)
Sundays, 11:00am: 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)
We hope you’ll join us next April!

Sisterhood Shabbat
We’ll see you on Friday, March 25, 2022!

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.” The author received a National Jewish Book Award for autobiography and memoir for this book.

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/3702 . 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.

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.