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 credit card or e-check (must be logged in to your ShulCloud member account for e-check option), 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.

2022-2023 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: Sept. 14, Oct. 26, Dec. 7, Jan. 25, March 8, April 26, June 7. Times are subject to change; be sure to RSVP
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: Oct. 2, Nov. 13, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 12, April 16
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
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. We’ll be making sandwiches to donate along with fruit to City Harvest to feed hungry New Yorkers. 

Stitch-A-Thon (in person)
Sundays from 1:00-3:00pm: Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 12
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.

Getting to Know You — First Wednesdays Lunchtime Speaker Series (Zoom)
Wednesdays at 12:00pm: Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1, April 5
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.

Women’s Rosh Chodesh Study and Discussion (in person and Zoom)
Sundays at 10:30am: Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 12, April 16

Join us for our monthly Rosh Chodesh study and discussion, with your favorite beverage and morning snack. Topic will be announced soon.

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

Welcome Back Community Scavenger Hunt (in person)
Sunday, September 18 at 11:00am

WHOLE FAMILY, ALL AGES EVENT 
Bring in the New Year with a rollicking good time by joining us for our first EET Scavenger Hunt! We’ll seek out local sites, historic and modern, as we learn about the East End Temple neighborhood and discover how to work as a team. Expect adventure, laughter, and new insights as your team tackles a list of challenges to earn points. Some challenges require easy walking in the 5 block area of East End Temple, but other challenges will be entirely of the mind. 
Prizes will be awarded, and snacks and drinks will be provided at no charge.
Rain or shine. Please register here so we can assign teams in advance.

For The Love of Chocolate (in person)
Sunday, December 11 at 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 (link coming soon).

Helene Spring Library Event (in person and Zoom)
Sunday, March 26, time TBD

Join our annual celebration of our beautiful library as we hear a featured author speak about their book, followed by a book signing and homemade desserts.

Lilith Seder (in person and Zoom)
Tuesday, April 11 at 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 required to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

Sisterhood Shabbat (in person and Zoom)
Friday, April 28 at 6:15pm

Celebrate the Sisterhood of East End Temple while we welcome Shabbat. 

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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.