The Vassar Temple Sisterhood is a dynamic group of women who support the activities of Vassar Temple and who promote fellowship and programming geared toward the interests of the women of our congregation. It is a network of women who share a love of Judaism and who care about one another.

Sisterhood offers the women of Vassar Temple many diverse opportunities, such as:

  • Opening Dinner ~ a time to socialize and kick off a new year
  • Book Club ~ lively discussions of books of current interest
  • Soup to Nachas ~ intergenerational programs focusing on our traditions and tikkum olam
  • Lectures and Programs ~ authors, artists, and speakers
  • Donor Dinner ~ raises money for the temple and for Sisterhood programs, plus entertainment, good food, and great company
  • Closing Dinner ~ share recipes and conversation

Sisterhood contributes in many ways to the Temple and our greater community, as it

  • Hosts Tiny Temple for pre-schoolers and their families
  • Provides financial support for temple programming and “wish-list” items
  • Matched the profits from sales of Scrip, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000 in 2008 and 2009.
  • Raises money by holding two annual rummage sales
  • Oversees the temple kitchen
  • Coordinates the Oneg Shabbats
  • Sponsors monthly Shabbat Dinners, such as Deli night
  • Manages the Judaica Shop
  • Covers the cost of perennial lawn maintenance
  • Puts together the Sisterhood Calendar, which lists our members’ birthdays and anniversaries, as well as Jewish holidays and Yartzeit commemorations
  • Reaches out to our college youth
  • Bakes hamentaschen for the Megillah reading and for our homebound congregants
  • Co-sponsors the hot dog social on the opening day of religious school
  • Makes arrangements for our Shabbat flowers
  • Coordinates the June lunchbox
  • Co-sponsors ‘Bright Nights’ with the VT Youth Group

Sisterhood is part of the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), which works for women’s and Jewish causes around the world by

  • Providing scholarships for rabbinic and cantorial students
  • Educating about women’s health issues
  • Supporting youth activities through the YES Fund
  • Working to end domestic violence
  • Supporting the Jewish Braille Institute
  • Supporting the World Union of Progressive Judaism (WUPJ).

Sisterhood is open to all women of the Temple. For more information, please contact Marcia Tanzman, Sisterhood Pesident, at