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 firstname.lastname@example.org.