rak hapb

  • 18
    Aug

    Week of  August 18 - 22, 2014  (22 - 26 Av 5774) 

  • 25
    Aug

    Week of  August 25 - 29, 2014  (29 Av - 3 Elul 5774) 

  • 01
    Sep

    Week of  September 1 - 5, 2014  (6 - 10 Elul 5774) 

  • 23
    Aug

    August 23, 2014 ~ 27 Av 5774

  • 24
    Aug

    August 24, 2014 ~ 28 Av 5774

Sisterhood

 
sisterhood

 

The Mission of Beth El Sisterhood is to connect, enrich, and empower the women of Beth El. We are committed to educating and supporting our members through innovative programming, social events, and community service. We support each other, the Beth El Community, Israel, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the values of the conservative movement. We are a link to the past and continue to shape the future of Beth El and Conservative Judaism.

Some of our exciting programs and events include: bingo, yoga, dine and study, Sisterhood Shabbat, the Event Extravaganza, and so much more.

Sisterhood wants to make sure that if you want to attend a meeting or event, you can. So if you need a ride or just want a buddy, please call Jodie Richmond at (609) 922-0756 or Jennifer Sholder at (609) 313-1808. We will do our best to get you there.

A Message from the President

Dear Women of Beth El,

As summer winds down and we get ready for the Holidays, it is time again to think about joining Sisterhood.  I am honored to continue serving as Sisterhood President for one more year, and I hope that you will take a minute to look through all the information inside this envelope and consider joining for the upcoming year. 

Sisterhood is part of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, whose mission is to strengthen and unite synagogue women’s groups, support them in mutual efforts to understand and perpetuate Conservative/Masorti Judaism in the home, synagogue and community, and reinforce their bonds with Israel and with Jews worldwide.  Our Sisterhood does all of these things with our wide variety of cultural and education programs, social action projects, Torah Fund and participation in synagogue wide programs and activities.  Please see the enclosed calendar of programs and events for the year, as the Board has worked hard to put together some great programs for our Sisterhood.

This year’s Torah Fund pin is a beautiful tree with Mishpachah written below it.  The Mishpachah theme encourages us, as Conservative/Masorti Jews, to recognize the diverse character of our families. It also encourages our communities to be pluralistic, welcoming and openhearted.  The Jewish family, in all its configurations, is the solid system of roots that supports our Tree of Life. The community lends its strength to each family and in turn draws renewed energy, wisdom and direction from its cherished members. Please consider making a donation to Torah Fund to help support the institutions that train our future Conservative rabbis, cantors and Jewish educators. 

If you are new to the synagogue and are looking for a great group of women, look no further.  Even if you are not new, but just want to get more involved, please give us a try.  Sisterhood is made up of women of all ages and stages of life, and we are always looking for more women to get involved.  If you have a suggestion for an interesting program, or if you have a special talent or interest that you would like to share, please do not hesitate to write it down on the enclosed membership survey as we want to hear your ideas and get to know you better. 

So please send in your dues for the year and support all of the wonderful things that Sisterhood does for our shul and for our community. Did you know that your dues helps to fund educational programs for the Religious School, gifts for every Bar and Bat mitzvah student and for every student at Confirmation, food purchases to cook holiday meals for those less fortunate and to cook meals to stock the chesed freezer for when a congregant is going through a hard time and needs a meal or two, and various other projects within the shul as the need arises?   We can’t do it without all of your support.    

From the entire Sisterhood Board of Officers, and from my husband Gary and my children, Andrew, Allison and Melissa, I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year and I am looking forward to another great year.

Sincerely,

Faye Shapiro,

President, Beth El Sisterhood

Upcoming Events 2014 - 2015

September 16thOpening event at Mixellaneous with Psychic, 7 PM        

October 13th:  Sing-down and Sangria in the Sukkah, 7pm, Beth El Sukkah

November: A night at The Festival of Arts Books and Culture at JCC, date TBD

November 9thMid-Atlantic Region Founder’s Day event at Beth El, 4-6 PM

December 2ndPaid Up Membership dinner, 6:30 PM

December 7th:  Torah Fund Brunch at TBS

January 10th Art Auction with Men’s Club, 7 PM, Beth El Social Hall

February 4thTu B’Shvat Yoga night, 7PM at Beth El

February 14th Sisterhood Shabbat, 9 AM in Main Sanctuary

February 22nd:  Shalach Manot packing (Delivery March 1st)

March 22nd Party Showcase, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Beth El Social Hall

April 26thNew York trip with Hazzan

May 13th:  Dine and Study with Rabbi Krupnick, 6:30 PM

June 3rdClosing Event/Installation of Officers

 

Other programs of Interest:

3-Part Cooking Series – Thursday Sept. 11th – High Holiday Cooking

                                                Thursday December 11th – Hanukkah Cookie/Baking

                                                Thursday March 19th – Passover Cooking 

Community Mitzvah Day – Sunday October 19, 2014

Hazzan’s Concert – Sunday November 23, 2014

Scholar in Residence Weekend – February 6-8, 2015

Ongoing Programs: 

  • Wednesday Morning Minyan and discussion – every Wednesday morning at 7:30 AM followed by breakfast and discussion from 8:30-9:00 AM.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Gift shop volunteers – multiple days/times available – contact Linda Lazarow in the gift shop to sign up.
  • Monthly Cook for a Friend – dates and times TBD
  • Shabbat Kiddush Preparation – help Tamar in the kitchen Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings – contact Tamar in the Beth El office at (856) 675-1166 to volunteer.

 *Dates and times subject to change.  Watch your email and the Beth El News for the most up-to-date schedule of Sisterhood meetings and events.

2013-2014 Board Members

President Faye Shapiro faye.shapiro@comcast.net
VP Programming Robin Schwartz robinmtlaurel@gmail.com
VP Membership Leah Wolf jasonleah@aol.com
VP Fundraising Sharon Mindel samindel@yahoo.com
VP Torah Fund Debbie Drachman  debdrachman@comcast.net
  Renee Rudolph reneer@datasoft-assoc.com
VP Education Jocelyn Borowsky jdmborowsky@comcast.net
  Nancy Lubars nlubars@centerffs.org
Treasurer Cathy Backal cbackal@comcast.net
Recording Secretary Wende Bralow wbralow@gmail.com
Financial Secretary Linda Harowitz lharowitz@comcast.net
Communications Amy Breslow amybreslow@verizon.net
Social Action Laurie Kolmins lkolmins@yahoo.com
  Michelle Miron mmiron@bayada.com
Chesed Cooking Renee Kessler rbkess@comcast.net
Young/New Member Debra Kelberg dkelberg@aol.com
Giftshop Linda Lazarow llazarow@msn.com
Members At Large Ann Miller alm4sp@aol.com
  Sharon Sackstein njsharona@aol.com
  Juli Sloves jmsloves@comcast.net
Advisor Margie Blum mblum@bethelsnj.org
Past President Leslie Breslau lezbrez@verizon.net