General Sisterhood Information


Be part of a group of caring women who believe that we can make a difference in our Temple, in our community and in the community at large. Come join us and expand your horizons, make new friends and have some fun.
We meet for social and spiritual activities, for study, and above all, for the growth of the individual so that each woman may find an opportunity to fulfill her potential. Sisterhood provides the arena for women to expand and grow in a Jewish atmosphere.

Activities for the Term of June 2016 – May 2017

For Our Temple
• Gift packs for new Temple members
• Hannukah gift packs for post-secondary students away from home
• Soup in the Kitchen project for those in need of “TLC”
• Sponsoring of childminding service on Shabbat
• Donation of $1,800 for a ½ page advertisement in the Gala program honouring Sisterhood member, Cornelia Oberlander
• Establishing Temple Kitchen Refurbishment Fund of $15,000 and initial purchase from the Fund of new upright commercial freezer
• Increasing amount reserved in our Open Door Accessibility Fund from $10,000 to $15,000 for refurbishment of Temple washrooms, in particular the handicap washroom
For Our Youth
• Donation to “Sisterhood Temple Youth Fund” which includes funds for Camp Kalsman Scholarships, NFTY and B’Nai Mitzvah tutoring
• Participated in a religious school mitzvah program with Grade 5 students
• Donated Plaut Commentary to Bar & Bat Mitzvah students

For Our Members
• Book & a Bite Club
• Rosh Chodesh Torah Study
• WRJ Lilith Salons
• Women’s Knitting Circle
• Mah Jongg Group
• Sisterhood Choir
• Walking Group
• Golden Anniversary Tea in honour of Sisterhood’s 50th Anniversary
• June 2016 Closing Event: Catered Dinner & Board Installation with special guest Sara Charney, VP of Women of Reform Judaism
• Jan Pollack Award was awarded to Sunny Rothschild at the June 2016 Installation Service for her outstanding contributions to Sisterhood
• Training Session with Sara Charney
• Annual Summer BBQ @ Devlins
• October 2016 Fall Opening Event
• Autumn Fling “Mardi Gras” theme & Silent Auction fundraiser
• “An Evening of Knitting Inspiration” Featuring Amanda Kafka Creator of The Crafty Jackalope
• Uniongrams were sent to members recognizing events in their lives
• Cultural Crawl Events: “Hummus The Movie” at the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival; Mussar Presentation by Dr. Alan Morinis; “Tracking the History of the Eight Scrolls” with Evelyn Lazare; “Raoul Wallenberg” Day event; Chutzpah: “Lyla Cante”; Museum of Anthropology: “Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures
• Meet the Author: “Bee Time – Lessons from the Hive” by Mark Winston
• Women’s Passover Seder
• Women & Wellness: “Are You Ready for Youthful, Vibrant, Zesty Life?” with Cynthia Miller

For Our Local Community
• Dress for Success clothing and accessories drive: volunteering one day per month at Dress for Success helping women to dress for an interview
• WISH Women’s Drop in Centre – donations of cosmetics and clothing
• Tikun Olam Gogos: To March 2017, a total of 4,345 totes, pouches and wine bags have been made and $151,225 has been donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for its “Grandmothers to Grandmothers” program from the proceeds of the sale of goods
• Soup Schvesters – making soup for Jewish Food Bank seniors
• All you Need is Love: presentation of documentary “The Age of Love”

For Our Pacific Northwest & Worldwide Community
• Made financial contributions to WRJ’s YES Fund & World Union for Progressive Judaism Fund
• Made donation to Israel Religious Action Centre (IRAC) (Women of the Wall)
• Attended WRJ Pacific District Area Day of the Sisterhoods of the Pacific Northwest in Seattle, WA
• Attended WRJ Pacific District Biennial Convention in Las Vegas at which our Sisterhood received the prestigious “Eleanor Kretzer Kavod Award” for excellence in publicity in relation to our 50th Anniversary celebrations
• Representative of our Sisterhood held a position on the WRJ Pacific District Board

Membership dues are $36.00 per membership year which runs from May 1st to April 30th. See “Sisterhood Membership” for the application form.