General Sisterhood Information

SISTERHOOD IS THE ORGANIZATION FOR ALL WOMEN OF THE CONGREGATION

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.

OUR SISTERHOOD ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS JUNE 2015 TO MAY 2016 (OUR REPORT CARD):

Special 50th Anniversary Activities & Projects

  • Opening Event: Her Story, A Celebration of Women & Culture, where women from four distinct cultures shared stories of significant women in their history
  • “50 for 50” Bedtime Kits for Kids Project – 100 packs were delivered to organizations that help shelter children in a safe and protective environment
  • Shabbaton Weekend featuring the Sisterhood Choir and celebrating 50 years of religious programming for the Temple
  • Created the new “Sisterhood Open Door Accessibility Fund” and allocated the first $10,000 to renovate the Temple’s handicapped washroom
  • Co-sponsored Scholar in Residence, Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of Israel Religious Action Centre for her presentation “From the Back of the Bus to the Top of the Agenda”, and for a Morning Women’s Minyan
  • Researched 50 years of Sisterhood history, wrote and published summaries of our contributions on the subjects of: leadership, food, social action, fundraising, religious programming, our connections to Women of Reform Judaism & the Pacific District, and our contributions to Temple Sholom & the Congregation

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

For Our 207 Members

  • Book & a Bite Club
  • Rosh Chodesh Torah Study
  • WRJ Lilith Salons
  • Women’s Knitting Circle
  • Mah Jongg Group
  • Sisterhood Choir
  • Walk in the Woods Group
  • Games Day: Mah Jongg and Bridge (two events)
  • Annual Summer BBQ
  • Autumn Fling Fundraiser
  • “Me Time with Sisterhood”: Skin Care and Life Coaching with Debbie Rootman and Miriam Linderman; and Essential Oils with Jessica Blissett
  • June 2015 Installation and Havdallah Service honouring our Past Presidents
  • Jan Pollack Award was awarded to Annette Kozicki at the June 2015 Installation Service for her outstanding contributions to Sisterhood
  • Uniongrams were sent to members recognizing events in their lives
  • Cultural Crawl Events: the movie “Iris”; Vancouver Museum “Happy” exhibit; Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre Exhibit – The Face of the Ghetto; Italian Cultural Centre Museum Exhibit: Judith Mosaics of Lilian Broca; Jewish Museum “From Shmata to Chic Fashion Show”
  • Women’s Passover Seder
  • Odd Spirits Society Distillery Tour

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
  • Tikun Olam Gogos: To date 3,218 bags and totes have been made and $111,291.44 has been donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation
  • Soup Schvesters – making soup for Jewish Food Bank seniors

For Our Youth

  • Created new fund “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 Worldwide Community

  • Made financial contributions to WRJ’s YES Fund & World Union for Progressive Judaism Fund
  • Made donation to Israel Religious Action Centre (IRAC)
  • Attended WRJ Pacific District Area Day of the Sisterhoods of the Pacific Northwest in Bellevue, WA
  • Representatives of our Sisterhood held positions on the WRJ Board and 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.