Sisterhood Groups


Sisterhood has a variety of small women’s groups which were originally started by a few Sisterhood members with special interests who wanted to pursue them with other Sisterhood members. The groups have grown in size and number over the years and now each group arranges its own schedule of activities and keeps its members notified of meetings by email.

Each group very much welcomes new members and you are invited to join one or more of them! This is a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know Temple women in a small setting while enjoying an activity.

Below is a description of each of the groups. To join or try out a group, please contact Sisterhood by email at or by phone (voice mail) 604-200-0539 and be sure to give your name, contact information and the name of the group or groups you are interested in. The chair person of that group will then contact you.

Book & a Bite

Join Sisterhood members approximately six times a year to discuss books chosen in advance by the group.  The books, which include both fiction and non-fiction, have a Jewish connection such as the author or the subject matter. Examples of books discussed in the past years are:Broken Hallelujah Leonard Cohen

  • Apples from the Desert: Selected Stories” by Savyon Liebrecht
  • The Continuation of Love by Other Means” by Vancouver Resident Claudia Casper
  • The Color of Water” by James McBride
  • A Broken Hallelujah – Rock ‘n’ Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen” by Liel Leibovitz
  • Barbara Frum, A Daughter’s Memoir” by Linda Frum
  • The Betrayers” by David Bezmozgis
  • Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing” by Anya Von Bremzen

We usually meet on Tuesday evenings at Temple Sholom starting at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments are provided by the members of group on a rotational basis. Cost is $2.00 per person.

Women’s Knitting Circle

Join Sisterhood members as we meet monthly (except during the summer) for our informal Women’s Knitting knitting_250x251Circle. You can be a beginner or expert knitter or somewhere in between. Knitters work on their own projects and we also help out in the community as the opportunities present (ie JFSA food bank with hats and scarves, newborn baby items for Children’s Hospital). We share knitting tips, patterns and ideas!

The date and location of each meeting, as well as occasional information on knitting and where to find good deals for yarn, are emailed to members of the Women’s Knitting Group.

Walk in the Woods

Join Sisterhood members on the first Sunday of the month for a Walk in Pacific Spirit Park (Vancouver),o starting at 10:00 am. Come Rain or Shine. No Need to RSVP, Just Show up at the Start Point by 9:50 am.

We will be walking on different trails and there will usually be parking near the trailhead. The walks will take about 40-60 minutes and there may be some elevation gain. Some trails are dog friendly, we will let you know. You are welcome to join the group for coffee after our walk. The plan is to leave the afternoon clear. Spouses and family are welcome.

There is a good canopy in Pacific Spirit Park to protect against rain, but raingear and good walking shoes are essential. The trail name and start point will be emailed in advance to members of the walking group.

Mah Jongg

Join Sisterhood members to play Mah Jongg. No prior experience requiredCartoon-no-jokersWe play Tuesdays and some Thursdays (except holidays) starting at 10:00 am at Temple (provided there are enough players).

Each week the coordinator confirms in advance by email to the members of the Mah Jongg group which day of the week the group is playing and who is able to attend. Those attending each week should confirm who is bringing their mah jongg sets. You must bring your own card.

Rosh Chodesh Renewal

Join Sisterhood members as we meet monthly to study Torah, using “The Torah, A Women’s Commentary” published by Women of Reform Judaism in 2007. The study sessions are held on Rosh Chodesh, or as close as 0807410810apossible, in the homes of members of the study group, or at Temple. Study is in English, knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Cost is $5.00 per person for a light dinner provided by the hostess.

The date and location of each study session, as well as the list of chapters to be discussed, will be emailed in advance to members of the Rosh Chodesh Renewal group.

The Women of Reform Judaism commissioned the work of more than 100 of the world’s leading Jewish female Bible scholars, rabbis, cantors, theologians, historians, philosophers, sociologists, poets, and archaeologists, whose collective efforts resulted in the first comprehensive commentary on the Five Books of Moses to be authored only by women. The Torah: A Women’s Commentary was published in 2007 and includes individual Torah portions as well as the Hebrew and English translations, giving dimension to the women’s voices in our tradition.

WRJ Lilith Salons

Spring-2016-cover-630x843The Power of Jewish Women’s Conversations – Join Sisterhood members four times a year to discuss articles published in Lilith magazine.

What’s a Lilith salon?
It’s a quarterly gathering where you’ll encounter new ideas and new people when you come together to talk about the original and provocative thinking you find in each new issue.

Screen-Shot-2015-07-02-at-2.26.42-PM-630x844What’s it like?
The conversations—with women like and unlike yourself—are more free-flowing than a book group (with fewer pages to read), more feminist than your typical social action group, less spiritual than a rosh hodesh group, and more participatory than a lecture—with enough food and drink to keep the conversation flowing.

We meet in homes of members of the WRJ Lilith Salon group starting about 7:00 pm with “Meet & LILWi14-Cover-630x843Greet” and then discussion begins at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments are provided by the hostess. For each of the quarterly issues of Lilith magazine, we hold two salons to keep the discussion group small.

For more information, or to join the WRJ Lilith Salons group, contact Donna Ornstein, Coordinator, through Sisterhood. You may attend your first Lilith Salon complimentary. Then to join the group, a one year subscription (4 issues per year) to Lilith through Sisterhood is required. Sisterhood LILFa14_FrontCover-full-size-630x843buys copies in bulk directly from Lilith magazine.

Once the bulk delivery of the current issue of Lilith arrives, the coordinator emails the group advising them to pick them their copy at Temple or make other arrangements. Then by email to the group members, the date and place of the two Salons for that issue, as well as the articles to be discussed, are determined. Some members of the group act as facilitators for articles of their choice.

Dress for Success

This is an organization that provides interview suitable outfits to disadvantaged women who are entering or re-entering the workforce.

Sisterhood’s involvement with Dress For Success includes collecting clothing and accessories, delivering them to the facility downtown, and volunteering at DFS one morning a month (the last Wednesday of each month).  At that time, we are each assigned two or three women to assist with trying on various outfits, identifying the perfect one for her, and assisting with accessorizing. This is an ideal volunteer position for anyone who enjoys helping disadvantaged women. The satisfaction is enormous!  And it is fun too!  If you are a traveller, and not available each month, no problem.  We work on a rotating basis.

Tikun Olam Gogos

An estimated 18 million children have been orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in Africa. Tikun Olam Gogos, sponsored by the Sisterhood of Temple Sholom, is part of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign that supports the Stephen Lewis Foundation to raise funds and listen to African grandmothers to support them and help turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.

Our group meets at Temple Sholom on the 4th Thursday of every month from 9:30 to 2:00 p.m. with a lunch break in the middle. We start the morning with a 1 hour meeting and then move on to preparing the kits that will be sewn into our famous and popular tote bags. Even if you can’t sew everyone helps to do something whether it is cutting or marking the materials used or making up the kits. Everyone also helps by volunteering at the craft fairs each autumn.