♦ Book and a Bagel
Ongoing, evenings, approximately every two monthswith dates and places arranged by the Coordinator. Enjoy a bagel nosh and lively discussion on books by Jewish authors or themes and share your analyses with others. Cost $5.00 for a light dinner.
Coordinator: Barbara Brezer
♦ Rosh Chodesh Renewal
Ongoing, approximately every two months with dates and places arranged by the Coordinator. Enjoy celebrating the New Moon and studying Torah using “The Torah: A Women’s Commentary”. Cost $5.00 for a light dinner.
Coordinator: Barbara Heller
♦ Tikun Olam Gogos
This group, within and generously sponsored by the Sisterhood of Temple Sholom, is part of the“Grandmothers to Grandmothers” Campaign that supports the Stephen Lewis Foundation to fight the aids pandemic in Africa. The name of our group derives from our roots as Jewish women healing the world combined with the Swahili word for grandmother – gogo.
Africa has become a continent of orphans. An estimated 14 million children have been orphaned by AIDS. Grandmothers bury their own children and then step into caring for the orphaned children left behind, most often with few resources. The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign launched in 2006 by the Stephen Lewis Foundation raises funds to support and listen to African grandmothers struggling to raise their grandchildren.
Tikun Olam Gogos, which is one of nearly 30 groups in the lower mainland, meets on the 4th Thursday of every month to discuss our projects and work on the creation and sales of our beautiful tote bags that have become so popular. To find out more please contact Marie Henry or Joyce Cherry through the temple office.
Coordinator: Marie Henry
♦ WRJ/ Lilith Salons – The Power of Jewish Women’s Conversations
This group holds four salons a year, in conjunction with the publication of the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter issues of Lilith magazine. Lilith magazine’s byline is “independent, Jewish & frankly feminist”– see www.lilith.org. We meet at the home of a salon member from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to discuss one or more stimulating articles from the current issue of Lilith magazine, and related background articles sent to us by WRJ.
The conversations are led by the salon hostess or other sisterhood members. Discussion leaders are provided with guidelines and trigger questions by WRJ to start the salon conversations and keep them flowing. Since 2006 the WRJ/Lilith Salons program has surpassed all expectations! Participants of the eighty current sisterhood salons speak glowingly of their salon conversations and experiences. WRJ salon leaders have said that many women in their congregations who have never previously attended a sisterhood program have attended the WRJ/Lilith salons.
The present cost is $22.00 per year to subscribe to Lilith magazine through Sisterhood. You may attend one Salon without cost before committing yourself to a subscription. For more information, contact Donna Ornstein through the Temple office.
Coordinator: Donna Ornstein
♦ Camp Kalsman Campership Fund
This fund was established by Sisterhood in April, 2008 for the purpose of sending Jewish children for a week or more to Camp Kalsman, the newest URJ camp in Washington State in situations where families would not otherwise be able to send them. Sisterhood carries out fundraising projects from time to time to provide money for this Fund.
Contact either Lisa Pozin or the Temple Executive Director to make application for a grant.
♦ Women of the Wall
Our Sisterhood keeps an ear to the ground on the struggles of the Women of the Wall; a group of women whose central mission is to achieve the social and legal recognition of our right, as women, to wear prayer shawls, pray and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. With an established “Women of the Wall” fund at Temple Sholom, we encourage members to make donations to this fund to assist these women in obtaining the same rights we enjoy in the Diaspora.
To learn more about Women of the Wall, please visit their website: http://womenofthewall.org.il/
Coordinator: Alexis Rothschild