BETH EL SISTERHOOD
Tue. May 19, 6:30
Sun. May 31, 3:30pm
Guest Speaker Katie Schwartz
Please note there are two vacancies for which nominations are sought:
Recording Secretary and Fundraising Chair. The Recording Secretary
attends monthly Sisterhood board meetings, takes notes, and distributes
them by email. The Fundraising Chair organizes periodic events
for a targeted fund, as was done for the Eric Pas Jewish Camp
Scholarship Fund and Corey’s Second Wind. If you are interested
in either one of these positions or want to nominate someone,
please email Lois Price, chair of the nominations committee,
We will hold
the Sisterhood election on May 19 at 6:30 PM in the Freedman
Center, and then launch a Chick Flick. Expect an eVite
with details (including the movie selection), but please plan to
attend at least the balloting. We need 23 members in attendance
to make quorum. It’s remarkable to think about how Sisterhood
has grown to need so many voting members present.
We will have a brief installation on May 31 at 3:30 PM in the
Freedman Center before hosting a talk by our very own Katie Schwartz.
Katie will discuss how to research and apply for college scholarships
that are available to children as early as grade school. A separate
eVite will provide more details.
More on these programs below (click links for
Please follow this link to complete our Membership
Form. Your $36 annual dues will help connect you to a group of interesting, energetic women who care about creating community at Beth El Synagogue through events, philanthropy, synagogue enhancement projects and learning.
Please make your check payable to Beth El Sisterhood and mail to:
Beth El Synagogue
1004 Watts Street
Durham, NC 27701
We look forward to your participation!
2014-2015 / 5775 Sisterhood board:
President - Laura
Vice President - TBD
Recording Secretary - Mary Joan Mandel
Past President - Lois Price
Treasurer - Carol Haynes
Parliamentarian - Meg Anderson
Programming Co-Chair - Pilar Rocha-Goldberg
Programming Co-Chair - Annette Kronmiller
Corresponding Secretary -Caryn Rossi
Membership Chair - Sheri Hoffman
Members at Large:
Michaela Davidai, &
a Jewish congregation, we love to prepare, serve, and eat food.
Over the years, Kiddush teams and others working in the kitchen
have reported some problems. We found a consensus for re-stocking
the kitchen with commercial quality knives, cookware, utensils,
and shelving. Those items are costly in themselves, and they
be replicated for meat, dairy, and pareve service.
Strategic Plan may eventually address big ticket items, such as
major kitchen appliances that are aging, but before those decisions
are made, Sisterhood wants to start making modest yet important
purchases and incremental improvements to the kitchen’s storage
and organization. Please consider making a donation to support this
effort. All of us will benefit from the success of this initiative.
of Items wanted:
Knife set $250-300 * Stock pot $100-150
Small utensils $10-25
Shelving $1,500-3,000 * Aluminum pans $30
Oven thermometer $15
Hand towels $5 * Timers $10
and maintaining the kitchen is critical for weekly Kiddushim as
well as other religious and social functions held at Beth El. Please
help improve the kitchen by making a financial contribution to Sisterhood.
The funds we collect will purchase professional quality knives,
bowls, utensils, service ware, shelving, signage, minor servicing
of equipment, and more.
make checks payable to Beth El with "Sisterhood Kitchen
Initiative” in the memo section (send
to Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts Street, Durham, NC 27705). Thank
Sisterhood Gift Shop has been revitalized.
merchandise is already in and more is coming. Check out yadiam,
and other items now. We welcome your ideas. Presently the
gift shop is available when the office is open or by appointment.
We are also open Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons
when volunteers are available to run it during while Talmud Torah
hours. We need volunteers to
take turns staffing the gift shop once or twice in a six week period.
We also need volunteers for other short term projects.
The Torah Fund is a long-standing initiative conducted by Conservative
Jewish Sisterhoods (more than 500 of them) around the World. These
Sisterhoods raise money that goes directly to support these institutions
which serve as the primary venues for nurturing the future of the
Conservative (Masorti) Jewish Movement: 1) Jewish Theological Seminary;
2) Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies; 3) Schechter Institute of
Jewish Studies (in Israel); 4) Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano
All of the
Women’s League Sisterhoods have wonderful programs
that aid and support their individual synagogues. (Did you know
all Beth El Sisterhood members are automatically members of WLCJ – Women’s
League for Conservative Judaism?) As members of WLCJ we are asked
to go further than our shul, our community, our town. We are asked
to do more, to “see the big picture”. We want our Movement
to be vigorous, strong and growing. The products of these institutions – our
teachers-at all levels, our lay leaders, cantors and rabbis –will
achieve beyond imagining, if we do our part. The funding that Torah
Fund supplies has done great things in the past and must continue
to help make great things possible in the years ahead.
Here are some ways that YOU can help:
1) Purchase Torah
Fund cards available through our Sisterhood
(Call Torah Fund Chair, Mary Joan Mandel at 973-885-5154) at 5
cards for $18. Your family and friends will love receiving actual
mail from you. Sample cards are on display in the synagogue's lobby.
If you need
to send a card immediately, contact Mary Joan. For the total
nominal fee of $5 (check made payable to "Torah
Fund"), she will provide the card of your choice, write your
message, your name and return address, stamp, and mail it.
Please note all money for Torah Fund goes directly to Torah Fund.
It does not pass through Sisterhood or the Beth El treasury, so
please make all checks payable directly to Torah Fund.
Fund has its own Tzedekah Boxes. Mary Joan has these boxes available
at no charge. Turn in your box once or twice a
year. You or she will count your saved money, she will send a check
to “Torah Fund” to cover the amount collected, and
give you back your box!
you can give to Torah Fund throughout the year will be gratefully
accepted. Each fall, a pin is presented to those
able to pledge at least $180 over the course of the year (these
are given out in August or September). A new pin is produced each
year and is connected to a specific theme. This 2014-2015 theme
is “Mispochah/Family”. This year's pin is a Tree of
Life Showing its roots. Our Jewish families are configured in many
ways, all precious. Our roots strengthen us.
making a donation to “Torah Fund” to
keep our Movement moving forward in its goals.