Who Are We?
Sisterhood is the collective presence, voice, strength and energy of women at Temple Sinai, open to all women in Vermont, whether or not they are affiliated with Temple Sinai. It is an organization where women can meet and work together for the benefit of the Congregation and community at large, through philanthropic actions as well as other types of social activities. Sisterhood provides an outlet for the creative energy, talent and leadership potential within its membership as well as serves as an arena for women to flourish and grow in a Jewish atmosphere. Above all, we come together to support one another in times of joy and in times of sadness.
What Does Sisterhood Do?
We engage in activities that meet the needs of our members, their families, our Congregation and our community:
Sisterhood runs a Judaica gift shop, supports religious school activities, helps with landscaping, participates in Kabbalat Shabbat services, sponsors special event onegs, represents Temple Sinai at Jewish conferences, participates in fundraisers and life cycle events, sits on Temple Board and annually donates funds to Temple.
We support community organizations such as Food Shelf, UVM Hillel, Flynn Theatre, PJ Library, McClure Miller Respite House, Lund Center, King Street Youth Center, Hadassah, American Heart Association, NFTY, Sara Holbrook Center, Stern Center and Young Judea.
We enjoy book discussions (currently via Zoom), Mah Jongg tournaments, movie nights, snowshoeing, apple and blueberry picking, guest speakers, family summer picnic with Brotherhood, hiking, biking, bowling, art classes, flower arranging, cooking demonstrations, themed luncheons and other events.
We Support One Another
We support each other by providing meals to Sisterhood members, making phone calls, visiting, supporting our life cycle events and forming close friendships. Since early July, 2020, we have met safely masked and six feet apart, outdoors on the grounds of Temple Sinai. We have had invigorating discussions and addressed our thoughts and feelings about the isolation and anxiety surrounding the pandemic. We developed coping strategies and provided support and encouragement to each other. We have had guest speakers who educated us and gave us new perspectives and skills. We were assisted by volunteer allied health care professionals, active and retired, who are members of our Sisterhood. After the pandemic, we hope these groups will continue in another form.