Sisterhood

Stained glass window - 3 dancing figures

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.

Sisterhood group photo 2020

What Does Sisterhood Do?

We engage in activities that meet the needs of our members, their families, our Congregation and our community:

Temple

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.

Philanthropy

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.

Social Activities

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.

Testimonials

I joined Sisterhood when I first joined Temple Sinai, as a young mother, for community.
Linda
We are a respectful, talented, and wise group of women. These “sisters” are family to me and I know that I can count on them when I need support.
Jan
I joined Sisterhood to connect with Temple, and because I love what Sisterhood does and represents!
Irene
I re-joined Sisterhood, after many years, in order to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. But during this very difficult time for us all, our weekly meetings outdoors, in a beautiful Vermont setting among the birch trees behind Temple Sinai, I have found support and hope for our future. Thank you sisters!
Zhanna
I was an only child until I joined Sisterhood..
Nancy