Women of Reform Judaism - Temple Israel Sisterhood

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Join us on the second night of Passover as Temple Israel debuts their  Musical Passover Seder for an evening of meaning, music, and interactive learning.  


Price is $30/adult, $15/child (12 & under) for members and $36/adult, $18/child (12 & under) for non-members (price includes a donation to MIFA and MAZON). 


RSVP by April 3 with your payment here, or send a check to WRJ-Passover Seder (c/o Temple Israel) and provide the names of everyone attending (note number of children). Questions? Call 901.761.3130. 

Tuesday, April 11

6pm - 8 pm

Ladies Night Out

Sheffield Antique Mall was the site of March’s “Ladies Nite Out”.  With over 300 dealers, the place is heaven for browsers looking for good stuff.  Carolyn Mizne, a sisterhood member, has a booth at the Mall and is qualified to talk on ‘The Care and maintenance of You Family Treasures’.  First, she talked about several items and had us guessing what they were used for.  She followed up with the care of linens, silver and furniture.  After you inherit it, how do you care for it?  The remaining time was for browsing with or without a glass of wine.  Grisanti’s restaurant provided the appetizers.                                                                                     

Rosh Chodesh Bonfire

Join Sisterhood for the Russian National Ballet: Don Quixote

April 20 @ 7:30pm

Germantown Performing Arts Center

Resplendent with glittering costumes, lavish sets and Leon Minkus' sweeping score, this colorful production is Russian ballet at its most powerful and thrilling, transporting audiences to a make-believe Spain where dancing dryads, gypsies, and knights will delight audiences.  

Ticket price for Sisterhood members is $38.

DEADLINE to purchase tickets is April 2nd.    

About 20 sisterhood members recently marked the arrival of the new moon and the beginning of the month of Shevat in an outdoor Rosh Chodesh celebration at the home of Melissa and Rich Faber.  The ceremony around a bonfire honored the ancient Israelites who announced the sighting of the first sliver of the moon by lighting bonfires on the hilltops around Jerusalem.

By tradition God rewarded ancient women at the time of this monthly “miracle” with a special day of rest and renewal because they refused to give up their gold jewelry to their husbands to make a golden calf to worship.  In recent years, Jewish women have been gathering on Rosh Chodesh for learning, ritual and spiritual exploration.

This sisterhood event on a Saturday night began with the Havdalah ritual of bidding goodbye to Shabbat and wishing each other Shavua Tov, a good week.  Then it moved into Rosh Chodesh by lighting candles in honor of our matriarchs, prophetesses and inspirational women, especially Miriam who during Shevat led the women in song and dancing after the Sea of Reeds split to allow our people to escape from slavery.  Before wishing each other “Chodesh Tov,” a good month, the sisters read: “Like the moon we shall make a space for ourselves: a space of renewal; a time to come home to ourselves; to sing of our journeys and tell of our stories.”

                                                                                                                        Submitted by Chris Gang 

Brotherhood and Sisterhood host Temple Families for Chanukah

More than 150 enjoyed a Shabbat Chanukah dinner on Friday, December 30 co-hosted by Brotherhood and Sisterhood.  Dinner featured Corky's BBQ brisket and fixin's as well as latkes and Gibson donut holes. Candles were lit and there was an arts and craft table for the kids.  

Women joining together to serve and support our Temple, our community and our worldwide organization.

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Pop Up Shop

10% of your clothing purchase benefits Temple programs sponsored by Sisterhood

Sunday, April 23  9:30am - 1:30pm

Cherryhill Clubhouse

1571 Cherry Blossom Lane, Memphis

Questions, Call Sarah Eckstein @ 901-219-8379

Our very first Mah Jongg "Fun" Raiser help at Temple on Sunday, March 26 was a success!  Chaired by Bonnie Belz, 36 women played three rounds of mahj (four games per round) with a break for an Asian-inspired lunch catered by Marisa Baggett.   The funds raised from this event will help Sisterhood continue to sponsor programs at Temple, religous school and the early learning center.  The committee is already planning for next year's event and hope it will be attended by more.                                                                       

Mah Jongg "Fun" Raiser 

Coffeehouse with Rabbi Rinat Safaniah:  Interfaith Relationships in Shoham

Sunday, April 30, 2pm - 4pm

Need assistance paying by credit card? Call Waynette @ 901-846-5957 

                                             Open to all  - men and guests are welcome.

RSVP by April 26 here or 901.937.2790.

Questions? Contact Alison Blen, 901.409.3002.

Rabbi Rinat Safaniah comes to Temple as part of the Shoham Project, an initiative to build an exciting relationship with a Reform Jewish community in central Israel called Kehilat Shoham. Rabbi Safaniah will speak along with a leader from the Muslim community via video about their interfaith experiences. They will discuss Torah and the Koran, and attendees will have  the opportunity to engage in in-depth conversations about the two religions.



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