Women of Reform Judaism - Temple Israel Sisterhood

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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 and you can register and pay here.

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.”

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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.  

Come play bridge, canasta, dominoes, Mah Jongg and more at WRJ's game night.  RSVP to 901-937-2790 or here.  Free for Sisterhood members and guests pay $5 to be collected at the door.  

Have you forgotten to send in your WRJ dues?

We value all our sisters in WRJ and don't want to miss anyone.  If you have not already done so, click on the OOPS! button to pay by credit card or send a check to Temple Sisterhood.  Be sure to pay by December 31 to be included in our directory.  


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