Women of Reform Judaism - Temple Israel Sisterhood

stronger together


For all orders over $30 and placed prior to May 15, you will receive 4 Camassia Cusickii (pictured left).  

Join us for bubbly and sweets.  Event is free; RSVP here by May 8.  

As Women of Reform Judaism and as friends,
we are stronger together--
Stronger when we work together
Stronger when we pray together
Stronger when we build together
Stronger when we have fun together
Women of Reform Judaism--Stronger Together

2017 Holland Bulb Sale

Pictured to the right is member Julie Boshwich  amaryllis that has bloomed for the third time!  

The bulbs that Sisterhood sells are of the highest quality and add such beautify to any landscape.  

Please contact Judy Royal @ 901-219-9503 for a brochure and order form to order bulbs NOW to be planted in the fall for a Spring 2018 spectacular! 

Annual Open Board Meeting & Program

Wednesday, May 10 @ 7:00pm

All Sisterhood members are invited to the annual open board meeting and program with guest Lillian Kapilivsky.  The program will present overview of Jewish artists, inventors and composers, their impact on our world and how Jews live around the world today.  Lillian currently serves as a WRJ-International Board member, a WRJ-Southwest District Area Director, and Sisterhood President of Temple Emanuel of McAllen, Texas.  

peppers, chopped liver and other crudities by Linda, Half-Cup Cookies by Phyllis Petchers, and Matzah Toffee by Susan Stein.  Carol Stowell brought a bottle of Israeli Passover wine fresh from Rabbi Feivel's wine tasting earlier in the week.

Every Rosh Chodesh meeting involves ​a component of ​learning and Linda compiled a​list of differences in Sephardic and Ashkenazic Passover traditions.   Since several women in attendance descend from a Sephardic heritage, this sparked much discussion about how each family observed their own traditions.  As expected in any group of Jewish women the topic soon turned to recipes that were tried and true and that we turn to over and over.  In the days following the meeting, those who wanted to share their recipes sent them to the group coordinator, Susan Stein, ​which have been compiled and sent out to the Rosh Chodesh mailing list.​  Contact Susan (suestein1@gmail.com) for a copy.​

The ​WRJ ​Rosh Chodesh group at Temple Israel has been an ongoing, small, open, and welcoming group for many years.  Originally started ​about 15 years ago ​by Sally Rosenberg, the format has evolved into individuals and pairs of participants taking responsibility for a meeting once a year.  Although ​faciltating a program isn’t mandatory, most participants find the experience enlightening and are eager to lead a program the next year.  ​New participants are always welcome. 

This year we served 304 at the Congregational Musical Seder, 213 religious school students, 50 meals to homebound congregants, 130 adults and tots at the Tot Seder for a grand total of 697 people!!!


If you would like to leave a comment about your experience at this event, please do it here.  


As with any sisterhood event, we are already thinking about next year and I don't think you will want to miss it!   

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.                                                                                     

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 

Each woman who joins the Rosh Chodesh group at Temple brings her own special talents, gifts, and offerings.  For the second year in a row, Linda Bedrin hosted the Nissan Rosh Chodesh meeting at her home with a lovely dinner of Passover-friendly foods.  This year’s delicacies included matzah balls by Chris Gang, soup, salmon, kale salad, roasted  

Open to all  - men and guests are welcome.

RSVP by April 26 here or 901.937.2790.

Questions? Contact Alison Blen, 901.409.3002.

Our very first Mah Jongg "Fun" Raiser held 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, religious school and the early learning center.  The committee is already planning for next year's event and hope it will be attended by more.                                                                       

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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