Women of Reform Judaism - Temple Israel Sisterhood

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Malco Ridgeway 4

5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy

Monday, January 16, 10 am

Enjoy a movie with WRJ on Martin Luther King Day!  Price includes popcorn, drink, and a current flick. Payment at the door is $5/members; $8 non-members.

RSVP here or call the Sisterhood hotline, 901.937.2790 by January 12.



Sunday, February 5, 10am-noon

Enjoy brunch and a creative and crafty morning with Handmade by Hallie with Hallie Charney and Marci Hirsch of Marci Art. You will go home with a handmade piece of jewelry and photo gift. Bring your favorite photo from home and leave with a personalized piece of art of your family using that photo.

Hallie Charney has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Tennessee in studio art and a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Memphis with a concentration in Photography/Printmaking. Hallie has taught photography at the University of Memphis, Rhodes College and Memphis College of Art. Hallie creates mixed media using alternative photographic processes.

Marci Hirsch has been creating handmade jewelry for over 20 years. Her work combines silver and gold with carved and painted Tagua nut and other materials. Many of her pieces are one-of-kind which the wearer enjoys wearing as much as she enjoys creating.

Chairpeople of this program are Julie Boshwit, Amy Kirshbaum, Janice Ringel, and Debbie Rosenthal. Cost is $25 for members/$30 for non-members. Your payment is your reservation by January 31 with a check to WRJ Sisterhood (attn: Waynette Besser) or RSVP and pay here.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Boshwit, boshwit@comcast.net or 901.683.4450.  

Rosh Chodesh & Havdalah Bonfire

Saturday, January 28 @ 5:30 pm

Home of Richard and Melissa Faber

7784 October Rose Cove

Join your sisters for this special evening of Rosh Chodesh and Havdalah with a giant bonfire at the home of Richard and Melissa Faber. Be with your sisters as we put out the Havdalah candle and light the torch on another week. Bring your lawn chair.

RSVP here or call the Sisterhood hotline, 901.937.2790 by January 24. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Faber, mfaber01@gmail.com, 901.490.1561.

Dazzle Sales to Benefit Sisterhood

Dazzle will once again make a 10% donation of sales made on Wednesday, December 14 from 6 - 7:30 PM to Sisterhood.  Dazzle is located at 7730 Poplar Avenue in the Exeter Village Shopping Center.  

Chanukah Market Place

Sunday, December 11

9am - 1pm

If you would like to volunteer to help, please call the hotline at 901-937-2790.

Second Saturday Afternoon Book Club

Due to popularity but limited seating of the current Saturday afternoon book club, a second Saturday afternoon book club is  in the works.  If you are interested in being a part of a book club similar to the one now in its 22nd year, please contact Liz Simonian at ealps58@gmail.com or 901-754-2974 (home) or     901-289-6398 (cell).

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MIFA Seniors Project

Upcoming Events

Sisterhood News

Congregational Shabbat and Chanukah Dinner

Friday, December 30

7:30pm -9pm


WRJ and MRJ are co-sponsoring the annual Chanukah Dinner to be held immediately following services on Friday, December 30.  A delicious dinner including Corky's beef brisket, chicken tenders for kids, baked beans, slaw, latkes and donut holes will be served.  The cost is $8/adult and $4/child (10 and under).  

Reservations are being accepted until December 23 and can be made here.   

Don't forget to bring your menorah and candles to light.  

WRJ - SW District Biennial

Temple Israel Sisterhood recently hosted the WRJ-SW District Biennial in Memphis November 10-13 with 74 sisterhood members across an eight state area in attendance.  

Programming began on Thursday night with our sisterhood presenting their award winning SPA...ahh program to demonstrate to other sisterhoods what a successful program looked like with handouts for them to adapt for their own sisterhoods.  On Sunday morning, our sisterhood brought back to life a YES Fund program we did years ago, Follow the Yellow Brick Road, featuring Irving Evans on piano, Wendy Lippin as Menshella, Marisa Baggett as the Rabbi, Elissa Taub at the Teacher/Educator and Alex Evans as the Cantor.  This program help raise over $5,000 for the YES Fund.

The group attended services at Temple Israel on Friday night, enjoyed a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum,  and sang and danced with Julie Silver at a Saturday night concert.  There were also many workshops to choose from and late night skits to enjoy.  

Twenty one attended the biennial from Memphis and over 40 volunteered to help prior to and during the weekend.  The local committee was chaired by Phyllis Gregory with Jane Eckstein and Lorraine Steinberg serving as assistant co-chairs.  

Below are some of the photos highlighting this amazing weekend!  

Here are a few of the 80 caps that volunteer knitters from our Sisterhood created for the MIFA seniors project.  Every month, WRJ volunteers perpare a hearty luncheon for low-income able-bodied seniors who help less able-bodied seniors with daily chores.  

Adult Shabbat Dinner

Friday, January 6 - following services

Leave the kids at home and enjoy a Shabbat dinner for adults only on January 6. The cost is $8/person and you can RSVP before December 30 here or you can send your check to Temple (attention: Waynette Besser).  

Mother Bear Project

The Mother Bear group is knitting 160 hats for Perea Preschool.  The students of ELC and Religious School give everyone an educational toy and pajamas for Christmas and this year Sisterhood is adding a warm hat to their gift.    


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