Sisterhood is ALL about the people! Our friends, our family, our community, ourselves! Programming for Sisterhood focuses on the people that make up our world.
Our women’s branch of the congregational family is affiliated with the Women of Reform Judaism and lends its support to youth, education, and service on a national as well as local level.
Sisterhood has many social and fund-raising activities planned for the year. They support the Temple by purchasing office equipment, sponsoring the weekly Oneg Shabbat, and giving partial camperships to Temple youth for attending Jewish summer camps. They support the Reyut Committee, evening and morning book groups, and organize volunteer to work at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.
What is Reyut?
Reyut comes from the same Hebrew root as the word neighbor in the biblical quotation love your neighbor as yourself, and implies friendship and companionship, as well as neighborliness.
Our Sisterhood Reyut Committee is available to all members of the congregation in times of stress and emergency. On request, the committee will attempt to locate additional sources of assistance.
Reyut can be of service only when advised of an existing need. A phone call to the temple office (518-374-8173) is all that is necessary to alert the committee. You can be assured that confidentiality is respected.
Reyut is you!
How does Reyut serve?
- By visiting the sick and shut-ins, at home, in the hospital, or nursing homes
- By assisting in time of bereavement
- By making friendly phone calls to our homebound
- By shopping and or running errands in time of crisis
- By providing transportation to Shabbat Services and to other Temple functions
- By furnishing the temple library with book and articles on death and grieving
- By sponsoring workshops relevant to Reyut services
- By providing meals in times of crisis
Who is Reyut?
Currently, we have about thirty-five Temple members serving actively on our committee. If you would like (even occasionally) to visit those who are sick or institutionalized, or if you can drive someone to make such visits, we need you.
If you can help prepare or serve a meal, or stay at a member’s home while the family attends a funeral, there is a place for you.
If you can provide transportation to temple functions, we want to hear from you.
Your ideas are also important, whether or not you can be active. Please call the temple office to make suggestions or to volunteer.
SH Rosh Chodesh
Rosh Chodesh is a monthly observance of the beginning of the Jewish month. The group’s purpose is to provide a secure place for women to share, learn and grow, and to help women of all ages and stages connect with the spiritual, feminine, and personal aspects of Judaism.
- Shopping at our Judaic Shop located in the temple foyer.
- Make a donation to any of the Sisterhood temple funds; Sisterhood Fund, Sisterhood Oneg Shabbat Fund, Sisterhood Jane Kahn Campership Fund, Sisterhood Jill Paul Liheyot Fund, Sisterhood Dorothy S. Ludwig Reyut Fund, or Sisterhood Soup Kitchen Fund.
Plant Trees In Israel
Plant a tree in Israel to recognize or memorialize friends, family, and loved ones. You may purchase trees though Sisterhood member Jane Golub who has been organizing this initiative for over 20 years. The fee is $10 per tree and a certificate will be sent to acknowledge the donation. You may purchase trees on our website. If you have any questions or would like to purchase over the phone, please contact Jane Golub.