The Sisterhood is an auxiliary group interested in sharing their talents and energy, while connecting with other women in the Temple Emanu-El community through intellectual, spiritual and social activities.

Upcoming Sisterhood Events

Dear Sisterhood friends,

Last month we enjoyed some online fun with a virtual scavenger hunt and hosted a joint Book Club meeting complete with the author, Jonathan Kaufman, who wrote “The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China.”  The Book Club meeting welcomed Hadassah to join in and we had over 50 screens viewing this engaging presentation.  We’d like to thank all who helped to facilitate the event on a somewhat short timeline! 

The month of May brings us to our annual Sisterhood Shabbat Service on Friday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m.  In advance, we’d like to thank Eileen for coordinating the service, and to all Sisterhood members who will be participating.  Please join us for this special service!

Wishing you all the best,
Merrill and Gail

Sisterhood Shabbat Service  – On Friday, May 7, at 7:30 PM the Sisterhood will lead the Shabbat service as is our tradition to do on the weekend of Mother’s Day.  We all look forward to this special Shabbat service honoring the women in our lives and those who came before us.

Book Club – On Tuesday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m., “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish will be the book being discussed.  All are welcome to join in the discussion.


Save the Date: Thursday, June 10 – We’re looking ahead to our end of the year Sisterhood gathering.  Please save the date for what we’re hoping (fingers crossed), might possibly, hopefully, be our first in person Sisterhood get together in over a year. We can’t say for sure, just yet, but we will plan for an event on this date, whether in person or via Zoom.  Please plan to join us that evening!  Stay tuned…

WRJ Programs – Merrill and Gail just went on a 4 day virtual bus tour with this tour guide, Shari Robins. It was “Israel Through the 5 Senses”. Shari did an amazing presentation incorporating songs, dances, tours inside museums and marketplaces. So we wanted you to know about this program since we are all looking for interesting things to do. Consider signing up for the WRJ emails. They have put together some wonderful programs.

Mahjong Cards
– Another successful fundraiser, the annual sale of mahjong cards run by Iris Freeman, netted the Sisterhood $635! Thank you to Iris for her dedication to the Sisterhood and our love of all things mahjong! 

Mah Jongg Tournament – Check back for future dates when we can resume these great tournaments.


Temple Emanu-El Gift Shop Online! – Browse our selection of jewelry, tallit, candlesticks, candles, gift ideas and more on the website. The Gift Shop website contains over 300 items, and is always being updated with new merchandise. Check it out by clicking on the Judaica Shop link on our Temple homepage or CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR ONLINE SHOP! (Thank you to Susan Hausmann for running the Gift Shop through a website she created which makes it easy to shop from home.) 

Mazel Tov, Cécile!!! The Sisterhood would like to congratulate our fellow Sisterhood board member, Cecile Feldman, on being awarded the temple honor of the Howard Ilson Award for being an outstanding member of the congregation, and giving years of service to the temple.  

Fun Recent Activies

Sisterhood Scavenger Hunt –On Thursday, March 18, at 7 PM we had a scavenger hunt on Zoom. From the comfort of our homes, we were challenged to find items and bring them back to our computers for all to see. Prizes were awarded and fun was had by all!

Challah Class – Thanks to thank Merrill Mazzella for organizing and demonstrating how to bake a beautiful round challah (actually she showed us how to bake 4 different styles!).  If you missed it, you can watch it on the TE “YouTube” channel. The link is under Recent Programs on the Temple Emanu-El Homepage. 

Trivia Nights – We have had two trivia nights so far! Aside from exercising our brains, the format of breakout rooms lends itself to fun social interaction. These evenings are a lot of fun, so keep an eye out for future Trivia Nights!

Our Kick-off event, the Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Tasting, was popular with 65 participants enjoying delicious craft chocolates together via Zoom. Thank you to Merrill for organizing our fabulous event, hosted by Estelle Tracy, a chocolate sommelier!! It was a wonderful, delicious, fun evening!!

On Tuesday, September 22, 2020 we met for a “Sisterhood Virtual Happy Hour & Membership Drive” on Zoom. It was great to have a chance to say hi to old friends and meet some new ones.

Safe Futures – Thank you to all who participated in, and donated to, the Safe Futures Annual 4K Safe Walk which this year was done virtually by participants.  A small group of Sisterhood friends got together to walk the Niantic Boardwalk and even more walked on other days in different places.  All totaled, on our Sisterhood sign up page, we raised $366 for Safe Futures!  


Sisterhood Activities

  • Operating the Judaica Shop
  • Membership Kick-off and Year End Dinners
  • Apples and Honey for Rosh Hashanah after the Children’s Service
  • Sending Chanukiot to all college students whose families are members of the Temple
  • Providing Oneg for Rosh Hashanah
  • Sponsoring dessert for one night of the Jewish Film festival
  • A dedicated Friday night Sisterhood Service
  • Mah Jongg Tournaments
  • Movie Nights
  • Sisterhood Dinner Club

Other Past Activities

  • Family hikes
  • Yoga classes
  • Zumba classes
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Trivia night
  • Book Club

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