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

Golda’s Balcony Postponed
Sisterhood is thrilled to announce that we will still be hosting this dynamic one woman show, but are postponing it until Fall. Stay tuned for a new date. Golda’s Balcony with Sandra Laub as Golda Meir is a 90 minute production which has received rave reviews.  Mark your calendars and come join us. There will be a pizza truck from Noon until 1:30! Check out the flyer for this event under Highlights on the Temple website homepage.

Dinner Club is meeting every other month this year. Our next Dinner Club gathering would be in April, but because of restrictions due to COVID-19, we will wait to schedule our next date. 

Book Club – Stay tuned for information on our next meeting.

Movie Night – Please check back for information on our next movie night! Next time we plan on going to the Mystic theater, movie to be determined. 

Save the date for our Sisterhood Service – Friday, May 8 at 7:30 pm!
On the Friday evening before Mother’s Day, the Sisterhood will once again lead the Shabbat service alongside Rabbi Ekstrand and Sherry Barnes.  Please plan to participate in the service alongside all of our Sisterhood friends as we celebrate Jewish women and the close ties that we share.  (A separate email will be sent later.)

WRJ Speaker – Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m.
We are fortunate to be welcoming a speaker from our WRJ Northeast District.  This presentation will be free and open to Sisterhood members.  More details about the event will follow.

Spring Mah Jongg Tournament Postponed
Due to the COVID-19 virus we are postponing the Mah Jongg Tournament that was scheduled for May 27th. Please stay tuned for a new date. We are looking at possibly June 29th if you want to pencil something into your calendar. 

Sisterhood will be sponsoring the oneg on the second Friday of each month. Whenever you can help, we really appreciate it. Merrill will be sending out reminders.

If you have any suggestions for future programs let Gail or Merrill know!

Temple Emanu-El Judaica Shop

The Temple Emanu-El Gift Shop offers jewelry, tallit, kiddush cups, candlesticks, special holiday items, and more! Special orders are possible. The gift shop is open on Sunday mornings 9:30-12. Special arrangements can be made by contacting or 860-625.6618.

You will find our gift shop prices beat Amazon’s significantly most of the time. The case in the atrium shows a price comparison on many items which are sold at the gift shop. As of now, the gift shop only accepts cash or check. Please consider donating handled paper bags or reusable bags. Plastic bags will no longer be provided. 

The gift shop is run by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood, and contributes to the temple in many ways. Some examples are donating to the general fund, gifts for confirmation students, and funding the Rosh Hashanah Oneg and Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast. The gift shop also helps to support religious school holiday celebrations and donates to the kitchen fund. The gift shop in particular donates (along with the Brotherhood) the candlesticks and kiddish cups for our Bar and Bat Mitzvah students. We give our college students electric menorahs to use in their dorms, and also provide dreidels and gelt to our religious school students. The money you spend at the gift shop truly stays within our community. 

If anyone would like to offer assistance it would be greatly appreciated. This is not very time consuming. It could be helping with merchandise placement, purchasing or something else you think you could offer.


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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