Our Sisterhood – 60 Years and Counting!

Our Temple Beth Or Sisterhood provides a network of support for the congregation and for its members. The temple experience is enhanced multifold through their efforts; it would be impossible to imagine temple life without them.

The Sisterhood was established in 1949 as a natural offshoot of the Council of Jewish Women. The Council had served as a ladies auxiliary to meet congregational needs of all three congregations at the time: Temple Beth Or, Etz Ahayem and Agudath Israel. By 1949, responsibilities the ladies had taken on at Temple Beth Or called for a dedicated organization and thus the Temple Beth Or Sisterhood was born.

Our first Sisterhood President was Mrs. Kalman Shwarts, Sr. who has been followed by an amazing series of dedicated and energetic women. Our Sisterhood Presidents have each brought their own vision of warmth and creativity to temple life.

A long tradition of providing delicious and bountiful dinners and receptions for special events only touches the surface of Sisterhood accomplishments. Sisterhood has supported the Youth Group and S.E.F.T.Y, established a gift shop, helped renovate the temple kitchen, added silver, tablecloths, a washer, dryer, freezer, piano and an organ. Materials for the Religion School have also been supplied. They have beautified the Temple through landscaping of the West Terrace; completed tapestries depicting the twelve tribes that adorn the temple office; and their needlepoint tapestry wall hanging, representing the Creation in Genesis, is in the Social Hall. Needlepoint Torah Covers were completed and dedicated, designed and executed by congregation members.

A vital Sisterhood depends on its individual members and we have been blessed with a congregation who believes in the importance of maintaining and enhancing the congregational experience. Please feel free to contact our officers and committee chairs with suggestions and offers to help.

TBO Sisterhood_Bd_Members_web_vs_Aug_2010Some members of TBO’s 2010/2011 Sisterhood Board posed in the Temple library. Standing (left to right) Peggy Cohn, Gay Winter, Charlotte Mussafer, Jamie Loeb, Carol Loeb, Susan Bernstein, Sharon Berry. Seated (left to right) Sharon McDaniel, Myrna Rothfeder, Marlene Beringer, Esther Scheuer, Kelly Capouya. (Missing from the photo are Corinne C. Capilouto, Susan Finklestein, Bette Goldberg, Joy Kaplan, Burke Schloss, Sandy Lynn Stevens, Bette Sue Strasburger, LeAnne Wallace and Lisa Weil.)

Officers of Temple Beth Or Sisterhood 2015/16

President Susan Finkelstein
Vice President Mae Cohen
Vice President Akiko Bloom
Recording Secretary Charlotte Mussafer
Financial Secretary Pam Hitchcock
Treasurer Aimee Harris
Immediate Past President Karen Goldstein

Sisterhood Standing Committees 

Chanukah Dinner
Closing Meeting
Huntingdon College Night
Joint Sisterhood Lunch
Opening Meeting
Passover Seder

Rosh Hashanah – Apples and Honey

Rosh Hashanah – Oneg

Simchat Torah
Sisterhood Sabbath
Ways and Means

Yom Kippur Break Fast Reception