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.
Officers of Temple Beth Or Sisterhood 2015/16
|Vice President||Mae Cohen|
|Vice President||Akiko Bloom|
|Recording Secretary||Charlotte Mussafer|
|Financial Secretary||Pam Hitchcock|
|Immediate Past President||Karen Goldstein|
Sisterhood Standing Committees
|Huntingdon College Night|
|Joint Sisterhood Lunch|
Rosh Hashanah – Apples and Honey
Rosh Hashanah – Oneg
|Ways and Means|
Yom Kippur Break Fast Reception