The Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck was organized in 1927, prior to the founding of our temple in 1928 and was called the “Jewish Sisterhood of Great Neck.” It was founded to give children a Jewish education. Lee Sussman was the first president. The Sisterhood has always played an important role in our congregation, to this day.
We provide programming and social activities to meet the needs of the women in our congregation. We changed our name from Sisterhood to Women’s Network and back again in an attempt to reach all women, all our “sisters.” We embrace the name because “Sisterhood” speaks to caring; “Sisterhood” speaks to volunteering, working side-by-side; “Sisterhood” speaks to helping others; “Sisterhood” speaks to being there for each other and for our temple.
We sponsor monthly Rosh Chodesh programs, a Sukkot Program, Girls’ Night Out Dinner Nights, and a Book Discussion Group. Here is the calendar of our upcoming events.
The flowers on the bimah each week and for the High Holy Days and the Oneg Shabbat collation are two visible signs of our weekly participation. The Library and Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) playground have received major gifts from us, as has the beautiful garden outside our entrance, tended lovingly by Sisterhood member Linda Koteen, of blessed memory. Today’s Sisterhood members led by Eileen Walk and Gayle Monaster, with their caring touch, following Linda’s lead, continue to care for the garden. The Religious School and ECEC have a laminating machine, purchased jointly with Brotherhood, to benefit our school programs. The choir robes you see at High Holy Days are also part of our giving back to the temple. Sisterhood also runs our Judaica Shop which can provide wonderful Judaica purchases for all special occasions such as engagements, weddings, baby’s births, birthdays, anniversaries, new house and hostess gifts. We also provide financial assistance to needy congregants (Emergency Relief Fund) and services to the blind (Helen Zaner Services to the Blind Fund). Your donation to our funds is greatly appreciated.
We encourage you to come to an event we sponsor. There is a place for you in the Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El.