Sisterhood: 1927 to Today

Originally called the Jewish Sisterhood of Great Neck, The Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck was organized in 1927—a year before the founding of Temple Beth-El itself—to provide a Jewish education to children. Sisterhood continues to play an important role in our congregation to this day.

Sisterhood sponsors monthly Rosh Chodesh programs, a Sukkot event, Girls’ Night Out Dinners and a Book Discussion Group. During the summer, it hosts a paid-up membership pool party. Through these programs and other social activities, Sisterhood strives to meet the needs of the “sisters” in our congregation. Even during these difficult pandemic times, the group meets virtually every month to keep its sisters connected to the temple—and to each other. The members embrace the name, because Sisterhood speaks to the sense of family and mutual care they seek to create. Through volunteering and working side-by-side, they build bonds of connection to each other—and to the temple. This year, volunteer bakers donated nearly a thousand desserts to health-care workers and local families in need. Their contributions were highlighted in these newspaper articles: Temple Beth-El Sisterhood Delivers Some Sweetness to Hospital Staff and Community Unity Feeds Families in Need.

Signs of Sisterhood’s activities and charitable donations can be found everywhere at Temple Beth-El: in the flowers that adorn the bimah each week, and at the Oneg Shabbat collation; in the library and the Early Childhood Education Center playground; and in the beautiful garden outside the temple entrance, lovingly tended by Sisterhood members. Its members’ donations have helped provide the school with a laminating machine, the lobby with an events’ monitor display and the High Holy Days choir with beautiful white robes. Sisterhood also offers financial assistance to congregants in need and those with special needs through the Emergency Relief Fund and the Helen Zaner Special Needs Fund. Donations to Sisterhood’s funds are greatly appreciated.

We encourage all women temple members to attend a Sisterhood event. Be Empowered. Be Enriched. Be Engaged. There is a place for you in the Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El. To learn more, email Sisterhood at