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.” The group was founded to provide a Jewish education to children. Lee Sussman was the first president. Sisterhood continues to play an important role in our congregation to this day.
Sisterhood provides 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 of our “sisters.” We embrace the name because Sisterhood speaks to caring; Sisterhood speaks to volunteering, working side-by-side; Sisterhood speaks to helping others; and 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. Find upcoming programs on the calendar of our upcoming events.
The flowers on the bimah each week—as well as during High Holy Days—and the Oneg Shabbat collation are 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, which was tended lovingly by Sisterhood member Linda Koteen, of blessed memory. Today’s Sisterhood members, led by the caring touch of Eileen Walk and Gayle Monaster, continue to follow Linda’s lead and 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, as is the events monitor in the temple lobby. In addition, we provide financial assistance to congregants in need and those with special needs through the Emergency Relief Fund and the Helen Zaner Special Needs 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.