Sisterhood

ABOUT OUR SISTERHOOD

The objectives of the Organization shall be to foster and further the highest ideals of Reform Judaism, to enrich the lives of its members through personal growth and friendship, to give full support to the Temple and Jewish Religious Education, to assist in community activities of the Congregation and to further the program of the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) and the WRJ Midwest District. 

Vision Statement:  Sisterhood Temple Beth Israel strives to be a welcoming, inclusive, multigenerational group of women dedicated to serving our membership, our Temple, our community and WRJ.

We are an award winning sisterhood!

In 2016, we won 1st place for the Rhoda Hauptman Memorial Award for Excellence for Membership for our “Sweat, Sip & Snack” and 1st place for WRJ Projects for “Fighting Sex Trafficking” programs!

In 2015, received Or Ami “Light of My People” Honorable Mention for Sisterhood TBI Women's Seder, Sarah's Circle Tea, The History of Sisterhood Temple Beth Israel and In Our Own Voice.

In 2014, received 3rd place for Social Action of the Rhoda Hauptman Memorial Award for Excellence for our WINGS Shower.  Received honorable mention for The History of Sisterhood and Sarah’s Circle Tea.

In 2013, received Or Ami Award “Light of My People” Honorable Mention for our WINGS Shower at the WRJ 49th Biennial Assembly in San Diego, CA.

In 2013, WRJ highlighted a recipe from our Just Pesach cookbook for their WRJ Cook book Collection.

The WRJ Midwest District Convention recognizes one woman from each Sisterhood for the WOMAN OF VALOR special recognition at each biennial convention.  Our Women of Valor are:

 
2010 – Susan Schneider  2012 – Dena Mae Cohenz"l  2014  Carol Barrington  2016 -- Alyce Heman

In 2009, received the following at the WRJ 47th Biennial Assembly in Toronto, Canada: 

Or Ami Award Special Recognition
for our Strategic Plan

  Silver Lifeline Pin
Signifying our Sisterhood’s significant contribution to the
YES Fund Lifeline Endowment Fund

In 2008, received Honorable Mention the Rhoda Hauptman Memorial Award for Excellence for our Women’s Seder.

In 2004, the Rhoda Hauptman Memorial Award for Excellence for our Welcome Shower for Wings at the MFTS Convention.  Also received Honorable Mention for the Nursing Home Luncheon co-hosted with Sisterhood BJBE.

2016-2017 SISTERHOOD OFFICERS

Co-Presidents: Jane Page & Sheila Rosenfeld
Co-VPs Fundraising:  Pam Lavine & Joanne Merritt
Co-VPs, Membership:  Cynthia Miller & Ione Novak
Co-VPs, Program:  Judy Sands & Lisa Wynn
Co-VPs. Welfare & Social Action:  Anne (Patti) Levy & Ellen Sontag
VP, Communications:  Keryn Groner
Co-VPs Youth & School Activities:  April Levy & Fran Meyer
Secretary:  Karen Weine
Financial Secretary:  Cyndy Novak
Treasurer:  Minna Einhorn
Co-Chaplains:  Linda Janush & Gale Nudelman


Sisterhood TBI Board members, please cllick on this link to access our website:  www.sisterhoodtbi.org

If you have any website access issues, please contact Linn Ullenbrauck.

Sisterhood links:

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WRJ Midwest District:  http://www.wrj.org/midwest

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Women of Reform Judaism:  www.wrj.org

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Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) strengthens the voice of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values.

Sisterhood TBI Annual Dues:
Dues for TBI Members: $35
Dues for Non TBI Members:  $45
Voluntary Chai Dues: $18 and up
Support of OSRUI: $1

 

2016-2017 SISTERHOOD CALENDAR OF EVENTS

BOARD MEETINGS:  
The Sisterhood board meets the second Sunday of the month at 10:00AM in the Cohn Library.  Board meetings are open for all sisterhood members to attend.  Below are the board meeting dates for 2016-2017:

July 17, 2016*             November 13, 2016     March 5, 2017*      July 9, 2017
August 21, 2016*        December 11, 2016      Aprll 2, 2017*        August 13, 2017
September 11, 2016    January 8, 2017          May 15, 2017*       September 10, 2017
October 9, 2016          February 12, 2017      (Monday evening)   October 8, 2017

*Note:  Meetings with an astrisk are NOT the second Sunday of the month.


OPEN PROGRAM MEETINGS (first Wednesday of each month 12:00-2:00PM)
Sisterhood holds open program meeting on the first Wednesdays of the month.  These meetings are open to all Sisterhood members and guests are welcome.  It includes a light meal and a special program.  Please note the dates below and check the Temple calendar, the bulletin and weekly eBlasts for the program details:

July 6, 2016                     James Fin, Remembering Chicago' Jews
August 3, 2016                 Sharan Tash, Strategies for creating better women's health
September 7, 2016           TBD
October 5, 2016               Ernie Heimann, Travelogue of Cuba & Japan
November 2, 2016            Beth Sair, Talking Statues
December 1, 2016            Lori Sagarin
March 1, 2017                  Rabbi Michael Weinberg
April 5, 2017
May 15, 2017 (Combined open/board meeting)
July 5, 2017
August 2, 2017
September 6, 2017           Shore Community Services
October 4, 2017

WEDNESDAY MORNING STUDY WITH RABBI WEINBERG

Take advantage of this opportunity to study with Rabbi and Sisterhood using The Torah:  A Women's Commentary.  Everyone is welcome and there is no class registration or charge.  So come and participate in these informative and lively sessions.  Attend one session, several or all sessions.

Study sessions are held from 10:00AM - 11:30AM at Temple. 


Please note these study sessions are now being held on Wednesday mornings. 
Sessions are scheduled for the following dates: 

October 26, 2016
November 2*, 16, 23, 30, 2016
December 7*, 2016
February 15, 22, 2017
March 1*, 15, 29, 2017
April 5, 2017

No prior registration or preparation is necessary.  We hope to see you there!

*Come for the Torah study and then stay for the open meeting program at 12:00pm 


SISTERHOOD EVENTS:
Sisterhood Board Orientation:  Sunday, July 10, 2016
Evening Book Club:  Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Bake Sale & Cookie Walk:  Sunday, September 11, 2016
Dinner Night Out @ Grazianos:  Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Membership Luncheon:  Sunday, September 25, 2016
Evening Book Club:  Wednesday, October 26, 2016
WRJ Midwest District Convention in Downers Grove:  October 27-30, 2016
Artisan Faire:  Sunday, November 20, 2016
Jeff & Janis Debut Concert:  Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Evening Social Action Program:  Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Vibrato Shopping Event:  Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Evening Book Club:  Wednesday, December 21, 2016
T'Fillot Nashim:  Saturday, January 14, 2017
Super Study The Dreyfus Affair, Truth, and the 21st Century, Monday, January 30, 217
Graziano's Dinner Night Out:  Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Evening Book Club:  Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Spring Social Action Tea:  Sunday, February 26, 2017
WRJ Fried Leadership Conference, Charleston, SC:  March 3-5, 2017
Not Your Grandma's BINGO:  Saturday, March 25, 2017
Mah Jongg Canasta and Games Weekend @ OSRUI:  March 31-April 2, 2017
Evening Book Club:  Wednesday, April 26, 2017
WRJ Midwest District Kallah:  April 28-30, 2017
Combined Open Program Meeting & Board Meeting:  Monday, May 15, 2017, 7:30 PM
Nursing Home Luncheon:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Temple/Sisterhood/Brotherhood Installation and Consecration:  Friday, May 26, 2017, 7:30PM
Earning Fund LuncheonSunday, June 4, 2017, 12:00PM
Evening Book Club:  Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Metropolitan Chicago Area Day:  Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ BJBE 8:15AM -- 3:00PM
Sisterhood Board Orientation:  Sunday, June 25, 2017, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Evening Book Club:  Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Bake Sale & Cookie Walk, Sunday, September 10, 2017

SISTERHOOD TBI JUDAICA GIFT SHOP

The Sisterhood TBI Judaica Gift Shop is located in the lobby of the Temple.  Shop and schmooze while your kids are in class or getting real coffee and a bagel at the Nosh Cafe.  The Judaica Shop is open every Sunday during the religious school year from 9:00am to 12:10pm when religious school is in session as well as during the Wednesday open program meetings and other temple events.  The office staff is always available to assist you with any purchases during business hours.

Stock up on all your Shabbat ritual items.  We showcase beautiful Judaica items for holidays, life-cycle events, and everyday occasions.  If you have a specific item in mind that we don’t have or a special simcah, we’ll be glad to order it for you.  Can’t decide on that important gift?  The problem is solved with a gift certificate!

Judaica Shop purchases give sisterhood members 10% earnings fund credit.  Earnings fund credits are used to purchase your plate at the annual year end Earnings Fund Luncheon.

Please contact Linn Ullenbrauck at 847-676-0665 or email at LinnEUPooh@att.net with any questions.

You have the opportunity to purchase bar/bat mitzvah or wedding invitations, stationery and napkins through Sisterhood.  Invitation books are available through Elaine Kropveld-Berger to look at or check out to bring home. You may contact Elaine at (847) 677-8737 or ejkb99@aol.com.