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.


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

Sisterhood TBI Board members, please cllick on this link to access our website:

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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



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 2017-2018:

July 9, 2017              November 12, 2017     March 11, 2018*      July 8, 2018
August 13, 2017        December 10, 2017     Aprll 15, 2018*        August 12, 2018
September 10, 2017   January 14, 2018        May 14, 2018*       September 16, 2018
October 15, 2017       February 11, 2018      (Monday evening)   October 14, 2018

*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 5, 2017                     Sharrel Titlebaum & Linn Ullenbrauck, The Making of a Mensch
August 2, 2017                 Cynthia Lerner's portrail of Golda Meir
September 6, 2017           Shore Community Services
October 4, 2017              
November 1, 2017            
December 6, 2017            
March 7, 2018                  
April 4, 2018
May 14, 2018 (Combined open/board meeting)
July 11, 2018
August 1, 2018
September 5, 2018           
October 3, 2018


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 25, 2017
November 1*, 8, 15, 22. 29, 2017
December 6*, 2017
March 7*, 14, 21, 2018
April 4*, 11, 18, 25, 2018

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 Board Orientation:  Sunday, June 25, 2017
Grazianno's Dinner Night Out:  Monday, August 14, 2017 5960 W. Touhy Ave., Niles, 6:30PM
Book Club:  Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Portillos Dinner Night Out:  Wednesday September 6, 2017
Bake Sale & Cookie Walk:  Sunday, September 10, 2017
Membership Luncheon:  Sunday, October 22, 2017

Book Club:  Wednesday, October 25, 2017
WRJ Midwest District Leadership Training & Board Meeting, OSRUI, October 27-29, 2017
Evening Family Program w/Brotherhood:  Wednesday, November 7, 2017

Artisan Faire:  Sunday, November 19, 2017

Book Club:  Wednesday, December 20, 2017
T'Fillot Nashim:  Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Club:  Wednesday, February 21, 2018
WRJ Fried Leadership Conference, Nashville, TN:  March 1-4, 2018
Sisterhood Spring Event:  Saturday, March 24, 2018

Book Club:  Wednesday, April 25, 2018
WRJ Midwest District Kallah:  April 27-39, 2018
Combined Open Program Meeting & Board Meeting:  Monday, May 14, 2018, 7:30 PM
Nursing Home Luncheon:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Earning Fund Luncheon:  Sunday, June 3, 2018, 12:00PM
Temple/Sisterhood/Brotherhood Installation and Consecration:  Friday, June 8, 2018, 7:30PM

Book Club:  Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Metropolitan Chicago Area Day:  Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ TBI 8:15AM -- 3:00PM
Sisterhood Board Orientation:  Sunday, July 8, 2018, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Mah Jongg Tournament:  Sunday, July 29, 2018, 1:00pm -- 4:00PM

Book Club:  Wednesday, August 22, 2018


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 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