Congregation B'nai Shalom Sisterhood

Sisterhood is looking forward to an extremely exciting and productive year. Through a variety of social and religious action programs, we invite you to be part of this passionate group of women who come together to benefit the temple and our community.

Future events:

  • Book Group - Book Descriptions Here
    • December 8 (note change of date): The Ghost of Hannah Mendes by Naomi Regan
    • January 15: Enchantress by Maggie Anton
  • October 23 - Member Appreciation Dinner
  • October 25 - Brisket Cook-off and Dessert Bake-off with Brotherhood
  • Friday, January 23 - Sisterhood Shabbat
  • Friday, March 13 - Maggie Anton, author of Rashi's Daughters series
  • Saturday, March 14 - Our 6th Annual Women's Kallah
  • Thursday, March 26 - Our beautiful Annual Women's Seder

Contact if you would like to assist and/or attend.
For Book Group, contact .

Some of our past activities:

  • Book Group evening
  • Chanukah party, with gifts going to a women's shelter
  • Sisterhood Shabbat Service
  • Visit to Mayyim Hayyim in Newton
  • A social night, playing bunko and enjoying snacks
  • Annual Passover Women's Seder with a record turnout
  • And much, much more

To improve and enrich the Congregation's Friday evening Oneg experience, our Sisterhood coordinates Onegs. Please see the section on Coordination of Friday Night Oneg to learn more about this exciting and important activity!

See the calendar on the home page for scheduled events.

To join, download the membership form and complete it.

Please make your membership check payable to Congregation B'nai Shalom Sisterhood
Membership Dues: $36 Member, $54 Sponsor, $72 Benefactor
Please mail your completed application and dues to:
Cheryl Kasof
6 Dana Road
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Please contact co-Presidents or if you are interested in learning more about Sisterhood.

Coordination of Friday night Oneg

Dear Sisterhood members,

To improve and enrich the Congregation's Friday evening Oneg experience, our Sisterhood coordinates Onegs. The office still assigns the four household members to "host" the Oneg, but we've added a Sisterhood member to serve as "captain" of the evening. A fuller description of the captain's duties and timeline can be found in Oneg Captain Duties-Timeline and Checklist. Briefly, an Oneg captain will:

  • Receive the names and contact information for Oneg hosts two weeks prior to the Oneg.
    The captain contacts each co-host to review the host's duties, timeline, and food(s) selections.
  • Meet the Oneg hosts 30 minutes before the start of Friday's service to help them set-up the Social Hall.
  • Stay approximately 30 minutes after the end of the Oneg to help the hosts clean-up the Social Hall and Kitchen.

We urgently need your help to make our commitment successful each week. We are asking all Sisterhood members to select 2 or more Friday evenings to act as an Oneg captain. Fear not! Experienced captains will train and support you every step of the way. You can even co-select dates with a friend! Please contact one of the co-Presidents by clicking on the email links above.

Thank you in advance for fulfilling this important mitvah! We have received extremely positve feedback thus far from the congregation and are proud to be providing this wonderful service to the congregation!


Janice and Cheryl

Janice Hirshon & Cheryl Kasof
Sisterhood co-Presidents

Sisterhood-sponsored Book Group

On December 8 (note change of date), we will discuss The Ghost of Hannah Mendes by American-Israeli author Naomi Regan. Hannah Mendes (1510-1569) was one of the wealthiest Jewish women of Renaissance Europe. She married into an eminent international banking family, and became a prominent figure in the spice trade, finance, and politics in her era. She also developed an escape network that saved hundreds of Conversos from the Portuguese Inquisition. The novel is a heartfelt plea for family continuity, including devotion to Judaism. The main character is fictional Catherine da Costa, a modern day 74 year old descendant of Hannah Mendes. Catherine learns she has a terminal illness, and finds herself worrying more about her family's future than about her own death. She has two granddaughters in their 20's, but both are alienated from the family, not religously observant, have had unsatisfactory relationships, and are still unmarried. Hannah is also a character in the story, and through her the reader learns the horrific details of the Portuguese Inquisition and the struggles of crypto Jews. Hannah's ghost comes up with a plan to ensure the family's survival -- to persuade the granddaughters to accompany Catherine to Europe to track down Hannah's memoirs. They accept reluctantly, but on the trip they encounter Hannah as well, and learn of her devotion to family and the Sephardic culture. Through Ghost Hannah's mystical powers, Catherine's goals for her family's future become realizable.

On January 15, we will discuss "Enchantress" by Maggie Anton. Maggie Anton, author of the Rashi's Daughters series, will be B'nai Shalom's featured speaker for Shabbat March 13. "Enchantress" is her newest book, and brings to life the story of Hisdadukh, daughter of respected rabbi Rav Hisda in 3rd century Babylonia, weaving a tale of women's roles, Talmudic study, and what was then viewed as "magic" or "sorcery", but today might be called the healing arts. Anton describes this long-ago culture and forgotten history, as well as the personalities, aspirations, and real lives of the characters. It also illustrates the intersection of Judaism, Christianity and paganism. If you like stories of alien cultures with a bit of fantasy, this book is for you!