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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.

Contact Sisterhood Leadership if you would like to assist and/or attend.

See the calendar on the home page for scheduled events.




Some of our past activities:

  • Member Appreciation Dinner
  • Brisket Cook-off and Dessert Bake-off with Brotherhood
  • 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 join Sisterhood, please fill out our online Sisterhood Membership Form, or complete this  printable Sisterhood Membership Form and mail it to us.

Please contact Sisterhood leadership if you are interested in learning more about Sisterhood.

Oneg Captain Program

The Oneg Captain Program is overseen by Sisterhood's Oneg Coordinator. Captains coordinate the hosts and assist them with the setup and cleanup of the Oneg. Captains participate three to four times a year in rotation. New volunteers to the program receive training prior to captaining on their own. If you are an adult member of the congregation and would like to participate in this Manageable Mitzvah, please contact the Sisterhood Oneg Coordinator. To sponsor an Oneg, please go to our form and document page to download the Sponsorship Form.

Sisterhood-Sponsored Book Group

B’nai Shalom Book Group on October 28, December 9 and January 13

On Monday, October 28, please join us to discuss discuss Gateway to the Moon by Mary Morris.  Taking place in a present-day impoverished New Mexico community, Gateway to the Moon is an extraordinary mystery.  A teenage boy’s discoveries bring the community face to face with their religious and political inheritance. Amateur astronomer Miguel Torres, the young hero, is looking for work. He finds a job at the home of artist Rachel Rothstein. Strangely, Miguel finds many of the family’s customs similar to ones in his own ancient community. Miguel then begins to search for why and how his community was founded.  To illustrate his search, the novel takes us through historical vignettes following the ancestors of his town’s residents, starting in 15th century Spain and moving to the discovery of America, highlighting their tortuous travels and courageous resistance to abandoning their faith. Congregant Stephen A. Sadow Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Latin American Literature and Jewish Studies at Northeastern University, will lead the discussion. Dr. Sadow has met New Mexico Latinos who were convinced they were of Jewish ancestry. He is familiar with 16th century history of the area that suggests their claims may be true.

On Monday, December 9, we will discuss The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff. Inspired by true events, the book is a unique story of friendship, courage and mystery centered around three women and a team of female secret agents during and after WW2. In 1946, young war widow Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase beneath a bench in Grand Central Terminal, Manhattan. Curious, she discovers a dozen photographs in the suitcase, each of a different woman. Through the British embassy in New York, she learns that the suitcase belonged to Eleanor Trigg, a Jewish refugee and leader of a team trained as couriers and radio operators, deployed out of London and sent incognito to France to aid the Resistance. They never returned home, their fates a mystery. Grace sets out to learn the truth about these women. Congregant Marsha Nourse, Ph.D., a professor in the writing program at Brandeis University and Professor Emerita of Literature at Dean College, will lead the discussion. Her literature and research interests are in Women’s, Environmental and Jewish Literature, and in American Poetry.

On Monday, January 13, we will discuss The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas. In this award-winning novel, a contemporary college student, son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father, journeys from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets. He receives a mysterious package that draws him to uncover a tangled history that binds the two sides of his family. The history has hints of mystery and magic, going back to the Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, built at the site where the infant Moses was taken from the Nile. The story illuminates the tensions that tear Muslim-Jewish communities apart and the forces that attempt to heal them.

October and December meetings will be held at B’nai Shalom. The January meeting will be held at The Willows, Studio room. All meetings start at 7 p.m. All B’nai Shalom members are welcome.  For more information, please contact Barbara Barry at

Fri, September 20 2019 20 Elul 5779