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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.

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 for May and July

On Thursday, May 23, we will be discussing Promised Land: A Novel of Israel by Martin Fletcher. This historical novel is a saga of two brothers during the first 20 years of the State of Israel. The Berg family of Munich, Germany family sent their older son, 14-year-old Peter, to America during the mid-1930s to escape the growing horror in Nazi Germany. Peter was sponsored by Quakers and sent to Wisconsin. The younger brother Arie remained with the family, and only Arie survived. Later, they reunite in the nascent Jewish state, where Arie has become a businessman and one of the richest men in Israel. Peter emigrates to Israel, becoming a top Mossad agent heading some of Israel’s most vital espionage operations. One brother is building Israel, the other protecting it. Ironically, they fall in love with the same woman, Tamara, a Jewish refugee from Cairo. As their new homeland faces obstacles that could destroy it, the brothers’ intrigues and jealousies threaten to tear their lives apart. The novel is the gripping tale of a struggling family and an epic about a struggling nation. One reviewer compares this novel to Leon Uris' iconicExodusPromised Land is a Jewish Book Council 2018 Book Club Award Finalist. The author Martin Fletcher is a former NBC News’ Middle East correspondent and Tel Aviv News Bureau chief.

On Monday July 8, we will discuss The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. In fiction disguised as a memoir, the author tells Austrian-Jewish Hedwig Kiesler's life story. Extraordinarily beautiful and scientifically brilliant, Hedy became a stage actress at age 19 in Vienna and met military munitions manufacturer Friedrich Mandl. Attracted to his wealth and influence in the face of threats to Austria's independence, her parents encouraged a union. Once married, Hedy found her husband to be controlling and abusive, but remained with him long enough to witness his meetings with political and military operatives. In 1937, she left her husband and fled to Los Angeles, becoming the popular screen star Hedy Lamarr. Working on lucrative contracts for MGM but beset by guilt at her Jewish heritage and horror at Hitler’s treatment of Jews, she began to hone her hidden scientific background. Desiring to contribute to America’s war effort, she developed plans for a radio-guided torpedo system far superior to the one in use, and worked to convince the U.S. military of its value. Benedict's novel describes a complicated woman who strived to be recognized for her groundbreaking scientific invention, known today as a precursor of wireless communications.  

Both meetings will be held at B’nai Shalom, starting at 7 p.m. All B’nai Shalom members are welcome. For more information, please contact Barbara Barry at

Sun, May 19 2019 14 Iyar 5779