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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 for September, October & December

On Monday, September 9, we will discuss Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro. Shapiro, raised by Orthodox Jewish parents, tells the story of her search for identity. After a commercial DNA test, which she and her husband did as a lark, the results came back with unanticipated news: her DNA was only 52% Ashkenazic. Both of her parents were deceased, so she could not ask them about her birth. Through investigative journalism and genetic sleuthing, Shapiro found the identity of her biological father, and then struggled as each member of her family, old and new, adjusted to the new genetic information. The book’s themes are universal: all of us wonder who we really are, where we came from, and how our ancestry forms our lives.

Congregant Natalie Rudolph, Ph.D, will lead the discussion. Natalie has extensive genetics training, and helps companies produce grant and contract applications to fund research and development in the areas of biotechnology, biomedicine, and medical devices. She is a Past President of both Congregation B’nai Shalom and the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, and an avid reader of thrillers.

On Monday, October 28, we will 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 that captures the imagination. A teenage boy’s discoveries bring the community face to face with a religious and political inheritance they never expected. Amateur astronomer Miguel Torres, our young hero, is looking for work. He takes a position at the home of frustrated artist Rachel Rothstein, who has moved her family from New York for a fresh start. Strangely, Miguel finds many of the family’s customs similar to ones he sees in his own 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., will lead the discussion. Steve is Professor Emeritus  of Latin American Literature and Jewish Studies at Northeastern University. Steve has been to New Mexico many times and has met Latinos who were convinced they were of Jewish ancestry. He is familiar with the 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 Lost Girls of Paris is a unique story of friendship, courage and mystery centered around three women and a team of female secret agents during and after World War II.  In 1946, young war widow Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench in Grand Central Terminal, Manhattan. Curious, Grace discovers a dozen photographs in the suitcase, each of a different woman, and quickly leaves the station. Through the British embassy in New York, Grace learns that the suitcase belonged to Eleanor Trigg, a Jewish refugee and leader of a network of female agents 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 the women in the photographs. This book is a page-turner, a fascinating story that inspires thoughts about women's ingenuity and resilience during challenging times. 

All 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

Thu, July 18 2019 15 Tammuz 5779