Sisterhood/Women of Reform Judaism
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The mission of the Sisterhood of Monroe Temple of Liberal Judaism, an affiliate of WRJ, is to provide all women within our Jewish community opportunities that encourage friendship, education and spirituality.
We aspire to achieve these goals through a variety of programs, social action endeavors, charitable contributions, service to our temple and service to Jewish and humanitarian causes.
Sisterhood is a diverse group of women, from working professionals to stay-at-home moms, ranging in age from 20s to 80s. We are single, single parents, married, married with children, divorced and widowed.
The Sisterhood provides an outlet for temple women to nurture their creative energy and leadership potential in service to each other, the temple, and the larger community. The varied interests are reflected in the diversity of programs offered, and in the scope of causes supported. The yearly calendar is filled with events to appeal to spiritual, educational, social, and family interests.
Board meetings are held monthly to plan these activities. The group operates the Judaica Shop, and sponsors Vacation Bonanza, educational events, and cultural programs such as Israeli Dancing for Sukkot. Annual contributions are made to the temple’s operational fund, and the Sisterhood Scholarship Fund.
As the collective voice and strength of Women of Reform Judaism, our WRJ membership fee furthers the causes of: the Jewish Braille Institute; the YES Fund for Youth, Education, Special Projects; the National Federation of Temple Youth; the World Union for Progressive Judaism; and the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.
New members to the congregation are offered a one-year free membership as they connect with other women within the temple community. Membership includes attendance at meetings, held on the first Monday of every month, as well as the many programs created.
We’re missing just one person…..that’s YOU!
JUDAICA TREASURES AND TREATS
Looking for that special occasion gift? Not sure what to give? What about a gift certificate? HOURS: Call us for information. Do you have a few hours a month to help in the shop? Volunteers are welcome. Call the office for information.
SHOP AT OUR SHOP AND HELP SISTERHOOD TOO!
Make sure to pick up a copy of our Sisterhood Cookbook,
fabulous family favorites, available for sale in our
Judaica Treasures and Treats Shop!
OUR PROGRAMS ARE DESIGNED TO ENHANCE
- Personal growth
- Jewish involvement
- Feeling of community
- Strengthening one’s faith and learning its precepts
- Establishing and maintaining a meaningful Jewish lifestyle
If you are not already a member of sisterhood – we invite you to join
If you would like to join us, please click here to enroll.
Three Special Sisterhood/WRJ Members Honored: On June 9, 2013, at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Federation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County, held at MTLJ, three of our own Sisterhood/WRJ members were recognized with other Volunteers of the Year: Shelly Sherman, Ann Fink, and Beth Cook. These dedicated ladies diligently work in our gift shop, Judaica Treasures and Treats, all year round, year after year. “Mazel Tov” to Shelly, Ann, and Beth!!
(pictured on left, Beth Cook, Lenny Keitel, Ann Fink, and Shelly Sherman)
THE MONROE TEMPLE SISTERHOOD/WRJ BOARD:
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS 2015-2016:
Co-President: Lisa Friedman
Co-President: Michelle Meyers
VP Membership: Joyce Epstein-Ross
VP Programs, Scholarship Chair & Sunshine: Carol Nirenberg
Treasurer: Lisa Sternberg
Recording Secretary & Uniongrams : Mary Haberman
Corresponding Secretary: Elyse Goldberg
Trustees Term ending 2017:
Shelly Sherman, Chair of Judaica Treasures & Treats
Lois Klipper, Bulletin boards
Lorelei Gorran Osborn
Trustees Terms ending 2016:
Beth Ann Littman
Gail Rivkin-Green, Onegs
Andrea Studnitzer, Chair Sunshine
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT:
Co-President, Sondra Sussman
Co-President, Wendy Balentine