Sisterhood Programs

KnittingZ’HavahBook ClubTorah FundJudaica Shop • College Contact • Fundraisers

List of Upcoming Sisterhood Events

Knitting and Crocheting Group
Since its inception in 2005, Sisterhood’s Charity Knitting group has donated over 2,500 handmade items to six different community agencies. The items include shawls for nursing home residents, chemo caps, preemie hats, large Afghans, and small lap blankets. The group meets multiple times throughout the year on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Sisterhood room. Yarn in all colors and variations is available at the meetings. Announcements appear in weekly emails, the KOL, Sisterhood email blasts and on the synagogue’s webpage. Please email hidden; JavaScript is required for further information.

Z’Havah is a group within Women’s League of Conservative Zhava_4Judaism affiliated Sisterhoods for women under the age of 50. The purpose of Z’Havah is to attract and involve younger Sisterhood members who are the future of our organization and its leaders of tomorrow. Specific programs and events geared toward this age group are held several times a year. Programs are advertised in Sisterhood email blasts, on Sisterhood’s Facebook page, the synagogue’s webpage and the KOL. Please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further information.

Book Club
Beth El Congregation’s Sisterhood Book Club has been in existence since 1998. It began as Jewish women reading Jewish female authors exclusively, alternating between fiction and nonfiction. In 2003, the group agreed to include male authors, but the emphasis continues to be on female writers. Also, since 2003, Beth El’s library has a complete list of books read over the years, as well as copies of many donated by participants. The group meets approximately six time each year, on a Sunday morning or evening. Peruse the list of books we’ve read.

List of Upcoming Book Club Meetings and Book Titles

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Co-Chair: Sylvia Slavkin

Here are other books people are reading and have recommended:

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Dangerous Doses by Katherine Eban
Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them by Jack Riemer
Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Don Senor and Saul Singer
Truly Madly Guilty “beach read” by Liann Moriarity
Once We Were Brothers by Ronald Balson
The Kiddush Ladies by Susan Sofayov (local author)
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleaves
The Girl from the Metropol Hotel by Ludmilla Petrushevskay and Anna Summer
Jews in Places You’ve Never Thought of by Karen Primak
My Hundred Children by Lena Kuchler-Silberman
The Covenant by Naomi Ragen
The Codist by Eric Walker
Radical – My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening by Maajid Nawaz
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

Torah Fund
Torah Fund of the Woman’s League for Conservative Judaism began in 1942. Its mission is to help preserve  and support Conservative/Masorti Judaism through yearly campaigns which help fund and offer scholarships to The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, NY., The Ziegler School of  Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, California, The Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and The Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Beth El’s Sisterhood sponsors the Annual Torah Fund campaign, which supports:
  • the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS)
  • the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies, and
  • the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.
Your contribution strengthens Conservative/ Masorti Judaism throughout the world. Please note the following Donation Levels.

Chai – $18
Double Chai – $36
Triple Chai – $54
Benefactor – $180
Guardian – $300

Donations at the Benefactor Level and higher will receive a beautiful, handcrafted Israeli pin.  Donate now!

PDF form (2016) for download

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Judaica Shop
Sisterhood maintains and runs Beth El’s Judaica Shop, a vital resource of talit, kippot, menorahs, seder plates, kiddush cups, candlesticks, shabbat candles, kosher l’pesach wine and other Judaica for the home and for gifts. Members can register their special occasion including B’Nai Mitzvahs, weddings, and baby namings/brit milah.  If you have any questions, visit our Judaica shop section on the website,  email hidden; JavaScript is required, or  email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Sale – First Day of Religious School


Other time are available by appointment.  Please contact Fran Landay through the office, (412) 561-1168.





College Contact
Sisterhood provides treats to college students (undergraduate only) around the Jewish Holidays. Students who are interested can register online.

cookbookSisterhood participates in fundraisers that vary from the recent Beth El Cookbook to Lucky numbers.  Each fundraiser is a unique way to support the shul as well as many other causers, not to mention a great way to socialize.  Join us, we’d love to hear your ideas.

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