The Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El is a vibrant, active group of women, who are directly involved in the daily life of our Synagogue. Although our membership is diverse, our common bond as Conservative Jewish women unites us in our dedication to the values of traditional Judaism in the home, synagogue and community.
Our programming each year is varied and may include such things as a movie night, a mitzvah mixer supporting named charities, our famous Chanukah lunch and bake sale and various educational programs.
Our Sisterhood publishes a comprehensive membership directory which includes names and addresses of our members as well as important information such as dates of the Jewish holidays and Shabbat candle lighting times for the coming year.
We also publish a “Book of Remembrance” in which members can list the names of their loved ones who are no longer with us. This is used for all 4 Yizkor services during the year, beginning with Yom Kippur.
We are very proud of our Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop, the premier shop of its kind in the state. Our Judaica Gift Shop is available anytime the office is open. Your purchases for life cycle events, hostess gifts, or your own home come back to the synagogue in our budget allocations.
Our state-of-the-art kosher kitchens are available for all Synagogue functions, and remain busy throughout the year.
Temple Beth El’s children are a top priority for Sisterhood, and it is our pleasure to supply them with funds for Camp Ramah Darom scholarships, youth activities, and the needs of our Religious School. We host a yearly Chanukah luncheon, and our annual fundraiser is the highlight of the year.
For more information regarding our Sisterhood, please call the office at 205-933-2740.
How to Join
Sisterhood dues are only $36 per year. Mail a check with your name, address, phone and email to:
P.O. Box 550220
Birmingham, AL 35255
Sisterhood thanks Bobbie Sokol for establishing the Deborah Botnik Baby Blanket Knitting Fund. The purpose of this fund is to purchase baby yarn for our knitters who knit baby blankets. These blankets will be included in our Beth-El Baby Baskets. If you would like to contribute to this fund or other Sisterhood funds, including the Virginia Heiman Gift Shop Fund and Sisterhood Flower Fund, please make a check out to Sisterhood of TBE or click here. Be sure to specify the Sisterhood Fund to which you are contributing.
Leagrams can be used in place of commercial greeting cards for congratulatory messages, expressions of sympathy, etc. Each Leagram is $3. For purchasing information, please email Karen Halpern.
The Torah Fund
Every woman has the opportunity to participate in preserving, promoting and perpetuating Conservative/Masorti Judaism through active giving to the Torah Fund Campaign of Women’s League in support of The Jewish Theological Seminary (New York, NY), Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles, CA) and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem).
The 2019-2020 Torah Fund campaign has officially begun, and this year’s theme is CHESED (kindness, lovingkindness), to convey the deep love that animates Jewish acts of kindness, done without thought of reward. The new pin which depicts a heart surrounded by three circles, one larger than the next. This symbolizes the heart of kindness, which Jews enact in ever-widening realms of generosity: from family, to community, to the larger world; from North America, to Israel, to the world, or from Sisterhood to Region to the larger world of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism.
As it is says in Psalm 89: “May we build a world of kindness.” This theme is particularly meaningful for us as members of the Temple Beth-El community, and so it is all the more fitting for us as supporters of the Torah Fund campaign.
Hannah Helman and Arlene Fisher are co-chairing this year’s campaign, and we hope that you will join us in raising much needed funds for our future generations of rabbis, cantors, educators and administrators, synagogue administrators, social workers, scholars, professional and lay leaders, and researchers. Last year we raised $11,000+, and we hope to surpass that number this year.
Benefactor – $180
Guardian – $300 (pin has a pearl)
Associate Patron – $600 (pin has a ruby)
Patron – $1200