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 commitment to continued Adult Education is backed by monthly programming on a variety of topics concerning Jewish women today. These are listed in the Sisterhood section of our Synagogue Bulletin. In addition, Sisterhood members receive a reminder card in the mail.
As a service to our congregation, our Sisterhood publishes a comprehensive membership directory and a “Book of Remembrance,” which is used for Yizkor services. Sisterhood publishes the “Book of Remembrance” for all four Yizkor Services beginning with Yom Kippur afternoon. List your loved ones for $18 per name. Contact the TBE Office for an order form.
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. Click here to join online or 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 Torah Fund campaign was first launched in 1942 as a scholarship fund. In 1963, it combined with the Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall campaign that provided housing for undergraduate students. Since then, Torah Fund has been a vital source of support for JTS and its students, raising more than 66 million dollars. Thousands of dedicated volunteers have contributed to the spiritual, esthetic and material well being of the JTS community by supporting Torah Fund projects. Our campaign begins July 1; women contribute via the purchase of a pin; the levels are as follows:
Benefactor – $180
Guardian – $300 (pin has a pearl)
Associate Patron – $600 (pin has a ruby)
Patron – $1200