It’s May, time for the spring we have all been yearning for, and time to look back on the great programs Sisterhood had to warm up our long, cold winter. We had an exciting guest speaker, stimulating book discussions, a Creative Action Workshop where we got to know ourselves and one another better, and an inspiring visit to the Tenement Museum. We hope that you were with us for all of them. Now it’s time to mark your calendar so that you’ll be sure to join us for our last program of the season on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 10 AM. We’ll be winding up the year with a flourish—a mouth-watering brunch and an exciting mystery raffle! Bring your ideas as well as your appetite, because we’ll be plan-ning programs for next year and we’re eager to hear your thoughts. We’ll also be holding our annual election, and we hope that you’ll want to submit your name or nominate someone as an officer or member of the board. Please e-mail your suggestions to one of our current co-presidents, Susanne Singer, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Linda Simka, email@example.com. You’ll find that working with Sis-terhood and helping us to fulfill our goal of tikkun olam is both satisfying and fulfilling.
It’s also satisfying and ful-filling to contribute to the Sisterhood Memorial Fund, Happy Day Fund, or Rose Keit Flower Fund. We thank everyone who has done so throughout the year. It is a beautiful way to remember or honor friends and loved ones and to help us do our part in supporting the good works of Women of Reform Judaism throughout our na-tion, Israel, and the world.
Sisterhood wishes everyone a happy Mother’s Day. Jew-ish mothers—what would the world (and comedians) do without us?
-Barbara Brett, Secretary
Sisterhood Tour of the Tenement Museum: An Evening To Remember
On Thursday, March 14th, eight members of Sisterhood (see photo) stepped back in time when we toured 97 Orchard Street, "The Tenement Museum" on the Lower East Side. The tour was arranged by Sisterhood member, Dr. Gail Le-vine-Fried. Our group was part of the Thursday night Public Tour which focuses on the architectural, historical and social aspects of all four floors of the building. Visitors from France and Toronto were there having heard about the Lower East Side’s history as a "melting pot" for immigrants from many nations arriving in the U.S.
Anticipating major calorie expenditure from the extreme stair-climbing ascent to follow, we nourished ourselves at Café Katje, a charming, new restaurant a few doors down from the Museum, where we savored Austrian cuisine.
Our tour guide, Michele, brought to life the stories of the families who lived at 97 Orchard Street over the dec-ades and gave us a wealth of information about the buildings’ design and upgrades. Hy Brett, who grew up on the Lower East Side, shared personal accounts of his childhood experiences.
All of us came away with renewed respect and appreciation for the resilience of our immigrant forebears and of all the immigrants who made their homes and started new lives on the Lower East Side.
Sisterhood looks forward to having additional outings related to our Jewish social/cultural history. Stay tuned in.
A warm and wonderful circle of friendship and caring is waiting to welcome you. It's Sisterhood of Union Temple. We are women of all ages and interests who find joy in one another as we come together to celebrate our heritage, to socialize, to share, and to learn. As a member of Sisterhood, you will also be adding your voice to our national organization, Women of Reform Judaism. Together we work for the benefit of Jewish youth and education, for the empowerment of women as advocates on issues of vital importance to Reform Judaism, and to perform the mitzvah of bringing hope and help where they are needed.
Sisterhood has a great year planned: stimulating guest speakers, exciting expeditions, and our fun-filled auction and holiday sales. In addition, there are our popular Rosh Chodesh Seders, celebrating women's many roles in life and in keeping our religion, culture, and people alive through the ages.
We look forward to welcoming you to all our programs. You'll find that they are very special times of warmth, friendship, and sharing. So be good to yourself. Add your voice, your heart, and your hands to ours as together we reach out to help our temple, our community, and our world.
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