Join an exciting organization that has something for everyone!
Sisterhood has members of all ages ready to take part in the common goal of supporting our Temple and the community. Whether you choose to attend regular monthly meetings, volunteer for a special event, or attend one of our wonderful activities, we are here for you. The rewards of enhancing the Temple programs, reaching out to the community, and being a part of Women for Reform Judaism cannot be measured. We urge you to get involved with this group of dedicated women who truly are “sisters.”
MLRT Sisterhood gives back!
Below are just some of the ways MLRT Sisterhood supports our Temple community and the community at large.
- Our Shalach Manot fundraiser enables our congregants to perform the Purim mitzvah of Mishloach Manot while bringing together many of our members for packing and distributing over 650 bags. Proceeds of this important fundraiser, which in past years has exceeded $15,000, are used for improvements to our Temple and charitable pursuits. In the past, we have purchased lobby furniture, cushions for the sanctuary benches, recording equipment for our music department, a gaga pit for Religious School, and partial funding for the lighting of the stained glass panels in the sanctuary.
- Our 2019-2020 budget provides for over $17,000 in support for MLRT projects, students, congregants and staff.
- Every year, our Sisterhood provides scholarships for students in our congregation who would like to attend Camp Harlam. Last year, we used funds from our Shalach Manot fundraiser to double our scholarship contribution.
- Every congregant who experiences the loss of a family member receives a Uniongram from our Sisterhood expressing our condolences. Every student receives a kiddush cup from Sisterhood upon becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. We also help to fund our Confirmation Class’s L’Taken trip to Washington, DC.
- Our annual Rummage Sale raises substantial funds (this year over $13,000) to support our Sisterhood.
- Our Cook for a Friend program meets 6 times each year, making 100 meals each time for homebound seniors through the Klein JCC.
- Our annual Rummage Sale gives our congregants an opportunity to donate clothing and household goods, and allows refugees from HIAS PA and other clients from non-profit agencies to “shop” for free on our last day.
- We raise $4000-5000 each year for WRJ’s YES Fund through our High Holy Day Greetings campaign, which allows congregants to send well-wishes to our clergy, and our Confirmation Greetings program, which enables members to congratulate our Confirmation class each spring.
- We have budgeted close to $15,000 in charitable donations to Jewish and community entities such as The Friendship Circle, Eldernet, HIAS, Mitzvah Circle Foundation, American Friends of Magen David Adom, the RAC, IRAC, and Planned Parenthood. Every program we host includes a social action component and we have collected everything from canned food to coats to feminine hygiene products.
- We sponsor Christmas and Easter lunches with our Social Action partner, Calvary Baptist Church. In addition to making contributions for food costs, our members help set up, prepare, and serve meals to the community served by the church. During the Christmas lunch, we partner with the ECE to collect and wrap new toys which are then distributed at the lunch.
- We hosted two Women’s Interfaith Teas, bringing together women from local congregations of varied faiths for conversation and community-building. One program won the bronze Or Ami award at Fried Leadership Conference, and we are thrilled to be building this important outreach in our community.
- We have put together two very well attended programs about Human Trafficking that were open to the community. We assembled expert panels to discuss this pervasive problem that is affecting so many young women across our country.
- Through our Temple’s membership in the Jewish Book Council, Sisterhood holds an annual Book Review, bringing in Jewish writers to review and discuss their books.
2021-22 Executive Board Officers
Ami Lonner | Liz Stoller
Vice Presidents of Advancement of Judaism
Kerry Heppen & Margie Bildersee
Vice Presidents of Membership
Susan Rhode & Jill Kleeman
Vice Presidents of Programming
Sue Rubin Plick & Betsy Zeitlin
Vice Presidents of Social Action
Jill Altshuler & Hallie Lightdale