Sisterhood 2013

Sisterhood is an active and caring group that encompasses women of all ages. Programs are held throughout the year, and rotate between mornings, afternoons and evenings to accommodate our members’ lifestyles and schedules.

Sisterhood operates a full service gift shop, The Gift Garden, which features a bar/bat mitzvah gift registry, personalized kippot, tallitot, ketubot, Passover wines, other Judaica, and snacks. Proceeds from The Gift Garden benefit the Temple. Volunteers operate the Gift Garden. We are always looking for additional volunteers.

This dynamic organization also sponsors a variety of Temple events and programs, including numerous Tzedakah projects, bimah baskets, college gifts, mitzvah corps, etc. Sisterhood’s activities generate significant funds for our congregation.

Sisterhood runs new and innovative programs every year.

Temple Sholom in Broomall is affiliated with Women of Reform Judaism and The Federation of Temple Sisterhoods


Sisterhood Executive Board
Coordinators Donna Hendel and Fran Epstein
Recording Secretary Barbara Barr
Co-Treasurers Harriet Schultz-Rosenblatt
Mindy Clearfield
Historian Lisa Schubert
Programs Barbara Chesler
Sisterhood Representative to the Temple Board Barbara Chesler

2023-2024 Calendar
Get ready to mark your calendars for Sisterhood!!! Here’s what’s happening in 2023-2034!

We have an exciting and busy year ahead starting with our welcome back event on Sunday, October 8, 2023. Are you ready to get your “craft on”? Does this sound like fun? You will have an opportunity to participate in our opening event featuring an afternoon of Alcohol Inks learning to create a keepsake piece of Judaica. Of course, as an extra bonus enjoy some fancy refreshments.

On Saturday, November 11, 2023, we will celebrate Veterans Day with a hike around East Goshen Park escorted by our own historian Lisa Anhalt Schubert.

Sisterhood, once again, will join in the Hanukkah celebration with latkes and soufganiot after services on Friday evening, December 08, 2023.

Feeling lucky? Get ready for some Bingo! On Thursday evening, January 18, 2024 we will play some Bingo and hopefully win some prizes. Interested in volunteering to help Melissa Fein on the committee? Let’s make this event happen. Let us know: we will hook you up.

Once again, the Congregation will be distributing Shalach Manot as part of the Purim celebration with the help from Sisterhood. Keep a lookout for more information and a way to volunteer.

Yes! There will be a Brisket Bake-off! Sisterhood will be creating its original “Top Chef” program when our own Executive Director, Jeffrey Green competes against Sisterhood brisket challengers for the “Brisket Bake-off of the Century” on April 3, 2024.

And that’s not all, soon to be released the Sisterhood Book Club selections for next season. As always there will be a Sisterhood Zoom Get Together (Sunday, August 6, 2023 at 7:00 PM) with additional get togethers during the 2023-2024 season including another installment of our Sisterhood women’s Mini Jewish Journeys. Maybe an outdoor movie screening on the Hendel’s pandemic patio. Possibly another Book Exchange Pool Party at the Pottiger’s home. Of course our Needle Works Art and Canasta groups will continue this season.

Last, but certainly not least, Sisterhood will be supporting an event on November 9, 2023 at Rodeph Sholom Synagogue honoring the Memorial Scrolls Trust chaired by our own member, Barbara Chesler. Want to learn more, check out Our Holocaust Torah on the Temple Sholom website

Remember, we are the Sisterhood of Temple Sholom!
Without YOU, we are one woman short!

2023-2024 Book Club List
This year we read:

September 7 The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris
The author will be joining us that evening!
November 9 My Mother’s Secret by Alina Adams
The author will return to our group again this year to discuss her newest book!
January 11 The Earthquake Child by Elayne Klasson
The author will be joining us that evening!
March 14 Coco at the Ritz by Gloria Dilberto
The author will be joining us that evening!
May 2 Code Name Sapphire by Pam Jenoff
We will need someone to volunteer to facilitate our discussion.  
July 11 Bessie by Linda Kass
We will need someone to volunteer to facilitate our discussion.  
The contacts for Sisterhood Book Club are Michele Cooperstein and Laurie Browngoehl. We are meeting on Zoom six times this year.
Copies of these books are available for loan from the Temple Sholom Library. These books are limited to a 3 week checkout.
New readers are always welcome so pass the word!
Board of Directors
Bimah Baskets Susan Farber and
Honore Poch
Gift Garden Linda Phillips
Happiness and
Memorial Cards
Shirley Birenbaum
JNF Trees Shirley Birenbaum
Shana Tova
Greeting Cards
Elyse and Daniel Endy
Book Club
Michele Cooperstein
and Laurie Browngoehl
Sisterhood Annual Projects and Contributions
Sisterhood’s fundraising events sponsor the following programs throughout the year:
ARZA/ World Union
Federation of Allied Jewish Appeal
College Students’ Holiday Gifts
Confirmation Bibles
Employee Holiday Gifts
High Holiday Flowers
JNF Trees
Life Center of Delaware County
Mitzvah Corps
Sunday School Students’ Holiday Gift
Temple Sholom Hanukkah Dinner
Temple Sholom Hospice
Temple Sholom Library
Temple Sholom Preschool
Temple Sholom Religious Education
Temple Sholom Scholar-in-Residence Oneg
Temple Sholom Sisterhood Oneg
Temple Sholom Youth Groups
Tzedakah Fund
Women of Reform Judaism
Women’s Spirituality Classes
YES Fund