Sisterhood at Temple Aliyah
Temple Aliyah Sisterhood offers something for everyone. No matter what stage of life you are in or what level of involvement you are ready for, Sisterhood welcomes you to learn more about being part of our active community.
We are proud of the events and interest groups we sponsor for our members and their families, as well as the fundraising projects and the hands-on support we offer as a vital arm of the Temple. New in 2011 was the first annual Sisterhood Retreat (photo above). Whether you're looking for camaraderie, spiritual connection, social action, or the opportunity to get involved in your temple, Sisterhood is here for you.
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New Member Tea is a personal introduction to Sisterhood for new and potential members held in the warmth of a member's home.
Paid-Up Supper is a casual, fun, entertaining evening honoring new members and kicking off the year.
Mah Jongg Tournament offers competitive play and prizes for all levels. This spring event is a fun evening that even attracts players outside the Sisterhood community.
Donor Dinner is our major fundraiser and the last large event of the year. It is a semi-formal affair, which includes boutiques, cocktails, dinner, and entertainment.
Sisterhood Shabbat is our annual Shabbat morning service led entirely by Sisterhood members. Supportive instruction enables women to take a hands-on role in all aspects of the service, even if they have never done so before. This moving event includes a relevant speaker and inspires women to feel confident and comfortable participating in Temple Aliyah's year-round egalitarian services.
Torah Fund Brunch is Sisterhood's fundraiser for the Jewish Theological Seminary, held at a member's home or at the synagogue. The Light of Torah award recipient is also honored.
Rosh Hodesh Group welcomes women at all stages of life, from all levels of Jewish observance, to share in studying the significance of the upcoming Jewish month.
Children and Family
Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing is a national program for pre-teen and teenage girls that strengthens self-esteem and Jewish identity. Sisterhood sponsors a Temple program for girls beginning in 5th grade.
Children's Hannukah Party is a festive event featuring crafts and music. It is geared toward young children and their families.
Purim Carnival at Temple Aliyah is a busy and fun-filled afternoon of games, treats and prizes. Save room for the Hamentashen!
College Student Liaison assembles and sends Hanukkah and Passover packages to college students of temple members.
Temple Community Support
High Holiday Childcare is organized by Sisterhood to provide crafts, storytime, and snacks to our pre-school population during High Holiday services.
Shabbat Babysitting can be arranged on request during Shabbat morning services for B'nai Mitzvot and other simchas.
Judaica Shop has a full range of beautiful holiday and gift items and is run and staffed by Sisterhood volunteers. And now you can shop in our Judaica Shop online.
Shabbat Yeladim is a fun Shabbat service with singing and dancing for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents. Shabbat Yeladim meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 11 a.m. to noon, when other children’s services are held as well. Please see our Temple Tots page for other young family programming.
Passover Wine Sale is a Sisterhood fundraiser that enables Temple members to purchase a wide variety of Passover wines and grape juice for their seders.
Book Club meets 3 to 4 times per year to discuss books with Jewish- and/or women-related themes.
Social Action is an important value of Sisterhood. Ongoing projects include leading Shabbat services at local nursing homes; supporting Circle of Hope, a Needham nonprofit that provides gently-used clothing and household items for Boston-area homeless shelters; collecting Tzedakah at Sisterhood events to benefit local, national, and/or international organizations; and donating floral centerpieces to Second Step and Genesis House (transitional housing programs).
To volunteer, or to find out more information about any of these activities, please contact Jessica Weiss, SIsterhood President.