Sisterhood

Count Your Blessings

As the holidays arrive and the New Year comes upon us, we tend to think of all we have to be grateful for, so count your blessings. Now is the time to make your blessings count for others and pass it on. Please reach into your heart, share the gift of giving, and help our BJBE Sisterhood support our congregation, our community, and our members. Our Count Your Blessings Program is so important to so many... please contribute. Click on the flyer below to download.

 

Women of Reform Judaism

Enjoy the many opportunities to meet and network with women from Midwest Area Sisterhoods. 
Contacts: Carol Berger and Marla Goldberg

WRJ Calendar

WRJ Midwest District Leadership Weekend at OSRUI
October 27-29, 2017

WRJ Fried Leadership Conference, Nashville
March 1-4, 2018

WRJ Midwest District Mah Jongg and Canasta Weekend at OSRUI 
March 23-25, 2018

WRJ Midwest District Kallah at OSRUI 
April 27-29, 2018  

Learn more about Women of Reform Judaism >>

Community In-Reach & Volunteer Opportunities

Oneg Shabbat Sponsorship
Sponsoring an Oneg Shabbat is a lovely way to celebrate a simcha such as the birth of a child or grandchild, wedding, birthday, anniversary, promotion, or to honor someone special. 
Contact: Sharon Silver

College Boxes
Sisterhood members send holiday greetings and gifts to young adults at college. 
Contacts: Cheryl Kahn and Shelley Wax

Medical Lending Closet
Sisterhood maintains a list of medical supplies available for loan within the congregation. 
Contact: Adrianne Daskal, 847-323-7400

Oneg Shabbat Servers
Sisterhood members volunteer at each Friday night service to serve refreshments at the Oneg Shabbat. We are always looking for bakers for an Oneg Shabbat and/or for special events. 
Contact: Irena Rogachevsky

Shabbat Bags
Each fall Sisterhood welcomes new BJBE members by delivering to them a lovely gift bag of challah, wine, and Shabbat candles. 
Contacts: Sherry Popper and Sharon Sabin

Social Action
Sisterhood organizes social action projects during the year such as making pillows for breast cancer patients, collecting food and other items for the ARK, and the Lone Soldier Project for soldiers serving in the Israeli Army.
Contact: Marla Goldberg

Tribute Cards
Sisterhood circulates a timely list of BJBE members experiencing life cycle events. Place your order and Sisterhood will send a beautiful card with your name and the appropriate message to your intended recipient.
Contact: Marilyn Friedman

Sisterhood Membership

Click here to make credit card payment. Click here for the membership form.  Contact us with questions.

 

DUES are $44. (Includes dues for Women of Reform Judaism and WRJ Midwest.)  You can pay your dues by check, cash or credit card.

Add an optional CHAI $18.00 or DOUBLE CHAI $36.00. (Donation to help us continue our excellent programs.)

ADD AN ADDITIONAL DONATION TO THE WRJ YES FUND $36, $18, or $____ (A donation to the WRJ YES FUND provides support for youth, education and special projects including scholarships for future rabbis, cantors and educators and programs in Israel and other countries throughout the world.

Women's Seder 2017

Women's Seder

Congregation BJBE's annual Women's Seder will be held on Monday, April 3 at 5:30pm.  

Click here for more information and a registration form.

For a lovely look at the 2015 Seder please read Women's Seder Inspiration written by first time attendee Jennifer Schencker.

women's seder

Judaica Shop

Come and see the many lovely Israeli made Talit and other unique items from Israel (as well as non-Israeli items). Can't decide on that important gift--the problem is solved with a gift certificate from the Judaica Shop.

Hours of Operation

Winter Hours
Sunday mornings – 9:30-11:30am
Wednesday afternoons – 4:30-6:30pm (during JLC)
Friday evenings – ½ hour before & ½ hour after services

Summer Hours
Sunday mornings – 9:30-11:30am
Wednesday afternoons – 1:00-3:00pm
Friday evenings – ½ hour before & ½ hour after services

If you'd prefer to make an appointment to come and shop, please call:
Lynne – 847-215-1357
Audrey – 847-788-9084
Irene – 847-729-8812
Sue – 224-558-5700
Arlene – 224-696-1112

Sisterhood Executive Committee

President, Carol Berger  (contact Carol by phone at 847-205-9793 or via email.)

Executive VPs, Molly Hershenhouse and Lara Kunz

Administration & Membership VP, Judy Marcus

Fundraising VP, Marilyn Friedman

Program & Human Services VP, Gloria Marron

Religion & Education VP, Jackie Edelson

Treasurer, Bobbie Piell

Secretary, Andi Swidler

Financial Secretary, Sue Schloss

Immediate Past-President, Sherri Wolff

Past-Presidents' Council Co-Chairs, Jennifer Cramer and Susan Jones

 

Upcoming Sisterhood Events

Sisterhood Board Meetings – 4th Wednesday of the month unless otherwise specified. 

Hanukkah Boutique
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this opportunity for a one-stop shopping experience, just in time for Hanukkah. Find a variety of gifts as well as items for yourself in our room full of vendors, selected for the quality of their merchandise. 
Contacts: Jennifer Kaiz, Sherri Wolff, and Bonnie Litch
Learn more >>

Adult Bingo Night 
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 6:30 p.m. 
Join us for a fun Saturday night out at BJBE including dinner and Bingo.
Contact: Bonnie Koss

Interfaith Program
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity to heighten our awareness and expand our knowledge of the teachings, practices, and beliefs of other faiths in our society.
Contact: Leslie Outten

Women’s Seder
Monday, March 19, 2018, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Come join Sisterhood for a lovely and meaningful evening as we enjoy a Women’s Seder and share a Passover meal. This event is for women as well as girls of religious school age.
Contacts: Laurie Lichko and Ellyn Leib

White Elephant Dinner 
Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m. 
Join us at a local restaurant (location TBD) for a fun evening that will include dinner and a live auction. 
Contacts: Lois Perlman and Marcia Resnick 

BJBE Kids Club 
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9:45-10:45 a.m. 
Calling all children up to age 5. Grab an adult and join us to have fun and get messy!
Contact: Sandy Hill

Games Galore
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
We promise you a delicious dinner, Mah Jongg, your favorite board and card games, raffles, and a silent auction, along with laughter and fun. 
Contacts: Elaine KupferMidge Colman, and Lois Stiglitz

Volunteer Thank You Event
June 2018, Date and time TBD
Join us as we show our appreciation to everyone who helped Sisterhood achieve its goals this year. 
Contacts: Jeanie Pearlman and Linda Rukin

ReSale 
Drop Off: Saturday, August 4, 2018
Sale Dates: Sunday, August 5, and Monday, August 6, 2018

Clean out your closets and donate your housewares, knick-knacks, or whatever else you no longer want or need. We do not accept computers or large furniture. Children’s toys and clothing are greatly appreciated. 
Contact: Diane Sachs

Ongoing Events

Monthly Speakers and Programs
Monday, October 30 (Meet Rabbi Fenster), Wednesdays, November 8, January 10, February 7, & March 14, Tuesday, May 15
A variety of programs throughout the year include timely topics addressed by knowledgeable speakers as well as evenings set aside just for entertainment. 
Contact: Gloria Marron

Afternoon Book Club
Tuesdays, December 12, 2017 and March 13 & May 15, 2018, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Read the book and then join in a lively review and discussion. 
Contact: Teri Ruby

Mah Jongg/Canasta
Mondays, 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Sharon Krivitsky

BJBE Goes to College!

BJBE Goes To College....For our college students, BJBE Sisterhood had made college Boxes a tradition!  If congregants have a student headed off to campus this fall, please let us know and Sisterhood will send them holiday greetings.  Your students will receive a Chanukah card/gelt and a card/gift package for Purim. Students and graduate students (under age 25) of BJBE congregants are eligible to receive these gifts at no charge.  The Chanukah and Purim greetings are also avalilable for $18 for your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or friends-- with a note indicating your name as the sender. If interested, please send the student's name, college address and your contact information to Shelley Wax by November 1.  Questions: Contact Shelley Wax at 847-509-0115 or Cheryl Kahn at 847-509-1712.

Sisterhood

BJBE Sisterhood, with a membership of over 300 women, provides religious, educational, community and social action activities for women of all ages and promotes the aims of the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) and the WRJ Midwest District. We believe strongly in giving back to our Temple and community.

What does BJBE Sisterhood do?

The programs and services provided by BJBE Sisterhood benefit all members of the BJBE community. Some of the many events sponsored by BJBE Sisterhood include holiday or Jewish themed parties for preschoolers, gifts to our religious school children, family bingo, interfaith programs, and senior luncheons. Among its numerous and ongoing fund raising efforts, BJBE Sisterhood runs the Judaica Shop, the rummage sale, and the Chanukah Boutique. BJBE Sisterhood also underwrites the Temple kitchen and sponsors the weekly oneg Shabbat, as well as donates funds to local, national, and international charities.

Please check out the upcoming Sisterhood Events.

Why join BJBE Sisterhood?

BJBE Sisterhood is always looking for volunteers to participate. There are positions that oversee projects that benefit both the Women of Reform Judaism and our Temple. The hours can be tailored to your schedule, the rewards are numerous, and you will enjoy the camaraderie of other dedicated women.

DUES are $44. (Includes dues for Women of Reform Judaism and WRJ Midwest.)  You can pay your dues by check, cash or credit card.

Add an optional CHAI $18.00 or DOUBLE CHAI $36.00. (Donation to help us continue our excellent programs.)

ADD AN ADDITIONAL DONATION TO THE WRJ YES FUND $36, $18, or $____ (A donation to the WRJ YES FUND provides support for youth, education and special projects including scholarships for future rabbis, cantors and educators and programs in Israel and other countries throughout the world.)

Click here to make credit card payment. Click here for the membership form.  Contact us with questions.

Tribute Cards

Tribute Cards are donation cards Sisterhood sells for $5.00 each.  The money raised goes to support BJBE.  The cards are sent out to recognize a life cycle or similar event.  Anyone wishing to purchase a card simply contacts the Tribute Card chair with the necessary information and the card will be mailed to the intended recipient. 

There is no better way to acknowledge your feelings, either sad or happy - or just a nice way to remember someone - than through our Tribute Cards. They are available for Happy Days and Memorials from Marilyn Friedman at m.friedman@comcast.net.

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