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Upcoming Events
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Social Action Committee Meeting at Temple at 7:00 pm

Thursday, May 30 or
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
WRJ Lilith Salons at 7:00 pm 

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wine & Dine for Africa
at Temple at 6:30 pm

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Rosh Chodesh Renewal
at Temple at 12:00 pm

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Women's Knitting Circle
at the home of Annette Kozicki
at 7:00 pm
Monday, June 17, 2013
Book & a Bagel
at the home of Chuly Tessler-Mabe at 6:30 pm

Fri. July 5, 2013
Sisterhood Installation of Officers & Board Members during Friday Night Services 
Note: Earlier start at 7:30 pm
Oneg Shabbat sponsored by Sisterhood at Temple
Monday, July 8, 2013
Rosh Chodesh Renewal
at the home of Barbara Heller
at 6:30 pm

Sun. July 21, 2013
WRJ Pacific District - Area Day for the Sisterhoods of the Pacific Northwest
at Temple Beth El, Tacoma, WA

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Rosh Chodesh Renewal
at the home of Thelzeal Lee at 6:30 pm
Sat. August 10, 2013
Sisterhood Summer Barbecue at the home of Bob & Reesa Devlin,
Anmore, BC
Sat. November 16, 2013
Autumn Fling
at Temple
Tues. to Sun. December 11 - 15, 2013
WRJ Centennial Assembly
San Diego, CA
Women of Reform Judaism Centennary Celebrations 
WRJ Centennial Logo 
10 Minutes of Torah
Sisterhood Monthly Newsletter   
May, 2013        
Wine & Dine for Africa Dinner 
June 6, 2013 at Temple

Sisterhood's Tikun Olam Gogos and the VanGogos present "Wine & Dine for Africa" Dinner  

at Temple 6:30 to 9:30 pm


Tikun Olam African Dinner 2013

Raising awareness and funds for the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers Campaign 


TICKETS: $50 (includes a delicious African dinner, with vegetarian options, and 2 glasses of wine) 


Tickets are available from any member of Tikun Olam or VanGogos OR by contacting Darcy Billinkoff at billi@telus.net   


P.S.  Tickets sold out quickly last year, so order yours soon!


Sisterhood Social Action Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Temple

Jewish Death & Dying

Sisterhood's Social Action Committee is working on a major project - a forum planned for 2014 on the topic of  -
"A Community Conversation on Death & Dying".

The next meeting is this Tuesday, May 21 at Temple at 7:00 pm. The Committee welcomes volunteers who would be interested in helping with the project.  For further information, contact Karen James,  VP, Social & Community Action, by replying to this email.

WRJ Lilith Salons  
May 30 and June 11, 2013

Lilith Cover Spring 2013    

The next Lilith Salon will discuss articles from the Spring, 2013 issue of Lilith magazine.  The main article for discussion is "The Powerful Debut of Two New Israeli Legislators" by Deborah Lipstadt, about Ruth Calderon and Merav Michaeli, both members of the Knesset. Click here for details.
Interested? Sisterhood has a few subscriptions to Lilith magazine available out of our bulk delivery of 25 copies.  A one year subscription (4 issues per year) through Sisterhood is $22.00.  Please contact Donna Ornstein by replying to this email, to subscribe or to attend one of our Salons.
Book & a Bagel
Monday, June 17, 2013
Book & Bagel - Unorthodox



June 17, 2013

 at the home of

Chuly Tesler-Mabe (Richmond)

at 6:30 p.m.


Cost $5.00 for a light dinner provided by the hostess.

Please RSVP no later than Thursday, June 13, 2013 to Chuly by replying to this email.



Book for Discussion:

"Unorthodox, The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots" 
by Deborah Feldman


The author traces her upbringing in a Hasidic community in Brooklyn, NY, describing the strict rules that governed her life, arranged marriage at the age of seventeen, and the birth of her son, which led her to plan to leave and forge her own path in life.

For further information about the book, visit the author's website:


Sisterhood Installation of Officers
Friday, July 5, 2013 during Friday Night Services
Reesa Devlin
Reesa Devlin was elected sisterhood president at our annual meeting on May 7, 2013. Reesa and the board members will be installed into office during Friday Night Shabbat Services on July 5, 2013.  Note:  Services start that evening at 7:30 pm!  Oneg Shabbat following services hosted by Sisterhood.

Reesa would love to hear your ideas for Sisterhood programs and projects.  You can contact her by phone at 604-949-1332 or by email at rdevlin2000@shaw.ca 

100 for 100 Campaign - Collecting 100 Pairs of Children's Pyjamas for Bedtime Kits Project
Bedtime Kits   

Children's Pyjamas & Nightgowns Needed


Help Sisterhood reach its goal of collecting at least 100 pairs of new children's pyjamas or nightgowns - part of our Bedtime Kits campaign for children in transition homes or otherwise in need. This campaign is part of our Sisterhood's celebration of WRJ's 100th birthday in 2013.


To obtain the greatest variety of sizes from our sisterhood members, we have assigned the sizes to be purchased for both boys or girls new pyjamas  or nightgowns based on the first letter of your surname, as follows:








Extra Small

A - E




F - J

5 - 6



F - J

6 - 7



K - O

7 - 8



K - O

8 - 9



P - S

9 - 10



P - S


14 - 16

Extra Large

T - Z


These stores should have a selection of pyjamas:  Old Navy, Super Store, Sears, Target and The Children's Place.  Please drop off your purchases at either: 

  • Temple when you come to the July 5 Friday Night Shabbat & Installation or
  • At the home of Reesa & Bob Devlin, when you come to the August 10 Sisterhood Summer Barbecue.
Sorry, used pyjamas cannot be accepted.


Save the Date for our Summer Barbecue
Saturday August 10, 2013

Join us for Sisterhood's Annual Salmon Barbecue

(Other courses are potluck)


A tribute to our wonderful volunteers!


summer barbecue  

Saturday, August 10, 2013 starting at 5:00 p.m.

at the home of

 Reesa & Bob Devlin

Eat, drink, schmooze, meet new people and enjoy a lovely havdallah at sunset.  

The new Rabbi & his wife will be joining us at this event.


Cost: $5.00 per person

Open to all Sisterhood Members and their partners

Further details TBA 


Dress for Success - Summer Hiatus 
Dress for Success Logo  

Sisterhood will not be accepting donations of items for Dress for Success from May 22 until September 16 and  the racks will not be available in the Temple garage.  Thank you so much to all our volunteers who have been regularly loading up their cars with the donated items and driving to the downtown Dress for Success site.  These volunteers are taking a much deserved break over the summer.   
Sisterhood members will continue to volunteer over the summer once a month at the Dress for Success downtown site to assist clients put together interview outfits.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Bonnie Gertsman by replying to this email.
Sisterhood Dues for 2013 - 2014 
Sisterhood Dues are Due!

If you have not paid your dues of $36.00 for the 2013 - 2014 term in the last two months, please phone Toni Kennedy, Co-VP, Membership Development, at 604-200-3728 or email her at tonikennedy2@hotmail.com and she can take your visa number. Or you can mail a cheque payable to Sisterhood of Temple Sholom to the Temple office attention Jean Angus.

Your continued financial support is vital even if your available time does not allow you to volunteer or attend events at this time.  Thank you so much to all those Sisterhood members who have already paid their dues!

Sisterhood Members do Adult Bat Mitzvah
Adult B'Nai Mitzvah

Sisterhood extends a big mazel tov to five sisterhood members who did their adult Bat Mitzvah on April 20, 2013:
Shirley Cohn, Bev Korman, Linda Arato, Judy Nicol- Smith & Gayda Coblin

Women of Reform Judaism Centennial Celebrations

     WRJ Centennial Moments

  WRJ Centennial Poster Religious Life

In 2007, WRJ collaborated with Lilith Magazine to create WRJ/Lilith Salons. Four Lilith issues per year stimulate discussion for Sisterhood members enrolled in the program. WRJ Lilith Salons have provided an opportunity for thousands of women of all generations to come together to meet, socialize, and discuss current, relevant issues.  

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