For our end of year Bulletin message, in has become a tradition to build on what we created over the past few years. We hope you won’t mind our latest version of this list to reflect Sisterhood’s work during the 2019-2020 year.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?
(Jonathan Larson, RENT)
As we reach the end of our fifth year as your Sisterhood Co-Presidents, we ask ourselves a similar question….How do you measure Sisterhood’s Year?
· In the number of times we have said, “I miss you”, over the past 3 months?
· In the number of women who participated in our very first Sisterhood Shabbaton?
· In the thousands of chocolate gelt coins which filled our newly designed Chanukah mosaic mural?
· In the number of edits to our calendar because we keep adding events throughout the year?
· In the number of e-mails and reminders sent by our Corresponding secretary?
· In the number of phone calls about Sisterhood activities and plans?
· In the number of little “Brady Bunch Boxes” at every one of our Zoom meetings and events?
· In all the pins knocked down at our Bowling Bonanza chaired by one of our newest members?
· In the number of electronic bingo cards we sent out for our Virtual Bingo event?
· In the number of miles travelled by our members who shared their experiences during our “Around the World with Sisterhood” program?
· In the number paint brushes and stencils used for our “Board at Home” event?
· In the donations we made to COVID-19 Emergency Funds and food sent to Front-line Responders?
· In the hundreds of beautiful melodies and prayers and workshops we shared with 5000 other Reform Jews at the URJ Biennial?
· In the smiles of all our congregants who enjoyed pizza in pajamas at our Hanukah Pajamakah Shabbat?
· In the creativity of our members who created beautiful pottery at our Clay and Kiln workshop?
· In the hours it takes to carefully apply for a WRJ Incubator Grant?
· In the points and the laughs during our first ever Virtual Scavenger Hunt?
· In the amazing support we receive from those men who have chosen to become “Friends of Sisterhood”?
· In the corny jokes told by our caller at our Adult Bingo night?
· In the number of flyers created to advertise everything we do?
· In the organizations which benefited from our bi-monthly Tsedakah collections?
· In the number of gift cards we purchase to support the Temple’s Certificate Program?
· In interesting and motivating programs presented at our monthly meetings?
· In the amount of cookies, cakes, fruit platters and cups of coffee at our beautiful weekly onegs?
· In the number of Chanukah candles which lit up our Chanukah/New Member Dinner?
· In the number of sips and snacks at our first “Sip and Schmooze in the Sukkah” event?
· At the number of parsley seed planted and creative recipes served at our 2
Annual Tu B’Shevat-themed oneg?
· In the number of gloves and socks and warm clothing items collected for Project Hospitality?
· In hours of planning and set up for the Chanukah/New Member Supper, Tu B’Shevat Oneg, and holiday dinners?
· In the hours we agonized over having to cancel our Passover Community Seder?
· In the number of times we update our SH membership list in order to add our new members?
· In the ‘Thank You’ notes and letters we receive from congregants and organizations?
· In the number of people who helped prepare meals to be served at local shelters?
· In the full agendas we have for every meeting?
· In conversations with custodians about correct set-ups for all events?
· In pounds of rummage sale items packed and unpacked and then packed up again to be shipped off for further donation?
· In the number of Shabbat Gift Bags presented to our new members?
· In the lyrics to all the Rodgers and Hammerstein songs we sang during the program at our Paid Up Members Dinner?
· In Purim groggers and Simchat Torah flags?
· In the amount of steps taken at the Gift Show to find beautiful items for our Judaica Shop?
· In the number of slices and cuts made in apples, kiwis, tomatos, and cucumbers at our Fruit Carving Workshop?
· In the conversations we have with Sisterhoods from other Temples to gain more knowledge and share new ideas?
· In the delight of our members as they received the most extraordinary and creative Shalach Manot gifts thoughtfully designed by our chairpersons?
· In the number of compliments our Sisterhood receives?
· In the hours of planning meetings with Brotherhood, the Rabbi, the Ritual Committee and the Temple Secretary?
· In the pounds of linens donated to the animal shelter?
· In the number of gifts purchased at our Holiday Fair?
· In the number of tablecloths laundered each week?
· In thousands of cups, plates, utensils we consistently provide for use by our entire congregation?
· In the names printed on our annual community New Year’s Card designed by a talented Sisterhood member?
· In phone calls and e-mails arranging for assistance with Sisterhood events?
· In traditions and rituals we try very hard to uphold at our Temple?
· In Shabbat and Yom Tov candles and blessings?
· In the amazement of our WRJ District Reps when they see how much our “little” Sisterhood does every year?
· In potato latkes, seder plates, apples, nuts and raisin packages?
· In contributions to the Youth, Education and Special Projects Fund of WRJ?
· In bottles of wine and juice for our Shabbat Kiddushes?
· In Raffle tickets sold for our fundraising events?
· In yards of aluminum foil and plastic wrap used for meals and platters and donations?
· In all the Good & Welfare cards and acknowledgements sent out to our members?
· In stamps for hundreds of mailings?
· In the Tanakhs, texts and Torah Commentaries given as gifts to B’Nai Mitzvah and Confirmation Students?
· In the number of times the words “thank you” are spoken?
· In the dozens of cookies carefully selected for each Oneg?
· In money raised at fundraisers to support all that SH does for our Temple?
· In the thousands of dollars spent on Journal Ads honoring our members and clergy?
· In the steps taken as we walk together to fight Breast Cancer together?
· In the tens of thousands of dollars we donate to our Temple?
· In the amendments made to our Constitution to make sure that we are serving our members and our organization the best of our ability?
· In the disappointment at having to cancel our End of Year Dinner and Installation service this year?
· In the writing and reading of the detailed minutes of every meeting?
· In the women who are always there for each other in times of need?
· In the arguments that take place because we all care so much?
· In the number of opening and closing prayers which sometimes bring tears to our eyes because of our love for our sisters?
· In the dues we pay to Women of Reform Judaism?
· In SH members who sit on every committee at our Temple?
· In the number of hours put into planning a very special Sisterhood Installation Service?
· In the thousands of minutes spent in meetings or preparing for meetings or cleaning up from meetings?
· In communications between Florida and NY so everyone can stay in touch all year?
· In the birthday and anniversary celebrations each month?
· In the hours spent in cars driving to temple while schlepping boxes and packages and children and supplies?
· In the number of edits of a monthly bulletin article?
· In phone calls and e-mails to order kitchen supplies or oneg bakery and fruit orders?
· In the time spent preparing budgets and financial reports?
· In the polishing of the silver as we ready ourselves for the High Holidays?
· In the number of Sisterhood checks written?
· In the number of checks written to Sisterhood?
· In the hours spent doing research to find the best ways to keep our members engaged during these crazy days of quarantine?
· In the bagels and salads and pounds of lox and hours spent preparing breakfast for our monthly meetings?
· In the pride we feel when our own daughters become members of our Sisterhood?
· In the careful thought of a nominating committee who works hard to make sure SH will continue to thrive?
· In the hopes we have that our younger members will become more involved?
· In the hours upon hours of time the women of Temple Israel dedicate to making sure Temple Israel is there for us now and in the future?
So, how do you measure a year in the life of the Sisterhood of Temple Israel?
You measure it in love.
Thank you all for another amazing (and challenging) year in the history of the Sisterhood of Temple Israel and for having enough faith in us to allow us to continue to lead Sisterhood for another year.