MAY 2023
Dear Friends,

“Community: a unified body of individuals; a group of people with common interests living in a particular area; a group in fellowship.” 

We create a community in our own family, at work, at school, and obviously in our houses of worship. Lucky for me I am a member of the community that is Women of Fairmount Temple. Now as I conclude the three years serving as both a Co-President and single President, a position I never thought I wanted or at which I could be successful, I look back with such gratitude for the women who guided me, encouraged me, supported me, and helped me become a better leader. All the Past Presidents, our clergy, and the officers and members of our Board of Directors helped to create a strong, creative, and ambitious community dedicated to serving our congregation, our faith, and our members. At nearly 425 strong, our members are responsible for our successes by serving as leaders, participating with their hearts and hands in volunteer activities, and by generously paying dues to belong to this vital community. I finish my term feeling satisfied, proud, optimistic about our future leaders, especially our new Co-Presidents Ronna Kaplan and Enid Yurman, and admittedly relieved. Thank you for this opportunity.

Warmest best wishes,

Tuesday, May 9, 11:00 am

“The 20th Century Jewish Artists of the Bible” - Join us as we explore some of our favorite stories from the perspective of visual midrash, led by Diane Lavin, Education Consultant.
Email if you need the Zoom link.

*Please note: this is the final class of the year, until next fall.
Tuesday, May 9, 7 pm
Fairmount Temple Library
Join us for a fun trivia game focusing on 20th century Cleveland, led by Dennis Sutcliffe, local historian, wit, and master storyteller.
FRIDAY, MAY 12 ---- The plants you ordered will be waiting for you at the temple! Come between 10 am and 4 pm.

To pick up your plants, drive past the main entrance towards the religious school entrance. You'll see a WFT volunteer there who can guide you.

If you have questions, call Claudia at 216-470-0083.
Tuesday, May 16, 1 pm, temple library

You are invited to hear Peggy Dorfman, docent and speaker for the Kol Israel Foundation, talk about her father and his family’s experiences fleeing Nazi persecution.

Kol Israel is a small organization in Cleveland, Ohio, that was formed in 1959 by a group of Holocaust Survivors that settled in Cleveland. Because they had no family, they started a social organization that now provides Holocaust education to middle and high school students across Northeast Ohio. 

Women of Fairmount Temple
Annual Installation & Dinner
Tuesday, June 6, 6:00 pm
Fairmount Temple Activity Center

We hope you'll join us as we celebrate our Sisterhood and recognize our incoming and outgoing Board of Directors!
Dinner will be catered by Jack's Deli. Entertainment will feature the wonderful acoustic trio Sunset Harmony.

Dinner is $25 for members and their spouses/partners, $30 for guests.
Your reservation with payment is due by May 26.


You can pay by credit card online by clicking HERE -- this is on Fairmount Temple's "Give" webpage -- and will be available beginning Wednesday, May 3rd
Pay by check: Mail your check, payable to "Women of Fairmount Temple"), to Sandra Kramer, 22850 Holmwood Rd., Shaker Hts. OH 44122 ** Please include your name, guest name(s) and phone #
If you have any questions, you can call Sandra at 216-299-6845.

We look forward to seeing you there!

On Sunday, June 11, at 11 am, we are invited to the Maltz Museum to explore the exhibit "Rube Goldberg: The World of Hilarious Invention" and to take a docent-led tour of "An American Story", a permanent exhibit of stories of Jewish immigrants. This is a multigenerational event - bring your children and grandchildren!

A light breakfast of bagels, muffins, fruit, juice and coffee and will be provided.
Note: This is a free event!

RSVP to Amy Nadler at 

Monday, May 8, 7 pm: The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman
RSVP to for Zoom link

Tuesday, May 23, 4 pm: the movie Woman in Gold, featuring Helen Mirren, available on Netflix.
RSVP to for Zoom link.

Tuesday, May 30, 4 pm: The Measure By Nikki Erlick
RSVP to for Zoom link.
Dear Mitzvah Projects Volunteers,
We will not be meeting in person until we know when we can meet in the temple again and where, and we have assessed the situation regarding our supplies and finished projects. We hope to return soon. Keep watching!
Warm regards,
Phyllis Berlas

The following funds help support our Mitzvah projects and many stimulating, entertaining, enlightening, and thought-provoking programs. Please consider contributing to these funds when honoring or in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion. Your generous donations support Fairmount Temple Sisterhood and its amazing programs, events, and Mitzvah projects.
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  • ALEXANDRA AND JOSEPH BERGER MUSIC FUND. This fund is used for special music events, lectures, and our Tuesday afternoon programs.
  • ARTHUR AND JOSEPHINE ELSOFFER FUND. This fund is used to purchase yarn and materials for our Mitzvah projects (lap and baby blankets and teaching dolls).
  • MARTHA GREENBERG FUND. This fund is used for membership development.
  • ILEEN KELNER FUND. This fund is for Women of Fairmount Temple special projects.
  • EVELYN NEWMAN MILLER FUND. This fund is to enrich our programming.
  • THE RALPH AND SHEILAH ORKIN TOUCH AND TELL FUND. This fund supports the Alphabet and Number Touch and Tell books for preschool children who are visually impaired. 

Make your check out to "Women of FT" and drop off or mail to Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd, Beachwood 44122. Or you can click HERE to go online and pay by credit card.

The Women of Fairmount Temple has grown stronger because of the many women who are passionate about its mission and its rewards.
Our sisterhood is a warm and welcoming family that nurtures friendships, old and new, to help members feel more connected to each other and to Fairmount Temple. We:
  • Provide stimulating programming and social events.
  • Provide financial support to our Congregation, Caring Community, Early Childhood Center, Religious School, and Women of Reform Judaism.
  • Contribute to organizations that support children and families in need through the labors of love in our many Mitzvah Projects.

  • To further the highest ideals of Reform Judaism by promoting closer fellowship among its members and providing enriching, social, volunteer, and educational activities.
  • To help support and strengthen Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple.
  • To provide opportunities for adult education in all aspects of Jewish life, be they personal, communal, or world-wide.
  • We are affiliated with the Women of Reform Judaism, which strengthens the voice of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for progressive Jewish values.


If you're not a member of Women of Fairmount Temple , please consider joining us. Mail a check for $50 made out to "Women of FT," Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, Ohio 44122-2296 or join online - click HERE

Questions? Contact Iris Greene at