January 2023


The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah

A Women of Reform Judaism Organization

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Here’s to feeling thankful for the year behind us and enthusiastic for the year ahead.

May this one be your best year yet!

The Sisterhood Board

In This Issue

Did you know...

Award Honorees Announcement

Save the Date

Volunteer Opportunities

Experience Rosh Chodesh with Sisterhood

Sundays with Sisterhood

Mah Jongg

Judaica Shop

Pre-Order 2023 Mah Jongg Cards


Our Condolences

Make a Contribution to our Funds

Todah for Contributions

A Lot of Stuff at Stan's

Did you know... that Sisterhood membership grew from 75 charter members in 1906, to 260 members in 1908? That year, Sisterhood furnished the Rabbi’s study and all the Sunday School classrooms for the new B’nai Jehudah Temple on Linwood Boulevard. Sisterhood organized Hanukkah and Purim parties for the Sunday School students that year as well.

Watch for more highlights of early B'nai Jehudah Sisterhood history,

compiled by Frank Adler

Award Honorees Announcement

We have so many amazing women involved in Sisterhood!

Sisterhood recognizes outstanding achievement with our Shoshana Award which was initiated in 1982. For 40 years, this has been Sisterhood’s sole award. The Sisterhood Board is excited to let you know that two new awards have been created, Service to Sisterhood Award and Emerging Leader Award, which will give us the opportunity to recognize and honor more of our fabulous "Sisters."

This year's honorees are:

Carol Schwartz, Shoshana Award

Pam Auerbach, Service to Sisterhood Award

Shannon Maker, Emerging Leader Award

These women will be recognized at our Appreciation Luncheon, "A Celebration of Sisterhood" on February 26. Please save the date and join us for this special event. The invitation will be coming by email in January.

If you wish to make a donation in honor of these women, please scroll down to the "Make a Contribution" button and a list of our Funds. We appreciate your support.


  • Sunday, February 26: "A Celebration of Sisterhood" Appreciation Luncheon, Noon
  • Saturday evening, March 4: Purim Spiel, including Havdalah
  • Friday, April 7: Shabbat Seder

Interested in Volunteering?

Did you know that Sisterhood sponsors Family Shabbat Dinners for our YALLA students? Would you like to help as a greeter or server? You do not need to have a child in YALLA in order to be part of these community-building experiences. Sign up to help here: Sisterhood: Family Shabbat Dinners (

Experience Rosh Chodesh with Sisterhood. New Program

Jill Maidhof has graciously offered to facilitate a spiritual discussion group for B'nai Jehudah Sisterhood members and Beth Torah's Women's Council. Please join us!

Register Here with Jill by January 12

Sundays with Sisterhood

Join us one Sunday a month for "Sundays with Sisterhood". These events are during the Yalla (Religious School) hours to allow for participation by all women, including women with children in the Yalla programs. The programming is to help women of TTCBJ get to know each other on an informal basis with the hopes of developing long-lasting friendships with the backdrop of our wonderful community within our synagogue. Events will include baking, women's health talks, yoga, art opportunities and more!


Phew! You just made it through the wonderful (but stressful!) month of December-Mazel Tov!

Come join Sundays with Sisterhood for a RELAXING morning of Yoga and Me

Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle and come in comfortable clothing.

Please RSVP so that we know how many people to expect.

Yoga & Meditation

with Jeramy Zimmerman

Sunday, January 8

9:15 - 11:00


Register for Yoga


Tips for a Healthier Woman

with Dr. Lauren Neumann

Sunday, February 12

9:15 - 11:30

Join us for a great event to learn how to strengthen ligaments and gain muscle tone, nutrition and other healthy tips for moms and beyond. Featuring board certified physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Lauren Neumann.

Register for Healthier Woman

For questions, suggestions or more information, please contact our chairwomen:

Shannon Maker,  or

Kristi Kanarek,  

Mah Jongg

Wednesday evenings, 6:45 - 9:00

January 4 & 18

February 1 & 15

Held at B'nai Jehudah

Sign-up for Mah Jongg

Sisterhood Mah Jongg is a wonderful way to have fun and meet new friends. If you are a beginner, feel free to come watch a few hands and start learning. We are happy to teach you. The perfect way to play Mah Jongg without having to make a major commitment. Sign-up to play when you can.

Lois Bernstein is our chair & is happy to answer any questions. You can sign up for several dates using the button below or email Lois at Please sign-up by the Monday before the game, if possible. 

Judaica Shop

We've had a great year!

Thank you to everyone that helped our Judaica Shop have a great 2022 by shopping with us, in store and online. We had a fantastic year and an especially wonderful Hanukkah season. We appreciate your support. Proceeds from the Judaica Shop are used to help our Congregation.

Sisterhood wants to say "Todah Rabah" to our wonderful Judaica Shop volunteers for the beautiful shop and merchandise they provided to our Congregation and the community in 2022. Thank you to Marcia Soltz, co-chair, Pam Auerbach,co- chair, Kathe Stekoll, treasurer, Sharon Soltz, buyer, Shari Barr, Susan Himmelstein and Stephanie Furman, volunteers. We appreciate your time & dedication to the Judaica Shop. You all rock!


Pre-Order your 2023 Mah Jongg Card

through Sisterhood by February 15

$2 of your purchase benefits your Sisterhood.

Order online (Mah Jongg Card category) or in the Judaica Shop.

Choose from two sizes of cards: 

Standard Print $14.00 or Large Print $15.00

This is the same card and price offered by the National Mah Jongg League.

(Sisterhood discount not available on this card. NMJL has a $5 increase per card this year.)

Cards will be available in late March/early April, per the NMJL schedule.

You will be notified to pick up your order in the Judaica Shop. 

Judaica Shop Online

Judaica Shop Hours

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 11:00 - 2:00

Sunday, when there is Yalla (school) 8:45-12:00

Please contact Marcia and Pam for information or an appointment.



Sisterhood members receive 10% off

For online purchases, please use passcode TENOFF.

We appreciate your support!

Sisterhood Membership

Sisterhood membership brings women together to enjoy a variety of activities for friendship, camaraderie, personal growth, service and religious learning. Hope you will become a part of our awesome group.

We appreciate your membership & support.

Marilyn Cohen

Membership Vice President 

or 816-591-8512

Annual Contribution: $45

Tribute Fund Levels:

Rachel: $63 Miriam: $81

Leah: $99 Sarah: $117

Become a Member Online!
Check Payment Form by Mail

Our Condolences to:

Elise Walker on the passing of her grandmother,

Natalie H Holland, on December 22

We apologize for any errors or omissions. 

Please let us know if we have done so at

Sisterhood Fund Contributions

Sisterhood will acknowledge donations monthly in The Connection. Make a contribution in honor/ recognition or in memory of a loved one, friend, or group of people. Sisterhood will send a note letting them know of your donation. Contributions can be made by credit card or by check. Clicking below allows you to access the form and choose your preference.

SISTERHOOD TRIBUTE FUND: For general support of Sisterhood, our Congregation, its youth and our community.

CHARLENE GELB MEMORIAL ONEG SHABBAT FUND: For Oneg Shabbats, following Erev Shabbat services.


HELEN S. GREEN MEMORIAL PULPIT FLOWER FUND: For seasonal flowers and landscaping for the building and Bimah flowers.

RUTH KAROL LEADERSHIP TRAINING FUND: For leadership development & WRJ conferences for Board members.

Make a Contribution

Thank you for your Contribution In Honor of or other reason:

In honor of Carol Schwartz receiving the Shoshana Award, given by Gary and Barbie Rogoff to the Ruth Karol Leadership Fund.

Thank you for your Contribution In Memory of:

We apologize for any errors or omissions. 
Please let us know if we have done so at

Please mention Sisterhood.

To arrange a pick-up, call

Lori Siegel, 816-668-3960 or

A Lotta Stuff, 913-299-2939.

Moving? Cleaning up?

Help Support Sisterhood, too. 

You will get a tax donation form and Sisterhood gets a percentage of the earnings thanks to our Sisterhood member, Lori Siegel, the owner of the resale shop "A Lotta Stuff at Stan's."

Items should be in the garage boxed and ready to go. If necessary she can help clean out and remove usable items from your home for a reasonable charge. Lori can use almost any item as long as it is not ripped, stained, broken, and still has some usefulness. 

Sisterhood | | President, Shari Barr