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CBHT Sisterhood News- September 13, 2020

Upcoming CBHT Sisterhood Events and Programs

Rosh Hashanah Greetings

4:00pm- 7:00pm
Location: Temple Parking Lot
High Holiday Goodies honey cake, local honey and apples and virtual holiday goodie Bags will be distributed in a “drive by” at the Temple front entrance:

Honey cake from Green’s in Brooklyn
Local honey and apples
Virtual hugs from Rabbi and Sisterhood.

Don’t miss out: First come-first served until supplies last.

Sisterhood Installation
Location: Zoom
Time: To be announced

Women’s Suffrage and Voting


Location: Zoom
Time: To be announced

CBHT Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Elul Zoom Gathering

Sunday, August 23, 2020 7 PM

Please join Sisterhood as we celebrate the New moon of Elul.

We will learn more about the Ritual and History of Rosh Chodesh. We will talk about the month of Elul, and preparing for the High Holidays. We will build our own “moon mounds” as a mindfulness practice. And we will pray.

We will also light candles and introduce ourselves and our maternal lineage. 

There will be time for discussion about what your hopes are for a continued quarterly Rosh Chodesh.

Please RSVP with your email address to Amy Kentera: (our zoom coordinator) and she will send you the zoom link.

Roberta Naimark and Jill Levin will host.

Please bring a candle, a bowl, and 15 small stones, buttons, or beads to the ritual.

New Sisterhood Co-President- Phyllis Nalick offers D’Var Torah on 7/17/20

Shabbat Shalom, my name is Phyllis Nalick. Evelyn Gates and I have been elected to be Co-Presidents of Sisterhood for the next two years. I am honored that Rabbi Meiri allowed me the privilege to speak on Sisterhood this Shabbat evening.

For well over a century, American Jewish women have banded together to form sisterhoods. Over the years, these sisterhoods have labored in several different fields, serving as a vehicle for the expansion of the American synagogue into new areas of activity. American Jewish leaders, inspired by the notion that women were uniquely suited to saving Judaism, the synagogue, or a particular movement from internal or external crises, have looked to Jewish women for salvation.

In response, sisterhoods have served as philanthropic organizations, pursuing a community-oriented vision of uplift of the poor; they have provided innumerable services to their own congregations, raised much-needed funds, maintained religious schools, fostered congregational unity, and sponsored educational programs for adult women and men. They have engaged in national endeavors, aided soldiers during time of war, taken sides in national political debates, and promoted better relations among Americans of all faiths and ethnicities.

Not least, sisterhoods offered Jewish women a place to gather as women and as Jews, to socialize with each other, and to strengthen the bonds that connect them. Even the word “sisterhood” indicates a certain type of relationship that members have always striven for among themselves: a closeness, a sisterliness, a feeling, a bonding.

Congregation Beth HaTephila Sisterhood began in 1902 as “The Jewish Ladies Aid Society”. Those women provided support to the congregation and provided care for the cemetery. Sisterhood has morphed and changed over the years. Today’s Mission Statement reflects “We are the Women of Congregation Beth HaTephila working together to serve our Temple, support our community and enrich our lives through personal growth and friendship”.

We stand on the shoulders of our Sisters from 118 years ago. Our mission has changed yet it has not.

We are not caring for soldiers during a world war but dealing with a pandemic that has changed our lives. At the same time, we are dealing with pent up civil strife that has not been resolved in decades and now has reached a boiling point. We cannot be together in our Temple building to pray or gather. Our lives are no longer recognizable. Yet we persevere and change to meet needs.

We are planning new ways to meet the needs of our Sisterhood women, The Temple and the community. We, are resilient we are resourceful and we are diligent. This year is dedicated to” Sisters Helping Sisters”. We have transformed our dues system so that all women no matter of their ability to pay will have access to membership. We are developing virtual programming for different age groups and interests. We are planning ways to Zoom cooking classes, book club, and Rosh Chodesh. We are working on endeavors that will speak to conscience, heart and mind.

We support our congregation by an annual gift to the Religious School Fund. Several months ago, individual Sisterhood members made an additional donation to the Religious School Fund to honor our Past President’s Henrietta Cuttler and Jo Anne Rosenblum.

Sisterhood provided the Oneg Shabbat for: Slichot, Erev Rosh Hasnanah, Break- Fast and Simchat Torah.

Each Friday Sisterhood sends a spiritual Shabbat message to our members to offer thought, support and hope during these uncertain times. We are also sending that message by mail to women who are isolated and who do not have access to a computer.

Our Social Action Committee has led the charge assisting the community by coordinating donations to support programs for Jewish Family Service, Room at the Inn and Helpmate. To help the most vulnerable of society.

And we have just begun.

When I moved from Houston Texas two years ago. I thought my leadership days were long behind me. I had previously served in multiple leadership roles including Temple President. I also served many roles for the Women of Reform Judaism and was a regional Trustee for the Southwest Council of URJ.

All that ended a decade ago. But the love of Sisterhood with my new vibrant congregation has led me to this role.

Our Sister’s in 1902 were ready for the challenges of their time and we as Sisterhood leaders today also will face our challenges and we will be prepared to do so.

May your Shabbat bring you beauty and peace,

Shabbat Shalom

Sisterhood News July 16, 2020

Sisterhood News – Update  7/16/20

Thank you to Sisterhood from Social Action Co-Directors

Recently we asked Sisterhood members to contribute to the Ashville Poverty Initiative (API) to help with meals for the Asheville homeless population residing at a West Asheville motel which is being used as a large shelter.  Do to COVID 19, meals need to be served individually wrapped.  Sisterhood raised $1,153!

The entire amount has been given to the API for needed meals.  We are overwhelmed by your generosity and caring.

Thank you for making a difference together as a Sisterhood we support our community,

Gail Sobel and Judy B Kaplan
Sisterhood Social Action Directors

Upcoming Event- Sunday, July 19

Nurturing Community in the Time of Covid 
Sunday July 19th 10:00am
Our CBHT Caring Community Circle Co-Chairs Channah VanRegenmorter and Cindy Feiler along with Rabbi will be leading a discussion of what we can do to nurture community. They will be using Zoom with small group and larger group activities.

The link to registering is:

People can also call the temple or email

Sisterhood News July 15, 2020

Sisterhood Board Meeting Dates for 2020-2021

August 11, 2020
September 8
October 13
November 10
December 8
January 12, 2021
February 9
March 9
April 13
May 11
June 8

All members of Sisterhood are welcome to attend. At this time, the meetings will be held on zoom until further notice. If you would like to attend, please contact the Sisterhood Co-Presidents.