SISTERHOOD is the organization of women from our Congregation who come together in friendship to benefit our Temple, the Jewish community and beyond. Sisterhood is the collective presence, voice and strength of women within the structure of our Congregation. It provides the setting in which its members meet and work together to foster and further the highest ideals of Judaism. The Sisterhood works to strengthen and support Temple Akiba, with special emphasis on the support and maintenance of the youth of our Temple.
Sisterhood is a member of the National Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), the women’s affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Temple Akiba Sisterhood is one of 500 women’s groups representing more than 75,000 women in North America and around the world. Sisterhood dues support WRJ, the YES Fund (Youth, Education & Special Projects), the World Union for Progressive Judaism and Jewish Braille International.
Membership in Temple Akiba Sisterhood provides you with the opportunity to put your talents, time and gifts to work for many causes, both large and small. It will enable you to enrich your life as well as that of the congregation. Sisterhood needs the support of all of the women of our Congregation, including those with little or no time to spare. Please read this letter from our president Linda Park speaking to our need for your support and commitment.
To join Sisterhood please see the membership brochure and complete the form and return to Temple Akiba Sisterhood. We also welcome men who wish to support our programs as associate members.
WHAT DOES SISTERHOOD DO?
With the support of our members, Sisterhood accomplishes many things.
- We begin the year by co-hosting a Welcome Nosh tied to the first day of religious school. This provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Sisterhood, our programs and activities for the upcoming year and find out how you can become involved. Click here to view our flyer.
- On October 19, 2017, our annual membership dinner will be highlighted by Dr. Raphael Sonenshein's presentation. His topic, "Election 2017: The Wild Ride Continues" is sure to be thought provoking and entertaining. Use this form to make a reservation for the dinner.
- We create an annual Sisterhood service conducted by Sisterhood members. This past year's Havdalah service and dinner honored Cantor Lonee Frailich.
- Each year we hold a Passover Outreach with the Rabbi at a neighborhood supermarket.
- We also offer monthly programming. Past programs have included speakers such as Rabbi Joel Simonds of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism; trips to the Skirball, the Getty Villa, the new Broad Museum for Contemporary Art; community theater dates; book reviews; Israeli dancing; and much more.
- Our twice-monthly Coffee with the Clergy focuses discussions on contemporary issues affecting Jews. The meetings are generally held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 10:30 am.
TIKKUN OLAM (repairing the world) is an expanding focus of our Sisterhood. This year we joined Team Temple Akiba in the "Walk to End Genocide" sponsored by Jewish World Watch. Until it was cancelled, Sisterhood annually participated in the Revlon Run/Walk raising funds in the fight against women's cancers.
We are one of Temple Akiba's co-sponsors of a special panel discussion on the plight of the Yazidi people on September 14: "Coming to the Aid of the Persecuted: Saving the Yazidis from Genocide." Among the other organizations sponsoring the event are Sinai Temple, the L.A. Jewish Journal, the Board of Rabbis of Southern California and IsraAid. Details of the event can be found by clicking here.
We were instrumental in creating the Temple’s First Mitzvah Day in 2006 and our involvement continues annually through the Committee and with financial support. Our 12th annual Mitzvah Day was held on May 7, 2017.
After a successful launch in 2016, Sisterhood members continue to volunteer with a project at the Lou Colon Children's Health and Wellness Center, part of the Venice Family Clinic. The twice monthly "Cooking With Kids" sessions provide cooking lessons to children and their parents using healthy, kid-pleasing recipes.
Additionally, we have made a commitment to cook twice a year at Project Chicken Soup, which provides kosher-style meals to Jews living with AIDS/HIV, cancer, and other serious illnesses.
Our Hats for Life project, knitting soft hats for the comfort of those with serious illnesses, has become a regular project of Sisterhood.
Along with Membership dues, fundraising, which includes offering various services to congregants, provides Sisterhood with the means to accomplish our goals. We offer catering services for Oneg Shabbats and Extended Kiddushes. If you are celebrating a simcha, you can share your joy by sponsoring a Friday night Oneg Shabbat. Contact Leanna Watts at (323)933-4252 for details.
Sending a Sisterhood Tribute Card is a great way to recognize someone special while supporting Sisterhood. The cards are available at a minimum donation of $3 each, but any additional donation amount is always appreciated. You can contact Ellen August at (310)837-8811 for assistance.
Our Gift Shop sells Judaica items, including jewelry, for all the holidays and simchas. Only a portion of our available items are on display in the Temple foyer. For assistance with your gift shop needs, appointments can be arranged by contacting Linda Park at (310)836-1218. At our annual Hanukkah Boutique a large inventory is made available in the Social Hall for all your holiday shopping needs.
Other fundraising efforts include our popular, annual Purim Bake Sale and Mah Jongg Tournaments held twice a year.
SERVICE TO YOUTH AND TEMPLE
Sisterhood’s strong support for the youth of our Temple is demonstrated in many ways. We give gifts to the Religious and Nursery School children to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah and Tu B’Shevat. Prayer books are given to the Hebrew School students and Kiddush cups to B’nai Mitzvah. Sisterhood gives books to Confirmation students and has also funded donations on their behalf in the spirit of Tikum Olam. Funds raised from the Count Your Blessings Appeal directly benefit the Religious and Nursery Schools, the Day and Resident Camps and the Youth Groups by providing special programs, projects and equipment.
Sisterhood contributes to the Temple membership by co-sponsoring and providing Oneg Shabbats, offering Meal of Condolence Services, giving Adult B’nai Mitzvah Gifts, challahs on Yom Kippur, and annual donations to the Temple Fund.