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Sisterhood

"Sisterhood is the essence of the wisdom of the ages distilled into a single word.
You cannot see Sisterhood, neither can you hear it nor taste it
But you can feel it.
Sisterhood is a pat on the back, a smile of encouragement.
It's someone to share with, to celebrate your achievements with."
— Anonymous

CSS Sisterhood is a mishpacha, a family of women who support each other, the synagogue, and the greater community while focusing on Jewish values. CSS Sisterhood offers opportunities for engagement, friendship, personal enrichment, learning, prayer, entertainment, and service to others.

All are welcome to join our Sisterhood mishpacha. As our Membership Vice President Lois Cleghorn always says, “Strangers are strangers until they become our friends. And in Sisterhood, friends become a family.”


Sisterhood always has Simcha, Golden Book and Barbara Dratch cards available. Contact the synagogue office for details. Plus, don't forget to purchase scrip for Shoprite and Acme Supermarkets.

We are always happy to welcome new members. If you are interested in joining, please contact Lois Cleghorn at loiscleghorn@hotmail.com. For more information, please feel free to reach out to our Sisterhood President, Shelli Keeny at shellirosenberg@yahoo.com.

 

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 Click here to view 2022-2023 Board & General Meeting Dates

See below for our new and upcoming programs or click here for a full list of our Sisterhood events.

 

Dvar Torah For Sisterhood Installation

By Toby Lundy
Sisterhood Religious Chair
CSS Membership Retention VP
 

 

SISTERHOOD FEBRUARY 2022 MEETING D’VAR TORAH

And God said, “Li mikdash v’shanti btowham.”  “Build a sanctuary for me that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8. In this past week’s Torah portion, T’rumah, which means gift or offering, Hashem tells Moses to tell the Jewish people to build the Tabernacle in the desert, the portable Mishkan. The Tabernacle was like the world’s first synagogue. It was beautiful to the eye—filled with special vessels of silver and gold, amazing tapestries of blue and purple and crimson, and precious stones and fragrant spices. Even more special was the Kadosh HaKadashim-the Holy of Holies. The Holy Ark contained both sets of tablets of the Ten Commandments that Moses had received from God. Only the High Priest was allowed to enter the Holy Of Holies, and that was once a year on the High Holidays. However, anyone who went into the Tabernacle felt the presence of God.

You might wonder where the Jews in the desert, fleeing from Egyptian bondage came upon gold and silver. The jewels were given to the Jews as they left Egypt, due to the fact that the Egyptians were so distraught over all the terrible plagues, they gladly gave away their precious jewelry to be rid of the Jews.

Some lucky people discover the secret of giving---that it feels wonderful. The people in the Sinai Desert knew this secret. The gold and silver was not to be used for personal benefit, but for something holy and transcendent. God told Moses to collect donations from the people in order to build the Tabernacle. No one was forced to give, they had to give of their own volition. But they gave so much and so quickly, that the treasuries filled up and Moses had to ask the people to stop giving! The Torah teaches us how to develop a giving heart and to tap into the pleasure of being a giver.

Our Sisterhood women seem to intuitively grasp the concept of Tzedakah, giving for its own sake, and the psychic value of supporting so many exciting programs and happenings, so that our Kehillah Kadosha, may thrive for many years to come. May Hashem always find a way to dwell in our hearts and in our community.

 

Contact Us:

Shelli Keeny, Sisterhood President
 
Mindy Poliner, Executive VP
 
Lois Cleghorn, Membership VP
 
Gerry Zaretsky, Ways and Means VP 
Nancy Black, Ways and Means Co-chair
 
Charlotte Rosenthal, Donor VP
 
Shelli Krevitz, Program VP (Co-chair)
Louis Schuman, Program VP (Co-chair)
 
Denise Ellner, Treasurer
 
Bobbie Slosberg, Financial Secretary
Denise Ellner, Financial Secretary
 
Marla Moskowitz, Corresponding Secretary
 
Members-at-Large
Maxine Goldman
Mindy Gart
Lynne Kramer
 


Sun, November 27 2022 3 Kislev 5783