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B’nai Israel’s Sisterhood plays an active role not just within the synagogue but also in the greater community. Through involvement in ongoing programs and implementation of new initiatives, Sisterhood members work together in the spirit of Tikun Olam to help repair the world both close to and far from home. There are opportunities to get involved throughout the year regardless of whether someone has just an hour to help or is looking to make a more regular commitment.
Some of the social action programs in which B’nai Israel’s Sisterhood is proud to be involved include: Meals on Wheels, bingo at the Hebrew Home, a holiday gift collection to JSSA for children in need, Project Linus to provide blankets for seriously ill or traumatized children, Kids Reading Network to tutor second grade children in Montgomery County, and raising funds for scholarships for Camp Ramah special programs for Jewish youth with learning, social, or emotional difficulties.
Washington Jewish Week
Renew or subscribe to the Washington Jewish Week through Sisterhood. Make checks payable to B’nai Israel Sisterhood and mail to B’nai Israel (or drop off at the main office). $55 for one year $100 for two years. Senior rates (age 55+) are $42 and $76. Questions? Contact Linda Reisner (email@example.com).
Jewish Council on Aging (JCA) Interages Programs
Volunteer with JCA’s In-School Program. Contact Norma Krupenie, firstname.lastname@example.org) Volunteer for the REAL Program. Contact Bonnie Leko-Shapiro at JCA, email@example.com).
Help Sisterhood support the Blanket Making Project (MCAFCE/Warm Up America)
Blankets are distributed to children and teens. Participate by crocheting or knitting squares or donating a handmade, washable blanket (36”x36”). Donations of washable yarn and fabric are also needed. Contact Juliann Goldman (Juliann.firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to arrange for pick-up.
Meals on Wheels
Sisterhood delivers meals every Friday to residents in the Rockville and Leisure World area. New people are always welcome to join our teams as regular substitutes. Contact Alice Harris (email@example.com) for information and to volunteer.
Jewish Group Homes
Volunteers are needed to lead prayers and songs at Friday night dinners. Volunteers are also needed for Sunday afternoons to help the residents enjoy an afternoon of cooking, baking, singing, dancing and art project. The Goldstein Home, one of many, is off Seven Locks Road and Post Oak in Potomac. There are 4 young women residents. Teenagers (accompanied by an adult) are invited to volunteer and receive school volunteer credit. For information contact Esther Teller or Francine Triola (240-283-6009).