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.
Honey From the Heart
What better way to wish family, friends and business associates a “Sweet and Healthy New Year” than sending a jar of honey?
Each Honey From The Heart gift contains an 8 oz. jar of pure clover honey, certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. It is accompanied by a personalized gift card reading “L’Shana Tova—Wishing You a Healthy and Happy New Year,” and is delivered in time for Rosh Hashanah. The card also lets the recipient know that a donation has been made in their honor to B’nai Israel Sisterhood.
The $12 cost per jar includes free domestic shipping for orders placed by Monday, August 5. After August 5, the cost increases to $17 per jar. Orders can also be mailed outside the United States for an additional fee. Orders received by September 4 are guaranteed delivery for Rosh Hashanah to domestic addresses.
Enhance your own holiday table or send flowers to a family member or friend. A beautiful flower arrangement always complements a holiday table. Let B’nai Israel Sisterhood take care of the legwork so you have less to think about during your holiday preparations.
Click here to download the order form.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jewish Council on Aging (JCA) Heyman Interages Programs
The JCA® Heyman Interages® Center intergenerational programs have brought children and older adults together for more then 30 years. Volunteers age 50+ are needed to mentor and tutor youths ages 4-18 in selected schools and other programs throughout Montgomery County. Programs for reading, math and other life skills available. To learn more or apply, please contact Cathy Nestoriak, Volunteer Manager at 301-255-4239 or email at 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).