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About Sisterhood Emanu-El

Emanu-El Sisterhood provides a full program of involvement for the modern Jewish woman. The Sisterhood operates our Judaica Shop and provides major financial support for the Synagogue and its Religious School. Our Sisterhood participates in community service activities.

The Sisterhood of Synagogue Emanu-El is a dynamic organization and a vital part of our Synagogue. We are affiliated with the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism founded in 1918 by Mathilde Schechter. Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is an international organization, which provides services to all affiliated women’s groups in Conservative Synagogues in North America and is part of the worldwide Conservative/Masorti Movement. We are one of the 700 Conservative Synagogue Sisterhoods. There are 25 Branches with groups in Israel, Great Britain and South America, and there are 150,000 members. The Sisterhood of Synagogue Emanu-El is a member of the Southern Branch of Women’s League in the United States.

The Mission of Sisterhood Emanu-El is to support our congregation, its youth and religious school and to strengthen Conservative Judaism in the home and Synagogue. We support and unite with Women’s League in the understanding and perpetuation of Conservative/Masorti Judaism.

We are committed to programs and activities that encourage participation and educate and instill a pride in Judaism. I invite you to join us and enjoy the fellowship of our members.

If you are not a member we invite you to join.

Goals of the Sisterhood

  • Strengthen the Sisterhood.
  • Achieve our fundraising goals to benefit the Synagogue and it's Religious School.
  • Present interesting and stimulating Programs with Jewish content.
  • Provide educational opportunities for women.
  • Provide an opportunity for women to meet and socialize in a welcoming environment.

Programs & Fundraising Supported by the Sisterhood

  • Sisterhood/Men’s Club Brunch
  • Donor Program
  • Torah Fund Program
  • Sisterhood Shabbat
  • Ladies’ Night Out
  • Business Meeting/ Elections-Installation of New Officers
  • Anniversary Oneg Shabbat
  • Monthly Book Club

November 2018 Message from Sisterhood President Gloria Adelson

What a fun pop-up the chocolate-making was on October 30th! Thanks to Roxann Spandorfer for the idea and arrangements and to Lydia Mandel and Karen Pinosky for making it happen. We also learned about the Jewish connection to chocolate! Now, ladies, we need some more fun ideas. We want programs in all areas of Charleston, not just West Ashley; and we can have events during the day or at night as long as we can get participants. Are you listening East Cooperites??? The November Pop-Up will be a surprise. Watch for an announcement! 

Sisterhood is looking forward to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Friday Night Live on Friday, November 16th . Karen Stark and her committee, Brenda Lederman , Joan Halushka and Janet Friedman have a real treat planned. Seating is limited so please get your reservations in as soon as possible. See the front page for all the details. 

The Sisterhood Judaica Shop will be expanding and providing interesting items for Hanukkah. Shop the Judaica Shop first! We can order items for you. When we get wholesale, we DO NOT charge the MSRP. Anyone interested in helping, please call me at 843-556-2965. This is another fun thing to do together with other women. 

The Sisterhood Book Club held their monthly meeting on October 17th. Our next book club meeting on November 14th, we will be discussing the book BEFORE WE WERE YOURS, by Lisa Wingate. Please contact our Book Club email correspondent, Ruth Oser if you want to get on the email list. The December selection is FAMOUS FATHER GIRL-A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP BERNSTEIN, by Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein. 

Sisterhood is looking forward to working with the Synagogue to honor Charlot Karesh, one of the Synagogue’s founding members. A memorable event is planned for December 8th. Please mark your calendars! In addition to being a founding and active member of the Synagogue, Charlot was very active in Sisterhood, Southern Region, and International Women’s League for Conservative Judaism serving as an International Vice President. 



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