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Sisterhood volunteers produce three hard-copy newsletters each year to keep in touch with our membership.  Increasingly, we communicate via emailed e-blasts, and other electronic means.  Please join our e-list by clicking on this link.  We promise not to overload your email inbox!

For your reference you may view our recent newsletters below.

2016 Fall Newsletter
2016 Spring Newsletter
2015-16 Winter Newsletter
2015 Fall Newsletter
2015 Spring Newsletter

Wellness Series

The Temple Isaiah Sisterhood Wellness Series Committee plans and carries out guest lectures at Temple Isaiah each winter on topics of health and wellness. The series is open to all members of the Temple community, including men. Although RSVP’s are not required, they do help us plan refreshments. The Wellness Series lectures are free to Sisterhood members.  Everyone is welcome: Suggested donation is $10 for non-Sisterhood members.

Passover Women's Seder

During the Passover season, Sisterhood often hosts an event to enhance the holiday.  Check back for 2017.

Tu B’Shevat Seder

Tu B’Shevat, the “Birthday of Trees” and the celebration of spring, is a holiday that explores and teaches the importance of conservation and taking care of the earth. It is like a Passover Seder (but shorter!). A Tu B’Shevat Seder has a role for everyone. We will talk about Israel and the special care needed to turn the desert green; and about fruits and nuts and how the inner seeds and outer shells protect future life, just as we protect our families and ourselves.

Sisterhood invites you to come with your whole family, your book group, your Chavurah, or just by yourself and experience this mystical Jewish holiday. The Seder is adult oriented but children friendly. Anyone who can be comfortable listening attentively is welcome to join us. Check back for details for next year.

Cooking Classes

Sisterhood occasionally sponsors cooking classes, so that we can learn to cook seasonal favorites for various festivals. For example, in 2009, we sponsored cooking classes for cooking hamentaschen for Purim.

Joint Events with Brotherhood

Sisterhood occasionally co-sponsors events with Brotherhood. On Sunday, February 13, 2011 Sisterhood and Brotherhood will co-sponsor “The Artist Within Us,” a show of works produced by artists and craftspeople who are members of Temple Isaiah. We are inviting both professionals and hobbyists to participate.

Tashlich

Each year, Sisterhood sponsors the arrangements for Tashlich, the ceremonial casting away of our sins after Rosh Hashanah, by casting breadcrumbs into a moving body of water. Tashlich means “You shall cast,” referring to our sins which we cast way from us. We meet at a moving body of water (the Lexington Reservoir,)preferably one with fish in it, (the “Res” has fish!) and symbolically cast our sins into the water using breadcrumbs.

The moving water carries our sins away from us. Why fish? Since they have no eyelids, their eyes are always open, symbolizing God’s constant watch over us. And, just as fish are suddenly caught in the net, we too are caught in the net of judgment of life or death.

Selichot

On the last Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah, Jews around the world prepare for the upcoming High Holy Days, gathering in prayer and reflecting on the themes of the season.  Sisterhood also makes arrangements for the refreshments for the annual Selichot program and service with Temple Emunah. Temple Emunah is the Conservative temple in Lexington that was formed at the same time as Temple Isaiah, as both originated from the Arlington Lexington Bedford Jewish Community Center. 

Shabbat, Bimah/Oneg Flowers

Sisterhood arranges for you to underwrite the cost of flowers for the Shabbat bimah and oneg tables in honor or in memory of a special person. Please see the Sisterhood newsletter for available dates.

College and Alumni Program

The College and Alumni Program provides an ongoing connection to Temple Isaiah for our young adults during their first few years after high school. The goal is to support their Jewish identities by maintaining a link with their home community and by giving them tools to continue to lead Jewish lives away from home. The committee, with the generous support of the Sisterhood, sends holiday packages to kids at college or other post-high school activities. If you would like your son or daughter to participate in Temple Isaiah’s College and Alumni Program, please have them fill out the form at http://tinyurl.com/TI-Alumni 

Gifts to Bar/Bat Mitzvah Children, Confirmands, Tichon Isaiah Graduates

Sisterhood and Brotherhood jointly provide gifts at special times in the lives of our young people.