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SISTERHOOD

 

Shaare Zedek Sisterhood was formed almost as soon as the Shul was built. Over the years we have made donations for the Congregation's needs. We have sponsored programs, we have educated ourselves, we have a book club, a film club, and Sunday speakers. We celebrate Rosh Chodesh and, in November Kabbalat Shabbat. We belong to International Women's League first Conservative Judaism and are linked with Women in Canada, the United States and South America.

SO WHO ARE WE? WE ARE YOU. WE ARE WOMEN OF ALL AGES. WE ARE MARRIED, SINGLE, MOTHERS, GRANDMOTHERS. WE ARE FRIENDS. DO WE HAVE LOADS OF TIME? MOST LIKELY NOT BUT WE EACH CAN FIND SOME ACTIVITY TO BE PART OF.

Please come and join us!

Our Recipient of the Eishet Chayil award 5781

I am honoured to have been selected as this year's Eishet Chayil for Simchat Torah, and am humbled to be in the company of so many distinguished women who came before me. When my husband and I decided to join Shaare Zedek, we were searching for a warm, welcoming and inclusive synagogue.  Right from the start, we knew that we had found our shul home. When I was approached to join the Board of Directors, and accepted the opportunity, I was unsure of what the journey would bring. What I found was an incredibly rewarding experience. 

I have met a group of some of the most warm-hearted and thoughtful people who have been so generous with their time, expertise and friendship. When my husband Laz of blessed memory passed away suddenly, it was my shul home that surrounded me with support, friendship, and warmth and helped me through some very difficult times. For that I am eternally grateful. I encourage each of you to join us for our activities, get involved, work on a
committee and see what a rewarding experience it can be.  I can assure you that you will get out of the experience far more than you give. 

 

Shaare Zedek Sisterhood

Shaare Zedek Sisterhood has existed since the Congregation began. This year we were ready with all our usual programmes and some new ones which we hoped would draw large audiences. The virus thought otherwise and we were locked down along with everyone else!

Perhaps this might be a good time to remind ourselves of who we are and what we do!

We are a multigenerational group of women who get together for programmes and for service to the shul and the community. We do not look at ages! If you have a little bit of time to spare or a programme you would like to see happening we would welcome you with open arms! If you are already a member we thank you! If not come and join us! We would love to have you!

We serve both the shul and the wider community. From the beginning we have provided material things like the doors on Rosedale, the screens which let people in the office know who is outside. More recently we bought the stoves which are in the renovated kitchen. We bought the cutlery for the downstairs kitchen.
The beautiful plants which adorn the shul during Shavuot come from Sisterhood funds. Way back when, Sisterhood paid for the decoration and furnishing of the Bride's Room.

We look forward to receiving a project so that we can contribute further to the Shul!

Because we are part of an International Group called Women's League for Conservative Judaism we contribute to Torah Fund which finances Conservative Seminaries in North America, Israel and Europe. The rabbis, cantors and lay teachers from these Institutions are our pride and joy.

We are also twinned with a group in Israel.

We have always contributed to those in need in the larger community of Montreal. Every year an event called The Toy Tea takes place in December.  A day long event that gives us an opportunity to provide soft toys, non-violent toys and gift cards for distribution in the women's shelters in the city. The directors of the shelters take the gifts to mothers who wrap them for their children.

Each month there is usually a Rosh Chodesh Service to which all women and children are invited. Breakfast is served afterwards. We are looking forward to the time when this will resume. Our Book Club and Movie Club are on hold at the moment. We look forward to their return. This year we offered Chair Yoga, and after lockdown Caryn Roll offered a zoom series on nutrition.

We are living in very strange times but we are here to support each other at a distance, in masks or on the phone. Your Sisterhood wishes you Shana Tova!

Stay safe!
Shaare Zedek Sisterhood

 shaarezedeksisterhood@gmail.com

Thu, 28 January 2021 15 Shevat 5781