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Sisterhood

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The First Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood is an award-winning organization. We have now won the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism’s Jewels in the Crown award five times. This represents Sisterhood’s high commitment to education, programming, membership, and Torah Fund which supports the seminaries of the Conservative movement.

Always looking to engage with both our local and global communities, we support many worthy organizations. We provide support to our local food pantry with frequent deliveries of nonperishable foods collected from the FHC family along with financial donations provided by our members. We have supported local homeless shelters and services for victims of domestic violence in Northern Westchester and neighboring Putnam county.

Yearly, as part of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, we engage in “Sisterhood Shabbat”, a Shabbat service lead almost exclusively by women. Sisterhood Shabbat is a celebratory event accompanied by a special luncheon and heartily enjoyed

We also actively raise funds to support the FHC community. The Sisterhood of the 1950s helped pay off the mortgage on the synagogue building. In the past decade, the Sisterhood contributed generously to the renovation of the sanctuary in 2014 and then donated a new memorial board to the synagogue in 2019. Each year we provide the Book of Remembrance for Yizkor at the holidays, the Shalach Manot packages for Purim and run the Passover Wine Sale. Our wonderful gift shop has items for all your holiday, special event and gift giving needs!

Creative and inspirational programming is our foundation. We host an annual Women’s Seder and luncheon in celebration of Passover. We welcome diverse guest speakers who bring their knowledge to our community. Meetings are held monthly from September to May. Recent programs included “Is Superman Circumcised” in 2022 with author Roy Schwartz, “The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda” with guest rabbinic intern Shoshana Nambi from the Abayudaya Jewish community in Uganda in October 2023, “The Jews of Sing Sing” with author Ron Arons in November 2023, and “Jewish Genealogy” with guest Arlene Bernhardt in December 2023.

Upcoming programs for 2024 include:
2/11/24: Game Day
3/10/24: Tallit Workshop
4/7/24: Women’s Seder and Luncheon
5/11/24: Sisterhood Shabbat

Sisterhood offers something for everyone! All are welcome. Join us!

For more information, contact Sisterhood@firsthebrew.org