Temple Beth El With nearly 700 family members, Temple Beth El has a vibrant program of religious, spiritual, educational, social, social action and support activities. Temple Beth El’s two main auxiliaries, the Sisterhood and the Men’s Club, each have an active agenda of programs, services and activities. Temple Beth El is affiliated... Read More


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About Sisterhood

We Support Our Congregation

  • Welcomes new congregational members into our temple family
  • Sponsors and hosts Oneg Shabbats after Friday evening services throughout the year
  • Operates the Judaica/gift shop
  • Organizes Food-A-Rama, an Election Day tradition for 50+ years, featuring a corned beef lunch, deli, and bakery
  • Manages the temple kitchen
  • Contributes to special projects and improvements in the temple and religious school
  • Contributes to the Temple Beth El Yerusha Fund

We Enrich Ourselves


  • Creates stimulating, educational, spiritual, and fun programs for all ages
  • Provides opportunities for developing leadership skills
  • Holds an annual Sisterhood Shabbat and a Kallah
  • Organizes book clubs and other discussions
  • Creates the opportunity for women to connect with one another on a more intimate level
  • Has fun!

We Enrich Our Youth


  • Honors our b’nai mitzvah and confirmands with gifts
  • Grants youth enrichment scholarships and camperships
  • Welcomes new babies and kindergartners
  • Sends holiday packages to our college students and other young adults

For Our Community


  • Provides funding and donations to the YWCA Third Street program, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Literacy Network, and other organizations helping people in need in the Madison area
  • Organizes social action projects and volunteer opportunities

For Our Worldwide Community

Sisterhood is part of the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) and its Midwest District. Through membership in WRJ:


  • Advocates for progressive Reform values, especially on issues of civil rights, economic justice, religious freedoms, and the environment
  • Through the YES (Youth, Education, and Special projects) Fund, provides scholarships for rabbinical and cantorial students, supports youth and social justice, and strengthens the Reform Movement in Israel and around the world
  • Brings together women from around the world to learn from one another, develop personal relationships, create a joyful community of faith, and have fun!

Upcoming Sisterhood Events

Mah Jongg Tournament

Register now for the 6th Annual Temple Beth El Sisterhood Mah Jongg Tournament on Sunday, June 11. Check-in & raffle ticket sale begins at 10:00 am. Lunch, catered by Imperial Garden, at 11:00 am. Play begins at noon. $50/person (includes lunch, snacks, and prizes). Proceeds benefit charitable Sisterhood projects, including YWCA Third Street Program & Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS). The tournament is open to everyone! You do not need to be a Sisterhood or Temple member. Mail the names of your foursome & your check ($50/person, payable to TBE Sisterhood) to Sue Center, 1830 Breezy Trail, Verona, WI 53593. If you do not have a group, let us know your skill level and phone number, and we’ll try to form a table for you. Questions? Contact Sue Center (608-345-5444 or slcenter@wisc.edu). RSVP by May 31!



Help Make our Onegs Wonderful!

Looking for something fun, easy, and greatly appreciated? Volunteer to assist with oneg setup, serving, and cleanup at a Friday Shabbat service. You will have the chance to meet members of the Temple, give back to our community in an enjoyable setting, and get a sneak peek at the treats before anyone else! Bring a spouse, friend, or child…anyone can help! Please contact Jennifer Ginsburg at ginsbuj@yahoo.com to sign up.


Judaica/Gift Shop

The Gift Shop provides lovely items relevant to Jewish life as a service to the congregation and the greater Madison Jewish community. In fact, we’re the only Judaica shop in the Madison area! The shop sells kiddush cups, talliots, mezzuzot, Shabbat candlesticks, seder plates, menorahs, dreidels, dreidels, yamulkes, memorial candles, jewelry, musical CDs, note cards, children’s books, mah jongg items, and many lovely gifts, including many products from Israel or by Israeli artists.

The Gift Shop is open during Religious School hours or by appointment.

Contact Sue Center (608-497-1661), Lottie Frank (608-238-0142), or Bettine Lipman (608-233-4427) for more information or to make an appointment.