Sisterhood at Congregation Beth Emeth

Sisterhood's Mission: The Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany NY, an affiliate of Women of Reform Judism (WRJ), maintains a vibrant fabric of support for our Jewish community by providing opportunities which encourage social connections, education, and spirituality. We aspire to achieve these goals through a variety of programs, charitable contributions, and service to our temple, our youth, and our congregational family.

Membership in Sisterhood is open to all women of Beth Emeth and those non-members who want to make new friends and have fun and who embrace our goals to strengthen our community through affordable membership annual dues. Our members are recognized through invitations to special events including a complimentary membership brunch, and are listed in the Sisterhood (annual) directory.

Some of the events and programs which Sisterhood supports with its dues and fund raising include the following: Provides gifts for those celebrating their B'Nai Mitzvah; Sponsors the Limud Fund which is used to defray the costs associated with Confirmation; Contributes funds for Religious School, Parenting Center and CBEYG activities; Presents a gift to women on the occasion of their choosing Judaism; Sponsors and prepares the annual Simchat Torah family dinner; Joins with WRJ to assist in activities such as providing social services for women, children, the disabled and elderly; and funding rabbinic and cantorial students.

Sisterhood programs include: Membership Brunch Annual Donor Dinner Mah Jongg Tournaments Knit and Nosh Group Theater trips to New York City and Glimmerglass Opera Chapter One Book Club

We, the women of Beth Emeth Sisterhood, are waiting to welcome YOU. All are encouraged to join. Whether you wish to become an active member or a dues paying member only, your participation is important to us. For more information, contact Liz Epstein, President.

Become a member of Sisterhood and support our activities. CLICK HERE TO JOIN! If you'd prefer to mail in a check, CLICK HERE to download our 2016-17 membership form.

The Sisterhood Board


Elizabeth Epstein, President

Jami Eisenberg, Treasurer

Lynda Shrager, Recording Secretary

Beth Davis, Co-Membership

Jule Levin, Co-Membership

Debbie Schaffer, Communications  

Mary’s Corner

Sisterhood is proud to support Mary's Corner, a resource for families needing assistance with their young children (birth through age four) located in the same building as the Soup Kitchen. Mary's Corner is organized by Ladies of Charity and provides diapers, formula, clothing, books etc. to families in need and is funded completely by donations that, in turn, support families needing assistance with their (birth through age four) children. Sisterhood supports this worthwhile program by designating February and March as months to collect general items and by collecting board books at our annual Membership Brunch. This fall we are also working with the Knit & Nosh group to knit baby blankets to support our commitment to this worthwhile project. If you have any questions please contact Ellen Reohr.

Chapter One Book Group

The Book Group Meetings will continue to meet monthly at the Temple commencing in the fall on select Wednesdays. Please note this is a new meeting day. Meetings will be held in a classroom (location to be announced).We continue to welcome any new members, men and women, at anytime during the year. Members can attend whenever they can do so. It is not necessary to attend each meeting. Bring your friends, neighbors and family to share our love of reading and an introduction to many new authors and books. Book selections are chosen based on recommendations by our members and the consensus of the group. Facilitators are selected on a voluntary basis. You bring your beverage we will provide a light snack is not necessary to RSVP for a meeting.

Chapter One Book Club is registered with the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza. Members can purchase books at a discount.

Please contact Nancy Lozman, to be placed on the Book Club email list to receive the most updated information.

February 15, 2017  - "Station 11," by Emily St. Mandel; "The Perfume Collector," by Kathleen Tessera; "World Made by Hand" by James Howard Kunstler (optional)

March 22, 2017 - "Behold the Dreamer, " by Imbolo Mule

April 26, 2017 - "Hillbilly Elegy," by J. D. Vance

May 24, 2017 - Book Club & Pot Luck Dinner;  book to be determined

VASHTI’S CORNER - A Monthly Conversation with and for Women

February 5, 2017

March 19, 2017

April 30, 2017

all at 10 am in the CBEYG Room

Please RSVP to Heather Linsk

What is Vashti's Corner?

Vashti is one of the characters we meet in the Scroll of Esther that we read on Purim. From traditional viewpoints, Vashti is portrayed as a villain, but some view her as a biblical feminist - she refused to dance for the King. Think of Purim as the holiday that is "an opportunity to honor women's power in the face of those who fear it." We hope to empower women by giving them a venue to learn about living a Jewish life in a supportive environment. We will be meeting monthly to discuss a wide range of topics and as always, a nosh will be present. CLICK HERE to print out the schedule.  Babysitting is available through The Parenting Center. Make your reservation for babysitting by contact Deb Sokoler no later than the Wednesday before your meeting.


9:00 AM ~ Coffee & bagels

9:30 AM ~ games begin!

Bring a brown bag lunch - we'll do dessert! Free refreshments; cash prizes. All inclusive entry fee of $22.00 Come along or bring your Mah Jongg friends. Questions? Contact Jan at (518) 459-4118 or e-mail - Jan

2016-17 Mah Jong Tournament Dates: Sept 13; Nov 15; Dec 13; Jan 10; Feb 7; March 7; Apri 4; May 16; June 13; July 18; Aug 15

Knit and Nosh

Knit and Nosh is a group of knitters who meet most Monday evenings at the Temple from 7:00-9:00pm. Please check the calendar on our web site for specific meeting dates.  New members are always welcome! Question, please contact Marion Greenberg