November brings the return of the Sisterhood Kindness Chain. If you haven’t participated in the past, you NEED to be a part of what’s becoming a BHSS Sisterhood tradition. Make a new friend by presenting her with a “kindness”— a book, a plant, something great to eat or drink, almost anything. And someone out there will be preparing a kindness for you!   You don’t want to miss this.

We’re thrilled to tell you that this December will bring the return of our Goods and Services Auction. If you’ve been to these before, you already know how much fun we have gathering together, bidding on the many treasures and treats, and listening to our entertaining emcees!  If you haven’t, we look forward to seeing you there soon.

There’s more on tap for spring, so be sure to watch your weekly emails for Sisterhood events.  But Sisterhood is more than just a party (“just”?). Sisterhood works to promote women’s experiences, address the needs of women in the area and enhance the welfare of the entire BHSS community. We make sure that each event has a social action segment.

Sisterhood meets by Zoom on the second Monday of each month, and you are welcome to join us with your ideas and enthusiasm. We grow and prosper—together.

“There is strength in sisterhood.”



“Sister: someone who listens when you talk, laughs when you laugh, and holds your hand when you cry.”

We’ve come to the end of another Sisterhood year, and what a year it has been!  As we step carefully toward our “new normal,” Sisterhood has walked the path along with our BHSS family. Over the year, we’ve had wonderful virtual events, such as our bottle-lamp decorating and virtual Pocketbook Bingo. In the last few months, we began to gather again in person, as we celebrated Hanukkah outdoors (yes, in December!) and held the Miriam Seder in person, for the first time in two years. We enjoyed an outdoor Havdalah and wine tasting; and wound up the year with our annual Installation Dinner at Marcello’s in Suffern, where we thanked our outgoing board members and welcomed the new. We hope you were with us for some or all of these wonderful events.

We are proud that at each of our events, we participate in our mission to heal the world, by contributing to those in need in our community. We sponsor clothing drives for OASIS: A Haven for Women & Children, and support the local food pantries. And Sisterhood continues to serve BHSS’s needs, by sponsoring camperships for congregation kids each year and recognizing each Bar and Bat Mitzvah child.

Yes, Sisterhood’s about friendship and support, but it’s also about service and giving back. We are as strong as our members – and strong women are one of BHSS’s greatest strengths!

Please be sure to join Sisterhood – for the fun and for the work at hand. Together, we can do anything!

This is not your mother’s Sisterhood…

Miriam Seder

We are:

  • Active, Social, and Fun
  • Jewish women coming together for friendship, support, and learning
  • Serving our congregation and the community

Sisterhood proudly:

  • Purchased new BHSS Religious School desks and chairs
  • Delivers challahs for new members
  • Supports local soup kitchen and food pantry
  • Hosts the popular annual Miriam Seder

Previous years’ highlights included…

  • Wine glass painting
  • Dine-Around
  • Silk scarf making
  • Sisterhood Shabbat Service

Who has the extra time to take part in Sisterhood?  You do!  And here’s why:

To call another woman a sister is to say, “I trust you,” “I have your back,” “your feelings are valid” and “I believe in you.” One of the greatest benefits of sisterhood is the ability to share your thoughts and feelings – to be your honest, authentic self. In sisterhood we find each other to connect and to share resources. When women empower one another, the entire community is empowered. Our sisterhood is our tribe, and each of us is gifted with something unique, our own arsenal of knowledge, skills, and “weapons” to assist us in our mission. The women of the sisterhood are intergenerational and diverse in what we do, how we think, and who we are. We groom each other (and our daughters) to become empowered “superwomen.”  – From “5 Reasons Why Sisterhood is Important” (Angela D. Coleman)

You have gifts you can share, as we all do.  Who can’t use an extra gift?  Please become a part of the tribe.

Join now for reduced event rates throughout the year!
$25.00 – First Time Sisterhood Member
$45.00 – Regular Membership
$75.00 – Patron
$100.00 – Benefactor

Click here for a membership form.  For Sisterhood membership inquiries contact Shana Brown or Lynn Zall

If you would like to know more about the Sisterhood or would like to get involved, contact co-presidents Lisa Estrin or Beth Wiesner


Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Sisterhood Board!

Presidents – Lisa Estrin and Beth Wiesner
Secretary – Carrie Ritchin
Treasurer – Lisa Lamster
Membership – Lynn Zall and Shana Brown
Programming – Leslie Sapienza, Cindy Buchalter, Mona Lefkowitz
Social Media – Gayle Weiss
Hospitality – Jill Pearlman, Gloria Leder
Social Action – Lisa Glick
Corresponding Secretary – Amy Littman
WRJ Liaison – Lorraine Orlick
Past Presidents – Linda Vogel and Mona Sussman


Painting with a Partner

Twinkling Lights Painted Wine Bottles



Goods and Services Auction

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