Sisterhood has many great events throughout the year.  Please join us!

Programs include: Dinners, Art Programs, Entertainment and Sisterhood Fun!

Sisterhood Mission Statement

The mission of Congregation Beth Judea Sisterhood is to foster and further the highest ideals of Conservative Judaism, as expressed by the Synagogue, serving as a center of religious, charitable, educational and social activities for the women of the Synagogue.

Sisterhood will continually strive to:

  • Enhance the lives of its members with programs and activities that provide meaning and enjoyment.
  • Unite the diverse women of Beth Judea and create a sense of purpose, involvement and friendship.
  • Expand its presence, leadership and impact on the Synagogue and community as a whole.
  • Identify meaningful causes to support, and engage in activities to support these efforts.
  • Strengthen bonds with the larger Jewish community (e.g. Women’s League, Jewish Theological Seminary, other Sisterhoods), in an effort to broaden perspective and collaborate on new ideas / programs.

Sisterhood programs, activities and goals will embody and reflect the group’s core values:

  • Dedication to observing and preserving Conservative Judaism’s traditions
  • Commitment to mitzvot / good works
  • Desire for a warm, welcoming environment in which women can find camaraderie and fellowship

Visit the Sisterhood’s Facebook Page HERE.

Sisterhood Membership Information

Our Sisterhood is a dynamic organization of over 150 women who are proud to carry on the legacy of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. Come Join Us!

  • Annual Membership Dues for Congregants $40
  • Annual Membership Dues for other Sisterhood members $54
  • Women are invited to donate to Help a Sister for their Sisterhood Membership in addition to their membership dues.

For additional membership information, please contact: Sandy Englander at

You can mail a check or drop off the form at Congregation Beth Judea at:

Congregation Beth Judea
5304 RFD
Sisterhood / Sandy Englander
Long Grove, IL 60047

**Please make checks payable to Congregation Beth Judea Sisterhood

Ways to Get Involved

There are a number of ways to get involved depending on your interests and availability.

  • Become a member – contact Sandy Englander
  • Book Club (held bi-monthly, led by Brenda Levin)
  • Come to a Board Meeting or Program – see Calendar of Events (all programs will be emailed to Sisterhood members and be included in the WORD and CBJ website.)
  • Film Focus (led by Sherry Weinberger)
  • Fundraising (see below)
  • Participate on a committee to help plan or execute an upcoming program such as:
    • Membership Dinner
    • Hanukah Bazaar
    • Rummage Sale
  • Programming
    • Social Events
    • Educational Events such as Jewish Life Cycles, women’s health issues.
  • Book Club
  • Membership
    • Annual Membership Dinner to welcome new members and kick off the year.
    • Participation in Women’s League for Conservative Judaism as a way to strengthen bonds with the larger Jewish community and collaborate on new ideas.
  • Spiritual / Religious
    • Sisterhood Shabbat Service led entirely by Sisterhood members.
    • Women’s Passover Seder and Purim events.
  • Social Action / Community Outreach
  • Mitzvah Day sponsorship of several activities, such as assembling toiletries for donation to womens’ shelters and soldier care boxes.
    • Guest Speakers from organizations.
  • Synagogue Community Support
    • Many activities support the Congregation throughout the year.


Torah Fund Information

The 2021 – 2022 Sisterhood Torah Fund Campaign has begun!

This year’s theme is “B’Yachad”” which means: “together”.

Please consider donating to sustain the future of Conservative Judaism. All proceeds support our 5 seminaries and ensure the continuity of our rabbis, cantors, scholars and leaders.

Here at Congregation Beth Judea we have supported Torah Fund for decades. Both Rabbi Zimbalist and Rabbi Emeritus Lifshitz have graduated from schools that are supported from the Torah Fund. The five seminar schools are:

  • Jewish Theological Seminary (New York)
  • Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles)
  • Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem)
  • Seminario Rabinico Latinomericano (Buenos Aires)
  • Zacharias Frankel College (Germany)

We are very proud of our strong commitment to Torah Fund.

We invite every member of Beth Judea to contribute.

  • No contribution is too small and donations are tax deductible.
  • If you donate $180 or more you will receive this year’s Torah Fund pin /pendant.

Contact Andrea Heiger at or (847) 507-2168. Make checks payable to  Torah Fund. Checks can be left in the office in an envelope marked Sisterhood. Benefactor donations of $180 and above will receive the beautiful 5781 Torah Fund pin to celebrate our beautiful Togetherness.

L’Chaim Too! – Cook Books

Check the Judaica Shop or call Laura Zoller.

Upcoming Sisterhood Events

2022-2023 Board Members


Michele Sussman
Darlene Bikshorn

Executive VP

Membership VP
Lori Finn

Social Programming VP
Elizabeth Ladin Gross

Education Programming VP

Torah Fund VP

Davida Finkle

Merle Rumack

Rhonda Cohn

General Board - Directors

* Co-sponsored by Sisterhood & Men's Club

All Occasion Cards
Lori Finn

Book Club
Brenda Levin / Sandy Levitt

Various Book Club Members
Chanukah Bazaar Team Leaders
Ann Lerman

College Care Cards

E-Mail Communications
Sandy Levitt

Film Focus


Hanukah Holiday Shop
Susan Katz

High Holiday Brochure
Rebecca Andreoli

Michelle Sussman

Judaica Arts
Marilyn Victor
Hannah Whitney

Judaica Shop Managers
Ann Lerman
Debbie Dubin
Effie Kudlowitz
Sari London
Cindy Andreoli

Mah Jongg Tournament

Members at Large

Membership Event Team Leader
Lori Finn

Men’s Club Liaison
Jennifer Rosen

New Member Liaison
Ellen Antman

Nominating Committee Members
Debbie Limer
Michele Sussman
Rhonda Cohn
Darlene Bikshorn
Debbie Green
Cindy Andreoli


Sandy Levitt
Sari London

Rebranding Task Force
Rebecca Andreoli
Lauri Rosenbloom

Rewards and Recognition
Wendy Weinger

Rummage Sale Team Leaders
Pam Herstein

Sisterhood Shabbat
Darlene Bikshorn

Social Action
Helene Fox

Social Media
Dara Hoyt

Spring Event: Team Lead (Women’s Seder)

Spring Event: Team Lead (Vashti)
Ellen Antman

Synagogue Gift Cards
Jean Friedman

*Vodka & Latkes
Judy Fisher & Committee

*Wine Tasting
Paula Carter

  • 5304 RFD (Route 83 & Hilltop Road), Long Grove, IL 60047
  • 847-634-0777