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Welcome to Congregation Beth Judea's Sisterhood

Welcome!  The Sisterhood of Beth Judea is an active and vital group within the  Congregation. We strive to enhance the lives of our members with programs & activities that provide meaning and enjoyment. Sisterhood provides an opportunity to meet other interesting women, explore different interests and make a difference in the Synagogue.

Feel free to browse our Sisterhood site for our Calendar of Events, a listing of our Board Members and ways you might consider getting involved. You'll find that Sisterhood offers you many different ways to support and participate within Beth Judea.

For whatever level of involvement you're looking for we invite you to learn more about being part of our active community.

If you would like to join Sisterhood, have any questions, or would like to volunteer for any of these events contact Debbie Limer or Michele Sussman, your Sisterhood Co-Presidents.  We’d love to hear from you.

Contact Sisterhood

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


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:
You can mail a check or drop off the form at Congregation Beth Judea at:
   Congregation Beth Judea
   5304 RFD
   Sisterhood / Leslie Peck
   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 Leslie Peck
  • 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 or click here)
  • 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.



The 2020 - 2021 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

Sisterhood 2020 - 2021 Calendar of Events

Sisterhood Monthly Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise specified:
July 7 (1st Tuesday), August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8
January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11 (Elections/Social Event)

Please check our website and your weekly emails for the most current information and program changes

Sisterhood List of Events for 2020 - 2021
June 28   Torah Fund Event
August 9   Ruth Bader Ginsberg Program
August 30   Unrummage Fundraiser
October 20   Social/Membership Event
November (TBD)   Hanukkah Holidy Shoppe
November 16   Education Event/Judaic Arts
December 5   Sisterhood/Men's Club Vodka & Latka Event
January 11   Vasthi Night
February 15   Judaic Arts/Education Event
February 20   Sisterhood Shabbat
TBD   Passover Wine Tasting
March 14   Mah Jong Event
April 12   Judaic Arts or Alternative Program
April 18   Torah Fund Event
June 3   Installation


Sisterhood Board Members for 2020-2021



Debbie Limer


Michele Sussman

Executive VP


Membership VP

Leslie Peck

Social Programming VP


Education Programming VP

Sherry Weinberger

Torah Fund VP

Andrea Heiger


Davida Finkle


Merle Rumack


Sarah Goldenberg




General Board - Directors

All Occasion Cards

Lori Finn

Book Club

Brenda Levin
Sandy Levitt

Chanukah Bazaar Team Leaders

Ann Lerman

College Care Cards

Eileen Spiegel

E-Mail Communications

Sandy Levitt

Film Focus

Sherry Weinberger


Renee Kaplan

High Holiday Brochure

Rebecca Andreoli


Sandy Englander
Michelle Sussman

Judaica Arts

Marilyn Victor
Hannah Whitney

Judaica Shop Managers

Ann Lerman

Mah Jongg Tournament
Renee Kaplan
Members at Large Ruth Finkle
Judy Fisher
Karri Spiegel

Membership Event Team Leader
Leslie Peck
Men's Club Liaison
Jennifer Rosen

New Member Liaison

Ellen Antman

Laura Zoller


Sandy Levitt
Sari London

Rewards and Recognition

Wendy Weinger

Rummage Sale Team Leaders

Helaine Katz-Ratskoff & 
Kitty Hoffman

Sisterhood Shabbat

Darlene Bikshorn

Social Action

Helene Fox

Social Media

Sandy Englander

Spring Event: Team Lead (Women's Seder)

Sandy Englander

Spring Event: Team Lead (Vashti)

Ellen Antman

Synagogue Gift Cards

Jean Friedman

*Vodka & Latkes
Judy Fisher & Committee

*Wine Tasting

Pam Herstein



* Co-sponsored by Sisterhood & Men's Club

Hanukah Holiday Shop:  Susan Katz

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