Beth El Sisterhood

Established in May of 1948, Beth El’s Sisterhood works to uphold and preserve the timeless ideals and cherished rituals of Jewish tradition. The Sisterhood supports Beth El in innumerable ways, including advancing the congregation’s financial welfare through fundraising events, providing scholarships for Beth El students, and collaborating with our clergy to help lead prayer services and other ritual experiences. Our Sisterhood is one of the largest and most active synagogue sisterhoods affiliated with the Women’s League of Conservative Judaism and the Maryland Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations.

Create Jewish moments with our Sisterhood.

Join the Sisterhood

Sisterhood membership offers new friends, immersive cultural experiences, and enriching volunteer opportunities.

Support the Sisterhood

You can help the Sisterhood fulfill its mission of supporting Beth El Congregation and Schools by sponsoring a Sisterhood event or making a contribution in honor of a loved one’s memory.

Shop Judaica

Run by Sisterhood volunteers, Beth El’s Judaica Shop offers a wide selection of exquisite ritual art for all holidays, occasions, and milestones. Available to purchase tax-free, the proceeds of every sale directly benefit Beth El Congregation and Schools.


Join us for stimulating book reviews presented by a Sisterhood member or guest author. For information, please call Susan Hackerman at 410-486-2523.

Jewish Theological Seminary

This year, the theme for Torah Fund is Chazak v’ Ematz, which translates to “Be strong and courageous”. We summon strength and fortitude in these changing times to continue to make an important impact at our global Conservative/Masorti Institute of higher education. For more information, click here.

Knitzvah Project

Join us every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Susan Himmel’s house, to help us knit /crochet lap afghans for friends and family who are home bound, in nursing homes, rehab or in the hospital. We appreciate any donations of 10×10 squares made at home and any yarn. To participate, please contact Susan Himmel at 410-484-7521 or

Library Lovers

Curl up in Beth El’s Agus Library with a new book curated by the Sisterhood or check-out a book to read at home for three weeks. To reserve your book, contact Marlene Siegel ( 410-484-1844 or or Arlene Perloff (410-252-1946 or

Upcoming Sisterhood Events, Trips and More!

Sisterhood Speaker Series General Meeting with Deborah Weiner, WBAL-TV 11 News

Monday, December 4 at 11:30 a.m. in the Offit Auditorium. For more information and to register for this meeting or other Speaker Series meetings, click here.

Sold Out! Trip to Winterthur Museum

Wednesday, December 6, 8:30 – 5:30 p.m. To be added to the wait-list, contact Marlene Siegel at

Meet the Authors Series

Select Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning December 14 via Zoom. For more information and to register for the December program or the full series, click here. Bonus Offer!!! The first 80 people to sign up for this series will receive a free copy of Mattie Kahn’s recently released book ‘Young and Restless’. Mattie was Sisterhood’s April 2023 speaker.

Virtual Trip to Japan: Oddities and Special Jewish Stories

Tuesday, January 23 at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. For more information and to register, click here.

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