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

The Agus Library is filled with books which cover numerous categories. A few topics that may interest you are history, family, holidays, grief, genealogy, literature, short stories, music, cooking, and art. You may take a book out for three weeks and it is renewable if the book doesn’t have a wait list. Books may be checked out on the following days: Monday – 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. & 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.; Thursday – 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment, please contact Marlene Siegel at 410-484-1844.

Upcoming Sisterhood Events, Trips and More!

Virtual Trip to Paris

Monday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. For more information and to register, click here. This trip is open to all members and non-members alike.

Sisterhood Speaker Series General Meeting with Rebecca Hoffberger and Rabbi Dana Saroken

Monday, March 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. This meeting is open to Beth El Sisterhood members only. *Registration for in-person attendance is now closed; Registration for Zoom attendance closes on Friday, March 1.

Meet the Authors Series

Select Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. For more information and to register for the March 21 program, click here.

Sisterhood Trip to New York to See the Musical & Juliet

Sunday, April 14, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Registration extended! All registrations must be received by Friday, March 1. Registration is now open to the general public. For more information and to register, click here.

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