An engaging, vibrant, and inclusive synagogue



Our Mission

  • To advance the welfare of the Beth El Congregation and to assist in every way possible in all the purposes for which the Congregation is organized.
  • To assist the schools of the congregation. 
  • To further any religious activities as the clergy and members deem appropriate.

Our History

The Beth El Sisterhood was organized in the fall of 1947, the same year our Beth El Congregation was founded. At this time, we are proud to say we have over 400 members, and our Sisterhood is recognized as one of the largest and most active in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.


Sisterhood is affiliated with the Women’s League of Conservative Judaism and the Maryland Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations.


The women of Beth El have the opportunity to participate in a myriad of dynamic and interesting events. Membership in Sisterhood offers many rewards. New friends, educational and cultural experiences and opportunities to provide support to Beth El, the Beth El schools and the community are in your future.  Contact Susan Hackerman at [email protected] or 410-486-2523 to obtain more information. To download a Sisterhood Membership Application, please click here.

General Meetings and Programs

Sisterhood’s Closing Meeting and Installation of Officers
Monday, May 22, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

Equally at home with solo, chamber and concerto performances, Solomon Eichner has established himself as an exciting versatile young artist. He is known for his commanding performances of the romantic keyboard repertoire and made his Carnegie Hall debut recital on April 30, 2016.  Mr. Eichner was accepted to compete in the 2016 Hastings International Piano Competition in England as well as the Vladimir Horowitz Competition in Kiev, Ukraine.

Originally from Pikesville, Mr. Eichner studied privately in Maryland with Virginia Reinecke, Reynaldo Reyes and Irene Kreymer.  He graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory. He is currently working on his doctorate in musical arts. 

RSVP for the May 22 event by Wednesday, May 10, 2017

If you are NOT a subscription holder, please send a check in the amount of $20 (per event) payable to:

Beth El Sisterhood - Luncheons
Attn: Esther Harris or Marcia Boonshaft
8101 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21208

For more information, contact Marcia Boonshaft at [email protected] or 410-484-3112 or Esther Harris at [email protected]   or 410-486-3177

We regret that we are unable to seat walk-ins for the luncheon; however, all are welcome to attend the program which begins approximately 12:45 p.m.

Sisterhood Trips

Trip to St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore Tuesday, June 6, 2017

For more information on Cultural Trips, please visit the Cultural Trips page.


Biblio meets in the Kolker Room at noon. Bring a brown bag dairy lunch and hear an outstanding book review that is timely and meaningful given by a member or guest.  A discussion follows the review. Drinks and dessert are provided at each session. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Barbara Berkowitz at 410-296-8424 [email protected] or Rita Silverman at 410-484-1731 or [email protected].

May 24, 2017              Jane Krosin                The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

June 14, 2017             Paula Gallagher         The 2016-2017 World of Books Closing Luncheon

Archives Project

Our archives project is gathering and organizing material on the history of our organization for a video presentation.  It has been an enlightening and rewarding project for those who are participating.  If you are interested in participating in this project, contact Ilene Merenbloom at 410-486-6822 or [email protected] or Rae Shalowitz at 410-484-7437 or [email protected].

Jewish Theological Seminary

Our Torah Fund, which benefits the Jewish Theological Seminary, is off to a great start.  We have received many contributions supporting the seminary where our Rabbis, Cantor and Administrator have been educated.  The seminary is very gratified to have our support.

For a contribution of $180.00, you can become a benefactor and receive a beautiful pin and six simcha cards. As of now, we have over 30 benefactors.   You may purchase six simcha cards for $18.00. 

For more information, please contact Jane Krosin at 410-4184-4218, Hilda Dopkin at 410-486-4453 or Gail Shugarman at 410-486-1661.


Winter is here in full force.  Think of family and friends who would benefit from one of our beautiful afghans.  Whether to home or hospital, they can be delivered with a card from Sisterhood.  You can also participate by either knitting or crocheting 10 x 10 inch squares that will be made into an afghan.  We can use any leftover yarns you have.  Any questions?  Call Rhona Sober 410-653-2782 or email [email protected].

Library Lovers

Wondering what you are going to do during these cold winter days? The Agus Library has the answer for you; curl up and enjoy reading one of the following new books you can obtain at Beth El's wonderful library. You may check out a book from the library for three weeks. Contact Marlene Siegel at 410-484-1844 or [email protected] or Barbara Berkowitz at 410-296-8424 or [email protected] for more information

Judaica Shop

The Judaica Shop offers a variety of merchandise to meet every need or occasion.  If you are shopping for holiday gifts, Bar or Bat Mitzvah gifts, wedding gifts, something personal for yourself or family, you can’t go wrong by checking out the Judaica Shop.  All items are tax-free and all proceeds go to the projects of the Congregation and Beth El schools.  For information, please contact Beverly Penn at 410-486-2667 or [email protected] or Anita Steinberg at 410-653-2977 or [email protected].

Store Hours:
Sunday, 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.


The Beth El Sisterhood has a special gift for brides and grooms.  Living a Jewish Life by Anita Diamant is a comprehensive book on modern Jewish living.  The book melds the realities of living in 2016 with centuries’ old Jewish traditions. Living a Jewish Life explains the traditions and beliefs of Judaism in the context of today’s world.  The book is available to members of the congregation, the Sisterhood and their adult children and grandchildren.  Please contact Marta Braverman at 410-358-6509 to receive a copy for a newly married couple. 

Beth El Sisterhood officers for 2016-2017

Co-Presidents                          Barbara Levenson and Ilene Merenbloom

Vice Presidents                        Dale Kahn, Phyllis Kline and Tammy Schnydman

Recording Secretary                Harriet Weiner

Corresponding Secretary         Nanci Seff

Treasurer                                 Alice Kuryk

Co-Treasurer                           Robin Kleiman

Comptroller                              Bette Dahne

Budget Coordinator                  Glenda Chernoff

Financial Secretaries               (A-G) Nancy Medin ; (H-O) Marlene Morrison; (P-Z) Ellie Spind

Parliamentarian                       Judy Schwartz