Our Mission

  • To advance the welfare of 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

Beth El Sisterhood was organized in the fall of 1947, the same year our Beth El Congregation was founded. 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, such as: new friends, educational and cultural experiences and opportunities to provide support to Beth El, Beth El schools and the community.  Contact Susan Hackerman at [email protected] or 410-486-2523 to obtain more information. 

Presenters and Topics for our 2019 General Meetings/Luncheons

May 20    Closing Luncheon and Installation of Officers

Sisterhood Trips

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


Biblio meets in the Myers Auditorium at noon. Bring a 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.


For information, please call Barbara Berkowitz 410-296-8424, Carol Cummins 410-486-1504, Joan Flaks 410-486-6246, Gail Shugarman 410 486-1661 or Rita Silverman 410 484-1731.

Jewish Theological Seminary

Our Torah Fund, which benefits the Jewish Theological Seminary, supports the seminary where our Rabbis, Cantor and Administrator have been educated.  

For a contribution of $180.00, you can become a benefactor and receive a beautiful pin and six simcha cards. You may purchase six simcha cards for $18.00. 

This year’s benefactor pin, inscribed with the phrase Mah Tovu, means “how good,” a phrase that originates in the Torah, in Numbers 24:5. Quoted in our prayer book, it forms the basis of the opening prayer that is sung when we enter the synagogue. The full phrase is Mah tovu ohalecha Yaakov, mishk’notecha Yisrael, How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel!” It is a spontaneous exclamation of joy and appreciation, said when gazing at the nation of Israel, dwelling in peace and mutual respect.

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


We knit/crochet individual squares, then join these squares together to create an Afghan of Love that we give as gifts to people who are home bound. Sisterhood is looking for knitters/crocheters and anyone who wishes to learn how to do these crafts. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Susan Himmel at 410-484-7521 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.


Library hours:
Monday, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.; 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

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. 

To contact the Judaica Shop directly, call 410-484-2185 or email [email protected]

During the year, the store hours are listed below:

Store Hours:
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: Closed

To schedule an appointment for any other time, contact Ellie Spind at 410-653-9180 or Anita Steinberg at 410-653-2977.


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.  Please contact Marta Braverman at 410-358-6509 to receive a copy for a newly married couple. 

Photo Galleries 

Unique Boutique 2018

Sisterhood Closing Luncheon

Purim Carnival 2018

Beth El Sisterhood officers for 2018

Co-Presidents: Dale Kahn and Gloria Luchinsky

Vice Presidents: Roz Kurman, Cherie Stewart, Harriet Weiner

Recording Secretary: Renee King

Corresponding Secretary: Tammy Schnydman

Treasurer: Robin Kleiman

Comptroller: Bette Dahne

Budget Coordinator: Glenda Chernoff, Betty Dahne

Financial Secretaries: (A-G) Alice Kuryk; (H-O) Myra Coonin; (P-Z) Helen Friedman

Parliamentarian: Frida Fraiman