Union for Reform Judaism Member Congregation

Brotherhood and Sisterhood

Brotherhood

sukkah-building-e-800-wAt the heart of Jewish law are the commandments to do acts of love and kindness. In that spirit, Brotherhood provides its members many opportunities to do mitzvot while having fun and building friendships. Brotherhood led the initiative to installing UT’s solar-powered ner tamid, Eternal Light, that shines in the sanctuary. Among the regular activities we sponsor throughout the year are:

  • Havdalah: In this annual fall event, we join with the Temple community to mark the end of Shabbat and continue socializing at the Brooklyn Museum’s First Night event.
  • Speakers: UT Brotherhood has hosted Marty Appel, author of Jews in BaseballRichard Lewis on the story behind The Absolut Vodka Advertising Story Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, author of Up, Up and Oy Vey … plus many others.
  • Films: We have shown the classic Yiddish film Yidl With His Fiddle and , among others.
  • Book Discussions: We’ve debated and discussed books ranging from The Color of Water by James McBride and The War Against America by Philip Roth to Quiet Americans by Erika Dreifus and The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal.
  • Sukkah Building: Every year, our handy and not-so-handy members bring themselves and their tools and, fueled by bagels and coffee, construct the official UT Sukkah.
  • Brotherhood Shabbat: Annually Brotherhood members lead a Shabbat morning service with Rabbi Goodman which is followed by an oneg luncheon.
  • B’nei Mitzvah Gifts: Brotherhood provides a special gift to every Religious School student who is called to the Torah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Sisterhood

sisterhood-800-webSisterhood of Union Temple was a founding member in 1913 of The National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, now known as Women of Reform Judaism. We continue to play an active role in the life of the Reform movement, dedicated to sharing, caring, and tikkun olam.

Sisterhood focuses on the many facets of life as a Jewish women, exploring the countless ways in which we can help ourselves, our community, and our world. We play host to:

  • Book discussions and signings: Among our guests have been Rabbi Mary L. Zamore, editor of The Sacred Table, an anthology of diverse essays on the Jewish relationship with food and its production; and Michael Stolowitzky, who was saved from the Nazis by a Righteous Christian and whose story is told in Ram Oren’s book Gertruda’s Oath.
  • Rosh Chodesh Seders: The celebration of the new moon at the beginning of each month has traditionally been a women’s holiday. Our Rosh Chodesh Seders provide a venue to explore our roles as women and Jews and exchange thoughts on books, movies, and topics ranging from breast cancer genetics to yoga to how to clear the clutter in your home.
  • Mitzvot: Through the Sisterhood Memorial Fund, Hattie Newman Happy Day Fund, and Rose Keit Flower Fund, we provide beautiful ways to honor loved ones. We provide flowers for the bimah on High Holy Days, decorations for the Sukkah, and treats for our Religious School students.
  • Sisterhood Shabbat: Annually Sisterhood members lead a Shabbat morning service with Rabbi Goodman which is followed by an oneg luncheon.
  • B’nei Mitzvah Gifts: Sisterhood provides a special gift to every Religious School student who is called to the Torah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Support Brotherhood and Sisterhood

Membership is open to all UT members and your support helps to offset the cost of their events which are open to everyone. Join Sisterhood. $40 per year. Join Brotherhood. $36 per year