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who we are:

With more than 200 members, the Shearith Israel Sisterhood is an active, rewarding group for women of all ages.

Sisterhood projects are fundamental to the ongoing success of the synagogue, and include supporting the religious school, assisting with children’s programming, delivering shiva meals to members in mourning, and sending notes to members during life cycle events.

In addition to its service to Shearith Israel, the Sisterhood has interesting and entertaining educational, social, and community service programs throughout the year for its members and their guests.

In the past Sisterhood has engaged with nationally-known authors, watched an award-winning film (and had a Q&A with the star), and the annual Sisterhood white-elephant Chanukah party.

For more information, please contact Sisterhood Co-President Amy Trotz at and Adina Rudisch at

Learn More - Shearith Israel Sisterhood Brochure 2022 - 2023


Upcoming Programs:

sisterhood chanukah party 



tallit-making worskhop: sunday, january 8 @ 10 am

You're invited to join Sisterhood as we explore the mitzvot of tzitzit, sefirot, color theory, and the opportunity to make your own spiritually purposeful and authentic tallit — for yourself, your daughter, or to donate to the CSI rack — just in time for Sisterhood Shabbat on January 21!

Most Shearith Israel women did not grow up wearing a tallit, but since our synagogue requires anyone approaching the Torah to wear one, there is always a demand for tallitot (plural) that are smaller or better suited for women. In fact, this workshop was inspired by a group of mothers who are preparing for their children's upcoming b'nai mitzvah and don't have a tallit of their own.  Girls in grades 5-7 (or older) are welcome, and Sisterhood membership is not required but always encouraged. 

The workshop is being organized and team-taught by some dynamic CSI women: educator Erin Chernow, sewing maven Annie D'Agostino, designer Jaime Sherman Wender, and textile artist Ruth Simon McRae, whose tallitot (they're for sale!) are displayed in galleries and museums. 

No sewing experience is needed. There is a $36 materials fee to cover the cost of fabric and kosher tzizit (which you'll learn to knot yourself) as well as instruction and light refreshments.  Payments can be made directly to Sisterhood. You may bring a check or cash with you that day, or pay via Zelle @ or PayPal @

To ensure we have purchased and prepared enough fabric, YOU MUST REGISTER by Friday, December 16, 2022 by clicking the button below. For questions, please contact Erin Chernow at

Register Here 


SISTERHOOD SHABBAT: january 21, 2023

Mark your calendars for our annual Sisterhood Shabbat when the entire Shabbat morning service will be led by CSI women and girls.  As we read from Parashat Va'era ("And I appeared"), we'll discuss and celebrate the many ways Sisterhood "appears" in our own community.  We'd love to involve anyone who's new-ish to CSI or hasn't had an opportunity to participate in the service — perhaps as a Greeter, Ark opener, or with an English or Hebrew reading. Please email Sisterhood Shabbat co-chairs Erin Chernow or Jaime Wender.


recent Programs:


Pies for prevention: help distribute & manage inventory


Sisterhood Co-President Adina Rudisch led a team in baking pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. Proceeds from the sales went to benefit Sharsheret- an organization dedicated to helping families facing breast and ovarian cancer. 





Shearith Israel Sisterhood kicks off the new year with Nourishing Your Soul through creativity and chesed. Our opening event is "Kibbitz & Kippot" on Sunday, October 2nd at 7 PM at the home of Jen Heller (1050 McLynn Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30306) led by our own Jaime Sherman Wender with special guest Emily Scheinfeld from L'Dor V'Dor Judaica. Emily founded this organization to collect gently used Judaica to share with those in need. Come ready to catch up with friends, meet new ones, and paint your own kippah. If you have Judaica you no longer use, please bring it to donate. Please RSVP to Jen Heller at


Read our recap of it, here! Check out the special program with the listing the more than 70 girls and women who participated!



Shearith Israel Sisterhood Book Club 

Our Evening Book Club continues its monthly virtual meetings. Click here for the upcoming schedule and book list. 

Our Daytime Book Club is led and organized by Fay Kaufman. Contact Fay at for details.



It’s your involvement that makes us a truly special organization. Active membership in Sisterhood affords opportunities to meet and connect with others and to perform Mitzvot on behalf of the Congregation. With our programs we strive to provide enjoyment and foster friendship while strengthening our bonds to Judaism.

Sisterhood provides a variety of programs to our members such as:
• Kick off membership dinner
• Sisterhood Shabbat
• Book Club
• Theatre and Museum Outings
• Sisterhood Chanukah Gift Swap Party
• Spring Closing Event
• Special interest activities and programs

Sisterhood supports our congregation by:
• Sponsoring Monthly Koffee and Kibbitz for Machaneh Shai families
• Honoring our B’nai Mitzvah with a gift of a Kiddush cup or candle sticks
• Delivering Shiva meals to the family of a deceased synagogue member
• Raising funds to support and sponsor special projects and events

Sisterhood supports the community by:
• Supporting the Shearith Israel Shelter through volunteering and donations
• Participating in community service programs such as Bingo at the Breman


sisterhood simchas:

Sisterhood Simchas is a cooperative-style program in which Sisterhood members create festive Kiddush meals for Bar/Bat Mitzvah families. Members volunteer for other members' simchas by shopping, cooking, or supervising serving staff. Families accumulate volunteer hours prior to their own event. In return, Sisterhood caters their kiddush for the cost of food, supplies and a nominal donation. Join our growing Simcha community, meet people, have fun, get tips on how to plan your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and help others make their simcha special. This program is currently on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mon, December 5 2022 11 Kislev 5783