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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



Donations to support the work of Sisterhood and our programming may be made via one of these ways: 

Zelle: OR PayPal: 

Please indicate the dedication in the notes section on Zelle or PayPal (in appreciation, honor, or memory of, best wishes for good recovery to, etc.)  

Check payable to Shearith Israel Sisterhood (c/o Dawn Schakett, 958 Manor Drive, Decatur, GA 30033)

Credit Card please contact Dawn at


upcoming Programs:

annual kick-off event!

Sukkah shine - sukkah decorating & collage-making: thursday, september 28th, 7:30 - 9:30 pm  

Sisterhood will gather for its first event of the new year to decorate and beautify our Sukkah to prepare for the beloved holiday! Participants will make collages and a flower-laden photo wall for the sukkah! In the Courtyard at Shearith Israel.

Email to RSVP!

Don't forget to pay your dues via the Zelle or Paypal links above!


past 2022 - 2023 events:

After all the preparations, cooking, cleaning, singing, laughing, sweeping up matzah crumbs and Oxycleaning wine stains from tablecloths, Sisterhood has a wonderful opportunity to help you decompress and recalibrate. On Sunday, April 16th our closing event - Calming the Body, Engaging the Mind - will take place at Shearith Israel/Zimmerman Hall. Five amazing women will take you on a wellness journey to nurture your body and soul. There will be a light breakfast at 9 am and the program will begin at 9:30 am. 

Please RSVP to to let us know if you'll be attending.

walkabout @ mason mill park: sunday, february 12, 2:30 - 4 pm

Sisterhood members are invited to enjoy an easy walk together on the paved trails at Mason Mill Park. Pets are welcome, too! Meet in the CSI parking lot to carpool at 2 pm, or gather at the tennis court parking lot at 2:30 pm. Click HERE for the address. Call Jenn Heller with any questions before or during the event at 206.354.5437.


For our annual Sisterhood Shabbat, more than 65 CDI women and girls led and participated in all aspects of the Shabbat morning service. We read from Parashat Va'era ("And I appeared"), and discussed and celebrate the many ways Sisterhood "appears" in our own community. View the program for details. 

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

Sisterhood kicked off the new calendar year with a special tallit-making workshop in which 34 Shearith women gathered in a kind of sewing circle in Zimmerman Hall, where they learned about tallit – and made their own. The tallit-making workshop was so popular, it was literally overflowing as Shearith women crowded around the tables. Read all about it on our STORIES@CSI blog HERE.

sisterhood chanukah party 

pies for prevention


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 kicked off the new year 5783 with Nourishing Your Soul through creativity and chesed. The opening event, "Kibbitz & Kippot", was 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. 


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.

Thu, September 28 2023 13 Tishrei 5784