Who We Are
We are volunteers who actively support BIJ. We are open to everyone regardless of age or synagogue affiliation. We encourage you to attend any or all of our events and meetings. New BIJ members are extended a free Sisterhood – The Women of BIJ membership for one year. Please feel free to call any of the officers and committee chairs to get help, ask questions, offer your services, or share your special talents. We love ideas and participation from everyone.
Our Mission Statement
Sisterhood-The Women of BIJ is a sharing and caring group of women working to maintain a Jewish way of life, supporting the goals of the congregation by providing a forum for fellowship and friendship; coordinating social, educational and spiritual programs where women can gather together to learn and grow; and welcoming and supporting the needs of women of all generations.
What We Do
- Support the BIJ Religious School
- Participate in congregational celebrations of the Jewish Holidays
- Sponsor Friday Night Feasts and host refreshments at Saturday morning Kiddush
- Give gifts on the occasions of Bar and Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation
- Sponsor an annual luncheon outing to a local restaurant for residents of the Jewish Home
- Develop a social calendar of fun and educational programs which support our BIJ community
- Host creative hands-on events such as Incredible Edibles, Hanukkah Fair, and Family Game Night
- Fund the annual Rabbi Morris Scholarship to help families with college costs
Our business meetings are scheduled approximately every two months. Attendance at these meetings is not a prerequisite to being involved, yet we do need a quorum to vote on issues, and encourage your participation. If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please contact Sisterhood President Michele Siegel.
Annual Hanukkah Fair
This year our Hanukkah Fair will be on Sunday, November 11, 2018, about three weeks before the start of Hanukkah. It is the perfect opportunity for you to get a head start on gathering your holiday gifts and decorations. The event runs from 10 am to 2 pm and features local artists displaying high quality handmade works; a fun art studio to make your own art; food and drink; and live music by local jazz band The Jon Frank Jazz Quartet. Vendors–click to download the Registration Form: 2018HanukkahFair Registration Form. There are two flyers available here for 1) attracting local artists and craftspersons to be vendors at the fair; and 2) attracting shoppers to purchase their Hanukkah and holiday gifts at the Fair. Click here to download the flyers: for potential vendors Hanukkah-Fair Flyer Artists-Wanted2018. For shoppers HanukkahFairGiftSale2018. Please feel free to post or print these flyers and place them anywhere you think will help create a lively marketplace for all.
The Rabbi Herbert Morris Scholarship Application Information
Sisterhood is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Rabbi Morris Scholarship. Applicants must be children or grandchildren of members of BIJ or members of the Congregation in good standing who have returned to school. There are three different applications –one for high school seniors, one for students presently in college or graduate school, and one for adults who have gone back to school. The scholarship is for a minimum of $400. These scholarships may be used at any accredited 2 or 4 year college/university or at any accredited trade/technical/vocational school. All who are eligible are urged to apply. All applications should be typed or written in black ink.
Applications will be available for downloading online at www.bij.org or at the Temple office beginning Dec.10, 2018, and must be returned to the Temple c/o Diane Ehrlich no later than Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.
We want to thank all those BIJ and Sisterhood members that gave donations to the Rabbi Morris Scholarship. Without your gifts, we would not be able to give to as many deserving students. It also allows us to award a larger scholarship than the scholarship minumum.
Adult Application for the Rabbi Morris Scholarship
College Student Application for the Rabbi Morris Scholarship
High School Student Application for the Rabbi Morris Scholarship
Jewish Home Luncheon, April 2016, at Tam’s Chinese Restaurant in Pacifica
Afternoon Tea, August 2016 (including a “best hat” contest)