Upcoming Sisterhood Event
Sunday, June 9 – Annual Sisterhood LOVE Brunch and Board Installation
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It's been two weeks full of Sisterhood activities:
Then, on the weekend between the two Sisterhood events, Cheryl Frumes, Mel Birken, Bobbi Ross and I attended the WRJ Social Justice Conference in Washington D.C. What an empowering experience that was! There were workshops on current social justice topics, building advocacy skills, and the history of WRJ's involvement and support of social justice causes. And then, there was a dynamite concert, "Together as One", on Saturday evening featuring Julie Silver, Stacy Beyer and Marci Geller performing songs of social justice. Note: if you're an Amazon Prime member the album, "Together as One", is included with Prime membership.
I'll leave you with a link to this song by Julie Silver I'll be a Light for Justice.
Sisterhood Celebration of Israel
7pm Thursday, May 16
The members of the food committee for Thursday's Celebration of Israel are preparing plenty of delicious Israeli food - savory and sweet - for the event. So please come to the celebration with an appetite!
Thursday, May 16 - Sisterhood General Meeting A Celebration of Israel
Thursday, May 23 – Alzheimer’s Educational Program
Sunday, June 9 – Annual Sisterhood LOVE Luncheon
Wow! Sisterhood Shabbat was so wonderful! The bios were inspirational, the songs were great, and it was fun to see everyone decked out in purple. A big Todah Rabah to the Shabbat Shalom committee, to all the readers, to MoTAS and to the well over 100 people who showed up to celebrate Sisterhood (and Ashlan Gee, the Bat Mitzvah girl) that night.
Thursday's general meeting (May 16) is going to be a lot of fun too. What are you making for the Israeli food competition? Hummus? Falafel? Shakshouka? Labneh? Couscous? Israeli salad? Schniztzle? The possibilities are endless. Come check out the celebration and see who wins the competition!
The Alzheimer's presentation the following Thursday May 23) will be a bit more somber, but still definitely worth the trip to the Temple. We hope to see you there!
And last, but definitely not least, put Sunday June 9 on your calendar for the annual Sisterhood LOVE luncheon, celebrating our
"Leaders, Organizers, Volunteers, and Empowerers". The entertainment will be fabulous and lunch will be a waffle bar - YUM!
For flyers/more information, go to our Sisterhood website - TASSisterhood.org.
In honor of Israeli Independence Day, we bring you the story of Ada E. Yonath, an Israeli crystallographer best known for her pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome. In 2009, she received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (along with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz) for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome. She is the first Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize (there have been ten Israeli Nobel laureates,) the first woman from the Middle East to win a Nobel prize in the sciences, and the first woman in 45 years to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Ribosomes translate RNA into protein and, because they have slightly different structures in microbes, when compared to eukaryotes, such as human cells, they are often a target for antibiotics. Yonath did pioneering work determining the structure of ribosomes, elucidated the modes of action of over twenty different antibiotics targeting the ribosome, illuminated mechanisms of drug resistance and synergism, deciphered the structural basis for antibiotic selectivity and showed how it plays a key role in clinical usefulness and therapeutic effectiveness. She also introduced a novel technique, cryo bio-crystallography, which became routine in structural biology and allowed intricate projects otherwise considered formidable. A most amazing woman!
Highlight these dates on your calendar
Friday, May 10, Thursday, May 16 and Thursday, May 23
We hope to see you Friday (May 10) at services when we will be celebrating Sisterhood! If you have purple, we encourage you to wear purple. If you don't have purple, we encourage you to wear white. If neither purple nor white is your thing, then we encourage you to wear something else! Services start at 7:30, and we hope you can make it. The theme of this year's Sisterhood Shabbat is "A Woman of Valor." An easy theme, because we have lots of them in Sisterhood!
You've already marked the two Thursdays after Sisterhood Shabbat on your calendar, right? May 16 is our Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) celebration and May 23 is our presentation on Alzheimer's. Both events are going to be great!
Our Sisterhood will be leading services this Friday. One trailblazer in women being accepted as service leaders was Ray Frank.
Ray Frank's position in American Jewry was truly a novel one. In 1890, she became the first Jewish woman to preach formally from a pulpit in the United States, inaugurating a career as "the Girl Rabbi of the Golden West" that would help to blaze new paths for women in Judaism. Virtually overnight, Frank became a sensation in the Jewish world, and she would remain so for nearly a decade.
Coinciding with a broader emergence of public roles for Jewish women, Frank's career reinvigorated and redirected an ongoing conversation about the proper boundaries of the female sphere. Earlier in the 19th century, the expansion of American Jewish women's social and cultural opportunities had not been matched by expansion of their religious roles.
Despite the fact that Frank claimed to have no interest in becoming a rabbi, her actions forced American Jewry to consider the possibility of the ordination of women seriously for the first time. Frank spoke passionately about the abilities and spirituality of Jewish women and had no doubt about the necessity of their becoming a greater presence in the synagogue. The content of her speeches and her presence as a female religious leader not only served as an inspiration to the women who heard her, but also demonstrated to the Jewish world that Jewish women were ready for widespread change.
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