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SISTERHOOD

Sisterhood is a warm, wonderful and vibrant organization made up of the women of Temple Shearith Israel and the surrounding community. We hold a variety of events, activities and fund-raisers throughout the year that include dinners, book discussions, workshops, parties and operating the gift shop. We are continually growing in size and enthusiasm and we welcome your support. If you have any questions about Sisterhood, please call the Temple's Office at (203) 438-6589 or email us at tsi.sisterhood@yahoo.com

BROTHERHOOD
The TSI Brotherhood is an organization that participates in informative dinners, sporting events, community service projects and networking opportunities. We have an annual Kick Off Party in the fall and have hosted dinners with guest speakers ranging from the CEO of a major internet company to a NFL head linesman. The Brotherhood has organized the Whitefish, our softball team, which plays on Sunday mornings and flag football in the fall. We also lend a helping hand to our Sisterhood for some of their events and the Temple wherever possible. The Brotherhood consists of residents of Ridgefield and neighboring communities and diverse professions. Come and join us for one of our events. If you would like to learn more about the TSI Brotherhood, feel free to call (203) 438-6589 or email us at tsibrotherhood@snet.net


ADULT CHOIR

The TSI Adult Choir, directed by Cantor Katchko-Gray, sings at our Music Shabbat programs throughout the year and during the High Holydays. We rehearse prior to the service and more often when necessary. Opportunities to work with choral conductors, Gigi Van Dyke of the Serendipity “Gospel” Chorale and Daniela Sikora of the Ridgefield Chorale enrich our musical experiences. Hadassah Magazine said the choir had “exquisite harmonies” and our version of “Shalom Rav” was selected in 2011 for the Cantors Assembly Spirit of Shabbat CD. Anyone who loves singing, harmonizing, praying, regardless of music or Hebrew reading ability is welcome. We are extremely proud of our choir and the spirit they share with our cantor every time they are on the bima.

TSI TALENTED TEENS
Teens who play in middle school and high school bands and orchestras or sing are welcome to join this musical ensemble that plays at some Music Shabbat programs during the year. We are very proud of our teens who share their musical talents on the bima, playing our favorite Shabbat music scored for ensembles. Having our youth share talent and spirit on our bima is inspiring, creating positive Jewish memories for our youth and our congregation. Contact Cantor Katchko-Gray if you know of a talented teen who may be interested in joining.

ADULT EDUCATION
Rabbi Reiner offers adult education classes periodically on a variety of topics including Israel, Jewish views of God, the Bible and Midrash. In the winter months, we offer Torah Study on Saturday mornings, reading and discussing the Torah portion in depth and concluding with a festive lunch. Check the calendar for specific dates. For more information, please contact the Temple at office@TSIRidgefield.org or 203-438-6589.

SOCIAL ACTION
Tikun Olam, the repair of our world, is but one of the mitzvot we are commanded to fulfill. Here at TSI we try to do our part while involving members of all ages. Social Action projects and activities carry us through our year.

We begin with our High Holiday Food Drive for the local food pantry. In the fall we collect toiletries that we deliver along with a hot meal to the homeless in New York City as part of a Breakfast Run. Chanukah always brings a Chanukah gift collection for needy children in Brooklyn. We gather multiple times each year for "Cookin' For The Kitchen" when food is prepared by Temple families and delivered to a local soup kitchen. On the first Sunday of every month, each grade in our religious school takes a turn to prepare sandwiches for the needy in Danbury as part of our Sandwiches for Service. On that same Sunday, we also prepare and serve a hot meal to our Danbury neighbors in need at the Dorothy Day Hospitality House.

RITUAL COMMITTEE

This committee performs the nuts and bolts work for the holidays, Shabbat and other religious events. We usually meet once per month to plan for upcoming events such as the High Holidays and the model Seder. We work closely with the Rabbi and Cantor as well as other committees. We welcome new members. If you're interested in joining, please call the temple's office at 203-438-6589

BBYO YOUTH GROUP
BBYO is a pluralistic Jewish youth movement aimed at giving teens more meaningful Jewish experiences. BBYO is a teen-led organization, which gives the members opportunities to be leaders in their own communities. The boys’ chapter in Ridgefield is Achla AZA with about 30 members and the girls’ chapter is Sabbaba BBG with about 40. Achla and Sabbaba are also part of the Connecticut Valley Region, which currently has about 500 members throughout Connecticut and southern Massachusetts. Being part of the larger region gives members the opportunity to meet other Jewish teens from across the area and extend their leadership roles to the entire region. We meet every other Sunday from 5-7 at the Temple for our business meetings and programs and throughout the year for community service events, fundraisers, holiday parties, and more. We encourage all 8th-12th graders to come join us!

NEIROT - (Hebrew for "Bright Lights")
Neirot is a group geared towards active Jewish men and women, 60+, in our community. The group is sponsored by Temple Shearith Israel, but is open to all Jewish adults in Western Fairfield and Northern Westchester Counties regardless of temple affiliation. Our purpose is to provide social exchange for Jewish adults in our community. The group gathers regularly for Movie nights, Days on the Lake, and other activities. For more information, please contact Neirot@TSIRidgefield.org.

FUNDRAISING
We are always looking for new ideas and team members to help secure funds for temple programs and services. Without an active fundraising committee, we would need to increase dues and tuition. Help us put the fun in fund raising!

HAVE LIMITED TIME?
The temple has a variety of one time or limited time needs for assistance including helping with special events, ushering at a B’nai Mitzvah, helping with a mass mailing, etc. If you have time to help, or have a special skill you can lend, please let us know.

 

46 Peaceable Street • Ridgefield, CT • 06877
203.438.6589