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
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
The choir sings every month at the Music Shabbat, the
third Friday of each month. We rehearse at 7pm for the
8pm service. The choir also sings during the High Holydays
and rehearses during September. 22 members of the congregation
have joined the choir including three teenagers! We are
open to new members at anytime. A love for singing, harmonizing,
and Jewish prayer is important. The CD, A Sacred Spirit
showcases the choir during a Music Shabbat. Hadassah
Magazine said the choir had "exquisite harmonies".
We are extremely proud of our choir and the spirit they
share every time they are on the bima.
Rabbi Eisenkramer offers adult education classes on
Tuesday evenings. Topics include Israel and Zionism,
Jewish views of God, Jewish mysticism, ''Little known
stories of recent Jewish history,'' and 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.
For more information, please contact the Temple at
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 men's clothing to
take on a Midnight Run for the homeless of New York City.
Chanukah always brings a Chanukah gift collection for
needy children in Brooklyn. Three times a year we gather
for "Cookin' For The Kitchen" when food is
prepared by Temple families and delivered to a local
soup kitchen. Various collections have included children's
winter coats and "gently loved" stuffed animals.
We are always open to new ideas and projects and always
open to new participants. Come join us!
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 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!