Tifereth Israel Sisterhood is a social, philanthropic and service organization within the Tifereth Israel community. We offer Jewish women, as well as men, a place to gather, socialize and strengthen the bonds that connect us.
The word “sisterhood” represents a relationship of closeness, sisterliness and familiar, familial feelings. Through this relationship, we enrich and embrace ourselves, our families, our synagogue, and our community.
Tifereth Israel Sisterhood is affiliated with the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, the network for women who support the mission of enhancing Jewish knowledge, engaging in Jewish life, expanding communal involvement, and supporting Klal Israel.
- Programs and Calendar of Events
- Synagogue and Community Service
- Tikkun Olam Club
- Fundraising (Gift Cards, Calendar, Candy Sales)
- Sisterhood Membership
- Torah Fund
- Traditions Gift Shop
- Onegei Shabbat and Kiddushim
- Board of Directors
Shelley Abramson, Danielle Towne, and Olga Worm, Program Vice Presidents
Sisterhood programs and events vary from year to year, often centering around Jewish holidays and commemorative events. Some events are planned and organized in partnership with the Men’s Club and TIS Program Department.
Click here to read about our upcoming programs.
Tifereth Israel’s Sisterhood provides support and assistance to Tifereth Israel Synagogue and to the community at large.
We Serve Our Children
Sisterhood provides financial support to Tifereth Israel’s Silverman Preschool and Abraham Ratner Torah School. Sisterhood also awards scholarships to Camp Ramah each summer and funds special events for our children. Before the High Holy Days, we provide a shofar to each Torah School student along with a lesson and demonstration. This fosters their active participation in the services and a deeper connection to Judaism.
We Serve Our Congregation
Sisterhood prepares and serves home baked sweets after Friday night and Saturday Shabbat Services. Our members help the congregation plan and provide various programs and activities throughout the year. We organize special luncheon visits to members of our congregation who reside at Seacrest Village, the Jewish residential facility for long term care and assisted living.
Sisterhood provides an annual T’rumah and other financial donations to Tifereth Israel Synagogue for both capital improvement projects and service to the membership.
We Serve Our Community: Social Action
Anne Heller, Coordinator
Tifereth Israel Sisterhood performs mitzvot outside the walls of the synagogue. We provide home-cooked meals for San Diego’s homeless through the Interfaith Housing Coalition. We participate in food drives for community food pantries and serve as sponsors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Community Clean-Up Day in January. We share and disseminate information about events and opportunities to assist those in need, regardless of faith.
Tikkun Olam Club: Help Us Repair the Community
Ruth Romanoff Braun, Coordinator
The Tikkun Olam Club is a new program. Its purpose is to bring together adults within our community who share an interest in “repairing the world,” a concept known as Tikkun Olam. Throughout the year, Sisterhood participates in projects that seek to remedy and address various needs within the community. Hunger is a priority need. Through the Tikkun Olam Club program, we hope to build interfaith participation in addressing vital community needs.
Tikkun Olam Club members will receive a package of benefits including:
- Invitations to participate in community events and Sisterhood social action projects.
- A restaurant discount dining card during your membership year, good for 2 for 1 entrees at hundreds of fine dining establishments throughout San Diego, in many US cities and in Canada, as well as other discounts.
- Other special benefits that may be available during the year.
*A Tikkun Olam membership alone does not carry the rights and privileges that come with a traditional Sisterhood membership, unless it is purchased along with or in addition to a regular membership package.
For more information about the Tikkun Olam Club, please email us.
Ruth Romanoff Braun, Development Vice President
Rachel Levens and Judy Stern, Coordinators
Sisterhood sells gift cards of varying denominations to nearly 100 retailers, restaurants, cruise lines other popular businesses.
Purchase your gift cards online using your credit card by clicking here.
A percentage of each dollar in gift card sales comes right back to TIS! Here are a few suggestions:
- D.Z. Akins’ gift cards provide a 15% bonus return to support our TIS projects.
- Are you an Amazon.com shopper? Get your gift card code from us via email or text, and you get the double bonus of supporting your congregation!
- Weekly grocery shopping…we sell cards to Smart & Final, Vons and Albertsons!
What vendors participate? Click here for a complete listing of shopping, dining, grocery, and entertainment options.
You can purchase gift cards online or phone our office at (619) 697-6001.
You can pick up your card at the synagogue office, usually within 48 hours. If, for any reason, the cards are not immediately available, we will notify you and make arrangements for delivery.
Purchase a variety of delicious chocolate bars for $2.00 each, three for $5.00 and six for $10.00 from our gift shop Traditions. We also sell Sugar-free See’s candy.
Anita Blutinger, Tributes Chair
Sisterhood tributes are a great way to show appreciation for a friend or loved one and support Sisterhood at the same time. Remember to send Sisterhood tributes for all of your simchas or memorials.
For the nominal minimum donation of $8, Anita Blutinger will be happy to send your tribute card for you. Contact Anita at email@example.com. You also have the option of sending and paying for your tribute online.
You may also download our Sisterhood Tributes Form. Please mail your complete form and check to: Tifereth Israel Sisterhood Tributes, 6660 Cowles Mountain Boulevard, San Diego, California 92119.
Barbara Sperling, Membership Vice President
There are many benefits to becoming a member of Tifereth Israel Sisterhood. The following annual membership categories are available. The generous donations benefit Sisterhood and its work in the synagogue and community. Membership at a higher level comes with special benefits.
Pillars of Sisterhood
- $1,000 Daughters of Israel. Includes recognition at special Sisterhood events and two (2) discount dining cards
- $500 Sarah. Includes recognition at special Sisterhood events and one (1) discount dining card
- $250 Rebecca. Includes a $10 gift certificate to Traditions gift shop
- $100 Rachel
- $36 Leah
To pay for your membership online with a credit card, simply click here.
To download a Tifereth Israel Sisterhood Membership application, click here.
For more information about Sisterhood Membership, call the synagogue office at (619) 697-6001 and leave a message for the Sisterhood Membership Vice President, or email Sisterhood.
It is the largest synagogue-based women’s organization in the world.
The Torah Fund campaign of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is the dedicated philanthropy of WLCJ, its members, and its affiliated sisterhoods in Conservative congregations across North America.
Torah Fund strengthens Jewish education by supporting scholarships, projects and programming at these Conservative/Masorti institutes of higher Jewish learning:
- Jewish Theological Seminary (New York)
- Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles)
- Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem)
- Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires)
- Zacharias Frankel College (Germany)
You can help support the education of the future rabbis, cantors, educators, and scholars who will serve as the gifted leaders and innovators of the Conservative Movement. Individual donors to Torah Fund at the Benefactor level ($180) or higher receive the annual beautiful and distinctive Torah Fund pin pendant, designed by a Jewish artist, in recognition of their gift.
Giving tzedakah is a mitzvah, and by giving to Torah Fund you are fulfilling a mitzvah by supporting the continuation of our heritage.
In recognition of your generous support of a gift of $180 or more to the Torah Fund campaign, you will receive the beautiful pin. Of course, a donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your pledge to insure the future of Judaism. You may pay online or send your check to the synagogue office, marked “Sisterhood Torah Fund.”
For more information about Torah Fund, call the synagogue office at (619) 697-6001 email Sisterhood.
For more information about Sisterhood, call the synagogue office at (619) 697-6001 or email Sisterhood.
Tifereth Israel Sisterhood’s Traditions! Gift Shop, located in the synagogue lobby, stocks a wide variety of Judaica items and gift needs. For more information, click here…