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
- Tikun Olam Club
- Fundraising (Gift Cards, Calendar, Candy Sales)
- Sisterhood Membership
- Torah Fund
- Traditions Gift Shop
- Onegei Shabbat and Kiddushim
- Board of Directors
Shelley Abramson, Program Vice President
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 organized 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.
Tikun Olam Club: Help Us Repair the Community
Ruth Braun, Coordinator
The Tikun 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 Tikun 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 Tikun Olam Club program, we hope to build interfaith participation in addressing vital community needs.
Tikun 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 Tikun 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 Tikun Olam Club, please email us.
Judy Gumbiner, Development Vice President
Everyone shops so why not support our Sisterhood and our congregation at the same time?
How many gift cards did you buy last year? Now you can buy them and benefit Sisterhood and Tifereth Israel Synagogue. Keep them on hand for birthdays, bridal and baby showers, graduations, teachers, and more.
But don’t stop there! You already know where you shop and what you shop for. Shop with gift cards. You can spend them like cash and we’ll receive a percentage of the face value. Without changing their shopping habits, an average family can generate hundreds of dollars a year and we will reap the benefits. That’s a significant donation!
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. If the cards are available, you will be able to pick them up at the synagogue office within 48 hours. If for any reason the cards are not immediately available, we will notify you on the next business day after you place your order. Your cards will be ordered and you’ll be contacted (usually within 10 days) when your order is ready for pick-up. If you do not see your favorite vendor or have a special request, you may call the office or email us and we will contact Judy Gumbiner. Our Sisterhood’s gift card program is growing and we all want to support this effort which, in turn, supports our congregation.
Every year, Sisterhood provides a beautiful Jewish Calendar to the entire membership of Tifereth Israel Synagogue. This project was made possible by the business advertisers and members who placed personal tributes. Read more about this project, and purchase your ad for the 2018-19 calendar.
Our heartfelt thanks to them.
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.
Sharlene Berman and Judy Shear, Membership Vice Presidents
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 Presidents, or email Sisterhood.
Ella Cashuk, Torah Fund Vice President
Our Sisterhood is a member of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, a branch of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, and the largest synagogue-based women’s organization in the world. Women’s League supports Torah Fund, which provides scholarships to educate Conservative Rabbis, Cantors, and educators.
Torah Fund directly supports the education of rabbis, cantors, teachers, and lay leaders at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and the Seminario Rabinico Latino Americano in Bueno Aires. The graduates of these schools continually enrich the quality of our lives as Conservative Jews.
Giving tzedakah is a mitzvah, and by giving to Torah Fund you are fulfilling a mitzvah while providing funds for 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 Sisterhood Torah Fund, call the synagogue office at (619) 697-6001 and leave a message for the Vice President of the Torah Fund and Women’s League, or 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…