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Have a question? Email Sisterhood President Laurel Fisher at sisterhoodpresident@templeshalomdallas.org

Sisterhood Membership

Come Rock With Us! Together We Can Move Mountains!

Questions? Contact Sisterhood VP Membership Ilene Zidow at ilene.zidow@gmail.com or Sisterhood Treasurer Dawn Kaufman at dawnkaufman57@gmail.com.

Temple Shalom Sisterhood Executive Board

To find a Sisterhood Board member click here: Sisterhood Board 2019-20

2020 Woman of Valor:  Julie Gothard

Julie was raised in Dallas, graduated from JJ Pearce, is a University of Texas alumni, attended Religious school at Temple Shalom, and has celebrated many life cycle events at Temple Shalom including her marriage.

She is the busy mother of three teenage children (Mikayla, Lindsay, and Jeremy) and the proud wife of Dr. Sander Gothard. When Julie is not busy traveling, exercising, or working, she is volunteering in the community, sitting on the Jewish Family Service Executive Board as Vice-President, and involved with Sisterhood events, such as the Paid Up Membership dinner which she just co-chaired.

Mazel tov, Julie!! You are exemplary in everything you do and we are so proud to call you our Sister!

Please mark your calendar for April 5, 2020 when we will recognize Julie during our Spring Event and Woman of Valor celebration.

News from WRJ Southwest

Read about what’s happening in our WRJ Southwest District by clicking HERE to find the Southwest District Schmooze.

Five Temple Shalom Sisterhood members joined about 70 other WRJ sisters from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and of course Texas at WRJ’s Southwest District’s Women’s Retreat at Greene Family Camp November 15-17.  We listened as Susan Bass, WRJ President, gave us information about the history and current state of Reproductive Justice.  We also heard from the Texas Civil Rights Project about their efforts to reform immigration laws and help detainees obtain their freedom.   It was a weekend of making new friends and connecting with “old” ones as we learned, sang, prayed, ATE, and networked together. 

Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home)

Sisterhood’s Social Action Committee, Shalom Bayit, has adopted Family Violence as it’s platform. Jewish law includes within it a blueprint for a just and ethical society, where everyone gives to one another, helps one another and protects one another. Now is the time you can help protect those faced with family violence.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) needs to be reauthorized. (Click HERE to learn more about the law.) VAWA addresses domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. It funds shelter services, legal assistance, hotlines, counseling and prevention programs. The House recently passed HR 1585, the Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act of 2019, with bipartisan support! The Senate has yet to pass its version.

UPDATE: The Senate is now looking at two different versions of the Violence Against Women Act. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) is the main supporter of the Democrats version and Joni Ernst (R-IA) is the main supporter of the Republican version.  There appear to be three sticking points, which are the same sticking points that drove 157 House Republicans to oppose the bill in April: expanded protections for LGBTQ people and Native American women, and a gun safety provision.

We are also looking for advocates for Reproductive Justice who would like to be part of a new committee being formed by Temple Shalom.  As attacks on access to reproductive health increase, Reform communities are mobilizing to protect these vital rights. We believe reproductive justice is a human right. It is about access to affordable health care, cancer screenings, and family planning; it’s not about choice and definitely not just about abortion.

Please join us as we make Temple Shalom part of the WRJ/RAC Reproductive Justice Campaign and fight back against the attack on our reproductive rights! 

To get involved in Shalom Bayit or for more information, contact Lori Kleinfield (ldk216@aol.com) or Gwynne Waldorf (newyorkches@gmail.com).  Check out “Sisterhood’s Upcoming Events” page to find out about our next meeting.

“Domestic violence is a reproductive justice issue because those who experience intimate partner violence often experience reproductive control, birth control sabotage, and/or sexual assault, all of which can lead to unintended pregnancy”. (from JWI)

Temple Shalom Sisterhood Recognition

Because of YOU, members of our Temple Shalom Sisterhood, our Sisterhood was named to the WRJ YES Fund Roll of Honor 2018-2019, for our total contributions to the YES Fund! The YES Fund (Youth, Education, and Special Projects) strengthens the Reform Movement and ensures the future of Reform Judaism by providing Reform Jewish institutions and individuals worldwide with grants and the tools necessary for religious, social, and educational growth. YES Funds provide scholarships for our youth and enhances Jewish life by supporting clergy, cultivating women’s leadership, and advocating for social justice.

Sisterhood will also receive two Or Ami awards which will be presented at the Fried Women’s Conference in April. Our YES Fund event last February featuring Susan Bass and Mark Kreditor at the piano will receive an Honorable Mention and our Shalom Bayit Social Justice Panel Discussion will receive a Bronze Award. The Or Ami “Light of My People” Award for Special Achievement is given to recognize exemplary social justice, community service, and educational programming that serves as a model for other WRJ Districts and sisterhoods.

Mazel Tov to us!

We Care

We Care volunteers bring cheer to our sisters who are ill. They deliver candy/flowers, run errands and so forth. These are generally short term situations. If you would like to volunteer please contact Ann Weintraub, ann@amjdesignonline.com, 214-802-4726 or Carol Preite,  cpreite@prodigy.net,  972-997-8192.

Start a new Tradition and volunteer at Traditions!

We are currently looking for several people to work in Traditions Gift shop.  No experience necessary; all training will be provided. 

If you like talking to people, can work a 2-3 hour shift 1-2 days a month, and aren’t afraid to work a cash register, this might be the perfect opportunity .   As an added bonus, you’ll receive a 15% discount on all regularly priced merchandise.  Volunteers are needed during the week (Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday) and on Sundays.

For more information contact Marsha Lefkof (marshalefkof@yahoo.com) or Laney Arndt (laney229@gmail.com)

Come Join the Traditions Team!

Traditions is Holding a Vintage Judaica Sale

Come shop the great collection of much loved-gently used Vintage Judaica that was donated to Traditions.  100% of proceeds go back to Sisterhood.  Contact Ellen Schwartz for further information, melloellen@aol.com.


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  • Pink Teal Shabbat
  • SH General Meeting
  • SH Little sister yoga
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