Temple Shalom Sisterhood

We are the Sisters of Shalom.
Working together for Sisterhood, Spirituality, and Social Good.

Sisterhood is a great place to cultivate new friendships while enjoying study, worship, advocacy, and social events. Your participation provides assistance to our Temple, our youth, and the community.

We welcome Sisters of all ages, backgrounds, and in all stages of life.  Whether you have just graduated college, have small children at home, work full-time, have retired, or something in-between, there is something magical about women supporting women, sharing their knowledge and offering their friendship and counsel. We are women on a mission to inspire the women of Temple Shalom Dallas to build enduring relationships with Torah, Reform Judaism, and each other through education, service, and support to the Temple and broader community.  We are women who study together, play and laugh together, worship together and work together toward goals of Tikkun Olam – making the world a better place. And, we’d love to have you join us. 

Have a question? Email one of our Sisterhood Co-Presidents:  Laney Arndt at laney229@gmail.com or Robyn Klein at whatsup290@yahoo.com

Go to Sisterhood’s Upcoming Events to see what we’re up to! 

Do you belong to Sisterhood?
Come Rock With Us! Together We Can Move Mountains!

Click here to go to our membership registration page 

Questions? Contact Sisterhood Vice President of Membership Jody Pearson at jopear@sbcglobal.net or Sisterhood Treasurer Reesa Portnoy at rportnoy@swbell.net.

Meet our 2023 Woman of Valor – Toba Reifer

Anyone who has heard Toba speak knows that she was born in Canada, Toronto actually.  Her family moved to Houston in 1976 where, in 1984, she met her future husband Sol on a blind date. They married in 1986 and relocated to Dallas in 1988. Toba has been blessed with a daughter, a son and just recently, a granddaughter. Toba says that she is extremely fortunate to have her entire family, including her mother who now lives with her, all in the Dallas area. 

Toba was in sales before she made the decision to be a full-time stay-at-home mom. She used to say that her van was her company car and she had two very important clients. She works now as a traveling notary.

Toba is a passionate woman who has exemplified strong leadership throughout her many years of service to our community. She might be small in stature but her enthusiasm and commitment to helping others is mighty.  When you attend Friday night services and you hear someone singing and clapping to the music and hymns, you know immediately that it is Toba.  She has volunteered on numerous Sisterhood, Temple, JFS, and SWJC committees including WRJ’s YES fund event, the Membership Committee, the Belonging Committee, and Caring Congregation at Temple. She volunteered for Stewpot from 2001 until COVID hit. She is currently on Sisterhood’s board as Corresponding Secretary.  

Toba’s 11th commandment is “treat people like people!” She is beyond grateful to be part of the Temple Shalom Community and our Sisterhood family and is extremely honored to have been nominated as Sisterhood’s Woman of Valor.  Please join us at our Woman of Valor Spring Event on March 26.  Details can be found on our Upcoming Events page. 

Sisterhood Chanukkah Brunch

On Saturday, December 17th, more than 3o Sisterhood members gathered at the home of Chris Harris for a scrumptious potluck Chanukkah brunch and gift exchange.  The weather might have been a bit chilly, but the love shown by everyone was heartwarming.  

Shalom Bayit (Social Action Programming)

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.

October 2, 2022 Sisterhood members gathered to write postcards to infrequent registered voters, encouraging them to go to the polls.  More than 250 postcards were written that day!   Thanks to all who participated.

To get involved in Shalom Bayit or for more information, contact Robyn Carafiol at RCarafiol@robinsonclay.com  

Sisterhood-led Shabbat

On Friday, August 5th, Temple Shalom’s Shabbat service was led entirely by women and it was awesome. With the musical aid of Mandy Monreal and Cantorial student Hallie Weiner, sisterhood members wrote and orchestrated the beautiful and spiritual service.  The evening concluded with a dance around the chapel to Miriam’s song. A huge thank you to Laurel Fisher for writing our beautiful service, Barbara Guskin and Brenda Butnick for organizing the event, and to all of the Sisterhood members who participated on the bema or in the audience. Sisterhood is only great because of all of you!


Temple Shalom Sisterhood Executive Board

To find a Sisterhood Board member click here: Sisterhood Board 2021-23

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