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Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun - Sisterhood

Upcoming Events:

May 3: Book Club Event - The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. This book can be purchased in the Ramaz book Fair taking place March 26-28, in the Heyman Auditorium 125 East 85th Street. $18 per person, RSVP here. Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.  Martha Hall Kelly will join us to share her inspiration, extensive research (over 10 years!) and answer questions about her New York Times Best Seller.  “[A] compelling first novel . . . This is a page-turner demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war, complemented by Kelly’s vivid depiction of history and excellent characters.” —Publishers Weekly

May 22nd: Annual Sisterhood Luncheon - To reserve: Sisterhood Luncheon Reserve Now

Early June: Museum of Arts & Design Tour 


The KJ Sisterhood: There’s Something for Everyone

Would you like to get an inside look at a new art exhibition? Maybe you want to learn how to cook fresh, healthy meals? Perhaps you find sharing ideas about a new book to be stimulating? Or you enjoy buying Chanukah gifts from unusual vendors? And wouldn’t it be great if you could do all this and raise money for needy people here and around the world? All this is possible if you attend a Sisterhood event.  And, as a member of KJ, you are already a part of the Sisterhood.

How We Began

The KJ Sisterhood was started by Mrs. Gertrude Lookstein, of blessed memory. She said in an interview, just two months before her passing, that “KJ needed someone to pull it together. It needed socialization and so I began by starting the Sisterhood. I also started our women preparing and caring for Shiva houses….I was part of a community whether for solace or to lend a hand here or there...”

Many years later, the Sisterhood inaugurated an annual Gertrude Lookstein Award, whose first recipient was her daughter-in-law, Audrey Lookstein.  It was our way of honoring Mrs. Lookstein’s memory and emphasizing the important contributions of the KJ Sisterhood.

What We Do 

The Sisterhood continues Mrs. Lookstein’s initiative of preparing a Shiva home, including the first meal; contributing to KJ programs and activities, such as the communal Sukkah, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts; sending a welcome package to new members; and funding any unsponsored Shabbat kiddushim.

Who Benefits From Our Programs

Money raised through Sisterhood programming supports social action projects that benefit families and individuals in our community and around the world. The causes we have supported charitably in the past include: the Community of Sderot, Dorot, Hatzolah, the Israeli Defense Forces, Magen David Adom, Project Ezra, Sharsheret, the Jacques & Hanna Schwalbe Mikvah,  UJA, and of course, The Ramaz Scholarship Fund, among many others.  

How To Get Involved

We would love to have your participation. You can co-chair an event or offer your home as a venue, or simply come to an event to be with friends and meet new people. If you would like more information on how to get involved, contact a member of the Sisterhood Executive Committee.


2016-17 (5777) Sisterhood Executive Committee

Stephanie Katz, President 

Carla Tanz, Vice President 

Abby Doft, Treasurer

Sharon Gonen, Secretary 

To contact anyone on the executive committee please email

We look forward to hearing from you.

Tue, 25 April 2017 29 Nisan 5777