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KJ Sisterhood: There’s Something for Everyone

As a member of KJ, you are a part of the KJ Sisterhood

Join us to Learn, Do Chesed, Make Friends and More


Author Night on Monday, November 6th at 8PM in the KJ Rohr Chapel, 125 East 85th Street

Ilana Kurshan author of If All the Seas Were Ink will be discussing her best selling memoir.   Kurshan reflects on the life-changing experience of studying daf yomi. Her story is a tale of heartache and humor, of love and loss, of marriage and motherhood, and of learning to put one foot in front of the other by turning page after page. 

There is humor and heartbreak in these pages, and the Talmud is not the only text she brings along for the journey. A voracious reader, Ms. Kurshan is just as comfortable sparring with Coleridge, Shakespeare and Dickinson as she is with the sages Hillel and Shammai.- The Wall Street Journal



Sisterhood Annual Hannukah Boutique and Blood Drive: Sunday, December 3rd




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 any member of the Sisterhood Executive Committee at

Carla Tanz, President,
Ariel Sebag, Vice President,

Below is a list of some Sisterhood events we are planning. Final dates and times will be posted below or on the website calendar. Stay tuned! 

Annual Fall Events often Include:
Sisterhood Night Out
Game Night
Sotheby’s Judaica Tour

Annual Spring Events often Include:
Culinary Event
Challah Bake for Chesed
Annual Spring Luncheon
Book or Author Event
Museum or Gallery Tour

Mon, October 23 2017 3 Cheshvan 5778