history & traditions

The shaarie torah

The Congregation Shaarie Torah Sisterhood was established as the B’Noth Auxiliary in 1918 and has been the backbone of the synagogue through the generations, much like a mother is the backbone of her family.

supporting the shul for every generation of women

established in 1918

"With the challenges we face in the next year, the Sisterhood will be seeking out ways we can continue the support that has always been provided in the past, and finding new ways to hopefully create the same outcome, to support our community."

Andrea Hirte, 5781 Sisterhood President

Gift Shop at Shaarie Torah

Sisterhood also runs the Diane Nemer Sisterhood Gift Shop which is named for its beloved and longtime organizer. Founded over sixty years ago with one donated display case, the Gift Shop’s purpose was to fund the Sunday School (this is still true today, where 100% of its proceeds go directly to the Etz Chaim Religious School). This was the first shop in the city to stock Judaica items where people could shop directly instead of the Rabbi having to order items like yarmulkes and ketubahs.

Years of Hard Work & Incredible Events

Over the decades, Sisterhood has hosted luncheons, fashion shows, card parties, book reviews and speakers as well as blood drives. The original Silver Tea, held right after Yom Kippur, kicked off the year by the passing of the pushka box to raise funds for the year’s projects.

Today, Sisterhood still oversees the kosher kitchen, Social Hall rentals, and encourages and maintains standards for family events and programming, provides scholarships for kids for camp and school, and enjoys social and community activities.

The Hamentashen Project

In the 1950s, Sisterhood also began its most famous fundraiser, the baking of hamentashen, and in its first year sold 100 dozen. In the warm, noisy kitchen, experienced cooks teach the novices how to roll dough, shape balls of fruit, knip, egg wash, bake, and pack. In 2009, Sisterhood sold nearly 3,000 dozen and ships them all over the world.

Recently, Sisterhood has continued on a growth curve, welcomed new members, created communication tools and timelines, expanded activities as well as roles and functions within the Shul, and multiplied Gift Shop offerings. In our recent down economy, Sisterhood has still managed to increase contributions, continued to sponsor kiddushes, Wednesday night school kosher dinners, and numerous educational activities, as well as building maintenance repairs and upgrades. To top it all off, we recently introduced a new flavor of Hamentaschen! Shaarie Torah Sisterhood is welcoming new members. Membership dues are $25.00 for the year.

The Sharron Scales Scholarship Fund

The Sharron Scales scholarship is a fund that has been established and maintained by Shaarie Torah Sisterhood to assist with student’s financial needs to help attend a Jewish camp or other Jewish educational activity. 



Sisterhood Board

Our dedicated and strategic board members. 

Andrea Hirte


Molly Baum

Vice President

Susan Siegel

Corresponding Secretary

Shira Newman


Kara Orvieto

Membership & Financial Secretary

Liz Stanley

Recording Secretary

Marje Jacobson & Leslie Petcher

members at Large

Charlotte Tevet

Hamentaschen Chair

Dori Tenner

Gift Shop Chair

Bobbie Cohen, Kara Orvieto, Jackie Pelner-Frankle, Roz Cooper, Judy Freeman, Shira Newman

Sharron Scales Scholarship Committee

Office hours: 10am – 2pm on Mon, Wed, & Thurs by appointment only at this time.
You can always call us and leave a message or send general questions to info@shaarietorah.org

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