Sisterhood Ladies


The Sisterhood is a vibrant source of support for Temple Israel and for our Jewish community. The Sisterhood creates opportunities for social connections; provides financial support and service for the temple; and develops programming on women’s issues and related topics. The Sisterhood is an affiliate of the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) and its Pacific District—enabling our participation in all events they offer.


Sisterhood is hosting a handmade Craft Fair on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

Stroll through the various vendors of handmade and commercial goods and crafts.  Vendors include congregation members who will be on hand to discuss their crafts.  This is a fun family-oriented event!

Items being sold include:

  • Handmade jewelry
  • Mosaics
  • Layered mandala initials
  • Knitted baby blankets
  • Wooden Hanukkiahs
  • Judaica – and items from the Temple Israel Gift Shop
  • Essential Oils
  • Glassware
  • Cards
  • Cookies and baked goods
  • Bath and Body
  • Ceramics
  • Textile arts and crafts

Hours are from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm with social distancing indoors and outdoors in accordance with CDC guidelines.

The location is Temple Israel: 269 Loma Ave, Long Beach CA 90803.

Sisterhood Events

  • Thursday, January 14 at 7 pm Sisterhood Schmooze! Connect on Zoom for some schmoozing. Bring your beverage of choice and/or snack of choice. Zoom link will be sent to Sisterhood members.
  • Wednesday, February 24 at 7 pm Game On! Come join us on Zoom for some fun and online games. See your friends, have some laughs. Zoom link will be send to Sisterhood members.
  • Monday, March 15 at 6:30 pm Passover Cooking with our favorite chef Amy Lipeles Learn to make Passover Vegetable Kugels. Anyone can attend. A Zoom link will be sent out to the congregation.
  • Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm Guest Speaker ChayaLeah Sufrin, Executive Director of Long Beach Hillel Topic: The Chassidim Community and the Role of Women and Life Inside the Community for Women.
  • Monday, June 14 at 7:00pm Sisterhood Board Installation and Annual Meeting – Please join us for a delightful hour as the new Temple Israel Sisterhood Board is installed and a toast is given to the next year. Sisterhood members will receive an e-mail with the Zoom link and can join the Sisterhood Board on this call.

Sisterhood Board:

President  – Renee Florsheim

VP Membership  – Debi Felsenthal

VP Programming  – Judy Blumenthal and Kathy Kreida

VP Fundraising  – Maryse Fujimori and Karen Fried

VP Gift Shop  – Elyse Gordon

Treasurer –  Robin Lilien*

Recording Secretary  – Michelle Gordon

Corresponding Secretary – Lenore Roth

Historian – Nancy Lentzner

At-large Newsletter – Margaret Locke

At-large Programming – Lidia Fahlk

At-large Membership –  Peggy Brady

At-large – Nancy Linden

At-large – Deborah Kaplan-Wyckoff

* Immediate past president


Find out about how to join us here:

Sisterhood Brochure

TI Sisterhood Gift Shop

Welcome to the Temple Israel Sisterhood Gift Shop! We operate a well-stocked, high-quality Judaica Gift Shop as a service to the community and to raise funds that benefit our temple. The Gift Shop offers a wide range of items to enhance Jewish holiday celebrations, life-cycle events, and daily life. Our inventory changes constantly, depending on the Jewish calendar, and has something for every taste and budget. If you’re looking for a particular item, we are happy to special order it for you. Gift certificates are also available.

We sell new and unique Judaica, as well as fine crafts made in Israel or by renowned Jewish artisans from around the world. We carry pieces created by artisans such as Michael Aram, Nambe, and Yaer Emanuel.  We stock:

  • Kiddush cups
  • Mezzuzot
  • Shabbat candlesticks
  • CDs
  • Seder plates
  • Tallitot
  • Kippot
  • Memorial candles
  • Jewelry
  • Note cards
  • Menorahs and dreidels

Volunteers staff our gift shop, and all proceeds benefit Temple Israel and Sisterhood projects. The Temple Office is available to assist you in making a purchase outside of regular operating hours.

Shop hours:

The Gift Shop will be open by appointment only, Monday through Friday between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm. Contact Elyse at (562) 429-8626.