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From the Sisterhood Presidents

Shalom Chaverim!

It is hard to believe that Pesach is merely a few weeks away.  Was it really just one year ago when we were bemoaning spending our first Passover without family or friends on Zoom?   In that year we have celebrated milestones and mourned losses, all at a distance, unable to give and get hugs and missing our daily routines.  While our world and our lives are greatly changed, we’ve adapted to a new normal.  We enter this new season with a renewed sense of hope for the future.  While we celebrate the vaccines that hold such promise we must remain vigilant in maintaining our precautions for the safety and well being of everyone.  Thinking about the past year and celebrating our second Pesach with safety utmost in our minds, our hope for next year, Pesach 5782, is that we will all be together surrounded by our loved ones.

 We want to thank everyone for supporting our YES Fund event this past weekend.  A special thanks to Beth Novick of Sisterhood for her efforts in putting together this program and to all who donated to the YES fund. This year Sisterhood matched all donations.   As an update, we accept donations to the YES fund all year and hope you will continue to support it and the International African American Museum.  It is scheduled to open in 2022. 

Coming up in April will be a presentation and update on our historic Coming Street Cemetery and Restoration project.  Whether you have been on a tour of the cemetery or not, you will be amazed at the progress and dedication of the Cemetery Restoration committee.   Sisterhood continues to be a supporter of their efforts.   Our April program will also be a General Membership meeting which will include the business of voting on the new slate of officers and the budget for 2021-2022.  Of course, this event will be Zoomed.   Watch our monthly Chadashote for more details regarding the date and sign up information.

Until we see you at our April program, stay safe and know we look forward to a time when we can be together in person and give and get those long wished for hugs. 


Sheila and Sue

Upcoming Sisterhood Events

Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 11:00 am
Women of Coming Street Cemetery:  17th and 18th Century Movers and Shakers
Join us for a discussion highlighting the women who helped shape KKBE,  presented by: Mary Radin, Anita Rosenberg, and Randi Serrins

Please RSVP to You will be sent a zoom link as we get closer to the event.     

Our Sisterhood: Who We Are

What started out as a Hebrew Ladies Sewing Circle in 1838, became the KKBE Sisterhood, an affiliate of Women of Reform Judaism, in 1844. We invite you to join us as we honor and preserve our legacy, and shape our future for generations to come. Sisterhood has events, activities, and volunteer opportunities for all. If you are looking for a way to get involved with the KKBE Community, this dynamic and warm group of women is looking forward to welcoming you! Visit our beautiful new website at


Who We Are

We are a warm, welcoming group of women.

We are professionals, retirees, singles, moms and grandmothers.

We are newcomers, natives and everything in between.

We are Jewish, we are not Jewish.

We are members of KKBE, but not necessarily.

What We Do

We assist our synagogue in furthering religious education, humanitarian, and social goals.

We raise funds to support our Religious School and Temple Youth Groups.

We provide gifts for B’nai Mitzvah students and confirmands.

We contribute funds to help maintain and preserve our historic synagogue and cemetery.

We affiliate with and support Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) including the YES (Youth, Education and Special Projects) Fund.

Our contributions help train and inspire future leaders, rabbis, and cantors and support special projects for humanitarian causes.

Sisterhood Board, 2020-2021

President - Sheila Shear

Co-President - Sue Koblin

VP Membership - Sandi Jacobs

VP Programming - Elise Greenspan & Sondra Hopmeier

Corresponding Secretary - Judy Carle

Recording Secretary - Beth Novick

Treasurer - Bonnie Silverberg

Historian - Lois Sugarman

Community Coordinator - Jane Norris

Immed. Past President - Diane Tichi



Marilyn Geiger

Marilyn Gordon
Cynthia Hodosh

Deborah Lucash
Margalit Neiman



We Appreciate Your Support

Please consider donating to one of our Sisterhood funds:

  • Mildred Bernstein Kitchen Fund, the primary source of funding for the KKBE Kitchen.  
  • Marian Birlant Slotin Bereavement Fund, which provides a bereavement meal or the Shiva tray to the grieving family.

    To make a donation to one of our phones, either click the paypal "Donate" button below, or send a check to KKBE Sisterhood c/o Bonnie Silverberg, 7016 Windmill Creek Road, Charleston, SC 29414. Thank you!

Join Sisterhood 


Membership Levels:

Rebecca: $36.00
Rachel: $72.00
Miriam: $118.00

If you would like to pay your Sisterhood dues by check, please make the check out to KKBE Sisterhood and send to:
Bonnie Silverberg
7016 Windmill Creek Road
Charleston, SC 29414

If you would like to join Sisterhood using your PayPal account, please select your membership level below and click "add to cart" .


Have Questions?  Contact Sandi Jacobs, VP of Membership at:

Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyar 5781