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Other local Jewish women’s groups

The Sisterhood at Congregation Emanu El shares a legacy of community involvement with several other Jewish women’s groups in the San Bernardino Valley.

Henrietta Hebrew Benevolent Society

The Ladies’ Hebrew Benevolent Society was formed in 1886 and was devoted solely to philanthropic activities. In 1890, following the death of its founder, Henrietta Anker, the group was renamed the Henrietta Hebrew Benevolent Society. Its members helped provide for local Jewish families in need and also arranged for Passover Seders and Chanukah events to be held for the Jewish patients at Patton State Hospital. During World War I, the Society held a number of loan drives for US Armed Forces. In addition, the women of the Society ensured that care was provided to the transients in the downtown area. The group eventually disbanded in the early 1970s, although many of its outreach activities continued to be carried on by both Sisterhood and B’nai B’rith Women.

B’nai B’rith Paradise Chapter No. 14

Another prominent group in the area, the Paradise Chapter No. 14 of B’nai B’rith, was formed in 1919 at the request of the president of the local Paradise Lodge 237 of B’nai B’rith. Known as “Daughters of the Covenant,” the group initially was composed of wives of B’nai B’rith members and handled social aspects of the B’nai B’rith lodge and also helped support the temple’s upkeep. When Sisterhood temporarily disbanded during the Great Depression, the women’s B’nai B’rith chapter continued this important function. The group continued to pursue social, philanthropic and education activities over the years. By the late 1980s, the local chapter was the second-oldest in existence and participated in a range of activities including supporting national B’nai B’rith programs, taking a role in women’s rights issues, and helping fund programs at local colleges and universities via B’nai B’rith’s Hillel organization.

In the mid-1990s, with membership in both the local chapter (the women’s group) and the local lodge (the men’s group) having declined, the women of Paradise Chapter No. 14 began attending the meetings of Paradise Lodge 237. In the early 2000s, Paradise Lodge 237 began the tradition of providing each bar and bat mitzvah in the congregation with an $18 gift certificate to the Sisterhood gift shop. The lodge disbanded in 2012. (Since then, the tradition of giving an $18 gift certificate to each bar and bat mitzvah has been continued privately by Rita Serlin, who had initiated the tradition for the lodge.)

Arrowhead chapter of Hadassah

The Arrowhead chapter of Hadassah was formed in 1948 to support Hadassah, the largest women’s Zionist organization in the world. The chapter was eventually rechartered as the Shalom chapter. Due to declining membership, in recent years some of its members have joined local chapters in Palm Springs. However, they have continued to help Sisterhood organize the annual Women’s Seder at Congregation Emanu El.

Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary

Organized shortly after World War II, the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary served alongside Post 512 of the Jewish War Veterans and concentrated on veterans’ rehabilitation, child welfare and canteen service.

The Galilee Chapter of Pioneer Women

Formed in 1947, the Galilee Chapter of Pioneer Women was a Zionist organization that helped its sister organization, The Moetzot Hapoalot, (the working women of Israel), to carry out a complete social, educational and training program for the women and children of Israel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presidents of Congregation Emanu El Sisterhood

1942-1945
1945-1947
1947-1948
1948-1949
1949-1951
1951-1953
1953-1954
1954-1955
1955-1956
1956-1957
1957-1958
1958-1959
1959-1960
1960-1961
1961-1962
1963-1964
1964-1965
1965-1966
1966-1967
1967-1968
1968-1969
1969-1970
1970-1971
1971-1972
1972-1973
1973-1974
1974-1975
1975-1976
1976-1978
1978-1980
1980-1981
Sally Unickel
Dora Goldstein
Edith Goldberg
Dora Goldstein
Sylvia Becker
Eleanor Isenberg
Florence Kirshbaum
Esther Levin
Rose Isenberg
Thelma Press
Shirley Gold
Gloria S. Chodak
Ruth Levenson
Godeane Cohn
Helen Berk
Lillian Kantor
Sylva Kord
Rena Coburn
Charlotte Olenick
Phyllis Newman
Ina Katz
Gloria Cutler
Marilyn Newman
Shirley Kaufman
Sunny Rabenstock
Bernice Berenbaum
Marilyn O'Dell
Shirley Kaufman
Coral Scherba
Cherrie Lubey
Evelyn Sandler
1981-1982
1982-1984
1984-1985
1985-1987
1987-1988
1988-1989
1989-1991
1991-1992
1992-1994
1994-1995

1995-1997
1997-1999
1999-2000

2000-2001
2001-2002
2002-2004
2004-2006
2006-2007
2007-2009
2009-2010





2010-2012
2012-2015
2015-
Leslie Soltz
Sherri Vines
Gaye Siddel
Shelley Silver
Lenore Schon
Sherri Vines
Nancy Darling
Julie Strain
Barbara Smith
Shirley Kaufman
Nancy Darling
Sheri Maltzman
Deborah Schwartz
Nancy Markley
Sheri Maltzman
Sheri Maltzman
Sherri Vines
Cathy Rubin
Lisa Wise-Wolk
Adrienne Swedlove
Cheryl Sukenik
Phyllis Bartleman,
Lori Fenster
Niki Pancer
Leslie Soltz
Cheryl Sukenik
Lisa Wise-Wolk
Barb Smith
Stacy Knox
Francesca Sweet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sisterhood
Life Members

The Evelyn Sandler Award for
Outstanding Service to
Sisterhood of Congregation Emanu El

Sylvia Becker ז"ל
Bernice Berenbaum ז"ל
Rabbi Hillel Cohn
Samuel Finkler ז"ל
Evelyn Sandler ז"ל 
Sherri Vines
Lisa Wise-Wolk

2000 - Evelyn Sandler ז"ל
2002 - Pat Washington-Daniels
2003 - Bernice Berenbaum ז"ל
2004 – Nancy Darling
2007 – Niki Pancer
2016 – Lori Fenster