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CBI Sisterhood

Congregation B'nai Israel Sisterhood

Sisterhood's membership year is July 1st to June 30th, and we are beginning our 2020-21 year under very unusual circumstances. The Sisterhood board has continued to meet virtually during the pandemic to plan activities, beginning with our Membership Brunch on August 23rd, and to support our commitments to Congregation B'nai Israel (CBI) as we have in the past. Sisterhood's contributions to CBI include:

  • Contributing to free Chavaya education for children in grades K-2
  • Purchasing equipment and supplies for the synagogue kitchen upon request
  • Participating in Torah Fund to support the five seminaries of the Conservative/Masorti movement
  • Contributing to synagogue renovation and beautification
  • Managing the B'nai Israel Judaica gift shop, which is the only one in North Central Florida. (While the CBI building remains closed to the public, staff is available to help with purchases. Please contact the office for an appointment)

Sisterhood needs your help to maintain our activities for the future. Your dues support the efforts of Sisterhood as we contribute to B'nai Israel religious life, education, and social action in the Gainesville community. Please join or renew our Sisterhood membership for 2020-21. Click HERE to access the Membership form, and then print it and send it along with your check made out to Congregation B'nai Israel Sisterhood to Becky Micha, 5714 NW 42nd Road, Gainesville, FL 32606. An online Membership form and payment option are below, and you can fill it out and submit it here if you prefer. Thank you for joining or renewing your Sisterhood Membership!

Sisterhood Virtual Membership Brunch

CBI Sisterhood will hold its Annual Membership Brunch this year virtually on Sunday, August 23rd, from 9:45 to 11:45 am. We hope that you will be able to join us for this unique event. We will have music by violinist Sonya Stahl, a welcome from Rabbi Kaiman, introduction of our newest Sisterhood Board members, our speaker Rabbi Ellen Wolintz-Fields, Executive Director of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism, and brunch that we will share virtually through the magic of Zoom.

Please let Cindy Dern know by August 18th if you plan to participate in our virtual membership brunch. You can email her at, or contact her by phone at 352.331.4807. You will then receive an email with the link to the Zoom event and instructions about how to get to the Zoom room for our brunch!

Because we are not able to share in person the wonderful food we look forward to every year, we encourage you to make one of your favorite brunch recipes to enjoy during our virtual brunch. If you would like to share your brunch recipe with Sisterhood members, please send the recipe (preferably in Word format) to Aly Anderson at, or mail a copy of the recipe to her at 4138 NW 13th Terrace, Apt. B, Gainesville, FL 32605. Please include a sentence or two about the history of the recipe and its importance to you. Aly will compile the recipes for Sisterhood members for distribution electronically later in the year. If you send a recipe from a cookbook, please so indicate, since we will not be able to include copyrighted recipes if we put the recipes into print format at a later date. Thank you for contributing to this project!

On behalf of the CBI Sisterhood Board, we want to send to you our best regards during this challenging time. Please stay home as much as possible, wear a face mask when you need to go out among people, and take all recommended precautions to stay safe. We hope to see you in person one of these days, and virtually on August 23rd, if you are able to be in "Zoomland" with us for brunch and a lovely program!

Become a Member of the CBI Sisterhood

Please fill out this form to sign up for Sisterhood Membership

Please consider honoring a loved one with a special donation for the many projects and contributions supported by the Sisterhood. 
Sisterhood dues run from July 1st to June 30th and include membership in the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. Thank you for your contribution.


Pay Your Membership Dues Here

If you are already a member and would like to make a dues payment, you may do so here:

Thank you for being a part of the B'nai Israel Sisterhood!
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