Sisterhood and Zhava

Our goal is to enrich the lives of Jewish women through learning, living, networking, and sharing dynamic, meaningful programs and experiences. Both groups offer social, social action, educational, and religious programs, and Beth El women are invited to attend all programs offered by either group. Zhava, part of Sisterhood, specifically addresses the interests of young women and women with school-age children.

Please join us for one of our upcoming activities. You can find a list of upcoming events on the Beth El calendar.

Sisterhood and Zhava Board Members

Increase Your Jewish Involvement

A Jewish life is more than attending services on Shabbat morning and the Sisterhood and Zhava will show you just how much more. Join us for popular programs such as:

  • Sukkah social
  • Shabbat and holiday baking workshops
  • Women’s Seder
  • Tallit workshop
  • Rosh Chodesh study group
  • Zhava Shabbat Dinner and Learners Service

Social Action

Sisterhood and Zhava are central to tikkun olam at Beth El and provide essential support for activities like the gift shop. Other regular activities include

  • Providing a kiddush at every Shabbat and festival service
  • Preparing food for homeless shelters
  • Participating in Mitzvah Day
  • Supporting women with cancer through Kesher Nashim
  • Collecting and donating food for the hungry (partnering with organizations such as Bethesda Cares)

Social Connections and Personal Growth

Contact information

If you have questions or would like to become involved with Sisterhood/Zhava, please contact us at

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