Sisterhood and Zhava

Our goal is to enrich the lives of Jewish women through learning, living, linking, and sharing dynamic, meaningful programs and experiences. Both groups offer social, social action, educational, and religious programs, and all Beth El women are invited to attend 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 such as the Sisterhood Women’s Shabbaton. Check the Sisterhood calendar and Zhava calendar for more info. You can also find a full list of events on the Beth El calendar.

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

Social Connections and Personal Growth

Upcoming Sisterhood/Zhava Events

Date/Time Event
January 21, 2018
10:00 am
CANCELED - Daniel Mann Literary Luminary Event
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD
January 28, 2018
2:00 pm
Sisterhood/Zhava Social Action Tea
February 03, 2018
7:30 pm
Sisterhood and Men's Club Havdalah
February 11, 2018
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mah Jongg Tournament
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD
March 11, 2018
5:30 pm
Sisterhood and Zhava Women's Seder
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD

Contact information

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