Sisterhood Update for June!


Hopefully, this will find every- one drying out from all our rain and maybe enjoying some sunshine.

Sisterhood has a few things planned for the summer. There will be a general meeting on June 21 at 6:00 pm at The Standard restaurant located at Drayton Lofts. This is an important meeting as we have a financial decision to be made regarding our annuity and need to have a quorum for a vote. If you plan to attend, please contact me by email at, home phone at 828-894-0413, or by cell 828-817-3893 by June 19. Come out for a social evening with other sisterhood members.

We are also having our annual Fun Run on August 26, which is the first day of Sunday School. Please note that registration for Sunday School will take place prior to the run at the site at 9:30 rather than at the Temple. You will find a flyer included in this Temple Topics. We hope to see you there again this year to support Sisterhood.

Also, we are participating in Honey from the Heart again this year. A flyer and order form are included in this Temple Topics. We hope you will again want to send some sweet wishes to family and friends by ordering honey.

Mark November 8 on your calendar, as that is the date for our bake sale. We hope to have another good year of support from everyone in the congregation to make it even more successful than last year. More infor- mation will be coming in future Temple Topics.

Have a good summer Cheryl August

Upcoming Dates to Remember for May



2 Last Day of Hebrew School

4  Lag Ba-Omer Cookout

5  Saturday Service, Tisch with Rabbi & Carrie

6  Last Day of Sunday School

11  Kabbalat Shabbat with Dr. Mark Packer leading services

12  No Saturday Service

13  Mother’s Day

16 Hadassah Closing Meeting

18  Sisterhood Sabbath

19  Saturday Service

20  Temple Board Meeting

20 Yizkor Service & Blintzes

25  Kabbalat Shabbat

26  Saturday Service

Sisterhood for May


It’s a quiet time right now for Sisterhood. We are hopeful the cause of the leak in the Rabbi’s study has been solved and we can get the new floor installed in the Sisterhood room, Temple office, and the Rabbi’s study.

There will not be a Sisterhood meeting during the month of May.

Hope you all enjoy our beautiful spring weather.

Cheryl August

April Events Update!

Please RSVP to all events!

Falafel Friday: This Friday at 6:00 pm-Israel Independence Day

Spartanburg Earth Day: Celebration at Unitarian Universalist Church, Saturday, April 21

Sunday Speaker Series: Sunday, April 22 with David Alvis:

“Michelangelo’s David and the Politics of the Chosen People”

Sisterhood Board Meeting: Sunday, April 22 at 12:00

Hadassah Meeting: Wednesday, April 25 at 11:00

Rabbi’s Brown Bag Lunch: Wednesday, April 25 at 12:00

Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, April 27 beginning at 5:30 with refreshments.

Saturday Service: April 28 at 9:30 am

Sunday School: Sunday, April 29 beginning at 9:20 with Hebrew


Sisterhood News!

We had a good turnout for our general meeting on March 25. The membership approved the spending for the floors in the Sisterhood room, temple office, and the Rabbi’s study once the source of the leak has been found.

Watch for information about the next general meeting coming up in May.

There will be a board meeting on April 22 at noon in the educational building.

Wishing everyone a good Passover.

Cheryl August

Upcoming Events at a Glance!

Rabbi’s Brown Bag Lunch: Wednesday, March 21 at noon

Hebrew School: Wednesday, March 21 at 3, 4, and 5:00

Soup & Salad: Friday, March 23 at 6:00

Sunday School: Sunday, March 25 with model seder

Sisterhood General Meeting: Sunday, March 25 at 12:00 pm

Hebrew School: Wednesday, March 28 at 3, 4, and 5:00 pm

Erev Passover: Friday, March 30-NO Service

Passover Day 1: Saturday, March 31, 9:30 am service

NO Sunday School: Sunday, April 1

NO Hebrew School: Wednesday, April 4

Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, April 6 beginning at 5:30 with refreshments.

Saturday Service: April 7 with Yizkor and tisch

NO Sunday School: Sunday, April 8

Hebrew School: Wednesday, April 11 at 3, 4, and 5:00 pm

Holocaust Remembrance: Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 pm film with Remembrance

L’Chaim for our March Mensch of the Month, Dot Frank!

We honor Dot Frank as our first Mensch of the Month.

Dot is a Greer, S.C. native who married Marvin Frank in 1950. She became active in Temple B’nai Israel in January of that year, and converted to Judaism a year later in the old synagogue on Dean Street. Dot was the first conversion officiated by Rabbi Wrubel, who later remarried Dot and Marvin in a traditional Jewish wedding on January 7th, 1951.

An extremely energetic young woman, Dot graduated from Spartanburg General Hospital’s nursing program in 1950. She worked outpatient for four years then began a thirty-nine-year career with Orthopaedic Associates.

Working did not keep Dot from being very active with her congregational family. She was a founding member of Temple B’nai Israel Sisterhood in 1950. Dot recalls that both women and men were active in the synagogue back then, but within their own separate groups. The congregation served not only as a place of worship but provided all social activities for the Franks. Families were very busy with dinners, game nights, entertainment and all Temple functions.

Dot was active in fundraising, participating in the very first Sisterhood Bake Sale. She has baked and worked at each Bake Sale for 67 years! The bake sales started with cheesecakes, and the Sisterhood maintained both a meat and dairy kosher kitchen.

As the variety of baked goods grew, Dot perfected her recipes for strudel and Miami sweet rolls. A patron of the bake sale identified the Miami sweet rolls “butterflies.”

From that point on, Dot’s butterflies became a favorite. Both of her delicious recipes are in the Sisterhood cookbook, entitled “A Little Bit of This & A Little Bit of That.”

Dot reminisced about the ladies with whom she became like a sister, their “girls’ beach trips,” and the weekend family get-togethers.

“I have had a wonderful life because of the Jewish community,” Dot says. “I appreciate how welcoming the community was and still is. The Rabbi is such a caring and kind man. My family and the Jewish community are the center of my life. The congregation is about family, common values and goals.”