Tools for Sisterhood -> Fundraising


Purim Baskets

This is a wonderful fundraiser to honor religious school teachers, clergy and the community. The sisterhood makes about 500 baskets. Each basket includes approximately $12 worth of treats. In the past, we have put in a Megillah scroll (we print and roll these), Hamentaschen, a small bag of popcorn, 2 pieces of Ghiradelli chocolate squares, fruit leathers from Trader Joe's, chocolate covered granola thins, Israeli taffy (3 pieces) and sisterhood notepads (or WRJ sticky pads). This fundraiser is successful because 12 people may pay for a basket and donate, but only one basket is delivered. The profit is approximately $38 for the basket. (Temple Isaiah, Lexington, MA) For further information, please contact Gini Shevrin at

Holiday Marketplace

This is held around Chanukah. In the past, over 40 vendors have signed up and paid $85 per table. There is a great amount of publicity and many people from communities surrounding Lexington attend. The quality of the artists draws many people. It also serves as a showcase for the temple Judaica shop. (Temple Isaiah, Lexington, MA)

Rummage Sale

Temple Isaiah raises over $25,000 from its annual Rummage Sale. They have a seasoned professional in charge and a crew of dedicated volunteers. They have jewelry experts and boutique experts. The boutique and high-end jewelry brings in a great deal of cash. They sell wedding gowns on eBay. They also make significant donations of clothing to non-profits in the community. For further information on these two fundraisers, please contact Marsha Byrnes at

Trash to Treasures Sale

Our sisterhood holds these three times a year: in the fall, around February, and in the spring. People from the temple bring in new or "gently-used" items. The sales are held on Sunday afternoon (from 12-4PM) and Monday (from 10AM-2PM). Women from sisterhood help set everything up on Sunday morning. We have different tables for women's tops, pants, accessories, men's tops, etc. We have long tables with housewares and toys. Large items (such as furniture) are not accepted. We have a price list for many items. On Sunday, you pay by the item. Monday is "bag day" and the cost is $3 per bag (for whatever you can stuff into a supermarket-size bag). This is a major fundraiser for our sisterhood. Since we have been doing this for many years, we send out postcards to people who have signed up for notification of the sales. We also put free announcements in the local papers. Whatever is left over after the end of the sale on Monday is donated to a non-profit in the community. (Temple Am Echad, Lynbrook, NY). For further information on this fundraiser, please contact Vivian Blumstein at

Here Come the Brides

Many people in the Jewish community (not just the temple), young, old, women, men and children, were involved. There was a fashion show consisting of young women modeling congregant's wedding gowns, bridesmaids gowns, flower girls and ring bearers. The event was set up like a real wedding, with the ceremony in the sanctuary with flute music, flowers, bouquets and ushers. There were two emcees, who read a script during the fashion show, which not only described the gown, but recounted interesting facets of the wedding or the era or the couple. Then a light meal was served in the social hall, with a DJ and a wedding cake for dessert. Over $3000 was raised at this event. (Temple Beth-El, Providence, RI). For further information, please contact Cheryl Greenfield at

Panic Free Passover

Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, combined having a guest chef and cooking demo with a vendor table event. This fundraising event worked very well. Tables were set up around the event for vendors to sell products ranging from kitchen gadgets and cookbooks to jewelry. It was lots of fun and very successful. Click here to see the flyer.

Run a Mah Jongg Tournament

What could be more fun than a day spent playing Mah Jongg and successful fundraising at the same time? The links below have the information you need to get started, including a sample flyer, Mah Jongg rules, and sample scoresheets. For details or questions, contact Jan Rubenstein from Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany, NY at

Mah Jongg Flyer
MJ Tournament Indiv Scoresheet
MJ Tournament Table Scoresheet