The mission of the Valley Temple Sisterhood, as part of the Women of Reform Judaism, is to promote connections among the women of Sisterhood, our children, the Temple, and our local and global communities. We aspire to achieve this goal by providing opportunities for spiritual, social, and intellectual growth while sharing our resources and support with the educational, religious, and recreational programs of The Valley Temple.
Our Sisterhood is affiliated with the Women of Reform Judaism.
Allison Schneider, President
Karen Rosenfield, Vice President Social Events
Julie Niemeier, Vice President Fundraising
Alberta Hemsley, Vice President Social Action
Amanda Stein, Treasurer
Chrissy Knarr, Recording Secretary
Sandy Hatfield, Corresponding Secretary
Laura Beasley, Immediate Past President
C’hai Life Membership The Valley Temple women of Sisterhood have been doing a program called Chai Life since 2004. This program, originally called Jewels, began as a way for Women of Reform Judaism members to include their daughters ages 18 and younger in Jewish programming. But we found out almost immediately that many of our sons also wanted to participate. So we renamed our group Chai Life and it includes all of our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.Chai Life is Sisterhood’s way of helping its members introduce the camaraderie that Sisterhood provides to the special young people in their lives, so that when they are grown, they will understand that Sisterhood is a special place to express Jewish values.Chai Life programs typically occur at noon after religious school on Sunday and there are 4-5 programs throughout the year. We usually offer pizza for lunch for a small fee before starting. Chai Life programming has included:
- making fleece blankets for Project Linus,
- decorating planting pots for parsley for the Passover plate,
- designing art with Jewish calligraphy,
- making Hanukkah cards for elderly congregants and community members,
- making Hamantaschen baking for Purim,
- participating in yoga and self-defense workshops.
Membership fees are $9 for each child (maximum of $18 for two or more) which goes towards the cost of programming. Membership forms are mailed each fall with the Sisterhood membership forms. Keep an eye out for them and join in on the fun!
Kroger Fundraising Program – Link your Kroger plus card to the Kroger rewards program and help Sisterhood earn money when you shop! For more information contact the Temple office. Help raise money for the Temple and Sisterhood by signing up for this program!
Valley Temple Sisterhood Care Packages
are now even more MAGICAL!
Let us help you get your family ready for Summer Camp
Valley Temple Sisterhood is once again offering VTS Care Packages for families with children going to sleep away camp. New this year: Magic the Gathering common cards, and 2 care package distributions per session. We take the stress and hassle out of shopping and shipping those care packages off to your campers. With one click you can order a camp approved care package that will be delivered to your camper during your chosen time frame.. It’s that easy! The best part is that ALL the proceeds of the VTS Care Packages will go towards providing financial assistance to families with campers in their third year or more of camp.
So what’s included?
Each care package will contain at least 5 items. These may include:
- Puzzles, games, Magic the Gathering common cards and Pokemon cards
- Mad Libs, puzzle books and comics
- Novelty pens, pencils and coloring items
- Stuffed animals and inflatables
- Toys, balls and frisbees
- Crafts and Meditation coloring books
- Personal items like chap stick, lip glass, nail polish, sun glasses, fans, book lights, and flashlights
- Glow in the dark and light up items
- A note for your camper telling them who the VTS Care Package is from.
- Each care package is hand assembled based on your child’s age and gender identification.
- Awesome, but how much is it?
The cost of the VTS Care Package is only $20 This includes a 5 fantastic items and shipping! You would have a hard time putting your own care package together with similar items and shipping it all for $20. Plus all the proceeds go to helping send campers to camp.
For delivery to GUCI session 1 -first week– order by June 8th
For delivery to GUCI session 1 -third week- order by June 23rd
For delivery to GUCI session 2 -first week – order by July 8th
For delivery to GUCI session 2 -third week – order by July 21st
For delivery to Livingston session 1 -first week- order by June 9th
For delivery to Livingston session 1 -third week- order by June 23rd
For delivery to Livingston session 2 – first week – order by July 6th
For delivery to Livingston session 2 – third week – order by July 21st
For in person pick up at Valley Temple – order by July 30th
What camps do you ship to?
Currently we only provide shipping to Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) and to Camp Livingston, but hope to provide shipping in 2018 to additional camps..
My camper doesn’t go to GUCI or Livingston, but I’d still like to send them a VTS Care Package. What can I do?
VTS Care Packages are available for in person pick up at Valley Temple 145 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, Ohio 45215. You can order and pay online and pick up your personalized VTS Care Package in person. You can then pack it in your child’s bag, or ship it to them at camp.
What information do I need to send a VTS Care Package?
You will need your camper’s first and last name, camper’s age and gender, camp name and session, and which delivery date you would like.
Can I choose the items I want in the VTS Care Package?
This year we are offering a “Create a Case Package” day on May 21st from 11-2 at Valley Temple. We will have all our merchandise out and you can choose any 5 items you like.
Unfortunately, we are not able to take specific requests on-line. You are able to mark the age and gender of your camper on the online check out. We do our best to provide packages that are engaging to each age group and try to avoid duplicates for campers receiving multiple packages.
How do I send packages to more than one camper?
Sending VTS Care Packages is easy. Place a separate order for each camper, so that you can individualize for the age and gender.
Can I send more than one package to my camper?
Yes, you may send multiple packages. We now offer 2 deliveries each session, so you can send one package in the first week and another in the 3rd week. If multiple packages are ordered for the same week, the camp will make the decision of when to pass out the packages. We try our best to not have duplicate items in care packages going to the same camper.
Can anyone order a VTS Care Package?
Yes, anyone can order a VTS Care Package. This is the perfect way for grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, neighbors or anyone to easily send your child a care package.
How will my camper know who the VTS Care package is from?
When you place an order for your VTS Care Package, you will have the opportunity to write who the package is from. This information will be written on the package.
PLACE YOUR ORDER HERE!