Sarah's Circle (Sisterhood)

Join hands with Sarah’s Circle

Sisterhood, a part of Temple Beth El since 1949, was originally called “The Women’s Guild” and is now being reborn as Sarah’s Circle. We would love your help to continue our circle.

Ongoing Activities:

  • Knitzvah Corps – meets usually every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm at a designated congregant's home. We welcome all skill levels. Please contact Ellen Wlody at [email protected]
  • Mah Jongg – meets every Wednesday’s at 9:30. Free lessons are offered please contact Myra Borchard : [email protected]



Owned and operated by Sisterhood (now Sarah’s Circle) for over 50 years the Op Shop money has funded many sisterhood contributions to Temple Beth El, totaling over $250,000, including:

  • The 9 acres of land upon which the Temple stands (the Op Shop paid off the mortgage in
  • just 5 years)
  • $180,00 donated to the building fund
  • All appliances in the Temple’s kitchen, and the upkeep of dishes, silverware etc…
  • Furnishings in the Cantor’s and Assistant Rabbi’s offices
  • Carpeting and pews in the Sanctuary
  • October 2014 made a generous donation to pay for the new sound system for the
  • Sanctuary
  • In 2016, new torah covers

The Op Shop is located at 61 N. Greeley Ave. across from Rite Aid in Chappaqua, always
accepting donations and items for consignment. Call 238-4420 for more information.

A short history…

When the founding members of Temple Beth El were ready to move from temporary quarters in a church on King Street to the permanent home where the Temple sits today, the women of Sisterhood (then the Women’s Guild) decided to hold a rummage sale to raise money to help. The sale was a great success and 2 things happened: Sisterhood earned enough to buy the land for the new building, and the group decided to establish a permanent “rummage sale” store to purchase more items on the Temple’s wish list. They rented a store and created the thrift and consignment shop that is the Opportunity Shop today.  

Owned and operated by Sisterhood for over 50 years, the shop has helped us to continue the tradition of giving to the Temple. Over the years we’ve outfitted and stocked the kitchen and furnished studies for the Cantor and Assistant Rabbi. Sisterhood members beautified the Sanctuary with needle point artwork, carpeting and new seating and paid for the sound system for the hearing impaired. The list goes on.  In keeping with the tradition started by our founders 50 years ago, Op Shop funds have supported Sisterhood’s gift to the Capital Campaign: to date we have donated $180,000!

The Op Shop is located across from Rite Aid at 61 No. Greeley Ave; 238-4420.  We’re always looking for volunteers to help at the Shop. Or consider supporting the Op Shop by donating or consigning gently used clothing, all household goods, linens, bric-a-brac, kitchen items, small chairs, small tables, lamps, comforters, etc. Donations are accepted daily from 10 am to 4 pm; consignments from 10am-noon. 

Questions? Contact Myra Borchard at [email protected] or 241-3425.