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Why Join?

As a sister or chaver (friend), you have the opportunity be part of the Temple Emanu-El and Oahu Jewish communities, help plan activities for seniors, young adults, and families with keiki, or share your expertise by volunteering for one of our many projects. There is something for everyone!

Together we support, create, innovate and participate in making the Temple a source of inspiration and strength for us all. Join us!

Members receive 10% off all purchases at the Chai Boutique and 25% off at the boutique during the annual Sisterhood Holiday Craft Fair!

We invite you to join or support us with your membership. Membership at Temple Emanu-El is not required to be part of Sisterhood!  Men are also welcome to join as Chaver (friends) of the Sisterhood.


What is Sisterhood?

The mission of Sisterhood is to support the Temple, to focus on the needs of the Jewish community, and to ensure Judaism current and future generations of Jewish families in Hawaii.

Sisterhood is the backbone of the Temple. We plan community building activities and support programs of the Temple and the greater Jewish community.

What does Sisterhood do?

  • Sisterhood operates the Chai Boutique (Temple gift shop), which is our primary source of revenue
  • Sisterhood plans social activities such as ice cream socials, guest speakers, book author talks, coffee time, Hanukkah gift baskets
  • Sisterhood provided 20% of the budget for the School for Jewish Studies this past fiscal year. SJS is the only school of Jewish studies in Hawaii
  • Sisterhood helps fund the Levinson-Krupp Library
  • Sisterhood subsidizes the Honolulu Jewish Film Festival, Temple Emanu-El's largest community fundraiser
  • Sisterhood supports the Jewish Community of Hawaii in projects such as giving grants to Jewish Community Services, books for Jewish prisoners, sending meals of consolation to those in mourning, and more.

Sisterhood plans and hosts a range of activities:

  • Chanukah gifts for students enrolled in the School of Jewish Studies
  • Rosh HaShanna apples and honey at the Temple
  • Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast
  • Annual Holiday Craft Fair
  • Monthly Simcha Shabbat Dessert Oneg
  • Flower sponsorship for mitzvahs and remembrances
  • The annual Woman of Valor event

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Become a Member!

The mission of Sisterhood is to support the Temple, to focus on the needs of the Jewish community and to ensure Judaism inspires and is shared with current and future generations in Hawaii. Though Sisterhood is primarily a women's group, men are also welcomed to join as chavers or friends. Sisterhood also welcomes volunteers to participate in various events and services.

Membership Rates:

Member: $36
Chaver (men): $18
Fellowship: $50
Monarch: $100
Sisterhood Fellows and Monarchs receive an additional discount at the Chai boutique and additional raffle tickets at the annual craft fair. Fellows receive a Hawaiian kippah, Shaloha t-shirt, or hat, and Monarchs receive two, plus your name spotlighted in the shabbat bulletin.  The Fellow and Monarch membership levels represent an additional donation to Sisterhood.

Please make checks payable to:
Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El
2550 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96817

 The Chai Boutique

The newly remodeled Chai Boutique Judaica shop is brimming with wonderful surprises! The word chai means good luck, which is what you'll find at our shop! We have everything from yahrzeit and Shabbat candles to aloha print kippot and our famous "Shaloha" t-shirts for all ages! Whether shopping for a holiday staple or unique gift, you'll find what you need at the Chai Boutique!

Proceeds from all sales benefit the Jewish Experience Center as well as the Gan Yerushalayim Honolulu Community Jewish Preschool. The shop is run by our wonderful Sisterhood at Temple Emanu-El. 

Boutique Items Available Online!  

While the Temple campus is closed, you can still visit the Chai Boutique virtually! Visit the virtual shop for all your Judaica needs!


Everything you need is in our Judaica Shop.


Gifts for all of the children who attend the Temple's School of Jewish Studies (SJS) and Jumpstart Pre-school from Sisterhood packed and ready to be distributed.


Come and meet Sisterhood's Judaica Shop Manager Marie Satz and her husband Stan.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Dedicate a Siddur: $54/ book

Flowers for Mitzvahs and Remembrance: Bimah Arrangements- $225 | Table Arrangements- $75

Sponsor a Simcha Shabbat Oneg: Email for prices.


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