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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!

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?

Sisterhood's mission is:

  • To bring Sisterhood members into closer association and cooperation with one another through programming and activities.
  • To serve and promote Jewish and humanitarian causes of the Reform Jewish Movement
  • To support and further the goals of the congregation.

Sisterhood is the backbone of the Temple. We plan community building activities, support Temple programs and those of 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 largest, most inclusive Jewish religious school 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
  • Coffee social hours (virtual and in person)
  • Meetups for families and kids (virtual and in person)

Contact Information:

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. Although Sisterhood is primarily a women's group, men are also welcome to join as chavers (friends). Sisterhood also welcomes volunteers to participate in various events and services listed below.

Membership Rates:

Member: $36
Chaver (men): $18
Family Membership: $50
Monarch: $100
All members are entitled to 10% off at the Chai Boutique, and Monarchs receive a $25 gift certificate to the Chai Boutique which can be used online.

You can pay by credit card below or mail a check to:  
Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El
2550 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96817
Renew Membership Online:  Click below to join or renew your membership today!
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 The Chai Boutique

The 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 benefit the School of Jewish Studies, Temple programs and other community related events.
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: Arrangements from $75-$175 (on pause)

Sponsor a Simcha Shabbat Oneg: Email for prices.


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