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The Women of Temple Sholom Community Group (WTS) is a dynamic group of women who support the mission and values of our congregation by connecting those of all ages through spirituality, social action, worship, study, friendship, and fun. Least you think, though, that this is your Mother’s Mahjong-playing Sisterhood. 
The Women of Temple Sholom’s steering committee work hard to create events that are educational, spiritual, and fun. Not only that, nearly every event that WTS sponsors promotes a collection drive for a local organization, or raises funds to donate to various important causes in Chicago and across the world. These are some recurring events and worthy causes that WTS provides and supports: 
  • Sponsoring a Reunification Ride has become an annual gift that WTS provides to mother’s at Logan County Correctional facility and provides transportation for their children to visit them while incarcerated. 
  • WTS, in concert with Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, hosts a brunch annually that connects issues confronting today’s woman to teachings of Torah. Some of these issues include the #metoo movement and women’s reproductive rights. 
  • Every March, WTS hosts a Friday Night Service where speakers, lay leaders, and members of the group shape the service. 
  • In June, the women of WTS gather together for the annual WTS Dinner, an evening that of course includes dinner and drinks, but also brings in leaders in their respective field that are tied to a contemporary issue to educate and lead discussion. 
The Women of Temple Sholom are members of the worldwide Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) that works to empower and strengthen the voice of all women.  
Want to join WTS as an offical dues-paying member? Click below to sign up and pay the $36 to join!

WTS Faqs: 
Can anyone join WTS? 
Yes, any member of Temple Sholom can become a dues-paying member of WTS. 
Are there costs associated with it? 
There is a $36 membership fee to be an official dues-paying member of WTS. Membership is not required to participate in events and programming, but is encouraged to help support programming and the worldwide WRJ. 
Who runs it and is there an opportunity for newer members to take an active role in the management and shaping of what WTS does? 

The WTS group is run by a volunteer steering committee made up of energetic and active women. If you would like to take on a leadership role, contact  

Upcoming Events

SundaySun, 17 JanJanuary, 2021

Israel is Way Too Important to be Left Only to Israelis With Anat Hoffman

Sunday, Jan 17th 10:45a to 11:45aIn this session, Anat Hoffman provides a historical overview of Israel-Diaspora relations, where things currently stand, and challenges and opportunities for the future.


MondayMon, 8 FebFebruary, 2021

WTS Film Discussion

Monday, Feb 8th 6:30p to 8:00pMa Rainey’s Black Bottom is sure to be a strong contender for Academy Awards, and we’ll have a chance to explore and discuss this major film with a professional facilitator. Starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman and based on August Wilson’s powerful play about the legendary blues singer Ma Rainey, the movie delves into important racial and gender issues in a Chicago setting. Leading our discussion will be Matt Fagerholm, a knowledgeable and passionate film critic and reviewer for, a film festival judge and film teacher at Evanston Art Center. Watch Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on your own beforehand on Netflix, and then meet us in the screening room (AKA your living room) with your favorite movie snacks for a stimulating, fun and lively program.


WednesdayWed, 10 FebFebruary, 2021

Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Wednesday, Feb 10th 6:30p to 8:00pJoin Temple Sholom's Adult Ed. program, Sholom Justice & Women of Temple Sholom for a virtual tour of the RBG exhibit with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Based on the New York Times bestselling book and Tumblr page of the same name, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first-ever museum exhibition focused solely on this judicial icon, whose image graces mugs, t-shirts, posters, and bobbleheads. The exhibit is a vibrant exploration of Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often simultaneous roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and Internet phenomenon. Whether you’re a fan or a legal scholar, don’t miss this blockbuster exhibit! This event is free, but registration is required.


SundaySun, 28 FebFebruary, 2021

Jewish and Democratic: Threats and Challenges to Israel’s Democracy With Rabbi Noa Sattath

Sunday, Feb 28th 3:00p to 4:00pDuring this session, Rabbi Sattath will scrutinize the different threats and challenges to Israel’s democracy.



Sun, January 17 2021 4 Sh'vat 5781