Read about our chapters' latest activities!
The Manhattan teen chapter took advantage of summer vacation to do some learning! Led by Westchester Regional Coordinator and Metropolitan Museum of Art volunteer guide, Barbara Wexler, the teens toured the Museum's Collection of Islamic Art. They also visited the rooftop garden and took in the phenomenal views of New York City! Barbara says shared experiences like these are helping individual sisters to make connections, one group at a time, which is beautiful. She notes, "I learned more from the girls than they learned from me!!"
Feride adds that the trip was "so much fun and Barbara is the best!"
The outing was so successful that Barbara has agreed to lead a tour for one of Long Island's adult Sisterhood chapters!
Wish you too could take a tour of the Met? Visit our Silent Auction from September 6-19th and bid on a private, guided tour of the Met and lunch, both donated by Barbara!
The Mid Long Island chapter recently completed a service project, filling 95 bags with beauty and cosmetics items for the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless. The chapter, which has been together since 2016, discovered in one of its first meetings a shared commitment to Sadaqah and Tzedakah. Aware of how fortunate they are and how much need exists in the community, chapter members decided early on to focus efforts on service work, which has included serving a pancake breakfast for children in temporary housing and assembling gift bags for women at a domestic violence center. The group has committed to the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless because of the organization's wide reach.
This year's gift bag project resulted in twice the numbers of previous years, thanks to chapter members' outreach to family and friends. The chapter's next project will be assembling reusable shopping bags filled with toiletries and hygiene products. While to date, efforts have been focused on women, after speaking with the Director of the Coalition, in the future, the chapter will develop a project to assemble bags of necessity items for men.
Co-leader Maxine Atkins reports that through this work, chapter members have connected and formed real and lasting friendships with each other.
The Highland Park/Somerset County, New Jersey chapter has partnered with non-partisan project, The Civics Center. Started by Laura Brill, a former law clerk of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the organization uses student-led efforts to strengthen youth civic engagement and voter participation through education, organizing, and advocacy in high schools across the country. Individuals often don't realize they are eligible to register to vote at age 17, though they cannot vote until they are 18, so often, these students don't register. The chapter worked with students and teachers to conduct voter registration drives at Highland Park High School and the Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School. Says chapter member Lola Kamp, "This is a perfect opportunity to engage...with much needed social action to involve our young people in voting." Those wishing to learn more about the project and efforts in your local community should visit The Civics Center.