Women of Reform Judaism - Temple Israel Sisterhood

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Mother Bear knitters fashioned 160 hats for the children of Perea Preschool. WRJ is supported the Religious School's pajama and toy drive for the 2016 holidays. 


The Mother Bear knitters also knitted for the MIFA seniors project.  Every month, WRJ volunteers prepare a hearty luncheon for low-income able-bodied seniors who help less able-bodied seniors with daily chores. 

Donations are appreciated to help with the cost of shipping the bears as well as purchasing materials to make them.


Please send your check to: 


     WRJ-Temple Israel Sisterhood 

     Mother Bear Project 

     1376 E. Massey Road 

     Memphis, TN 38120


Or make an online donation here: 

The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a knitted or corcheted bear.  


A group of Temple Israel Sisterhood members, under the direction of Jenny Baer, began knitting bears for the Mother Bear Project in 2005 and as of May 2017 have sent 2,442 bears to children like the ones pictured above.  Mother Bear knitters come from all over the United States and around the world to participate in this project.  


From one simple pattern, truly unique bears are created, reflecting the individuality of the knitter who created it.  Each bear wears a tag with the knitter's name and the bears are treasured possessions of these young children.  


Sisterhood members also knit for other causes including MIFA, Manna House, West Clinic and Memphis Jewish Home. 


This group meets in the conference room at Temple every Thursday afternoon at 1:30pm.  

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