Sisterhood Blast!

Rosh Hodesh Kislev 5778– November 19, 2017

Daylight savings time is over. The sun sets earlier. There is finally a chill in the air. Yet somehow that chill is energizing. For Sisterhood, we are approaching some of our busiest months with opportunities to participate, whatever your interests. We have programs planned for reading, for crafts, for hesed, for art appreciation, for baking, for study, for exercise. If we’ve missed any of your interests, please let us know and we’ll try to work it in.

Sisterhood Activities

Transition House CollectionNovember 16-December 12 – FHJC Sisterhood is continuing our hesed project for Transition House, a JBFCS-sponsored shelter for victims of domestic violence. The emphasis will be on gifts for teens who are often neglected in the holiday gift drives that focus on toys for children. For current residents’ needs, please check out the flyer, attached and on the tables around the Shul. We ask that you keep to the published dates.

Fall Book Discussion Thursday, November 30 – Once again Robin Skolnik will lead us as we recognize Jewish Book Month and discuss The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi. It’s a great read about mothers, daughters and communities. Start reading now! $5 members, $8 not-yet-members.

Birkat HaBayit – Blessing our homesMonday, December 11 –We are making chamsaot as gifts for our homes. Make a mosaic chamsa for your home or for someone else. Express your creativity, meet new friends, and catch up with other crafters. RSVP to  $5 Members, $8 Not-yet-members.

Daytime Readers GroupThursday, January 11 1:30 pm Recently, Sisterhood began a new program for readers to get together monthly to discuss favorite books. We encourage booklovers to share your current reading material and get suggestions for future reads. The next scheduled book is Whispers From the East by Amie Ali. Cookies will be served. $3 members and non-members.

Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art Exhibit January 14 – Sisterhood is coordinating a guided tour of this exhibit at the New York Historical Society with Irwin Ungar, leading expert on Arthur Szyk and curator of the Arthur Szyk Society. Space is very limited so look for the flyers or contact Doria Kalt for more information. $20 for participants.

Sisterhood Shabbat – January 27 – It may seem far away, but it will be here before you know it. This year, we are hoping to include as many Sisterhood members as possible in the service. If you would like to lead part of the service, read Torah, or learn a portion of the Haftorah, please contact Debra Weil or email

On-going Exercise Classes – Walking, Posture, and Balance classes continue with Gerald Padilla, PT, DPT, CPT. Regular fall schedule is Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:45 AM, and Fridays, beginning in December, at 10:30. One class is $23; a 5-class package is $100. If you want to participate, email, or leave a note in the Sisterhood mailbox.

Torah Fund Campaign

Thank you to Toby Silverva for hosting a dessert reception at her home on Tuesday, November 14. Sisterhood recognized the 75th anniversary of Women’s League’s Torah Fund Campaign and this year’s Torah Fund theme, “Ma Tovu:  How Good.” Rabbi Skolnik spoke about the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires; Anise Parnes spoke about her visit to the Zacharias Frankel College in Potsdam, Germany. We support these institutions through Torah Fund in addition to JTS, the Ziegler School in Los Angeles and the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, thus perpetuating the future of our movement. There is still time to donate to this year’s campaign by contacting Anise Parnes, Shirley Rossman Zucker or Miriam Chait, Torah Fund Chairwomen.

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism

On October 29 and 30, Marcia Belgorod, Sisterhood Co-President, participated in the WLCJ Leadership Institute at Merrick Jewish Center. She joined with 23 women from across North America, from Montreal to Boca Raton, to discuss communication, team building, organizational structures, conflict resolution, and goal setting.  We came as strangers and left as friends. It was an opportunity to learn and reflect.

Join us this year! Dues are $36 payable to The Forest Hills Jewish Center with Sisterhood dues on the memo line. Watch this space, the Message, the weekly Shabbat Shalom, and notices on the listserv to learn more.

Sisterhood Co-Presidents:  Debra Weil and Marcia Belgorod