Rosh Hodesh Adar 1, 5782 – March 3 & 4, 2022
Be Happy – It’s Adar (Bet)!
Upcoming Sisterhood Activities
Adar Aleph – February – was very busy for our Sisterhood. We had four amazing programs this month. First, we had an informative session about domestic violence and what Transition Center is doing to help those who are suffering abuse in their lives. We had two wonderful and intense book discussions. The Daytime Readers group examined The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. And then in conjunction with SURJE we discussed The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. We thank Allison Abrams and Zach Wichtor for taking this on and leading our discussion. We finished the month with the celebration of Sisterhood Shabbat. Many of our members participated and some learned new skills to do so. I hope that you were able to join in the services.
We of Sisterhood give a shout-out to the FHJC Nursery School. On Pajama Day which they held this month, they collected over 100 pairs of pajamas which they donated to Transition Center! They are truly learning the value of tzedakah!
Sisterhood is taking a short programming break until the annual Torah Fund Tea which will be on April 3 at 4:00PM on Zoom. Our honoree this year is Gail Port who has been a regular supporter of Torah Fund, has led many book discussions for Sisterhood, and has always supported Sisterhood activities. The invitations are in the mail and the charge for this event is $18 to participate. We request an additional donation to Torah Fund Campaign to help us reach our Sisterhood’s fundraising goal.
April is full with Pesach taking over our minds and our kitchens. May is shaping up as a busy month for us.
Daytime Readers Group – April 28 at 2:00 pm – We are reading Anticipation by Melodie Winawer. This a thrilling tale set in the crumbling city of Mystras, Greece, in which a scientist’s vacation with her young son quickly turns into a fight for their lives after they cross paths with a man out of time. As a special treat, the author will be joining in the discussion. If you love to read, we invite you to join this informal gathering and to suggest titles for future meetings. Watch for the flier and make a reservation for this program.
Yoga with Lorain Is Meeting – Wednesday evening 6:25 pm and Sunday morning 9:25 am – Join Center member Lorain Wankoff on Zoom as she leads classes in breathing, moving and centering, based upon the principles of Anusara Yoga. Members – $60.00 for 5 classes; Nonmembers – $90 for 5 classes. Call, text or email Lorain for more information 917-686-8472 or LLSW@AOL.COM
Ohr-Li Judaica Shop – Don’t forget 35% off on all merchandise. It’s always a good time to pick up a gift for friends or family or for yourself or your home. Proceeds are split between FHJC and Sisterhood.
Musing Is it “déjà vu all over again” (famously said by Yogi Berra?) Or am I seeing double? No there really were two months of Adar this year. In this case, two are better than one. Adar aleph that just passed came and went with little dazzle, but it served a vital purpose. It appears in the Hebrew Calendar in a leap year every three years or so, with its main purpose of assuring that Pesach will happen in the spring.
Now, Adar Bet, which occurs every year bursts on the scene with a radiance of joy and the holiday of Purim! We read Megillat Esther, the story of a wise and wily brave woman, who foiled wicked Haman’s evil plot to kill all the Jews of Persia and saved the entire Jewish Community. In celebration we dress in costume, we eat, we share and perhaps drink a bit too much. The Talmud says when Adar enters our joy increases. To our Sisterhood friends and the entire FHJC Community we say, BE HAPPY! IT’S ADAR!
Recipe of the Month
Recipe of the Month -When I was little, my maternal grandmother made hamentashen like these – not the hard cookie kind. I always loved these but never can find them anywhere in bakeries. Doria Kalt
Hamantaschen from Yeast Dough – By Faye Levy
Makes about 30 hamantaschen
¼ cup lukewarm water
1 envelope dry yeast
1/3 cup sugar
3 to 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup (1 stick) soft butter or 7 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large egg
2 tsp grated lemon rind
½ tsp salt
About ½ cup lukewarm milk (or water to make it parve)
About 1 cup of prune, apricot or poppy seed filling
1 large egg beaten with a pinch of salt for glaze.
- Pour ¼ cup of water into a small bowl
- Sprinkle yeast over water, then sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar over the yeast.
- Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir if not smooth.
- Sift 3 cups of flour into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook.
- Make a large, deep well in the center.
- Add butter, remaining sugar, egg, lemon rind and salt.
- Mix with dough hook to blend liquid ingredients thoroughly; most of the flour will remain on the edges of the well.
- Add the yeast mixture and milk (or water) to the well.
- Mix at medium-low speed, pushing flour in from the sides of the bowl and scraping the dough down occasionally from the bowl and hook, until dough just begins to cling to the hook – about 7 minutes. If dough is too soft to cling to the hook, gradually beat in more flour.
- Knead by mixing at medium speed, scraping down twice until dough is smooth, partially clings to hook and almost cleans the side of the bowl – about 5 minutes more. Dough should be soft and smooth.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and put it on a plate.
- Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
- Remove dough from refrigerator 30 minutes before using.
- Grease two baking sheets.
- Cut dough in four pieces.
- Roll out one piece on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8 inch thick.
- Using a 3 inch cookie cutter, cut dough into rounds.
- Brush edges lightly with water.
- Put 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of each round. Do not put too much, or it will ooze out during baking.
- Pull up edges of the circle in three arcs that meet in the center above the filling.
- Close them firmly and pinch the edges to seal.
- With a spatula, transfer the hamantaschen to the baking sheets, placing them 1 inch apart and refrigerate. Wrap and refrigerate the scraps for at least 30 minutes.
- Roll remaining dough and shape more hamantaschen. Do the same with the scraps.
- Cover chilled hamantaschen with plastic wrap or a slightly damp cloth and let rise at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
- Position rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350.
- Brush hamantaschen with egg glaze.
- Bake for about 14 minutes or until they are lightly golden at the edges and golden on the bottom.
- Transfer to a rack to cool.
If you have been reading about and enjoying all our exciting activities this year, now is the time to join for 2021-2022. Dues are $36 Pearl level or $54 Ruby level payable to The Forest Hills Jewish Center with Sisterhood dues on the memo line. To make a payment on PayPal, click here
We hope that you will join us for our future activities. If there are other activities or events you would like to see, please contact us at Sisterhood@fhjc.org with your ideas.
Sisterhood Presiding Officer: Judy Gostl
Editor: Marcia Belgorod