Sisterhood Blast!

Kislev 5783 –Thursday & Friday, November 24 & 25, 2022



By Debbie Bochner

Here we are!

Four generations:

Great Grandma Sandy

Grammy and Saba

Nicole & Adam, Amy & Jared

Jack, Layla and Miles

The Zalbe, Bochner, Malitz, Newman Crew

L’dor V’dor

Hanukkah is a time to be surrounded by those we love and those who love us back.  We celebrate Hanukkah, the Miracle of Lights, when the days are shortest.  Burning the flames on the Hanukkiah for eight days recounts the miracle of the small amount of oil which miraculously burned for 8 days during the Maccabean Revolt against the evil Greek Emperor Antiochus, about 2200 years ago!

Our family watches, with sparkles in our eyes and warmth in our hearts, as Nicole lights the Shabbat candles and Layla Max (15 months) covers her eyes while they say the brachot.  Jack Ethan (3 years) recites with Adam the brachot for the wine and the delicious challah, often baked with love by Aunt Amy.  When Amy and Jared recite the brachot on Shabbat, Miles Isaac (16 months) knows he puts on his Kippah and is ready to hum and dance around to the songs.  Grandma Sandy kvells as she sees the little ones celebrate the Holidays.  These are the traditions that we are blessed to be able to pass down from Generation to Generation.

We are commanded to kindle the lights on the Hanukkiah and place them near the window for all to see.  The flames bring in the light and life of the Holiday.  We continue with the traditions of lighting the Hanukkiah together and saying, and counting, our blessings every day.  We will cherish the memories of our family’s Hanukkiah collection that we proudly display each year.

Together we will eat crispy oil fried latkes that Amy and Adam deliciously prepare for us.  We will enjoy warm sufganiyot filled with different sweet jellies.  The special aromas created in our warm homes on this festive holiday will linger forever!

We will take out our dreidel collections for all the grandchildren to line up, sort and spin. Nes Gadol Haya Sham…. A Great Miracle Happened There!

From our homes to yours, we pray for all these wonderful and miraculous blessings for your families and your friends. Happy, Sweet and Peaceful Hanukkah!

Upcoming Events:

BQLI trip to see Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway on Wednesday, November 30 at 2:00PM. For more information and to make your reservation click

Our next Transition Center Drive in support of women who are victims of domestic violence will be on Wednesday & Thursday, December 14 & 15. Please watch for the requested list of items for this collection. There will be an early drop-off opportunity for a limited number of items on the same day as the annual Chanukah Book Sale at shul. On Sunday, December 11, you may bring in the following to make room for you to buy something new:

  • Puzzles – must have all pieces and be in original containers or in zip lock bags
  • Toys – must be clean – all plastic parts should be washed – and be complete with all pieces and must be in the original box or in zip lock bags
  • Books – must be clean and gently used – children’s books only! –

Or you could buy something at the Book Sale and drop it into the donation box.

On Tuesday, December 13 at 1:00PM on Zoom, Sisterhood is offering a Memoir Writing Workshop with Jessica Bram. Jessica has been teaching writing for more than 20 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence and is the founder of the Westport Writers’ Workshop. Please click HERE to register. Please have a pad and pen available. We will write about a memory and share during this workshop.

For the next Daytime Readers, we will read The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post: A Novel by Allison Pataki. The author has written an intimate portrait of a larger-than-life woman. It is a powerful story of one woman falling in love with her own voice and embracing her own power while shaping history in the process.

Save Thursday, December 15 at 2:00PM to join us for this discussion.

On January 12 we join BQLI for No More Dripping, Dropping, or Drooping: Your Guide to Bladder & Pelvic Health. Dr. Jill Maura Rabin, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell will answer our questions about an issue that plagues 60% of all women. Save the date!

 Sisterhood Shabbat is scheduled for Parashat Beshalach on February 4, 2023.

Sisterhood Shabbat – Parasha Beshalach on Shabbat, February 4, 2023. FHJC Sisterhood will again be leading all parts of Shabbat Services and celebrating our strengths. We will need many of our Sisterhood Members to participate. This is your chance to show off your davening or Torah reading skills or even to learn how to chant Haftorah! Please volunteer to participate in whatever manner you can by clicking HERE, or contact Debra Weil as soon as possible to secure your spot in the service.

Celebrate Jewish Book Month

Celebrate Jewish Book Month with another interesting discussion moderated by Robin Skolnik on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 8:00pm. We will read House on Endless Waters by Emuna Elon.

Save these dates: –

On January 12 we join with BQLI for No More Dripping, Dropping, or Drooping: Your Guide to Bladder & Pelvic Health. Dr. Jill Maura Rabin, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell will answer our questions about an issues that plagues 60% of all women. Save the date!.

Sisterhood Shabbat – Parashah Beshalach – February 4 – Plan to join us in shul or on Zoom as the members of Sisterhood lead the services, leyn Torah and chant haftorah. We would love to have you join in. Challenge yourself to learn a new synagogue skill this year. Hazzan Randal Levin will teach you. Email if you wish to participate. We would love to hear from you.

Torah Fund News – The 5783 Chazak v ‘Ematz pins (Be Strong & Courageous) are now available celebrating 80 years of ever-increasing strength of Torah Fund. The pin-level (Benefactor) donation is $180. Please contact Shirley Rossman-Zucker with your donation pledge if you want to receive a pin. Donations of any size are payable to Torah Fund and are accepted at any time. Or you can use Torah Fund greeting cards to make a donation. To purchase Torah Fund cards contact Bonnie Dassa for actual paper cards. Contact Shirley Rossman-Zucker about e-cards (as well as any other donations.) Be on the lookout for a Happy Birthday e-card and a new Mazal Tov e-card. The donation is $6 per card. Please make sure checks are made out to Torah Fund.

 Ongoing Programs

Yoga with Lorain – Wednesday evening 6:25 pm and Sunday morning 9:25 am – limited schedule this month. 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; Non-members $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 the 35% discount 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.

Recipe of the Month

Hanukkah Latke Recipe

Made with Love by Amy Newman from her mother-in-law Michelle’s recipe

6 Potatoes

2 Eggs

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 small onion grated

2 Tbsp. Flour

1/4 cup of oil for Frying

Peel and grate potatoes (Use an electric Shredder if you have) Once potatoes are shred, squeeze out the water

Mix all the ingredients together except for the oil.

Pour oil into frying pan and heat

(Cast Iron Pan or All Clad work best)

Drop potatoes mixture (about a Tbsp full) into the frying pan

Fry until golden brown and then turn them to cook the other side until they are crispy.

Serve with Applesauce or Sour Cream

Serves 6

 Be a Part of the Sisterhood – It is time for Sisterhood Members to renew their commitment to our organization by paying dues for 2022-2023. The members of the Sisterhood Board have worked hard to bring a wide variety of interesting programs to our members and the wider FHJC community. With your support, we can continue to do so. Please use the Paypal link ( or mail a check to FHJC that is payable to The Forest Hills Jewish Center and put Sisterhood Dues on the memo line. Choose your level of support: $36 for Pearl Membership or $54 for Ruby Membership.

 Sisterhood Presiding Officer: Laurie Lax

Editor: Judy Gostl