Rosh Hodesh Kislev 5779– November 8, 2018

Torah Fund Breakfast Sunday, November 18

Each year Sisterhood members and friends gather to acknowledge and contribute to the institutions that educate leaders for our Conservative movement. This year we will honor one of our own leaders, Anise Parnes. Anise is FHJC Sisterhood Past President and current Torah Fund VP. She is also the BQLI Region President for Women’s League for Conservative Judaism.

In keeping with this year’s Torah Fund theme, Atid – Future, our guest speaker is Jessica Braginsky, FHJC’s new Director of Education and Engagement, whose role in overseeing our schools helps to ensure our own future at FHJC. Jessica will speak about her experience at JTS and its influence on her career.

Minimum contribution $54 made out to Forest Hills Jewish Center, with Sisterhood/Torah Fund  on the memo line.

Sisterhood Activities

Medicare – What’s It All About – Wednesday, November 14 after evening minyan Sisterhood and Men’s Club are sponsoring a discussion on Medicare – What are Parts A, B, C and D? What are your options? What’s the difference between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplemental insurance? How to choose a plan? If you are of Medicare age or nearing it, come to this informative presentation. The current enrollment period ends December 7.

On Death and Dying

Often when a family member reaches the end of life, we are unsure of our obligations. We don’t all know what is required of us as Jews. To help and support the FHJC community at such times, Sisterhood is joining with other arms to sponsor a three-part series of mini-modules with Rabbi Skolnik called “On Death and Dying.” 

Bikkur Cholim and End of Life      Monday, November 19   8:00 – 9:30 pm

The Jewish Funeral                     Monday, December 17   8:00 – 9:30 pm

The Laws of Mourning                 Sunday, January 6  9:45 – 10:30 am

The first two sessions are jointly sponsored by Sisterhood and Adult Education. The third will follow a Shiva Minyan breakfast, supported by Sisterhood, Adult Education, Minyan Club, Men’s Club, Shiva Minyan Committee, and Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund. There is no charge for this program although there will be a charge for the breakfast. If you do not plan to attend the Shiva Minyan breakfast, you are welcome to arrive afterward to hear the final presentation in the series.

Transition House Collection November 18 – December 9 – We are continuing our collections on behalf of Transition House, a JBFCS-sponsored shelter for victims of domestic violence. The emphasis will be on gifts for teens because they are often neglected in the holiday gift drives that focus on toys for children. Our own FHJC teenagers will join with us to make sure the teens at Transition House are not overlooked. Of course, the families always need baby supplies and women’s toiletries, regardless of the season. We will issue a flyer with more specifics as we approach the dates for the drive. In the meantime, consider this a “heads up,” but please do not drop off your donations before November 18.

Evening Book Discussion – Thursday, November 29 after minyan  – In honor of Jewish Book Month and Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Robin Skolnik will lead a discussion of Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein. $5 members, $8 not-yet-members

Daytime Readers Group  – Thursday, December 19 1:30 pm For its next meeting, this group is reading Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Anyone who loves to read is welcome to join this informal gathering and to suggest titles for future meetings. Couvert – $3 – RSVP:

Sisterhood Shabbat – January 19  — Save the date and start preparing. Maybe this is the year that you lead the congregation in prayer, or read Torah or Haftorah. Contact Debra Weil to volunteer.

On-going Exercise Classes Walking, Posture, and Balance with Gerald Padilla PT, DPT, CPT, continue, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:45 am, excluding holidays. One class is $23; a 5-class package is $100. If you want to participate, email, or leave a note in the Sisterhood mailbox.

Yoga with Lorain  – Wednesdays – Join Center member, Lorain Wankoff, as she leads classes in breathing, moving and centering, based upon the principles of Anusara Yoga. Now offering three levels: Chair Yoga/Meditation class at 5:15 pm; Pre-Level 1 Yoga On The Mat But Slower Pace Class   @ 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 pm; Level 1 Yoga @ 8 pm. – 9:15 pm.  Please bring your own mat, blanket or towel as none will be supplied. Loose fitting clothing recommended. Drop-in and start any time!  Single class $15 members/$20 nonmembers Members Pay for 6 classes=$60.00. For more information contact Lorain Wankoff directly.

Recipe of the Month

This month’s recipe comes from Judy Gostl. According to Judy, her gluten-free and gluten-eating adult children both love it – her husband, not so much. Whatever the degree of gluten avoidance or appreciation in your family, try it.

Best Pumpkin Pie Ever and it’s crustless, GF and Pareve

Author: Shirley Braden from Gluten Free Easily

  • 2 eggs beaten lightly
  • 1 can (16 OZ) pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup GF flour blend
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Grease pie plate and set aside. 
  • Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  • Place pie pan on a rimmed baking sheet (it is easier to carry to the oven) and pour in filling.
  • Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of pie.
  • Bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until a knife or toothpick comes out clean – about 45 minutes. If you have a convection oven, check it at 35 minutes.

Note: You can substitute 2 tsp pumpkin spice blend for other spices.

I leave out the clove and add 1/4 tsp each of nutmeg and cardamom.

We also invite you to share your seasonal recipes for future issues by sending them to

BQLI Events

BQLI Torah Fund KickoffNovember 12 10am to 2 pm at ICCJ, 167-11 73rd Avenue, Flushing We Are Our Grandmothers’ Wildest Dreams, featuring the next 100 years of feminism, film, and fashion, along with a presentation on Female Visionaries of the Conservative Movement. You can still register if you hurry. To register, contact Shari Schnitzer, BQLI Registrar,

Helen Cytryn Study DayApril 3

Woman of Achievement Gala – June 13

Torah Fund Campaign

The 5779 Torah Fund pin envelops the Hebrew word for “future” (atid) with a stylized Magen David. It represents our wish for a distinctly Jewish future, for ourselves as individuals, for our families, and our communities. Be a part of the women’s network that proudly supports the students enrolled in our Conservative / Masorti seminaries around the world: our movement’s future Rabbis, Hazzanim, educators, Hillel directors, chaplains, lay leaders and our most innovative thinkers.  Be a Torah Fund Campaign donor.  Please contact Anise Parnes or Shirley Rossman Zucker for your pin, today!

Thank you for your generous support of Women’s League’s annual Torah Fund Campaign!

If you have been reading about and enjoying all our exciting activities this year, now is the time to join for 2018-2019! Dues are $36 payable to The Forest Hills Jewish Center with Sisterhood dues on the memo line.

Sisterhood Co-Presidents:  Debra Weil Marcia Belgorod