Sisterhood Blast!

Rosh Hodesh Tamuz 5782 – Wednesday & Thursday, June 29 & 30, 2022

I am dedicating this issue of the Blast! to the memory of Marcia Belgorod, z”l, our past Co-President, resident historian of Jewish Women, originator of the Blast and its first editor, and longtime chair of our Transition Center collections.

Marcia was also the BQLI Region Community Affairs/Social Action Chair and wrote the bimonthly column “Making the World Better” for the BQLI Region newsletter. She was also an active participant in the BQLI Region Writer’s Workshop.

Marcia had earned a BA from Brandeis and an MBA from Columbia (which was earned while commuting on the train from Pennsylvania.) She worked for New York City, managed a women’s law practice, and worked in preparing students at a for profit school for jobs.

Marcia had interests in theater, books and reading, and Jewish women’s history, especially the history made in the New York area. As our Eishet Chayil presenter on Sisterhood Shabbat for several years, she prepared a number of fascinating talks. The links to some of them are included here.

Marcia also did a wonderfully researched presentation for our Sisterhood and BQLI on the Jewish Women of the Suffragist Movement. Thank you to Anise Parnes who saved the recording. The link is here:

Her last presentation, which happened during her illness, was on The Kosher Meat Strike of 1902 which was done for the FHJC Adult Education Shabbaton at Home series. This is the link to this Zoom recording:

Kosher Meat Wars – 1902

Marcia Belgorod will be missed. May her memory be for a blessing.

Upcoming Events (Keep a lookout for details)

Daytime Readers will meet next on Thursday, August 18, at 2:00PM. We are reading Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland. The book opens with a shocking tragedy that results in three generations of the Adler family grappling with heartbreak, romance, and the weight of family secrets over the course of one summer.

Kick-off program with The Audubon Society of NY – With the help of Gail Port, we will have leadership of this organization come and present an introduction to the Audubon Society of NY, an introduction to birding, and a discussion of the issues they work on including climate, the environment and the related fiscal/governmental issues. Watch for more information about this program which will be in the fall.

Possible Program – Are you interested in a Conversational Hebrew class? Are you a total beginner or possibly an intermediate level student? Click here – – and let us know if you are interested, what your skill level is, and when you are available. We are in the beginning of planning this class and we need your input to do it.

Torah Fund News – The Torah Fund fiscal year with the theme of B’Yachad/Together ends on June 30th. For the 2022-2023 campaign the theme will be Chazak v E׳matz/Strength and Courage. The pins for the new campaign are beautiful. Donations payable to Torah Fund 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 or Shirley Rossman-Zucker about e-cards, as well as any other donations. 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 – 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.

A Recipe for Tamuz 5782 – Grilled Vegetable and Couscous Salad

  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (from one large lemon)
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, divided (I used regular salt)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, divided
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 2 ears fresh corn, husks removed
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), quartered
  • 1 red onion, sliced into thick rings
  • 1 zucchini, cut into thick planks
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked tri-color pearl couscous (Israeli couscous)

1) Process lemon juice, vinegar, basil, cilantro, parsley, crushed red pepper and garlic in a blender until smooth.  Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of the salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper.  With blender on low, add olive oil in a thin stream until combined.  Set aside.

2) Preheat grill to medium high (400 – 450 degrees). Brush vegetables with oil, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper.  Grill vegetables until charred and tender (5-8 minutes), turning as needed.  Transfer vegetables to a cutting board.  Cut corn kernels off the cobs with a knife; chop remaining vegetables.

3) Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Add couscous and cover; reduce heat to medium-low until water is absorbed, about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, for 3 minutes.  Fluff with a fork, and transfer to a large serving bowl.  Add dressing and vegetables; toss to coat.  Serve immediately or chill in covered container.

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: Debra Weil

Editor: Judy Gostl