Sisterhood Blast!

Rosh Hashanah 5779– September 10, 2018

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the 2017 Fall opening meeting and installation. Sisterhood has engaged in so many activities, both old and new. We hope you have partaken of some of them. We’ve already started this year’s programs with a Rosh Hodesh Elul breakfast with Hazzan Rosenblum as our keynote speaker. He introduced us to melodies used in the High Holy Day services and gave historical insights into them. After breakfast, we got to make our own DIY facial preparations with natural ingredients. They looked good enough to eat.

We wish you L’shanah tovah tikateivu v’teichateimu! We wish you a year of peace, good health and happiness. We look forward to seeing you throughout the year.

Recipe of the Month

This month’s recipe for Apple Cake comes from Dr. Heidi Nelson Rolnick. In addition to her dental practice, directing Nagilah, and everything else she does, Heidi even finds time to bake.

Grease and flour a tube pan.

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix and set aside

5-6 medium apples, peeled, cored and cubed

5 tsp. cinnamon

5 tbs. sugar

Mix dry ingredients

2 cups sugar

3 cups flour

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

Add to dry ingredients

1 cup oil

4 eggs

1/2 cup orange juice

1 tsp. vanilla

Pour half the batter into the prepared tube pan.

Spread apple mixture over the batter in the tube pan.

Pour remaining batter over the apples.*

Bake for approx. 1 hour at 350-375 depending on your oven. Test for doneness with a cake tester.

Turbinado or Demerara sugar can also be sprinkled over top before baking or just after.

*An alternative version of this recipe suggests 1/3 batter, ½ apples, 1/3 batter, ½ apples, remaining 1/3 batter.

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

Transition House CollectionThank you to all who contributed to our back-to-school collection on behalf of Transition House, a Jewish Board-sponsored shelter for victims of domestic violence. Your contributions help restore dignity and self-worth to the residents. This drive is over. We plan another drive for November-December.

Upcoming Sisterhood Activities

Decorating the Sukkah – Saturday evening September 22 and Sunday, September 23 9:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Join us along with United Parents and Men’s Club to decorate the FHJC Sukkah.

Daytime Readers Group  – Thursday, October 11 1:30 pm For its next meeting, this group is reading Sinners and the Sea: The Untold Story of Noah’s Wife by Rebecca Kanner. Anyone who loves to read is welcome to join this informal gathering and to suggest titles for future meetings. Couvert – $3 – RSVP:

Evening Book Discussion – Thursday, November 29  – In honor of Jewish Book Month and Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Robin Skolnik will lead a discussion of Famous Father Daughter by Jamie Bernstein.

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. Fall series class began Wednesday night, September 5th in the Crystal Room. For more information contact Lorain Wankoff directly.

Mark Your Calendars – You can mark these dates on the new Women’s League calendar, $11. Contact Miriam Chait at

Breast Health Awareness – October 10

Cho-Sen Luncheon – October 24

Women’s League Reads – Sunday, October 7 – Live author interview with Ilana Kurshan, author of If All the Seas Were Ink. Open only to members.

BQLI Events

BQLI Torah Fund KickoffNovember 12 at ICCJ

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