Sisterhood Blast!

Rosh Hodesh Sh’vat 5779– January 7, 2019

 As we approach the secular new year, our thoughts often turn to self-improvement. We make resolutions to exercise more, or advance our learning, or connect with friends. Why not make Sisterhood a part of those plans? Our plans include wine, art, books and exercise something for everyone. Also, please check out this month’s recipe for West African Groundnut Soup below. It will warm you on a cold day ahead. We are always open to new ideas for programs and activities so please let us have your suggestions. Watch this space, the Message, flyers and listserve to learn more about our programs

Sisterhood Shabbat – January 19 

Join us as we celebrate 89 years of Sisterhood. Maybe this is the year that you lead the congregation in prayer, or read Torah or Haftorah. To volunteer, contact Debra Weil. If you’re not ready for prime time, join us for services, followed by the festive luncheon and a chance to learn about this year’s Eishet Chayil. Lunch reservations, contact Bonnie Dassa at, $38 for adults, $18 children 12 and younger. Other questions,

Sisterhood Activities

On Death and Dying

On January 6, we completed the third in Sisterhood and Adult Education’s series of talks by Rabbi Skolnik on Death and Dying. For this last session, we joined with Minyan Club, Men’s Club, and the Shiva Minyan Committee, and the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund to sponsor this year’s Shiva Minyan Breakfast. We will continue to join other arms of FHJC on future programs. Please let us know at if you have suggestions for topics.

Daytime Readers Group   Thursday, January 14 – 1:30 pm For its next meeting, this group is reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean. Anyone who loves to read is welcome to join this informal gathering and to suggest titles for future meetings. Couvert – $3 – RSVP:

Wine Tasting – Sunday, March 3 – Goblet Winery – Did you know that there’s a kosher winery in Brooklyn? Come along with Sisterhood to learn how the wine is made and taste these local wines. Space is limited so watch for the flyers to sign up. $20 for members and spouses, $25 not-yet-members. Contact for more information.

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.

BQLI Events

Helen Cytryn Study DayApril 3 Temple Beth Shalom in Roslyn – Envisioning Our Jewish Future

Yossi Klein Halevi  May 16 – BQLI in conjunction with Hewlett East Rockaway Jewish Center

Woman of Achievement Gala – June 13 – Shelter Rock Jewish Center

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.  Even though our annual brunch has passed, you can still 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!

Recipe of the Month

This month’s recipe for West African Groundnut Soup comes from Doria Kalt. It’s a healthy and hearty soup that’s perfect for a cold winter night.

West African Groundnut Soup

Servings: 4


  • 6 c. vegetable broth
  • 1  28 oz. can of peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped (reserve liquid for another use)
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 T. peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 bunch kale, ribs removed and leaves sliced into 1-inch strips
  • ¾ c. unsalted peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
  • ¼ c. roughly chopped peanuts, for garnish
  • ¼ c. chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. In a medium Dutch oven or stock pot, bring the broth to a boil.
  2. In a medium-sized, heat-safe mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter with 1 to 2 cups of the hot stock.  Whisk together until smooth, then add to rest of stock and mix well.
  3. Add the onion, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt.  Bring to a boil and then simmer on medium-low heat for 25 minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender.
  4. Stir in the kale. Simmer for about 15 more minutes, stirring often.
  5. Puree ¼ of the soup and return to pot (push the kale to the side when removing soup to puree).
  6. Serve on its own, or over cooked brown rice or couscous, and top with a sprinkle of chopped peanuts and cilantro.

Addition: For more protein, add a can of drained chick peas.

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

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