Sisterhood Blast! 

Rosh Hodesh Iyar 5781 – April 12, 2021

Upcoming Sisterhood Activities

Daytime Readers Group – May 6, 2:00 pm — We will talk about The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. This historical fiction explores racial issues through the experiences of light-skinned, Black twin sisters and the way their lives diverge.Then on July 8, we plan to discuss The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, a novel about a woman’s decisions and how they affect the course of her life. If you love to read, we invite you to join this informal gathering and to suggest titles for future meetings. RSVP:

Immunizations: Not Just for Kids -May 12 8:00 pm – Join us as our own Judith L. Beizer, PharmD and Mollie Mandel, RN provide current information and answer your questions about the shots you should have to protect your health, including the latest on Covid-19 vaccination. For more information, contact


Now that Passover is over, we are in the period of time of The Counting of the Omer.  Each night we count the days as we make our way from Passover to Shavuot. I often used to have a sign on the front or back door “Did you count?” to remind all the members of the family (just in case).  Perhaps the more important question is “Did YOU count?” Have you made this day count? Have you made time for yourself, and made YOURSELF count?  As we journey from the narrow confines of our homes and personal Mitzrayim to Spring, Summer and the promise of Torah and Redemption – Have we counted? Debra Weil

Ongoing Activities

Woolgatherers – Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – Gather with your FHJC sisters to schmooze, share your current project, get advice on technique, or get inspiration for a new project. Contact:

Walking, Posture, and Balance – Tuesdays, 10:30 am – Classes have resumed in the ballroom. Please bring your own water and wear a mask. Please be sure to check the fit around the nose and around the ears so that your mask is snug. For more information, contact

Torah Fund 

Thank you to all who have donated. Through your generosity, we have surpassed our goal for the year. Of course, if you have not yet donated, or wish to add to your donation, there is still time. This year’s theme is B’Yachad, Together. Together, we support 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.

BQLI Helen Cytryn Study Day, Wednesday, April 21, 1 pm –  This event is always an outstanding chance to learn with our counterparts around the region. This year’s theme is “Zooming in on 2020: Reflections on the year through a Jewish Lens.” The featured speakers are Rabbi Amy Eilberg, spiritual director, kindness coach and author, and the first woman to have been ordained by JTS, and Rabbi Eric Cytryn, retired spiritual leader of Beth El Temple, Harrisburg, PA. Women’s League members: $25, Friends of Women’s League $28. To RSVP by April 19, Click here

Woman of Achievement Virtual Gala – Thursday, June 10, 7:30 pm – Please save the date to join us as we honor Rae Theise Kerzner as FHJC Sisterhood Woman of Achievement. On the same evening, three of our own board members will be installed as members of the BQLI Board: Debra Weil, Health Education Chair, Marcia Belgorod, Community Affairs/Social Action Chair, and Shirley Rossman Zucker, Torah Fund Director. Tickets $36. Click here to register. For journal ad information, click here.

Recipe of the Month

Quiche with Veggie Crust –  Doria Kalt

(Adapted from a recipe by Shannon Sarna)


For the crust:

1 large sweet potato

1 russet (Idaho) potato

1 medium zucchini

2 large eggs

1/2 cup matzah meal (or bread crumbs if it’s not during Passover)

1/2 tsp salt

For the filling:

6 large eggs, at room temperature

2 cups half and half

6 oz (around 2 cups) frozen spinach, thawed and drained well

3 large leeks, white and light green parts only

2 cups shredded muenster cheese (can use gruyere or cheddar)

2 T olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 9 ½” x 13 ½” x 3” pan

To make the crust, coarsely grate the potato, sweet potato and zucchini using a hand grater or in a food processor. 

Salt zucchini and place in a colander with a plate and weight on top to press out liquid.

Add to large bowl and mix with eggs, matzah meal, salt and pepper.

Spoon veggie mixture into bottom of pan and gently push all along the bottom up the sides a little to form crust. 

Place in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.

Cut root end and green tops off of leeks and slice vertically. Slice leeks across into ¼” pieces. Rinse leeks in several changes of water until all dirt is removed.

Bake crust for 15 minutes, until it just starts to brown and crisp around the edges.

While crust is baking, saute the leeks in oil until softened.

Prepare filling by whisking eggs and half and half in a large bowl. 

Add spinach, leeks, cheese, salt and pepper and mix until well combined. 

Pour the mixture into the prepared crust.

Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the middle of the quiche has puffed slightly and a knife inserted in the middle shows clear liquid.

Allow to cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

If you have been reading about and enjoying all our activities this fall, now is the time to join for this year. Dues are $36 Pearl level or $54 Ruby level payable to The Forest Hills Jewish Center with Sisterhood dues on the memo line. 

Sisterhood President: Debra Weil     

Editor: Marcia Belgorod