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  Tevet 5780 – December 28, 2019

Thank you to all who contributed to our fall-winter donation drive on behalf of Transition House. We filled a large van with your contributions. Your generosity will keep the residents warm this winter and provide strollers, toys and other baby equipment for the children. Special thanks to the Nursery School teachers who put together and donated packets of toiletries. Also, thank you to everyone who participated in our “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads” event. We’re sure your donated jewelry will give joy to the Transition House residents. Lastly, special thanks to the FHJC maintenance and security staff who keep the donations safe and organize and help load the van, even in this year’s cold rain. Our next drive will be in the spring so watch for flyers and announcements here and on listserve.

Upcoming Sisterhood Activities

Caregiving Panel Discussion – January 7 After minyan – Jointly sponsored by Sisterhood and Men’s Club – At some point in our lives, most of us, men and women, will have to care for a parent, spouse, partner or child who is aged, ill or otherwise incapacitated. Two of our own experts, Beverly Silver and Mindy Weinblatt, will be discussing aspects of the caretaker role and responsibility. Beverly is an Attorney and Owner of Home Instead, an agency providing Certified Home Health Aides to assist elderly clients, here in Forest Hills. Mindy is a Geriatric Social Worker and Case Management Supervisor at Heights and Hills in Brooklyn. RSVP:

Daytime Readers Group  – On January 30 we are reading Inheritance by Dani Shapiro, a memoir about a family secret uncovered by a genealogy test. It explores questions about identity, family, medical ethics and technology. On March 19 we are reading The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, a historical novel about women who provide books to people in rural Kentucky during the Depression. We welcome anyone who loves to read to join this informal gathering and to suggest titles for future meetings. Couvert – $3 – RSVP:

Sisterhood Shabbat – February 29Parashat Trumah – Are you ready to step up to the Bimah to read Torah? Haftorah? Lead Davening? Have you always wanted to learn? Now is your chance. Contact Debra Weil ( Of course, after davening, we will have a special luncheon where we reveal this year’s Eishet Chayil. Who will she be?

On-going Exercise Classes Walking, Posture, and Balance with Gerald Padilla PT, DPT, CPT, 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 – January 8, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, and March 4 – 5-6 Chair Yoga, 6:15-7:15 pre Level 1 mat yoga, 7:50 Level 1 mat yoga. No Level 1 mat yoga on January 8 – Join Center member, Lorain Wankoff, as she leads classes in breathing, moving and centering, based upon the principles of Anusara Yoga. Single class: $15 members/$20 non-members. Members Pay for 6 classes=$60.00. For more information contact Lorain Wankoff directly.

BQLI Events

Helen Cytryn Study Day – April 29

Woman of Achievement Gala – June 11

Women’s League

Mishnah Berakhot Study Program  – Women’s League for Conservative Judaism has introduced a new program “Listen, Pray, Think: A Journey through Mishnah Berakhot,” an 18-month study of the entire Tractate, Masechet, of Mishnah Berakhot. Ten live Zoom videoconferencing sessions, taught by female scholars and rabbis, recorded and posted on the Women’s League website. Women’s League membership is included with your Sisterhood membership. The next session, Chapter Five, is scheduled for Sunday, January 26 at 1 pm. You can register for it and catch up on previous sessions at

Recipe of the Month

The World’s Best Braised Cabbage  Beth Dreyfuss Simple and Yummy, hearty and satisfying!


1 medium head green cabbage (about 2 pounds but not more)

1 large yellow onion (about 8 ounces), sliced thick

1 large carrot, cut into ¼-inch rounds

¼ cup chicken stock, vegetable stock, or water

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Coarse salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Crushed red pepper flakes

Flaky salt (optional)

  1. Set one oven rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat the oven to 325℉.
  2. Trim the cabbage head of bruised or discolored outer leaves. Cut the cabbage through the core into 8 wedges. Arrange the wedges in a large baking dish, such as a 9-by-13 dish. (Or in two 8-by-8 square baking dishes, if that is all you happen to have.) The wedges may overlap a bit, but your goal is to lay them in a single layer.
  3. Scatter the onion and carrot across the dish. Drizzle over the stock or water and the oil. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cover tightly with foil, set on the middle rack and cook until the vegetables are completely tender, about 2 hours total. After the first hour or so, turn the cabbage wedges with tongs. If the wedges fall apart, that’s just fine. If the dish begins to dry out, add a tablespoon or two of water.
  4. When the cabbage is completely tender, discard the foil, increase the heat to 400℉, and roast until the vegetables begin to brown, another 15 minutes or so. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with flaky salt, if you like. Should you have leftovers, they are even tastier the next day. Eat at room temperature or reheat for 20 minutes in a moderate oven.

Torah Fund

 The 5780 (2019-2020) Torah Fund pin depicts a heart surrounded by three circles, one larger than the rest. This symbolizes the heart of kindness, which Jews enact in ever-widening realms of generosity: from family, to community, to the larger world: from North America, to Israel, to the world; or from Sisterhood, to Region, to the larger world of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. And as it said in Psalm 89, may we build a world of kindness. It’s not to late to be a Torah Fund Campaign donor and to become a part of the women’s network that proudly supports the students enrolled in our Conservative/Masorti seminaries around the world. Please contact Shirley Rossman Zucker about your donation today! We also have a new supply of Torah Fund cards. For a donation of $5.00 or more, you can send special greetings to your family and friends and have Torah Fund as a beneficiary of your kindness.

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 2019-2020! Dues are $36 Pearl level or $ 54 Ruby level payable to The Forest Hills Jewish Center with Sisterhood dues on the memo line. We also hope that you will join us for our future activities. If there are other activities or events you would like, please contact us at with your ideas.

Sisterhood Co-Presidents:  Debra Weil   Marcia Belgorod