Blast Iyar 5780

Sisterhood Blast!

This is an abbreviated issue of Sisterhood Blast! Just as our community is adjusting to life in the time of Covid-19, Sisterhood is adjusting, too, and continuing our activities. Some activities may be curtailed or in different formats, but we will try to make them happen one way or another. We are still optimistic that our summer and fall activities will go forward as planned so share our hope and put them on your calendar. We will keep you posted. 

In addition to the Sisterhood and Women’s League events listed below, we encourage you to participate in FHJC events, including:

Tuesday- Thursday, 7:45PM Limmud, S’firat Ha’Omer and Kaddish

Friday, April 24: Day 1 of Rosh Chodesh Iyyar: Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:30PM; Candles at 7:26PM

Shabbat, April 25: Day 2 of Rosh Chodesh 10:30AM- Hallel, Limud… 

Sunday, April 26: 7:45PM

Monday evening, April 27: Leil Yom HZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day)-7:30PM

Tuesday, April 28, 7:30PM: Leil Yom Ha’Atzma’ut Zimriyah -Instead of gathering in the Heller Ballroom, we’ll be gathering in a Zoom room for Hallel, followed by sing-along with lyrics on-screen.

Upcoming Sisterhood Activities

Connect and Learn  – April 30 and May 13 2:00 pm – We are postponing our Lunch & Learn discussion about Jewish women and Headcovering until we can meet in person. In the meantime, we have scheduled two Zoom events with Jessica Braginsky, FHJC Director of Education and Engagement. On April 30, we will engage in fun and engaging activity involving Jewish women’s history, and on May 13, we will participate in a creative writing exercise. To join these sessions, contact

Daytime Readers Group May 7, 1:00 pm  Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane, a story of two neighboring families in a New York commuter suburb whose lives are joined through work, their children, and a tragedy of profound consequence.  We welcome anyone who loves to read to join this informal gathering and to suggest titles for future meetings- RSVP:

Calling All Woolgatherer May 5, 2:00 pm  – By popular demand, Woolgatherers aka Yarn Crew is coming back as a Zoom group. If you knit, crochet, needlepoint, or weave, even if you have a cat that plays with yarn, get together with other crafters to schmooze and share your current project or get inspiration for a new project. At this first meeting, we will decide about future dates and times to accommodate as many as possible. Contact

The Ladies Who Laugh Brunch – Postponed

Jewish Suffragists – Celebrating the Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment – August 18, 8 pm More information to follow.

Transition House — Although we have not been able to conduct our annual spring-summer donation drive for Transition House this year, we hope to do one for for back-to-school. Dates to be determined

Exercise Classes Walking, Posture, and Balance with Gerald Padilla PT, DPT, CPT, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Postponed until further notice

Yoga with Lorain  – Wednesdays – Postponed until further notice

BQLI Events

Helen Cytryn Study Day – April 29 via Zoom 10:00am –11:00 am – Chesed: Acts of Loving Kindness Within Our Communities. See attached flyer. If you wish to donate to this event in support of Torah Fund, please contact Shirley Rossman Zucker, or

Woman of Achievement Gala – Postponed to Thursday, September 10. Our BQLI Woman of Achievement this year is Rae Thiese Kerzner. Look for more information so you can join us as we honor Rae.

Women’s League

Women’s League membership is included with your Sisterhood membership. You are welcome to join these and other WLCJ events. Contact for Zoom information if you wish to participate in any of these activities.

More Time for Books Club Tuesday, April 28, 3 pm This fourth session in the series will focus on how Israel is portrayed in books. Previous sessions have focused on Books-Into-Films, Memoir and Biography, and Humor and Satire. 

Mishnah Berakhot Study Program  – Women’s League 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. Register and catch up on previous sessions at

WLCJ Virtual Convention – Sunday, July 12, 2020 

Two Pre-Convention Workshops

Thursday, May 7th  8:00 – 9 PM

Eat, Drink, Pray — Study the the who, what, where, when and why of Birkat HaMazon. Led by Rabbi Helene Kornsgold, Director of Congregational Education at Temple Israel in Charlotte.

Thursday, May 14th  8:00 – 9:00PM

How to lead Birkat HaMazon. Led by Eryka Velazquez, cantorial intern at South Huntington Jewish Center. 

Torah Fund

With so much electronic communication lately, we often overlook the kindness of a mailed card. For a donation of $5.00 or more, you can send special greetings, get well wishes or condolences to your family and friends and have Torah Fund as a beneficiary of your thoughtfulness. We have a new supply Torah Find cards available for all occasions. Contact to get some to have on hand or to have one sent on your behalf.

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 2020-2020 and get 14 months of membership. 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