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The Olam Tikvah Sisterhood is a group of diverse women welcoming and bonding with other women through programming and social activities. We strengthen our synagogue and the community through support and outreach, enhance Jewish education for ourselves and our families and uphold, share and create traditions.

Co-Presidents' Message

Why join Sisterhood? Through the extraordinary efforts of our members, Sisterhood was able to donate more than $50,000 last year to worthy causes within OT, the greater Jewish community, and our local community. We have enjoyed social events and outings, expanded our horizons through educational events, laughed, cried, dined, and davened together, and made lasting friendships. Please join us as we continue these endeavors in 2020-21 despite the Covid-19 pandemic!
Barbara Finkel and Annie Schwartz, Co-Presidents

Paying for Dues and Event Registration

Thank you for joining Sisterhood and attending our events throughout the year! A list of our upcoming events is below. If paying by check for your membership dues or an event, please remember to make your check payable to "OT Sisterhood."

Sisterhood Board 2020-21

Co-Presidents: Barbara Finkel and Annie Schwartz
Education Co-VPs: Iren Fertel and Ellen Katkin
Membership Co-VPs: Paula Weiss and Wendy Golden
Communications VP: Lori Jacobs
Ways and Means VP: Karen Rabin
Recording Secretary: Melissa Albert
Corresponding Secretary: Rita Glazer
Treasurer: Sonia Toner
Parliamentarian: Barbra Golub

2020-21 Membership Drive

Join Sisterhood!

Our 2020-21 Membership Drive is underway. Click here to complete our online membership form to become a member of Sisterhood today, or download the paper copy here.

Upcoming Events

Living through Crisis and Change: Psychological Tools for Growth and Transformation, Sunday, August 16, 10:30am-12:00pm. We invite all members of the OT community to this free webinar to help us navigate and cope with the pandemic. The Coronavirus pandemic took all of us by surprise, and the following isolation and lockdowns created unprecedented challenges for different groups of people all across the world. Whether these challenges have been psychological, economic, or practical, they hide behind them unique opportunities for psychological and spiritual growth. These opportunities are connected to what the current situation evokes in us and how we relate and address these feelings and reactions. Led by Hannah-Valeria Grishko, counselor and psychotherapist, this workshop will explore these questions and offer concrete tools drawn from a blend of 20 years of psychotherapy experience, teaching, meditation, and mindfulness for individual growth and transformation. Click here to RSVP.

ECHO School Supply Drive, Sunday, August 23, 10:00am-12:00pm in the OT Courtyard. Sisterhood invites you to bring new school supplies to donate to ECHO, in Springfield, for children and families in need. When you are shopping for your own school supplies, please consider purchasing extras to help students in need. Click here to see the list of supplies needed.

Sisterhood Book Club: The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff, Sunday, August 30, 11:00am. Join Sisterhood on zoom to discuss this beautifully written historical fiction about a group of English women spies who put their lives on the line during WWII. This story is about country, friendship and, most of all, the courage these women needed to go into enemy territory. Click here to RSVP.

Torah Fund

Your Torah Fund contribution strengthens and perpetuates Conservative/Masorti Judaism throughout the world. Click here to support the Torah Fund. Donations of any amount are welcome.

For more information, contact Torah Fund Chair Amy Tursky.

Order Challah from Sisterhood

What a great way to support Olam Tikvah and bring in the holidays with the smell of homemade challah (with a little help from Werner Bakery of Brooklyn). The challot come as a pair already braided and ready for you to bake. They are available in plain ($9.50) or raisin ($10) pairs.

Click here to download the Rosh Hashanah 5781 order form or order by email to OTChallah@yahoo.com with your name, email, phone number and order request. If you have questions, contact Deb Gould at (703) 356-3825.

Tzedakah Projects

Casseroles for SOME. It only takes a few brief minutes to fill an empty tummy with a hearty and healthy meal. For the past 20 years, Sisterhood has supported the casserole delivery to So Others May Eat (SOME), an interfaith, community-based organization that helps our local poor and homeless. The tuna casseroles OT members provide each month help meet the daily needs of the people SOME serves. The group normally meets on Mondays at 9:00am in the OT kitchen. If you are interested in helping to make casseroles at OT, please contact Leona Shoon to confirm our next cooking date.

Mitzvah Meals. Help the OT community at large by preparing Mitzvah Meals in the OT kitchen. For more information and scheduling details, please contact Ellen Finberg.

Interests to Share?

Do you have a special interest you would like to share with your Sisterhood 'Sisters'? We are looking to bring together women interested in a variety of activities, i.e. genealogy, birdwatching, games, computers, beading, crafts, or cooking. Is there anything you know a little more about that you want to share with a small group? If so, please contact Ronnie Rodriguez at sisterhood@olamtikvah.org. You do not need to be an expert in a particular area, just have a desire to share your hobby or interest with other women.

Simcha Catering

Sisterhood has provided catering services for our congregation since 1994. Consider using Simcha to make your Kiddush extra special! Simcha Catering offers competitive pricing, personal service, superior quality, a variety of menu choices and an expanded a la carte menu.

To learn more about hiring Simcha Catering for your next simcha, contact Leona Shoon at info@simchacatering.org or (703) 425-1880.

Jewish Treasures Gift Shop

Sisterhood is proud to run Olam Tikvah's Judaica Shop, where you can find gifts for all occasions and all the items you need to prepare your home for the holidays. Click here to learn more about our gift shop.

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