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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

Come join Olam Tikvah Sisterhood, an extraordinary group of talented and dedicated OT women! Our coming year is filled with many spiritual, educational, social and cultural activities, while we try our best to help those in need and strive for Tikun Olam. As the pandemic winds down, and OT begins to open, we look forward to increasing our in-person activities, continuing some virtual events, too. While last year was challenging, OT’s Sisterhood continued outstanding programming such as a Jewish Museum virtual tour, a virtual tour of Jewish Paris, several special learning opportunities, book club and Rosh Chodesh events, and virtual game nights. Not only did we continue to “meet,” but we also were able to provide contributions to OT for COVID and non-COVID related needs, as well as providing assistance for the community outside of OT. Our efforts to support the community were even more meaningful this past year as the number of food insecure families in our neighborhoods rose due to the pandemic. 
Your unwavering support, whether financial, volunteering your time or both helps us to continue to make a difference to our OT family, our community and the world around us.

Join the women of OT Sisterhood again or anew  -- we can’t wait to see you!

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 2022-23

Co-Presidents: Melissa Albert and Paula Weiss
Administrative VP: Ann Bryan
Communications VP: Amy Friedman
Education Co-VPs: Iren Fertel and Ellen Katkin
Membership VP: Elissa Kon and Shari Boyett
Treasurer: Lori Jacobs
Corresponding Secretary: Suzanne Rubinstein
Financial Secretary: Barbara Finkel
Recording Secretary: Barbra Golub
Parliamentarian: Karen Hemmerdinger
Immediate Past President: Annie Schwartz

2022-23 Membership

Our 2022-23 Membership drive is underway! We invite you to join the fun and friendship of Sisterhood this year.

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Upcoming Events

Stay tuned! More events coming soon.

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 5782 order form or order by email to with your name, email, phone number, and order request. If you have questions, contact Deb Gould at (703) 356-3825.

Torah Fund

Your gift to Torah Fund supports five Conservative/Masorti seminaries that are doing great work that will help us, our children and grandchildren navigate our future together. The Torah Fund theme for 2021-2022 continues as B'Yachad which means together. Learn more here. Contact Stacey Herwitz with any questions.

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 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 or (703) 425-1880.

Jewish Treasures Judaica 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.

Sat, June 25 2022 26 Sivan 5782