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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 VP: Paula Weiss
Communications VP: Lori Jacobs
Ways and Means VP: Karen Rabin
Recording Secretary: Melissa Albert
Corresponding Secretary: Rita Glazer
Treasurer: Sonia Toner
Parliamentarian: Barbra Golub

Immediate Past President: Elissa Kon

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.

Click here to join Sisterhood

Upcoming Events

Sisterhood Game Night, Sunday, November 1, 6:30pm on Zoom. Join OT Sisterhood for a fun-filled night of Scattergories. There will be many rounds so feel free to join us at any time between 6:30 and 8:00pm. The player with the most points at the end will be crowned OT Sisterhood Scattergories Queen. We hope you can join us! Click here to register.

Sisterhood Jewish Museum Tour, Sunday, November 15, 4:00pm on Zoom. "Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922" presented by Olam Tikvah Sisterhood and Seaboard Region. For a few heady years after the Russian Revolution of 1917, artists and Jews, including Marc Chagall, enjoyed freedoms they had never had under the czar. Among the standouts of this elegant exhibit: “Double Portrait With Wine Glass,” a joyous painting of the newlywed Chagall sitting on the shoulders of his bride, Bella, raising his glass as a man — possibly an angel — floats above them. Other paintings show a world gone topsy-turvy, with landscapes turned on their side, blown sideways by new freedoms. Click here to register.

Sisterhood Book Club, Sunday, November 29, 11:00am on Zoom. Join us at our next meeting when we will be joined by author Andrea Kott to discuss her book Salt on a Robin’s Tail: An Unlikely Jewish Journey Through Childhood, Forgiveness, and Hope. Growing up, Andrea thought of herself as a “welfare Jew.” Her book is a true story of love and loss, struggle and survival, despair and possibility. It shatters stereotypes and inspires reconciliation with the painful past. Registration coming soon.

Mah Jongg

2021 Mah Jongg Cards 
Supporting Olam Tikvah Sisterhood

Olam Tikvah Sisterhood is now taking orders for 2021 Mah Jongg Cards. Based on the number of cards sold, the National Mah Jongg League makes a donation to the OT Sisterhood. Olam Tikvah Sisterhood supports the synagogue and community. 

Anyone can order cards from Sisterhood, so please share the order form with all your friends, neighbors, and Mah Jongg groups! They don't need to live in Virginia.

Click here to order

Or click here to download and return the paper form.

Please direct questions to Marie Taubman at These are official cards and will be sent to you directly from the National Mah Jongg League. The cards are usually sent out in late March/early April.

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 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 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 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.

Tue, October 20 2020 2 Cheshvan 5781