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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

Peek Inside the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter, Sunday, April 25, 10:00am on Zoom. For the past 14 years, our Social Action Committee and Sisterhood have had an incredible impact on the lives of the homeless families staying at the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter. Join us as we hear and see our impact first-hand, and learn more about the shelter, its umbrella organization Shelterhouse, and the effect COVID is having on the homeless community. Register here.

Sisterhood Jewish Tour of Paris, Sunday, May 2, 3:00pm on Zoom. Join Sisterhood for a fascinating and entertaining 90-minute virtual walking tour of Jewish Paris! Our guide Karen Ruden will show us the Jewish quarter, pointing out cultural landmarks that would be otherwise overlooked while at the same time giving us you insight into what it was like to be a Jew in France during several fraught periods. This event takes the place of Sisterhood’s annual Spring Brunch and will include Elections of our officers for 2021-2023. There is no charge for Sisterhood members, although all donations will be greatly appreciated to help defray the cost of the program. Non-Sisterhood members are welcome to attend for a fee of $15 for each Zoom connection. Don’t miss it! Register here by April 29 and feel free to enjoy a baguette, beret, glass of wine or cafe au lait!

Sisterhood Book Club: The Only Woman in the Room, Thursday, May 6, 4:30pm on Zoom. Please join us to explore an inspiring book, The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. This story is based on the incredible life story of Hedy Lamarr, as she keeps a secret more shocking than her Jewish heritage in pre-WWII Austria. Lamarr is also a scientist who has an idea that might help the country – if anyone will listen to her. Register here.

Rosh Chodesh Sivan Lunch and Learn, Tuesday, May 11, 12:00pm on Zoom. Each lunar month has its own wonderment, and Sivan is likely best known as the month when Moses received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. But many other fascinating things occur during the month of Sivan. Enjoy your lunch, as we learn about some of the mysteries and excitement of the month and celebrate Rosh Chodesh Sivan together. Register here.

WLCJ Seaboard Region Spring Conference, Sunday, May 23, 10:00am-2:00pm on Zoom. Please plan to attend the Seaboard Region Spring Conference. We will be b’yachad (together) for a timely and inspiring virtual gathering focused on education, reflection, and celebration of our new and outgoing leaders. Learn more here.

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.

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.

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