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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. Whether you’re looking for your community within the larger OT community, want to help do good deeds/mitzvot, or want to broaden your social circle, Sisterhood is here for you. Our coming year is filled with many social, cultural, educational and spiritual activities, while we try our best to help those in need and strive for Tikkun Olam.

Sometimes the problems of the world seem overwhelming and it’s normal to wonder how one person can make a difference. Sisterhood gives you the opportunity—if you want to take it—to multiply our efforts to aid congregation members or programs, or local shelters, or to build goodwill with women from different faiths in our area. Would you like to attend a book club discussion, or lead one? Help pack Mishloach Manot gift bags when Purim comes? Help shoppers find the perfect gift at our annual Chanukah bazaar? Hear experts on anything from genealogy to flower arranging to the prospects of the Northern Virginia Jewish community? Explore local wineries and museums? Anything you would like to achieve becomes easier when you do it with Sisterhood. And we have fun doing it. 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 renew now. 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 2024-25

Co-Presidents: Rachel Rothberg and Lori Frumkin
Administrative VP: Anna Gottesman
Corresponding Secretary: Julie Feil
Communications VP: Melissa Albert
Education VPs: Gerri Sterling and Andi Wirpel
Membership VPs: Karen Hemmerdinger and Hillary Rubin
Ways and Means VPs: Karen Rabin and Annie Schwartz
Recording Secretary: Elissa Kon
Financial Secretaries: Stacie Kaplan and Heidi Freeman
Treasurer: Lori Jacobs
Parliamentarian: Shari Schwartz
Immediate Past President: Paula Weiss

Community Service Chair: Lori Frumkin*
Hospitality Chair: Ronnie Rodriguez*
Jewish Treasures Chair: Julie Akawie*
Simcha Catering Chair: Deedy Eisenson*
Torah Fund Chair: Rochelle Friedman*
Data Manager: Barbara Finkel*

*Non-Executive Board Members

2024-25 Membership

Our 2024-25 Membership drive is underway! We invite you to join the fun and friendship of Sisterhood this year.

Click here to join

Upcoming Events

Sisterhood Spring Brunch, Sunday, May 5, 9:45am. We will honor our volunteers, elect the new board, share more about Sisterhood’s contribution to the OT 60th anniversary and have some fun and games. Please bring non-perishables to donate to Food for Others. Register here.

Walk-A-Thon, Sunday, June 2, 10:00am at Royal Lake. Whether you walk, jog, run, hike, or mosey, you can do it with Sisterhood in a walk-a-thon to support the Chris Atwood Foundation, a peer-driven community organization in Northern Virginia providing free harm reduction and recovery support services and advocacy for people impacted by substance use. Even if you do not wish to walk, please feel free to donate to this cause. Learn more and register here.

Sisterhood Book Club: The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, Sunday, June 2, 7:30pm in the OT Library. Join us to discuss The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride, about a Jewish couple in the 1970s running an integrated theater and grocery store. Register here.

Torah Fund

To those who have already donated to the 2023-24 Torah Fund campaign, thank you! Your generosity is what makes it all come together. Be on the lookout in July or August for an announcement about the 2024-25 campaign!

Torah Fund supports scholarships and programs in five worldwide Conservative/Masorti institutes of higher Jewish learning. Over the years, donors to Torah Fund have made a significant impact to the strength of Conservative Judaism by raising more than $108 million in its first 80 years.

Please consider supporting Torah Fund at any level – we truly appreciate every gift! All donations are tax-deductible pursuant to IRS regulations. Please make your check payable to Torah Fund and mail/deliver it to the Olam Tikvah office, marked “Attention Sisterhood” on the envelope. If you prefer to donate online, please contact Torah Fund Chair Rochelle Friedman at

Mah Jongg

2024 National Mah Jongg Cards & Membership
Supporting Olam Tikvah Sisterhood
Order by January 26, 2024

Thank you for your Mah Jongg orders. We have submitted the orders to the National Mah Jongg League (NMJL). Cards will be mailed directly from the NMJL in late March or early April.

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 Carol Shaman 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.

Mon, June 24 2024 18 Sivan 5784