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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 Membership Event: Tour the Riches of the Galilee, Sunday, January 17, 11:00am on Zoom. We invite all Sisterhood members to pack their bags and join us on a custom online tour of the Galilee! Two licensed Israeli tour guides will help us explore the Galilee’s ethnic diversity as well as its cultural richness, including the artist colony in Safed and works of the famous poet “Rachel” Blaustein. Click here to register.

Make Your Own Tzedakah Box: Crafting Event for All Ages! Sunday, January 31, 1:00pm on Zoom. It’s time to gather up your empty coffee cans, juice boxes, other containers and materials to Make Your Own Tzedakah Box, sponsored by Sisterhood’s Torah Fund Committee. Need some artistic inspiration? Watch this video: While we are creating, we will learn a bit about Torah Fund--Women’s League of Conservative Judaism’s long-term campaign to preserve, promote and perpetuate Conservative/Masorti Judaism throughout the world. Click here to register to receive the Zoom link.

Game Night, Sunday, January 31, 6:30pm. Join us at our next game night/social hour. We will play a fun game called Would You Rather. Participants choose between two bizarre options. You have the opportunity to explain your answer and perhaps convince others. It's a great way to escape and have some fun convincing others that your choice is the best one. Please feel free to stay as long as you like during the 90 minute period. You can also join the fun at any point during the session. Click here to register.

Srugim TV Series Discussion, Sunday, February 14, 4:00pm on Zoom. Join a lively discussion of the Israeli television series Srugim, which examines the lives and struggles of a group of five thirty-something single religious men and women living in Jerusalem. All three seasons of Srugim are now available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Click here to register to receive the Zoom link for the discussion.

Book Discussion: The Color of Water, Sunday, February 21, 11:00am. Please join us to discuss the powerful book The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother. This superbly written memoir by James McBride reflects on the strength of spirit of his mother, Ruth, as she wrestled with raising twelve children with love and humor, amidst poverty, and ethnic and racial prejudice. This is a story worth reading and promises to be a discussion worthy of your time! Click here to register below to receive the Zoom link.

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.

Sat, January 16 2021 3 Shevat 5781