Congregation Etz Hayim at Hollis Hills Bayside

The consolidated communities of Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center and Marathon Jewish Community Center

November Sisterhood News

Sisterhood has started this year with enthusiasm for education, fun and community service. On October 19th, we walked for “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” at Jones Beach. We had a greater turn out and raised more money than ever before. Thanks to everybody who participated.

Our next event is the Torah Fund Breakfast, honoring our very deserving member, Maris Blechner. She is a tireless worker and will step up whenever we need someone to do something. Maris has been the chairman of our Purim Project for many years. Please join us at 10:00 AM on Sunday, November 16th. We will provide a delicious breakfast, good company and a speaker from the Jewish Theological Seminary, who will describe her experiences as a student there. We hope to see you all there. Please RSVP to Nancy at the Jewish Center Office at 718-776-3500.

Our Sisterhood gift shop is restocking its shelves for Hanukkah. You can buy items at any time and there will be a specific pre-Hanukkah Sale on Sunday, December 7th and 14th. Come check out our merchandise before considering shopping elsewhere.

January 17th is our annual Sisterhood Shabbat. Sisterhood members will be leading the Shabbat services from beginning to end. Please volunteer for a role whether it is in English or Hebrew, speaking or not speaking. Please contact Beth Diker or Audrey Shepherd to volunteer for a part. Needless to say, a scrumptious Kiddush lunch will follow the services.

At the beginning of March, we will prepare for Purim by assembling and then distributing Shalach Manot. We will assemble the “goodies” on Sunday, March1st and distribute them on Purim, March 4th. Come join us in helping to make everybody’s Purim a happy one.  On March 29th, we will be holding our annual Women’s Seder. Since its inception, our Women’s Seder has been inspirational, fun and educational.

For those who want to become more involved and want to be sure that programming is exciting, please feel free to come to our planning meetings. We will be meeting in Menchel Hall on Sundays: December 7th, January 11th, February 8th, March 1st, April 26th, May 3rd and Wednesday, June 3rd. For those dates that fall on Sundays, the meetings are at 10 AM and on Wednesdays; the meetings will begin at 8 PM.

Thanks to all who have already sent in their dues.  If you have not already done so, please send your Sisterhood dues to the office c/o Sisterhood. The Sisterhood of HHJC is a vibrant organization within the synagogue that sponsors a variety of activities that combine social, cultural, charitable and educational aspects of Jewish life.  Our members make us strong, our events are fun and your participation makes us run.

Beth Diker
Sisterhood Co-President