Congregation Etz Hayim at Hollis Hills Bayside

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

January 2015 News

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  Sisterhood ended 2014 on a positive note and we are beginning 2015 with great optimism. In December, we had a successful Hanukkah sale and heard that both the gift givers and recipients were thrilled. We also started out weekly yoga classes which are held in the ballroom on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. It is taught by Gaby Weilmann, who is a certified yoga instructor. These classes will continue in January and beyond so please come and join us for some fun and healthy movement.

As we welcome in 2015, we are feverishly preparing for our next Sisterhood event,          “Sisterhood Shabbat”. This year it will take place on January 17th. Sisterhood members will lead the entire service from the early morning service through musaf and beyond. If you have not already signed up for a part, please contact me at or Audrey Shepard. After the services, a delicious Kiddush lunch will be served.

In March, we celebrate the joyous holiday of Purim. Sisterhood prepares for Purim with our Purim Project, capably and tirelessly organized by Maris Blechner. Information about the Project will be distributed under separate cover. Sisterhood volunteers will meet on March 1st at 10:00 AM to assemble Shalach Manot (purim goodies) and will distribute them on Purim night, March 4th, after the Megillah reading. Come join us in helping make everybody’s Purim a happy one.

Also in March, we will celebrate the coming of Passover with our annual Women’s Seder. This event is a learning experience as well as a social one. It includes eating, drinking, reciting, dancing, singing and fun.  It has been described as inspirational, educational and fun. Watch for more information related to this event and join us.

On April 26th, we will be traveling to an Outlet Mall for our yearly bargain hunting trip. We are usually successful and come home with bags full. Aside from the shopping, we get to know one another better and really have fun. See you then

We plan a surprise event on May 3rd and our end of the year event will take place on June 10th. Hold these dates.

For those who want to become more involved and want to be sure that programming exciting, please feel free to come to our planning meetings. We will be meeting in on January 11th, March 1st, April 26th, May 3rd and 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 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