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									                                                      WOMEN’S LEAGUE
                                                    CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM

Reva Gershen-Lowy, Region President            February, 2009 : Shevat / Adar 5769                 Barbara Schreiber, Editor
Dear MetroNorth Sisterhood Member,
         Over the past 6 m onths the MetroNorth Region has begun to determine the direction of our
Region and shape the goals that will guide us through this transition period. We have established a
strong Executive Committee and Board and are shaping the path the MetroNorth Region will take.
         Beginning in this month’s MetroNorth Express, we will be introducing you to the women who
have dedicated their time and efforts to the growth of our Region. Each edition of the Express will
highlight several of our women who serve on the Executive Com m ittee and Board. I would like to
personally thank each of these women for giving of their time and energies to our cause.
         I look forward to seeing many of you at our Annual Conference scheduled for Sunday, April 19,
2009, featuring our guest speaker, Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Publisher of the Jewish Week and Shelly Goldin, who is
serving as our Women’s League Conference Consultant. There will be plenty of opportunity during this day to reconnect
with old friends and meet the new members of our Region. I would like to thank Linda Klempner and Esther Marcus for
chairing this event.
         Our Region is also hosting a Torah Fund event for the women from Westchester, Rockland and Mid Hudson on Sunday, May
17, 2009. Many thanks to Razel Kessler, Karen Glazer and Mary Sanders for coordinating this event.
I look forward to greeting many of you at our upcoming events and am always available by phone or email if you have any questions.
B’ Shalom,
Reva Gershen Lowy

                                         Getting to Know You
                                  President of Our MetroNorth Region
                                     REVA GERSHEN-LOWY
        Reva Gershen-Lowy’s involvement with Women’s League and Sisterhood is a natural outgrowth of a lifetime of
involvement with Conservative Judaism as well as a tradition of family contribution. Both of her parents have a long history
of commitment to Conservative Judaism on the synagogue, national and even international level and two brothers-in-law
and one uncle are Conservative rabbis.
        Reva attended Camp Ramah for many years and is a former board member of the Foundation of Conservative
Judaism in Israel (Masorti Movement). She has also been active in other Jewish causes, including UJA/Federation, having
served as a member of its Communal Planning Committee, Subcommittee on Early Childhood Education and as a former
member of the National Young Women’s Leadership Cabinet.
        Her involvement with Sisterhood at Temple Israel Center included chairing many functions, serving as vice president
of Torah Fund, and serving as president for a three-year term. On the Regional level, she has served as the vice-president
of Torah Fund for two terms and as vice-president of membership for one term.
        Reva holds a Doctorate in Education from Teacher’s College, Colum bia University, and is currently the Assistant
Executive Director of the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center.
        Reva has resided with her family in White Plains since 1987. She is married to William J. Lowy, a lawyer, and is
the proud m other of three children. Jenna recently graduated from Tulane University and is working in Washington, D.C.
Adina recently graduated from White Plains High School and is spending a year in Israel on the NATIV program before
attending Binghamton University. Matthew is in third grade at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester.
                                    Getting to Know You
                                Officers of our MetroNorth Region

                           LUCY BECKER, Area Vice President
Lucy Becker was born and raised in Brooklyn and graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in
history. She received her Master’s Degree in American History from the University of Pennsylvania. Lucy taught
high school history in public schools and most recently has done private tutoring and small group tutorials.
Lucy is married to Robert Becker, an attorney, and they have two children, Nancy and Jonathan, and a son-in law,
Scott Margolin. They are the proud grandparents of Olivia Rose Margolin, born on September 14, 2008,
Lucy has been an active member of Park Avenue Synagogue for twenty-six years. During that time, she has served
in many different capacities: as president of the Parents’ Association when her children attended the religious
school; as president of the Women's Evening Group; as a member of the Board of Trustees and of the Education
Committee; as a member of Tikkun Olam; and as chair of the annual blood drive. She was honored as Kallah
Bereshit by Park Avenue Synagogue in 1999.
Since she did not have much of a formal Jewish education as a child, Lucy studied as an adult and had an adult Bat
Mitzvah in 1990. She continues to take classes at Park Avenue Synagogue to enhance her Jewish knowledge.

                     MARY SANDERS, Torah Fund Vice President
Mary is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Villanova University. She is married to Saul and they have three
children -- Rebecca, Beth, and Chaim. Mary now splits her time between New York City and Tel Aviv, where she
is trying her best to learn Hebrew.
Professionally, Mary had a 22-year career in information technology. Prior to her retirement in 1994, she was a
vice-president of Information Systems at Morgan Stanley.
Mary is now very active in the non-profit world. In addition to being a member of the WLCJ International Board,
she is also co-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Neta Dance Company. Previously she has served as the
president of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Schechter High School; Sisterhood president of
Congregation Habonim; chair of the Board of Trustees, Solomon Schechter High School of New York; secretary
of the Board of Trustees, Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County; chair of the Bergen County Council -
Friends of The Jewish Theological Seminary; founding member, Kol HaNeshamah, Englewood, NJ; member of
the Religious School Committee, the Rabbinic Search Committee and the Strategic Advisory Committee,
Congregation Habonim, NYC; and Bulletin editor, Temple Emanuel of Ridgefield Park, NJ.

                     AMY SCHINDLER, Education Vice President
Amy Schindler has been active in all aspects of Jewish life since birth. Her mother took her to shul, to Sisterhood
meetings, and to Hadassah meetings as soon as Amy was old enough to leave the house.
Though as a snotty teenager Amy vowed not to follow in her mother's footsteps, she is now proud to report that she
has become her mother. Amy is on the Board of the Sisterhood of Congregation Shaare Zedek, and she is a past
member of the Board of Trustees of that synagogue.
Amy has been active in Women's League for seven years and is the outgoing Vice-President of Membership of the
Metropolitan Region. Professionally, she divides her time between jewelry design, sculpture, and graphic design.
Most of her energy is devoted to caring for her two children, Rachel and Joey, and her husband, Josh.

                                  Getting to Know You,
                               Officers of our MetroNorth Region

              FLORENCE WOLPOFF, Membership Vice President
Florence Wolpoff graduated Hunter College with a BA degree in Sociology and a minor in Education. She received
her MS degree in Administration and Supervision from Manhattan College and did post-graduate work in
Administration and Supervision at Fordham University.
Her professional career was with the New York City Department of Education, working as a teacher of Social
Studies, as a guidance counselor, and as an assistant principal and administrator in charge of a mini-school.
Currently she is working as an Assessment Coordinator.
Florence and her husband Marty have been members of the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale for
the past 40 years, serving the congregation in various capacities. She was a member of the synagogue’s Education
Committee, and presently serves on the Ritual Committee and the synagogue’s Board of Trustees. From 1988
to1990 and then from 2004 to 2008, Florence served as president of Sisterhood.
Florence and Marty have two children. Their daughter Judy lives in Manhattan. Their son Howie lives in
Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife Beth and their two sons, Evan and Andrew.

                  ARLENE KRAWITZ, Treasurer and Financial Secretary
Arlene Krawitz was born and raised in Manhattan and graduated and was confirmed from Temple Ansche Chesed
Religious School. She spent 8 summers as a camper and counselor at Cejwin Camps, Port Jervis, NY, where she
met her husband Jesse.

While a student at CCNY, Arlene studied conversational Hebrew and had a chance to use it on her four trips to
Israel. Arlene and Jesse have two married sons: Larry, married to Carolyn, and Seth, married to Carin. They have
two grandsons and one granddaughter. Since moving to Hartsdale 15 years ago, Jesse and Arlene have been
members of the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, where she celebrated her adult Bat Mitzvah. As an active member
of Sisterhood, Arlene has served as chair of the following committees: Sisterhood Shabbat, B'nai Mitzvah books,
and Creative Handicrafts. She has also been Executive VP, Programming VP, Treasurer and Sisterhood President.

For the past three years, Arlene has been a member of the Women's League International Board and served as
Corresponding Secretary for the Hudson Valley Region.

                          WOMEN’S                   DATE!!
                         LEAGUE FOR

              MetroNorth Region
    Women’s League for Conservative Judaism


                   Heart and Soul:
          Keeping the Community Together

            Sunday, April 19th, 2009
                10:00 am to 4:00 pm
        at the Jewish Theological Seminary
                  3080 Broadway
                   New York City

                 Gary Rosenblatt
      Editor and Publisher, The Jewish Week
For more information, contact Linda Klempner at or
     212-744-0234, or contact Esther Marcus at 212-982-6188
   Written by Women’s League
   Director of Education Lisa Kogen

   The women in this galaxy of remarkable Jewish women each demonstrated determination, courage, and
   imagination that enabled them to challenge the boundaries of gender and social conventions and to forge new
   paths to enrich our world.
   This project began as Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The New World Balabuste, the Women’s League exhibit
   commemorating the 350th anniversary of the arrival of Jews in North America. Now expanded to 47 women
   and with a new title, With Strength and Splendor reflects how Jewish women disassembled old gender roles,
   shattered boundaries and expanded the options for future generations of women.
   With Strength and Splendor would make a wonderful gift for adult or teen bat mitzvahs, graduates, teachers,
   counselors, friends, and family. It is a fabulous title for a sisterhood book discussion or program focus.
   Cover Price....................................$39.95
   Kol Ishah Members.........................$31.95
   Limit of 3 books, plus $6.50 per book for shipping & handling.
   Discounts for Judaica Shops available
   Call 212.870.1260 to order.

The government of Israel has had to divert funding from its schools to national defense. As a result, Israeli public
schools need English language reading material to help teach children to read English. The need is there, in all
neighborhoods rich or poor, affecting all religious and ethnic backgrounds. Women’s League for Conservative
Judaism is working together with the Jade Bar Sholom Books for Israel Project to help. Be introduced to a TALI
school in Israel and support the Masorti movement, parent to parent, student to student, community to community!
B4I [Books for Israel] is a massive matchmaking service. Once partnered with a school or schools, direct
communications begin between the book drive and the teachers, students and communities. Relationships are
established, friendships formed and the connections begin. Each donated book has a special sticker pasted on the
inside cover which bears the "Books for Israel" logo and notes the individual or community who donated the book
with love to children in Israel. We are totally volunteer and have no offices, no officers, and no board of directors.
No one at any level of this project receives any funds, salaries or stipends for all their efforts whatsoever. B4I has
a list of 200 schools waiting for books at any given time; the need is endless.
For information on The Jade Bar Shalom Books for Israel Project, and/or to start a sisterhood or region book drive,
contact: Susan Heckler, Associate International Coordinator,
The website can be found at

     Gently used or like-new                               Harry Potter books            Phonics materials
     Paperbacks - school reading                           History & science             Dictionaries
            levels (pre-K to 12)                           Educational magazines (i.e.   Pre-reading skills
     Beginning readers                                     Highlights, Discover Kids)    Dr. Seuss books
     Classic short stories                                 Books on Tape                 Chapter books, mysteries

DON’T WANT: Books in bad condition, torn or dirty; hard cover, romances, outdated encyclopedias, text
books, non-educational magazines, comic books, novels involving violence and sexual content

                CONVENTION 2008 A HUGE SUCCESS
                Pictures from convention are available to order.
                Go to: photog.php?id=Q9J7T9R&ec=1013-2870-0025
                Password: Detroit.

  Personal involvement Get involved personally and locally by supporting fundraisers, volunteering to
  chaperone, making a donation to a USY or Kadima scholarship fund.3

   Financial support Due to rising travel expenses, USYers often are deterred from participating. Scholarships
   and subsidies are necessary, so help organize fundraisers and support youth fundraisers.

   USY on Wheels Home Hospitality involves different synagogues hosting Wheelniks in different communities.
   These visits minimize costs and demonstrate the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim (welcoming visitors). Last
   summer, 37 congregations supported the home hospitality program. If you can’t host a Wheels bus, perhaps you
   can offer home hospitality for a meal or supply space to eat.

   Be chaperones for a USY convention or conference in your area.
   For information, contact: Karen Stein at

              Would you like to know how to involve the younger women in your sisterhood? Would you like a
              user-friendly basic guide to programming and publicity, with guides you can use today? Order a
              copy of the new Z’havah Planner, designed by and for women in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and engage
              the women of your synagogue! Available to download at And/or
  call Trudi Bartow, Region Z’havah Chair, 917-328-2885 or email her

  April 26-29, 2009
  Washington, DC

   You are invited to join the members of Women’s League at the Jewish Women International’s Fourth
   Conference on Domestic Abuse. Explore ways to empower women and girls, promote healthy relationships for
   teens and young adults, and support women, children and families affected by abuse.

                Build concrete skills and learn about practical tools you can bring back to your community.
                To register, visit

   At the Jewish Writing Project, Jews of all backgrounds and ages share stories, poems, memories, and
   experiences as a way of shedding light on what it means to be Jewish today. Participation in the Jewish Writing
   Project would be a wonderful Special Interest Group for your sisterhood, and could even be expanded to include
   teens and younger children. Go to:

                   W omen’s League for Conservative Judaism

                                SAVE THE DATE

                                 SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2009
                                    11 AM - 2:00 PM

                Join us for a                                            Lev v'NefeshnHeart & Soul
                                                                                LEV VA NEFESH
               MetroNorth                                                       HEART AND SOUL
                                                                          Designed by Eytan’s Designs, Inc.
         Torah Fund Celebration                                                  5769 (2008-2009)
                                                                      "Heart and Soul" is an apt metaphor
   OUR SISTERHOOD WOMEN ----                                          for the dual aspects -- physical and
                                                    spiritual -- that comprise the whole self. When the
  THE HEART AND SOUL OF TORAH                       Shema instructs us daily to love God with all our heart
              FUND                                  and all our soul, it means the entirety of our being.
                                                    Through the performance of mitzvot, we bring these
    To be held at Nanuet Hebrew Center              dualities into harmony. Your support of The Jewish
                                                    Theological Seminary, Ziegler School of Rabbinic
         411 South Little Tor Road
                                                    Studies, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, and
           New City, NY 10956
                                                    Seminario Rabinico Latinoameriano ensures the solid
                                                    and healthy future of Conservative/Masorti Judaism.

                           COME ONE, COME ALL
            To All Rockland Sisterhood Presidents
(and other members of your Boards who you feel would benefit)
                               You are invited to a parlor meeting
                                 Wednesday, February 25, 2009
                                         Time: 7:30 pm
                                Place: Montebello Jewish Center
We will have coffee, cake, and fruit AND we will shmooze about our sisterhoods. Reva Gershen-Lowy,
  President of MetroNorth Region, and Margie Miller, a Women’s League trainer, will be there to
                                      represent Women’s League.
                                        I hope to meet all of you.
                      Please RSVP: 356-6860, by February 15.
                                         Hoping to see you soon.
                                Susan Orlando, Rockland Area Director
                                          MITZVAH YOMIT CARDS
Since Convention 2008, Women’s League has been inundated with requests for the Mitzvah Yomit cards handed
out after Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson’s session on Soul Food. The cards, which slide into your Women’s League
calendar diary pocket, list over a dozen blessings and hundreds of mitzvot that you can recite and do every day.
They are wonderful to include in new member kits, Hanukkah gift packages for college students, or Purim
mishloach manot baskets, and as Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur handouts. Let us know other ways you have used
them. The cards are available in sets of 25 for $10.00. Call 212.870.1260 ext. 7150.

                                            REMEMBER MEMBERSHIP
Make a list and check it twice! Remember to look at the membership list you received from Women’s League in September
and check it again. Have you received dues from everyone? Now is the time to make those calls before they become former
members! Go back a year or two and reclaim women who haven’t renewed as sisterhood members.
Looking for ideas to bring women back? You’ll find information you can use now at and in the new
Blueprint for Membership or ask for assistance from your region membership vice president or the Women’s
League membership chair.
Remember, the per capita report was due at Women’s League on December 31. Make the list…check it twice…It
is your sisterhood member’s connection to the world of Women’s League. Let’s make an effort to include
everyone. Here’s wishing everyone a membership-successful 2009! For help in membership campaign, , call
Florence Wolpoff at 718-549-6637 or email her at

                                             WALKING WITH LIFE
Women’s League has joined the Rabbinical Assembly, United Synagogue, and the Federation of Jewish Men’s
Clubs as partners with the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in the “Walking With” series. The third book in the
series, Walking with Life, will be published in the summer of 2009.
Each book in the series is a 12-part course for the adult learner who seeks nuanced religious thinking about the
Jewish life cycle, from birth to death. will carry materials and links for facilitators and participants to download, adapt and use.
Everything will be available free of charge.

                                            THIS IS MY PRAYER
                            VA'ANI TEFILLATI — JEWISH WOMEN IN PRAYER
Have you ever felt the need to pray? Do you reach for God when you are grateful for a miracle like birth? When
you are mourning a loss? When you or a loved one reaches a milestone?
Learn…network…create…Explore the world of Jewish women’s prayers!
You are invited to participate in a ground-breaking inter-denominational conference on Jewish women’s prayer sponsored
by Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, one of the principal sponsors and co-ordinators of this event, and the Jewish
Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Women of Reform Judaism, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Heschel School, and the JCC
of Manhattan. This extraordinary and historic inter-denominational women's prayer conference will be held on March 1,
2009, at the Heschel School, 20 West End Avenue, New York City, from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
Registration is first come, first served and there is limited space. Walk-in registrations cannot be accommodated.
Please see/use the registration form on the next page. Materials will be available to duplicate this type of
conference in your community.
                            This is My Prayer – Va’ani Tefillati
                                Jewish Women in Prayer
                                     The Heschel High School
                                         20 West End Ave
                                       New York, NY 10023

                                REGISTRATION FORM
                                    (Please print clearly.)

Advance registration is required; space is limited and registration will be on a first-come, first-
served basis. We regret that we can accommodate NO WALK-IN registration for the conference.

Name(s) (include title e.g., Dr./Prof./ /Rabbi)

Mailing Address_________________________________________________________________


Email Address ____________________________________________________

Organizational Affiliation (if applicable): JOFA _____   WLCJ _____ WRJ ______ Other _______

Denominational Affiliation (if applicable):
Conservative ___ Orthodox ____ Reform ___ Reconstructionist ____ Other _____

The box lunch is kosher. Please indicate if you are a vegetarian __Yes ___ No

There is no charge to attend only the Rudin Lecture by Dr. Aliza Lavie that will serve as the
keynote for the conference. Reservations to attend this lecture only must be made by contacting
JTS at or (212) 280-6093.

To attend the rest of the conference (including lunch), there is a fee of $36.00. Please submit a
separate registration form for each participant. One check can cover more than one attendee.
If you are paying for more than your own registration, please indicate the names of the other
registrants on the back of this form and attach their registrations.

Conference registration fee: ____ [# attending] @ $36.00     TOTAL $__________
A check or money order payable to JTS with JWPC in the memo line must accompany this form and be
received by February 24, 2009. Mail to: Jewish Women’s Prayer Conference/JTS/3080 Broadway, Box
17, New York, NY 10027.
For further information, please email, visit the website or call (212) 678-8000 x8158.

The Metropolitan Area of our MetroNorth Region of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism held its annual
Torah Fund dinner on Thursday, December 4, 2008, at the Sutton Place Synagogue. Eight outstanding women were
honored at this very successful event with the presentation of the League’s Lev v’ Nefesh award for service to the
community. These women were selected by their Sisterhoods for special recognition because they have given their
hearts and souls to our community, whether through tzedaka, community service, education or communal leadership.
Bernice Snyder was nominated by the Women’s League of Sutton Place Synagogue. Over the years, Bernice has
used her skills as an educator to help Russian Jewish immigrants to learn to speak English. She has worked with
DOROT visiting the elderly and delivering holiday packages. She has been very active in the Women’s League
working on last year’s Wine Tasting Event and this year chairing the incredibly successful Honey Jar Drive.
Paula Dubrow was nominated by the Women’s League of East 55th Street Conservative Synagogue. Paula has held
numerous leadership positions as a consequence of her extensive involvement in the life of the Jewish community.
A perennial Board member, she has served every synagogue of which she has been a member. She has also
involved herself in the concerns of the wider community, working with Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater
Boston and UJA Federation.
Miriam Fridman was nominated by the Sisterhood of Town and Village Synagogue. Miriam has spent a lifetime
in service to people in need. Working for more than 25 years in the nursing profession, she has brought comfort
to her patients and their families. Miriam has been an active educator within her field, helping other professionals
to understand the issues relating to patients dealing with addictions so that the overall level of nursing practice in
this area can be improved. At Town and Village Synagogue, Miriam shares her skills with the community by
leading the Bikur Cholim group.
Judith Shapiro was nominated by the Havurah of the Brotherhood Synagogue. Judy is the volunteer par excellance
– serving as Co-President of Sisterhood and working extensively with the Hebrew school at Brotherhood to produce
their annual Broadway musical. Judy also shares her skills with the wider community by serving as a docent at the
Central Park Zoo.
Tamara Spolan was nominated by both Sisterhood and the Women’s Evening Group of Park Avenue Synagogue. A life-
long learner, Tamara constantly shares her enthusiasm for learning with others. Tamara’s concern for the needs of the
community is readily apparent in her quest to create an institution that can provide quality childcare in a supportive,
enriched Jewish environment. Tamara has long been active at Park Avenue Synagogue, serving as President of the
Women’s Evening Group and working at the regional level of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism.
Rabbi Abby Jacobson was nominated by the Sisterhood of Temple Emanuel at Parkchester. Abby’s early life experiences
have motivated her to dedicate her rabbinate to the service of small Jewish communities. Although still a young woman,
Abby has sought out the educational and professional experiences that will allow her to be of service to these small
communities that are often simply not supported by the wider Jewish community. Beloved by the members of Sisterhood,
Abby has been quite an inspiration for the members of Temple Emanuel.
Fanny Freund was nominated by the Sisterhood of Congregation Shaare Zedek. Fanny has been the face of Torah Fund
at Shaare Zedek seemingly forever. She serves as Co-President of Sisterhood and Fanny also runs the Gift Shop at the
synagogue. Overcoming the tragedies of her early life, Fanny has become a role model to many. She works hard at
everything that she does and we all benefit from having her in our midst.
Eva Bergmann was nominated by the Sisterhood of Congregation Habonim. Without question, Eva is the heart and soul
of Habonim. She knows everyone in the congregation from the oldest to the youngest and they are all always in her
thoughts. In her role as Corresponding Secretary for Sisterhood, Eva has for years written to congregants on every occasion
– happy and sad. Eva’s early life was marked by tragedy and yet she is remarkably positive in her outlook on life. She
is an inspiration to us all.
                              RETROSPECTIVE (Continued from previous page.)
Our congratulations go out to all of our honorees on this occasion of their well deserved recognition! Kol HaKavod!!

Rabbi Abigail Treu, Director of Donor Relations and Planned Giving at JTS, was our speaker for the evening. Abby spoke
about the Torah of Planned Giving. Our thanks go to Abby and to everyone else who participated in the evening’s program:
including, Region President Reva Gershen-Lowy, Past International President of WLCJ Gloria Cohen, Past President of the
Hudson Valley Region Ilene Kirschner Madwed and Past President of the Metropolitan Region Carol Green.

Special thanks go out to Metropolitan Area Torah Fund Director, Jackie Berkowitz and to all of the Area Sisterhood
Presidents and Torah Fund Chairs who worked so hard to make this event a success. Additionally, we thank our hosts
at Sutton Place Synagogue – especially Rabbi Shranz, Harriet Janover, Florence Weidberg and the synagogue staff. We
also acknowledge with appreciation the assistance received from the staff in the Torah Fund office and the WLCJ office.
Torah Fund is the official act of tzedakah of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. Aside from our own
Sisterhood needs and the needs of our synagogues, Torah Fund is the only cause that we raise money for. Torah Fund
is a grass-roots campaign. It raises over $2 million each year, mostly through modest contributions, to support the
students and programs of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the
American Jewish University in Los Angeles and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Torah Fund is
all about supporting the living Torah by providing for the education of our Rabbis, Cantors, Educators, Administrators
and Lay Leaders. Without these people, there is no future for our community. The Torah Fund campaign allows every
Sisterhood woman to participate in ensuring our legacy to future generations of Conservative Jews.

Thank you to all for your continued support of Torah Fund! And Kol HaKavod to Mary Sanders for her hard work
and attention to details that assured the success of this lovely event.


TALLIT WORKSHOP: We will learn how to transform a simple piece of cloth into a tallit! We will discuss all laws
pertaining to making a tallit and will have a hands-on tzitzit making workshop. You will have to bring your own fabric
(2 yards, any pattern/type except for linen-wool blends) and workshop leaders will help you prepare it for attachment
of tzitzit and atarah (neckpiece). Tzitzit strings will be provided!

LEARNING SESSIONS WITH NEW RABBIS/CANTORS: Expand your horizons with our shining new stars! In
March, the MetroNorth Region will hold learning sessions with rabbis and cantors who have joined our regional
synagogues within the past year. Get to know these new teachers and leaders as they share with us their insight into
Torah. Look for updates in future e-mailings!

                         With Our Members, Up Close and Personal
Editor’s Note: The members’ activities noted on this and the following pages are here because of one or two reasons:
your sisterhood president responded to a request for a short article and/or because your synagogue bulletin is sent to me,
Barbara Schreiber, 36 Johnson’s Lane, New City, NY 10956. If neither of these situations pertains, then your member
news cannot find its way onto these pages. All are welcomed; just email to and/or sign me
up onto your synagogue bulletin mailing list at the above- mentioned postal address.. Thank you! BSS
There will be a slide presentation on the “Bielski Brothers” by author Peter Duffy at Temple Sinai, on
Sunday, March 22, 2009, at a 9:30 Breakfast. Come to Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Avenue, Middletown,
NY, to hear about the Bielski Brothers — Tuvia, Asael, and Zus Bielski — Jewish heroes who saved
as many Jews during WWII as did Oskar Schindler. Listen to author Peter Duffy relate the true story of
these 3 Jewish brothers who fought a guerrilla war against the Nazis and built a village in the woods
where 1,200 Jews were hidden for 2 ½ years.. This program is open to the public. For more information,
call Temple Sinai at 845-343-1861.
                   With Our Members, Up Close and Personal,                                 continued

First Hebrew Congregation, Peekskill, NY
zOur March meeting will be a Chocolate Seder, back by popular demand. zIn April we will have a
combined meeting with Men's Club and have a guest speaker coming to discuss the situation with the
Ethiopian Jews. zIn May we will be packing one-night packages for "My Sisters’ Place," which we do
annually. We usually pack these in January but our meeting was canceled due to inclement weather.

Temple Beth El, Poughkeepsie, NY
        zTBE’s Mid Winter Jewish Film Festival will continue on the 2nd & 4th Sundays through March at 4:00
        pm. zOn Saturday, February 28, TBE will observe their Seminary Shabbat. Third year JTS Cantorial
        student Sidney Ezer will join them for Shabbat. Born and raised in Toronto, Sidney shares both an
        Ashkenazi and Sephardi background and has a keen interest in learning the nusah and cantillation systems
        of both traditions. zOn Thursday, April 2, Author Lucette Lagnado will discuss her memoir and best
        selling book, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit. Lagnado won the 2008 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish
        Literature, which is administered by the Jewish Book Council.

Nanuet Hebrew Center, New City, NY
zNHC participated in a Helping Hands program which shelters Rockland County’s homeless in the winter. Homeless
guests are picked up in Spring Valley and taken by volunteers to one of 13 churches or synagogues around the County,
where they eat a hot meal and spend the night. NHC committed themselves to 3 nights in January. As part of this
commitment, volunteers covered the cost of the main dishes; bread, salad, and desserts were donated; and volunteers
also set up, cooked and served the meal, and cleaned up afterwards. Kol HaKavod to all.

Beth El Synagogue Center of New Rochelle, NY
zPlans are underway for Sisterhood’s Annual Torah Fund Brunch. On Sunday morning, March 22nd, Anita Better
and Bettina Graf will be honored. Both women have served in many capacities for many years. Anita has most recently
focused her skills on the automation of the Beth El Synagogue Library. Bettina, a long time supporter of Torah Fund,
chaired last year’s boutique, Gold Rush, and tea bag fund raisers. All monies raised by the tea bag fund raisers are
used by Sisterhood to supply shiva dinners to those who have suffered a loss. zSisterhood has a knitting group which
knits squares for lap robes for local nursing homes. zIn April Sisterhood will be collecting clothing to be donated
to Dress for Success, an organization that supports trains, and outfits women entering the work force.

Congregation Sons of Israel, Briarcliff Manor, NY
zEach month CSI Sisterhood sponsors a Mah Jongg night and a Knitting and Crochet Circle and each of them has a good
turn-out. zPaid-Up membership dinner and Sisterhood Shabbat are in the planning stages. zCSI teens took part in a social
action Lech L’cha Mission to Iowa, helping residents there in their recovery from a devastating flood that hit the Mid-West.

Yorktown Jewish Center, Yorktown Heights, NY
zWith Purim barreling down upon us sooner than we can think, a group of enthusiastic YJC participants is preparing
a Purimspiel to be performed along with the Megillah reading on Monday night, March 9, at 7 PM. zThe synagogue
calendar shows that YJC members can keep busy with Bingo every other Sunday evening and with a 6-week Yoga
session that began on Wednesday, February 4, and will continue on Wednesday afternoons for a total of 6 weeks,
excluding February 18th. zSeen in the YJC bulletin and good for not only YJC members but many who are within
driving distance of Pleasantville, NY: the 8th Annual Westchester Jewish Film Festival will be hosted at the Jacob
Burns Film Center. This festival is sponsored by the American Jewish Committee, Westchester Chapter. For more
information, contact Abby Popper at apopper@ or 914-773-7663, Extension 424. For more
information about the Burns Film Center, log onto
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Temple Sholom, Greenwich, CT
zOn January 18th, the choirs of Temple Sholom were joined by other congregations in Greenwich to honor the life and
good works of Dr. Martin Luther King. Held at Temple Sholom, the concert featured musical pieces as well as spirited
participatory singing. The program was organized by the Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy. zIsraeli dancing has
begun. Classes are free for members. Monday nights from 7:30-9pm. For more information, contact Nancy Kapchan,
542-7165. zOn Sunday, February 22nd, Temple members gathered to work for Project Ezra, an independent, non-
profit organization serving the frail elderly from a largely homebound, poor population.
z Sisterhood celebrated Tu B’Shevat with a plant sale.
Temple Beth Shalom, Mahopac, NY
zSisterhood has planned a theater party for Sunday, May 3rd, to see Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theater on 52nd Street.
At the time of this writing, just 4 tickets were still available. zOn March 11 and April 22, Rabbi Zucker will provide a news
review of significant events and trends, especially as they involve or affect the State of Israel. This class will be open to the
public. zRabbi Zucker will also go “hands-on” at sessions which meet in the TBS kitchen to learn about Sephardic Holiday
Cuisines. It is recommended on the website that participants wear washable clothing for these sessions.
Temple Beth El, Stamford, CT
z Late in January Rabbi Joshua and Mara Hammerman were honored for 21 years of dedicated service to TBE.
zA recent challah baking class with Sisterhood member Lieba Lander was so much fun that a second challah baking
class is being considered for the Spring! zRonnie Fein, the author of Hip Kosher, a kosher cookbook, and member of
TBE Sisterhood, was speaker at her own Sisterhood’s Paid-Up Membership Brunch. zAdult education classes in
Israeli dancing and Jewish genealogy both begin on February 24th. zOn Friday evening, March 6, TBE is sponsoring
a congregational Shabbat dinner with a twist — instead of dinner at the Temple, kosher catered dinners are being
provided in private homes. Families can either host or be hosted! This is not a progressive dinner nor is it a fund raiser,
although there is modest charge to cover the cost of the dinners. Shabbat will start with Friday night services at the
Temple, then to enjoy a delicious catered Shabbat dinner at the home of fellow T B E congregants. A new idea to get
to know new congregants, or enjoy the meal with old friends!
Northeast Jewish Center, Yonkers, NY
zNortheast Jewish Center folks are going to the mountains midweek in late Spring, i.e., from June 1st to June 4th, and
are already gathering the troops to have a great time! zA NEJC dance group meets every Tuesday and their
“Simcha Singles” meet once a month. z”Simcha Singles” is a group which was started by Marge Wise and Eddie
Lapa with the hope that it would attract Jewish singles of all ages for a monthly program or lecture or party – depending
on the theme of the month. zThe first event was a “Chanukah Bash” - geared to singles in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and
60’s - complete with latkes, donuts, music, and a talk on the significance of Chanukah in our lives today. zJanuary’s
theme was “Martin Luther King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: the March for Civil Rights in Salem, Alabama.
z February’s theme was a Tu B’Shevat Seder and Ecology. zThe March theme will be” Purim – Jewish Survival
Against the Odds – Then and Now;” and April’s theme will be “Passover: Freedom and Responsibility.” zThe themed
talks, which will include some aspect of Jewish learning, are planned as a backdrop to add content to a venue which
is designed to bring together Jewish Singles who may not otherwise connect with each other. The talks will be
presented by Marge Wise, who is well-known in Westchester from her rebbetzin years, her involvement in the Yonkers
Jewish community, and as a Jewish educator.
Orangetown Jewish Center, Orangeburg, NY
zIn early February Sisterhood women enjoyed a Russian cooking demonstration with their own Dina Yucht, thus
increasing their files with Russian recipes using Russian ingredients, the evening having been enhanced by Russian
entertainment, music and a video. zSisterhood provides scholarship money annually for high school students
participating in an organized first time trip to Israel. Kol HaKavod, Ladies! zIn the interests of “going green,” OJC has
a questionnaire in their February bulletin, giving congregants several different options in receiving mail: ALL via email;
ALL via postal mail; bulletin via email, everything else via postal mail, and vice-versa. What is YOUR preference??
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New City Jewish Center, New City. NY
zAn interesting coincidence with Temple Beth El in Poughkeepsie: the NCJC Book Club will also be discussing The
Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, though sooner – on Monday night, February 23. New City will discuss the book
without benefit of its author but has invited a member of the NCJC congregation who lived in Cairo during those times,
to come and share his memories. zAs with almost every other sisterhood in our Region, NCJC members are gearing
up for Shalach Manot packing and delivery, and a Passover candy sale. zA small but talented chorus is into its second
year and will perform as part of the Congregation’s celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut.
Jewish Community Center of Harrison, Harrison, NY
zSisterhood members are seeing Shrek the Musical on Sunday, March 1. Great way to connect with fellow congregants,
friends, children and/or grandchildren while supporting Sisterhood. zClub Wednesday-(Wednesdays at 12 Noon)
Current Events (11:00am) is an afternoon program for adults at leisure which, this year, has been in place since
November. Folks come together monthly for lunch and stimulating program featuring outside speakers as well as
JCCH’s own congregants sharing their personal stories with a discussion afterwards. All are welcome on March 4,
April 1st, and/or May 6.
Congregation Anshe Emeth, Hudson, NY
zLittle known fact: Congregation Anshe Emeth is one of the oldest Jewish communities in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
Established in 1888, the Congregation was located on lower Warren Street in the historic city of Hudson, NY. In 1968,
the Congregation moved to its present facility on Joslen Boulevard. .zAdult education classes discuss “Meet the
Family,” – the roots of the Jewish people as discussed in the Book of Genesis and “Jewish News and Views,” at 7 PM
and 8 PM alternately on Thursday evenings. zLooking a little further ahead, the voice of Nina Fine, a nationally
acclaimed vocalist, will be heard in concert at Anshe Emeth on Sunday, April 26.
Congregation Eitz Chaim, Monroe, NY
zFebruary birthdays of children of Eitz Chaim were all celebrated at their Birthday Club during Friday night services
on February 6th. Yom Huledet Sameakh to all!! zAnother Friday night event will occur on February 20th, when
congregants will enjoy a kosher Chinese dinner together immediately following services. zRummage sales, rarely
heard of in recent days, are alive and well at Congregation Eitz Chaim every Sunday morning at 9:30, when anyone and
everyone can “Shop and Shlep.” z Sisterhood recently sponsored a Movie Night, featuring the film UNDER THE
DOMIN TREE, an episodic drama which took place on an Israeli kibbutz and was based on Gila Almagor's
autobiographical novel.
Montebello Jewish Center, Montebello, NY
z Sisterhood women have decided upon a unique collaborative way to face the challenge of having a strong, vibrant
Sisterhood without having one President to lead us. It’s the "President-of-the-Month" Club! February’s president
is Pearl Schachner, March’s president is Barbara Steinberg, and April’s president is Gretchen Graber.
zMJC's Sisterhood has a Book Club which is hosted by Alison Zimbalist, wife of MJC Rabbi Morris Zimbalist,
in her home. A different book is read each month, with each book keeping to the theme of exploring the lives of
Jewish women - fictional and real - and the threads that connect them all. The Gilded Chamber, by Rebecca Kohn,
will be discussed on February 24, and on \March 24 The Outside World, by Tova Mirvis, will be the featured book.
All MJC women are welcome.
Brotherhood Synagogue New York, NY
Want to brush up on your Israeli Folk Dancing? Join Evelyn Diamond, brush up on your hora and learn some new
            steps. Come to the Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South, NYC, on Wednesday, February
            25, at 6:30 PM. Come to have some fun and celebrate Rosh Hodesh Adar. Israeli foods will be
            served. The cost will be $8.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. Call the office to let us
            know you will join us — Brotherhood Synagogue, Tel: 212-674-5750 or email – Judy Shapiro:

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