Week of December 2 - 6, 2013 (29 Kislev - 3 Tivet 5774)
Week of December 9 - 13, 2013 (6 - 10 Tivet 5774)
Week of December 16 - 20, 2013 (13 - 17 Tivet 5774)
December 7, 2013 ~ 4 Tivet 5774
December 8, 2013 ~ 5 Tevet 5774
World Wide Wrap
Murray Spiegel and Richard Stein
The Mission of Beth El Sisterhood is to connect, enrich, and empower the women of Beth El. We are committed to educating and supporting our members through innovative programming, social events, and community service. We support each other, the Beth El Community, Israel, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the values of the conservative movement. We are a link to the past and continue to shape the future of Beth El and Conservative Judaism.
Some of our exciting programs and events include: bingo, yoga, dine and study, Sisterhood Shabbat, the Event Extravaganza, and so much more.
Sisterhood wants to make sure that if you want to attend a meeting or event, you can. So if you need a ride or just want a buddy, please call Jodie Richmond at (609) 922-0756 or Jennifer Sholder at (609) 313-1808. We will do our best to get you there.
The Sisterhood Board is working very hard to plan some fun and exciting programs for the women of Beth El. Hopefully, many of you already participated in some of our events this year. October was rather busy for us, and I want to personally thank everyone who came out and supported Sisterhood. I especially want to thank Renee Kessler for helping with our opening event at A Taste of Olive. Not only did we learn about how olive oils and vinegars are made, but what makes them Kosher, too. Next I want to thank Laurie Kolmins and Michele Miron, our Social Action Chair-people, for helping to coordinate Beth El’s participation in the Community Mitzvah Day on October 6th, as well as the many people who volunteered that day. Hopefully, you and your families learned, firsthand, the power of community in helping to make the world a better place. Next I want to thank Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz Boro for spending the day with us in New York City and for helping to make our New York trip so educational, entertaining, and fun! And also to Debbie Drachman and Ilene Rubin for helping to plan our trip to New York. Lastly, I want to thank our Torah Fund Chair-people, Debbie Drachman and Renee Rudolph, as well as Ann Miller and the rest of their committee, for putting together a beautiful Torah Fund brunch with TBS. And of course, to the spouses of our clergy, Stephen Boro, Tammy Arnow and Helene Krupnick for sharing their stories and sharing their spouses with us.
On Monday November 11th, Sisterhood will be going to the JCC’s Festival of Arts Books and Culture for Ladies’ Night to hear two fabulous authors, Laurie Rubin at 6:30 pm followed by Lynn Povich at 8:00 pm. Laurie’s book, “Do You Dream in Color: Insights From a Girl Without Sight” will touch your heart and Lynn’s book “The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace” will educate you about civil rights. Cocktail reception between the two authors included. Cost: $18 if we get a group together (regularly $20). RSVP to Sharon Mindel at
Mark your calendars for Tuesday December 3rd for Sisterhood’s Paid Up Membership Dinner. This is open to all women who have paid their Membership dues for 2013-2014. This year’s dinner will feature Life Coach, Sheri Desaretz who will present “Women’s Ten Most Wanted” -a smorgasbord workshop of ten topics of keen interest to women, including self-esteem, getting out of your comfort zone, self-sabotage, work/life balance, time management, perfectionism, choices, change, learning to say “No”, and more. And best of all, it is FREE if you’ve paid your dues. But reservations are required so we know how many people to expect. RSVP to Leah Wolf at (215) 915-1330 or email@example.com.
Lastly, as part of Beth El’s Scholar in Residence weekend, Sisterhood will be co-sponsoring the Sunday brunch on December 8th with Dr. Judith Hauptman who will be speaking about The Evolution and Future of Women in Judaism. More details about this to follow.
In closing I’d like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgivukkah, as we witness the only time in our lifetimes that the first day of Hanukkah will coincide with Thanksgiving. In fact, scientists and mathematicians have calculated that this will not happen again for over 75,000 years. However, those a tad younger than me (unless I live to 103), may see Thanksgiving Day coincide with the first night of Hanukkah in the year 2070. Let us embrace this double celebration of Judaism and America as we realize how lucky we all are to live in a country in which we are free to practice whatever religion we choose.
With warm holiday wishes from my family to yours,
Tuesday December 3 – Paid-Up Membership Dinner, 6:30 PM - This is open to all women who have paid their Membership dues for 2013-2014. This year’s dinner will feature Life Coach, Sheri Desaretz who will present “Women’s Ten Most Wanted” -a smorgasbord workshop of ten topics of keen interest to women, including self-esteem, getting out of your comfort zone, self-sabotage, work/life balance, time management, perfectionism, choices, change, learning to say “No”, and more. And best of all, it is FREE if you’ve paid your dues. But reservations are required so we know how many people to expect. RSVP to Leah Wolf at (215) 915-1330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday December 8 – Brunch with Scholar in Residence, Dr. Judith Hauptman: The Evolution & Future of Women in Judaism
Thursday January 16 – 7 PM, New Year, New You - Yoga Night and Tu B’Shvat Program
Friday February 7 – First Friday Family dinner as part of Sisterhood Shabbat
Saturday February 8 – Sisterhood Shabbat
Sunday March 9 – Brunch with Mens Club – AIPAC speaker
Sunday March 16 – Shalach Manot delivery (Packing March 10th and 11th)
Sunday March 23 - Party Expo
Sunday March 30 – Brunch and Pre-Passover program with Mens Club – “300 Ways to Ask the 4 Questions” with Ricky Stein and Murray Spiegel
Wednesday April 9 - Dine and Study with Rabbi Krupnick
Thursday May 1 – 7 PM Game/Mahjong Night
Thursday May 22 - Let’s Dish Meal Preparation Night
Thursday June 12 - Closing Event/Installation of Officers
*Dates and Times subject to change. Check Beth El Buzz for most up-to-date information
|VP Programming||Robin Schwartzemail@example.com|
|VP Membership||Leah Wolffirstname.lastname@example.org|
|VP Fundraising||Sharon Mindelemail@example.com|
|VP Torah Fund||Debbie Drachmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|VP Education||Jocelyn Borowskyemail@example.com|
|Recording Secretary||Wende Bralowfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Financial Secretary||Linda Harowitzemail@example.com|
|Social Action||Laurie Kolminsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chesed Cooking||Renee Kessleremail@example.com|
|Young/New Member||Debra Kelbergfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members At Large||Ann Milleremail@example.com|
|Past President||Leslie Breslaufirstname.lastname@example.org|