We are very excited for our last Sisterhood meeting of the 2019-2020 year, to be held this Thursday, May 21, 2020. Why are we excited? Because we will have a chance to meet our new Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Becky Hoffman. For those of you who have not had the opportunity to get to know her, you will find that she is a warm and caring individual who will bring a new energy to TAS. Rabbi Becky will be available for questions, so please come with your questions in mind. In addition to Rabbi Becky, we will be holding our election for the 2020-2021 Board. So please come to the meeting. We need a quorum to hold the election!
We are also going to discuss our programming for the past year. What did you enjoy? What did you not enjoy? What would you like to see next year? Think about what programs you would participate in. This is your Sisterhood and we want it to reflect your interests and passions. We would also like to thank Judy Stehr, Karen Pelmont and their committee for a wonderful Sisterhood Shabbat on May 8. It was a truly lovely service, and their hard work was evident and appreciated, Also a special thanks to all of you who participated and shared your interests and your passions.
As the year winds down, we would also like to thank our amazing Board, We have had an interesting year, with amazing events planned that had to be cancelled at the last minute, money that had to be refunded, and no onegs to prepare. Each of our Board Members stepped up to the plate and helped get us through these unusual times. So we send our undying appreciation to Judy Stehr and Karen Pelmont, Bobbi Ross and Andy Mann, Joann Averill and Tammy Singer, Phyllis Bigelson and Alyce Schultz Rosza, Efrat Yakobi-Gafney and Karen Jaye, Jan Rapoport, Robyn Blachman, Diane Levine, Tove Aitchison and Jackie Zev.
Have a great week! Stay safe! And we will see you Thursday.
Here are the items promised by Dr. Jonci Jensen, ND, the speaker at April's Sisterhood meeting: a copy of the presentation and a list of resources.
Contact us for the pdf copy of the powerpoint presentation, "Stocking a Natural Medicine Cabinet - for a Pandemic" by Dr. Jonci Jensen, ND.
Dr. J also provided the following list of resources and references use in her talk:
Thursday April 16, 2020
Location: Internet via Zoom
Guest speaker: Dr. Jonci Jensen, ND
Subject: Stocking a Natural Medicine Cabinet for a Pandemic
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Meeting ID: 979 3458 8352
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Here are the recipes we've collected so far:
Cinnamon Sugar Kugel
Passover Banna Nut Kugel
Passover Apple Kugel
(click each of the above to download the recipes)
For those who want to send recipes and didn't get a chance to send them to me, or those of you in isolation fog, here's your chance. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks go out to Bonnie Weissman for kugels, Diane Levine for her mom's chicken soup, and me for the blintzes.
Please stay well,
Passover Recipe Roundup
Chag Sameach! Happy Passover to all our Sisterhood. Wherever you are, and whoever you are with, this is going to be a unique Passover for us all. Hopefully you will be with those you love, even if it is virtually.
We do have some exciting news. We will be holding our first Zoom Sisterhood meeting on April 16 at 7 pm. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out the day before. We are thrilled to have a guest speaker for this event, Dr. Jonci Jensen, ND.
Dr. Jensen studied the art and science of health at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine during her naturopathic doctorate program. She also completed one of the country’s only accredited post-doctoral residencies in homeopathy. During her time as a full time professor of medical philosophy and homeopathy at Bastyr University - California, she fell in love with reading classical medical philosophers and studying the Nature of healing.
On May 8, 2020 we will be holding our annual Sisterhood Shabbat. Attached please find the revised flyer with the correct telephone number for Karen Pelmont, to volunteer to participate in the service. Please click HERE to view the flyer.
Our final meeting of the year will also be a Zoom meeting, and will take place on May 21, 2020 at 7pm. We are planning a fun and interactive meeting, and we will be electing our new Board for the 2020-2021 term. Please mark your calendars.
Plans for our Love Luncheon are currently in the works. The event is scheduled for June, and we are awaiting a decision from the Temple as to whether they expect to be open by then. We will keep you updated on the event and what steps will be taken to keep us all safe.
In these trying times, we all need to reach out to one another for companionship and to check on each others’ welfare. A brief phone call or quick email can brighten someone’s day, and we all could use a little Sisterhood love these days.
Stay Healthy. Stay Safe. And Stay Home!
On Friday, May 8, you are invited to join us for a very unique Friday Zoom service led by Sisterhood. The theme of this service is "The Tree of Our Lives". If you have something creative to share, you are invited to play an active role in the service. By "something creative," we mean a story, poem, letter, artwork, photo, music, song, reading, needlework, or anything else that “Nourishes Your Soul”. To volunteer to participate, contact Karen Pelmont at 818-635-9996 by 4/15/2020. Note that presentations are limited to 1 minute/person so as to allow everyone time to share.
Sisterhood Shabbat Committee
If you find yourself unexpectedly hosting an online Passover Seder this year and you’re looking for an upbeat Haggadah to lighten the atmosphere – look no further. Your Sisterhood and the Seder Committees (past and present) have just the right Hagaddah – “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Seder!” Click here for the entire Haggadah.
This Haggadah was compiled with love for our 2018 Sisterhood Seder, and it is sent to you with the love intact.
Much to our dismay, due to the coronavirus, we had to cancel our Sisterhood Seder. Being as it was to be a seder, appropriate only to Passover, we believe it doesn't lend itself to postponing the event until a few months from now. We are therefore offering you the opportunity to ask for a refund. For those who wish to donate that amount to Sisterhood, we won't say no, but please feel no obligation to do so.
We are not offering the option of a credit to next year's seder.
Please contact Laurie Scher at (818) 360-4836 or by email at email@example.com to convey your preference. We will get the refunds out as soon as we can.
A friend sent this beautiful poem that we want to share with you:
Poem by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
March 13th 2020.
Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation
But there does not have to be loneliness
Yes there is panic buying
But there does not have to be meanness
Yes there is sickness
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death
But there can always be a rebirth of love
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
The health and well-being of our Sisterhood and all members of TAS is of paramount concern to all of us. As a result, and even though we have been very excited about our upcoming programs, we are postponing all Sisterhood events through April. We will be looking to reschedule these events in the hope that the current global health crisis will abate over the next few months.
We value your participation and commitment to Sisterhood and we are saddened at this unexpected development. However, we value your health and safety more, and believe this to be the most responsible course of action.
Please note that if you already have tickets for any of these events, you will be hearing from us further regarding the rescheduling.
Thank you to our hard working committees for all they do and have done to create these wonderful events. Your hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated.
Please take care of yourselves and stay healthy.
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