As our fiscal year winds down, we would like to thank all of you for your support and participation in Sisterhood. It has been an unusual year, to say the least. And even though we have all been adjusting to the “new normal,” and the cancellation of a lot of traditional events and some new ones as well, we still have a lot going on!
Sisterhood Board Installation - June 18, 2020 via ZOOM, at 7pm
We say good-bye to our 2019-2020 Board and hello to our 2020-2021 Board at our annual installation on June 18, 2020. Please see the attached flyer for more details. The program will be led by our Area Director from WRJ, Tracy Poirier. The link for the ZOOM event will be provided prior to the event. Come celebrate with us as we look forward to the coming year!
Renew your Sisterhood membership today! Just visit our website at www.tassisterhood.org for the Membership Application. You can fill it in, pay your dues and submit all at one time. No muss, no fuss!
WRJ-PD Area Day - July 12, 2020 via ZOOM
This year WRJ-PD is holding their Area Day via Zoom on July 12, 2020. The event is FREE this year, although they are requesting donations. A copy of the email is attached so please register online for a wonderful day. This event is always fun and interesting, and there are numerous workshops to choose from. If you have never been to Area Day, please note that our own Phyllis Bigelson is hosting a “First Timers” event prior to Area Day, which should also be a lot of fun and will help you get to know some of your WRJ-PD Sisters.
Save the Date: July 17, 2020 for a new and exciting fundraiser put together by our new Ways and Means VPs, Phyllis Bigelson and Joann Averill. More details to come … Stay Tuned!
Honey for the High Holidays
We are continuing with our honey fundraiser, just like we do every year. Even Covid-19 cannot interfere with this annual event. Please click here to see the attached flyer for information on how to order honey for friends, family and the clergy and send a special Shana Tova!
Have a great couple of weeks, and join us on the 18th for our Installation. Be Safe; Be Healthy; Be Careful; and Be Yourself - We love you just the way you are!
Is there someone in your life who is celebrating a special event - a bar/bat mitzvah, anniversary, graduation, special birthday? Would you like to cheer up a friend? Having trouble getting out to buy the perfect card for the occasion or can't find the right words to say? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, your Sisterhood has the perfect solution - send that special person a Sisterhood tribute. Mel Birken, Sistherhood Tribute Chairperson, has just the right words for any occasion. To have a Sisterhood tribute sent in your name, please contact Mel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: While some bar/bat mitzvot have been postponed, Zoe Siegel's is going forward. Zoe will be bat mitzvah this Saturday, June 13, 2020. Mazel tov Zoe!
Well, the last Sisterhood General Meeting of the 2019-2020 year was held Thursday, May 22, 2020, and what a special meeting it was. First we voted in the 2020-2021 Sisterhood Board. Welcome to the following elected board members:
After the vote, we welcomed a very special guest, our incoming Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Becky Hoffman. Rabbi Becky answered questions from the attendees and shared details of her education, family and her path to the rabbinate.
Following the Q&A, we took a short walk down memory lane with a zoom photo album of 2019-2020 Sisterhood memories put together by Efrat Yakobi-Gafni, Karen Pelmont and Jackie Zev. Then we broke into small groups and talked about those 2019-2020 events and what we would like to see in the coming year.
After that we were reminded by Mel Birken of the six TAS Religious School students who will be confirmed this year:
Odessa Miller Espinoza
If you would like to send a tribute to any or all of the Confirmands please email Mel at email@example.com.
Judaica Shop Open by Appointment
And if you're thinking about picking out a gift for that special confirmand, graduate or Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or you need Shabbat candles (standard size or the smaller neriot), jewelry, other giftware or greeting cards, the TAS Judaica Shop is open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (Monday through Friday 10 am – 3 pm). Please call Laraine Miller at 818-631-8199 or email TZLADY@SOCAL.RR.COM to arrange a time just for you. Note: when entering the lobby please wear a facial covering and gloves. Hand sanitizer stations are located in the lobby as well.
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
click here to join the Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 979 3458 8352
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+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
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.
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