Today is September 15, 2019 -
The Fair Lawn Jewish Center Sisterhood , an affiliate of The Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, strives to help our congregation evolve from a synagogue to a community. If the goal of our synagogue is to be a home away from home, then the goal of Sisterhood is to offer the membership of all ages, friendship, support, and caring (and, of course, food!). How do we do this?
The Sisterhood Board is the nucleus of all of our activities. Following is the 2019-2020 Board:
President: Jennifer Mendelsohn
Co – VP Programming: Tzivya Kraus, Ilene Laufer, Gail Rottenstrich, Lisa Urbanski
Co-VPs Membership: Leslie Frucht & Robin Baer
VP Adult Education: Tzivya Kraus
VP Ways and Means: Donna Pasternak
Co-VP Social Media Publicity: Shari Toron & Rachel Toron
Recording Secretaries: Fran Laniado & Beth Perlman
Corresponding Secretary: Candace Miller
Treasurer: Ann Golick
Religious School Liaison: Lily Shinkar
Social Action Liaison: Nina Gold
Torah Fund: Gerry Kessel
Scholarship Fund: Andrea Pass
Purim Carnival Coordinator: Siri Horvitz
Sisterhood Shabbat Coordinators: Estelle Haberman & Ilene Laufer
B’nai Mitzvah Gift Coordinator: Lily Shinkar
Installation Shabbat Coordinators: Ruth Cohen, Donna Pasternak
Past Presidents: Fran Kessler, Carol Marcus, Andrea Pass
Each year we sponsor, along with The Men’s Progress Club, the decorating of the Sukkah, a synagogue-wide Hanukkah Hagigah with sufganiot (jelly donuts), latkes, dreidels, and Chocolate Hanukkah Gelt. On Purim, we amass a cast of thousands to put together the Best Purim Carnival west of the Saddle River. No one leaves without a goldfish! We, also, provide gifts to all our B’nai Mitzvah youngsters, as we all kvell when a congregant celebrates this important milestone. During the High Holy Days, we provide snacks for Junior Congregation, and offer traditional candy apples on Simchat Torah.
We beautify and decorate
Each year, Sisterhood decorates the Bima for the High Holy Days with fresh flowers. The flowers on the Bima during the year are maintained by Sisterhood. Of course, our creativity is shown every Succoth when we decorate the Succah. Our children, as well as, their parents participate with great enthusiasm.
On a Sunday in September, Sisterhood sponsors our annual synagogue-wide “Back-to-Shul BBQ. Everyone enjoys dancing to “Our House Band”, the great food and games; and, of course, the camaraderie with fellow members and friends. Our Paid-Up Membership Meeting is scheduled in the Fall. Your dues are the admission. Throughout the year Sisterhood sponsors programs that are open to all members, and are of interest to everyone.
We have a learning experience at most every event that we sponsor. Each year, on a Shabbat in January, the women of Sisterhood participate in conducting services. Sisterhood Shabbat provides the opportunity to practice and showcase our synagogue skills. Every year, the Bima is overflowing with women reading Torah, receiving aliyot, and offering the congregation insights through a D’Var Torah. To top off the experience Sisterhood serves a sumptuous Kiddush after services.
We raise funds
We hold various fundraising events throughout the year. The largest, our Shalach Manot baskets, distributed on Purim, provide the opportunity to fulfill a mitzvah, enjoy the goodies and raise some money. For Passover, we run a Passover Candy Sale. All proceeds of our fundraising activities go directly to future programming, supporting synagogue activities, and funding special projects within our shul or the community at large. Our Sisterhood maintains the most active and lucrative Torah fund program throughout New Jersey; this program raises money to support the Jewish Theological Seminary to ensure the education of future conservative rabbis, cantors and teachers.
Sisterhood can only offer these programs through the dedication of our many members. Committed volunteers can always be relied upon to lend a hand to provide the little extras that make our synagogue our second home. Won’t you join us? There is always something to do and a friend to be made. New Center members receive free membership in Sisterhood, their first year. Sisterhood, also, has a Junior Member category for daughters of members. For more information, please contact, Jennifer Mendelsohn, Sisterhood President, through the Center office. We look forward to meeting you!