Sisterhood_Logo_Final_Lettering_P_13Aug16Celebration, Education, Dedication

Sisterhood is a heart-centered tapestry of women working together as one big family.

Each member of the NVHC Sisterhood is unique, bringing talent and expertise to further our mission of promoting camaraderie, esprit de corps, spirituality and participation in “tikkun olam” – repairing the world.

Your dues and additional donations help to support Sisterhood programs and gifts to NVHC’s music program; Preschool specialty programs; summer camp scholarships; the Erev Rosh Hashanah Oneg; B’nai Mitzvah, Confirmation, Conversions gifts; and more.


Please join us by completing the 2017 Sisterhood Membership Form.  Get Involved, Meet New Friends, Make Connections!

Check out the 2018 Sisterhood Events Calendar and mark your calendar to join us  at some of our activities.  

Questions?  Please contact our President, Fay Gubin:

See the resources tab below for Sisterhood documents and the contact tab for our leadership team.

Sisterhood President

Fay Gubin – Sisterhood President for the 2018-2019 year.


Upcoming Events

Check out the 2018 Sisterhood Events Calendar for all our events.


Sisterhood Board Meetings

Monthly, Thursdays at NVHC (usually the second Thursday of the month, unless a conflict with a holiday).

Next date: Wednesday, August 8, 6:15 pm  Pot Luck Welcome Back Meeting

Thursday, September 13, 7:30 p.m

Questions?  Please contact our new President Fay Gubin:

Global Lunch

Join us for our monthly informal lunch at a local restaurant.  The day, time and restaurant changes each month.  We experiment with different international cuisine.  Details are sent out in the weekly Sisterhood Email.

Where: Angeethi (Indian Restaurant)

645 Elden Street,  Herndon, VA

When:  Monday, June 25 at 12:15


There is a $11.99 lunch buffet or you may order from the menu

$5.00 will be collected from each participant to benefit Sisterhood.

RSVP to  Carolyn W. or


Sisterhood -Tea and Trip to Oatlands Historic House and Gardens

Sunday, August 12

Depart from NVHC at 12 noon and carpool to Leesburg

High Tea is $29.95 plus tax.The mansion tour is $8.00. Please sign up for both.

Please click here to go to the Oatlands website to reserve your space

(this is NON-refundable). Please note: Space is Limited.

Check the box that says “group” and type in “NVHC Sisterhood”.

Contact Gail D. for any questions.

Sisterhood Book Discussion & Potluck Dinner

Save the Date and Start Reading

When: Thursday, September 6, 7:00
Where: Ellen’s home.

Book: Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

RSVP: We will take RSVPs in August.
The book is long so we wanted to give you plenty of time to read it.

“Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.”

Sisterhood Outing to Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope Leighey House

Friday, September 14,  2018 – Details TBD.

Sisterhood’s Annual
Chocolate &  Champagne Sunday October 14-location TBD

Questions?  Please contact our Co-Membership:


Sisterhood Drop in Mah Jong

When: Tuesdays 10:00 am-12:00 

        Where: NVHC Adult Lounge

Beginner Level! Come and Learn! New Participants Welcomed!


Boutique at NVHC

Shop for Judaica gifts at our Judaica Store!  

The Boutique at NVHC is a Sisterhood-run Judaica gift store, located within Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, VA. 

Fall, Winter  & Spring Hours: Sundays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, or by appointment.  Summer Hours:  By appointment

The Boutique is open during religious school hours on Tuesday evenings  (~4 to 7 pm) and Sunday mornings (~9:30 to noon) and also by appointment.  Shawn is often around on weekday mornings during pre-school, so she is happy to meet you at the store and show you our wonderful new merchandise – Judaica and Chanukah gifts.

Contact: Shawn Harris, Judaica Shop & Preschool Liaison   See our webpage


Social Action/Collection Drives:

Sisterhood’s social action focuses on women and children in the local community. We  organize volunteer days, participate in community walks and other events, and support NVHC’s social action program.

Sisterhood also has several ongoing collection drives:

(i) Gently used winter coats, gloves and (new) hats to support Cornerstones (Pink collection box in the Sanctuary coat closet from November – January).  More information at: 2017 NVHC Sisterhood Annual Coat Drive

(ii) Used cell phones for the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Violence (JCADA)  Donate phones with or without chargers, and place in the “Women Giving Back” box in the Sanctuary coat closet. JCADA will delete the data and reset the phone.  More information at: 2017 Cell Phone Collection

(iii) Gently used women’s and children’s clothing and accessories to Women Giving Back, to provide free clothing to homeless women and their children (Women Giving Back (WGB) box in the Sanctuary coat closet),

(iv) Toiletries to the Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston (collection at Sisterhood Membership Events),

(v)  Knit or Crochet Pieces for Warm up America Warm up America collects pieces to make into blankets for those in need.  (Pieces will be collected from the Women Giving Back collection box in the Sanctuary coat closet.)  More information and instructions at: 2017 Warm Up America

(vi) Children’s clothing and books (for ages infant to age 3 only), to support Northern Virginia Family Services, Early Head Start Program in Sterling (collection box in Preschool wing).  For more information contact

SH Cornerstone walk 2014


Sisterhood has “adopted” the Northern Virginia Family Service’s Early Head Start Program in Sterling. The center provides daycare to 32 economically-disadvantaged children aged 0 – 3. In partnership with Cindi Drake, NVHC Director of Early Childhood Education and the NVHC Preschool parents, we are collecting donations of children’s and infant’s clothing, books and diapers. We plan on volunteering throughout the year where we will be playing with the toddlers, reading them stories, creating art or music projects and rocking infants. Why not consider joining us the next time we volunteer?  If interested, contact for more details.



Sisterhood Social Action:   Volunteers at Head Start Program in Sterling, VA

Sisterhood members participated in Dr. Seuss Day at the Sterling Head Start. They enjoyed reading  stories, making hats, and cooking with the children   Sisterhood donates diapers and books thanks to the generosity of NVHC Preschool  parents.  Sisterhood members volunteer to read and help with activities, with the toddlers and infants at Head Start.   Please consider volunteering for future Head Start activities.

Sisterhood Social Action:   Volunteers at Women Giving Back Store