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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, baby gifts; and more.

Check out the 2018-2019 Sisterhood Events Calendar and mark your calendar to join us at some of our activities.  

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


Sisterhood President

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

I am proud to say that Sisterhood members talk the talk and walk the walk when it comes to fulfilling its purpose of supporting and furthering the goals of NVHC. We promote camaraderie, a feeling of pride, fellowship, and a common loyalty, spirituality and participation in tikkun olam within our Congregation and the greater community.

In our weekly email announcements to all Sisterhood members, along with our upcoming programs and events, we’ve begun including three new sections that help deepen our connections with each other. We now include Celebrate our Sisterhood Members Birthdays, Welcoming New Sisterhood Members, and In Support and Celebration of our Sisterhood Members. By simply clicking on the names listed in each of these sections, one can easily send an email offering birthday greetings, welcome messages, and notes of encouragement, caring, and good wishes.

How else does Sisterhood support its purpose?

*We offer an afternoon of Jewish Meditation, celebrate Chanukah by lighting our menorahs at a Chanukah potluck lunch, and hold an annual Women’s Passover Seder which helps to fulfill the spiritual needs in our lives.

*Our tikkun olam projects include our annual Winter Coat Drive – collecting gently used coats for Cornerstones. Sisterhood members spend hours and hours making fleece blankets for Project Linus, an organization for hospitalized children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. This year, thanks to Sisterhood volunteers and religious school students, 47 blankets were donated to Sentara Hospital in Springfield, VA.

Thanks to the generosity of Potomac Vegetable Farm and Hana Newcomb, Sisterhood organized a donation of 25 pumpkins to be sent to the Early Head Start Program in Sterling. We also collect and take women’s clothing to Women Giving Back, an organization that helps women and children in crisis by distributing clothing at no cost.

*We provide a service to our community by holding our annual Chanukah and Passover Boutiques as well as our annual Rummage Sale. Not only are these events fundraisers for Sisterhood but the greater community benefits as well.

*In addition, Sisterhood financially supports the NVHC community by annual generous contributions for summer camp scholarships, Preschool programming, the Rosh Hashanah oneg, B’nai Mitzvah, Confirmation, Conversion, and baby gifts, and the NVHC music program. The total this year alone for these donations will be roughly $8,600.

*Sisterhood is helping to further NVHC’s goals of community engagement by planning a Dueling Pianos Show on Saturday evening, April 27th for the entire congregation. We hope to see a large crowd for an evening of fun, food, drinks, singing and maybe even a little dancing.

Join us and be a part of a strong community of women.

Yours in Sisterhood, Fay Gubin

Sisterhood Membership Form for 2018-2019

Please join us by completing the  Membership form below – Get involved & Make Connections!

Why join Sisterhood?   2018-2019 NVHC Sisterhood One Page Information Sheet

Please open this link to  print & send in your 2018-2019 Sisterhood Membership Form 2018-2019 NVHC Sisterhood Membership Form

Check out the 2018-2019 Sisterhood Events Calendar for all our events.

Seeking Sisterhood Board Members for 2019-2020

Please consider becoming a Board Member and serving NVHC Sisterhood.

Questions?  Please contact our President Fay Gubin:

Sisterhood Board Meetings

Monthly on Thursdays at NVHC

(usually the second Thursday of the month, unless there is a conflict with another Temple program or holiday).

Next date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Questions?  Please contact our President Fay Gubin:

Upcoming Events:




Mark your calendars now for this fun evening of entertainment sponsored by Sisterhood for the entire congregation.





Book Club and Pot Luck Dinner

When:  Monday, April 1, 7:00 p.m.

Where:  Ellen Ranard’s home in Great Falls

RSVP:  Ellen Ranard

Book:   A Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz

Note:  Although there are only a few copies in the library, it is available HERE in paperback for $6.00.

This story will also be the movie shown in Rabbi Wainer’s Israeli Movie Series on May 5th, 1:00 p.m.

Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, A Tale of Love and Darkness is at once a family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the forties and fifties, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother’s suicide when he was twelve years old. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and its community of dreamers, scholars, and failed businessmen to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation.

“It is impossible to give a full account of this book’s riches.”–The Washington Post Book World

Sisterhood’s Annual Mah Jongg Tournament

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Registration Begins at 1:00 p.m.

NVHC Multi-Purpose room

Fabulous cash prizes for the winners!

Click here for more information and the Registration Form.


Sisterhood’s Annual Women’s Seder  SAVE THE DATE


Thursday, April 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

$42.00 for Members; $60.00 for Non-members

RSVP to by April 1, 2019

(or by March 27 if you wish to have the vegetarian option)



Global Lunch

Join us for our monthly informal lunch at a local restaurant.  Our Global Lunches are usually held at Herndon and Reston locations.  The day, time and restaurant changes each month.  We experiment with different international cuisine.  Details are also sent out in the weekly Sisterhood Email.


When: Wednesday, March 27th at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Ariake (Japanese and sushi, lunch specials with a variety of tempura or teriyaki) 12184 Glade Drive, Reston

RSVP to:  Carolyn W. or  

As usual, we will collect $5 from each participant to benefit NVHC Sisterhood.


The Boutique at NVHC –  Shop for all your Judaica gifts at our Judaica Store

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

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

The Boutique is open during religious school hours on Tuesday evenings  (~4 to 7 p.m.) and Sunday mornings (~9:30 a.m. to noon) and also by appointment.  Shawn is often around on weekday mornings during preschool, 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 web page

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: 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: Cell Phone Collection

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

(iv)  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: Warm Up America

(v) 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),

Sisterhood Social Action:   Volunteers at the Women Giving Back Store


Officers & Board members:


Fay Gubin, President…

Lisa Folb, Vice President

Marsha Sheinman, Secretary

Ruth Ruttenberg, Treasurer

Past Co-President, Gail Dezube

Past Co-President, Ellen Ranard


Board Members:

Nicki Halterman-Mitchell, Membership Co-Chair…

Sandy Mitchell, Membership Co-Chair…

Julie Galton, Programming Chair…

Carolyn Wesoky, Fundraising Co-Chair & Oneg Chair…

Deede Snowhite, Social Action…

Peggy Nelson, Communications Co-Chair (Weekly Email)…

Linda Gordon, Communications Co-Chair (Website)

Shawn Harris, Judaica Shop & Preschool Liaison …

Mary Ann Ressin, Religious School Liaison


Other Committee Chairs:

Judy Naiman, Rummage Sale…

Joanne Schamest & Anita Flower, Mah Jongg Tournment…


Mah Jongg Tournament @ Multi-Purpose Room
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Finally Friday Shabbat
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ahh, it’s finally Friday! Come celebrate the last Friday of every month with us! We will have a family-mindful service for the entire community, followed by oneg and dinner. Wine will be provided. Registration for dinner is required.

Finally Friday Dinner

It's finally Friday! Join us on the last Friday of every month for a family-mindful service followed by delicious oneg and dinner. Reservations for dinner must be made by noon. March 28.
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Erev Shabbat Worship Service
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Friday evening is your chance to disconnect from the outside world, join with family and friends, and welcome Shabbat!  Following our worship service we have a delicious oneg (cookies, fruit and sweets to bring in Shabbes joy)!

Tot Shabbat
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Torah Talk (1)

Nothing is more heartwarming than the sight of the youngest members of our community running to the Sanctuary for Shabbat! Tot Shabbat affords our children and their families the time and space to truly experience the joys of Shabbat. Songs, stories, plenty of active participation, an Ark overflowing with plush stuffed Torahs, and a child-friendly d’var Torah (lesson). What could be better?

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming; there is no dress code, and there is no shushing if your little one can’t sit still (they are free to move around!) The service is followed by a delicious child-friendly, nut free oneg!

While Tot Shabbatot (plural for Shabbat) are designed for toddlers and preschoolers, the whole family is invited to attend. Personal snacks must be nut-free and we ask that no food is eaten during the service in the sanctuary.

Questions? Contact Cindi Drake at, or 703-437-7733.


Sisterhood Passover Botique
Apr 7 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Brotherhood Breakfast
Apr 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Families, come and enjoy good food and fine friends as the NVHC Brotherhood’s chefs cook up a delicious and affordable breakfast. Pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, custom omelettes, and, of course, the Loaded Bagel… Let’s eat!

Interested in joining NVHC Brotherhood?  Contact Bob Fenster at or phone the Temple office at (703) 437-7733

Sisterhood Board Meeting
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sisterhood Women’s Seder
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Led by Cantor Caro and Rabbi Wainer

Sisterhood Board Meeting @ Multi-Purpose Room
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Want to know more about Sisterhood at NVHC? Click here!

Festival of Chametz Finally Friday Shabbat
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This Finally Friday, not only is it the end of April, it’s also the last day of Pesach (Passover)! Come celebrate the conclusion of Pesach with us at our Festival of Chametz Finally Friday Shabbat. We will have a family-mindful Erev Shabbat service followed by a chametz-filled dinner and oneg! Registration for dinner is required.

Finally Friday Dinner

It's finally Friday! Join us on the last Friday of every month for a family-mindful service followed by delicious oneg and dinner. Reservations for dinner must be made by noon. March 28.
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