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, 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

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

At this year’s annual kick-off event, I had the pleasure of speaking with a few women I have known in Temple life for many years but was surprised to see them at a Sisterhood event.  I learned that one of them had been a long time member of NVHC but had never been a member of NVHC Sisterhood.  She said it was just the right time for her to join now and see what it was about.

In today’s fast paced world where we feel there just isn’t time to squeeze everything in to our daily lives, I wonder when is “just the right time” to join Sisterhood. Why not now?

Try to carve out some time this coming year to focus yourselves on spirituality, socializing, tikkun olam and advocacy.  Take a look at our upcoming programs and see what interests you.  Feel the warmth and support that comes with being a Sisterhood member.

It felt good to reconnect with my long-time acquaintance and I hope she and others find opportunities to make deeper connections through Sisterhood.

Yours in Sisterhood,


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.

Upcoming Events:


Make Blankets for Hospitalized Children

Sunday, January 20th

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the NVHC Adult Lounge


Project Linus is an organization that collects blankets for hospitalized children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. The first step in making the blankets has already been completed.

Step 2 – Preparing the Fringes  Volunteers are needed to cut the fringes on the blankets. This important step needs to be completed so the NVHC Religious School students can accomplish the last step, tying the knots, to finish the blankets and get them to Project Linus.

We need more volunteers!  Bring yourself and a good pair of scissors. Questions and RSVP to Deede Snowhite at:

Annual Winter Coat Drive

From now through January 20th Sisterhood is collecting gently used coats, gloves, scarves, and hats (must be new for sanitary reasons) that are given to Cornerstones of Reston for the Hunter Mill Winter Coat Closet. Cornerstones distributed 5,000 coats and 1,300 hats, gloves, and scarves during the winter to those in need.  Drop off your donated items in the PINK box in the Sanctuary lobby closet.

Questions? Email

Sisterhood Membership Pot Luck Luncheon

RSVP to the luncheon by clicking on the Sign-Up Genius link to indicate what you plan to bring. Deadline is January 24th.


Join us for a tasting to experience a culinary adventure that truly ignites the senses with O.N.A.O.O. certified Olive Oil Sommelier, Marie Claire Beraud at Under the Olive Tree.

Marie Claire’s focus is on educating participants on the history, production, differences and varietals of extra virgin olive oils. Participants will be guided through a tasting from the mildest to the most robust extra virgin varietals then end with small plates made with the featured oils to showcase versatility in culinary applications.

The menu served after the tasting will be a mixed greens salad, empanadas (beef, veggie, or chicken), ricotta dip, homemade hummus, blood orange brownies, and another baked good made with olive oil (TBD).

Under the Olive Tree requires a minimum of 10 people and they must receive full payment one week in advance.

Please send in your check made payable to NVHC Sisterhood in the amount of $25 or go online to, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Sisterhood Donation circle button no later than February 10th.

If we don’t get at least 10 people we will have to cancel the event. Refunds will only be issued if the event is canceled due to lack of attendees.

Questions? Contact Julie Galton at

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: Friday, February 15, 2019 at Noon

Where:  Tamarind Indian Cuisine

RSVP to  Carolyn W. or  

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


Save the Date for 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.


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

Sisterhood Board Meetings

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

Next date: Thursday,  February 14, 2019

Questions?  Please contact our President Fay Gubin:


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