Celebration, 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 2019-2020 Sisterhood 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.

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

Yours in Sisterhood, Fay Gubin

Sisterhood Membership Forms for the 2019/2020 Year

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

Why join Sisterhood?  2019/2020 NVHC Sisterhood One Page Information Sheet

Please open this link to print & send in your 2019-2020 Sisterhood Membership form.   2019/2020 NVHC Sisterhood Membership Form

Check out the 2019-2020 Sisterhood Calendar for all our events. All dates are subject to change and new programs are added throughout the year, so please check back regularly.

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: Thursday  August 8, 2019 Questions? Please contact our President Fay Gubin:

Annual Rummage Sale a Huge Success!

Our annual Rummage Sale, held on Sunday, June 23, 2019, was a huge success. Over $3,000 was raised which will help to support Sisterhood programs and gifts to NVHC’s music program; Preschool specialty programs; summer camp scholarships; the Erev Rosh Hashanah Oneg; gifts to B’nai Mitzvah, Confirmation, and Conversion students, new babies and more.

Thank you to Judy Naiman, our Rummage Sale Chair, and the dozens of volunteers who worked to collect items, set up, run the sale, and clean up.  You are all appreciated!


Upcoming Events:

Queens of Egypt Exhibition

Join us to see the Queens of Egypt Exhibition at the National Geographic Society
Friday, August 23
10:00-3:00 (Times approximate depending on transportation)
Tickets are $15.00; $12.00 for ages 62+.
We will tour the exhibit and have lunch at the on-site café.
Please RSVP by August 1
Please contact Gail Dezube, Programming Chair with questions or to RSVP.


Get Ready for a Trip to the Theater

See LOVE SICK at Theater J

Sunday, September 22
2:00 p.m.

Tickets – $41.00 if purchased through Sisterhood as a group of 10+; $55.00 if purchased individually.

In order to get reduced-price tickets as a group, Gail needs an RSVP by July 14.

Individual ticket sales begin on July 15 and you will be able to purchase tickets at the higher price.

From an extraordinary collaboration of international artists comes Love Sick, the critically-acclaimed new musical that fuses a thrilling original score, Middle-Eastern harmonics, dazzling choreography, and an inspired story of passion and awakening. Based on the Song of Songs, Love Sick tells the story a young wife in a lifeless marriage who discovers she has a secret admirer. Intrigued, she begins a mysterious and dizzying journey of sexual and personal empowerment.


We plan to have brunch beforehand near the theater for those who are interested. Closer to the event date, we will organize carpools or arrange to travel by Metro together.

Please contact Gail Dezube, Programming Chair with questions or to RSVP.


Save the Date and Start Reading – As Close to Us as Breathing

What:  Book Discussion & Potluck Dinner

When:  Monday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.

Book:  As Close to Us as Breathing (Elizabeth Poliner)

Where: Ellen Ranard’s home in Great Falls

RSVP: We will take RSVPs in August. (We wanted to give you plenty of time to read this good book – an easy read this time!)


A multi-generational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer

In 1948, a small stretch of the Woodmont, Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named “Bagel Beach,” has long been a summer destination for Jewish families. Here sisters Ada, Vivie, and Bec assemble at their beloved family cottage, with children in tow and weekend-only husbands who arrive each Friday in time for the Sabbath meal. But when a terrible accident occurs on the sisters’ watch, a summer of hope and self-discovery transforms into a lifetime of atonement and loss for members of this close-knit clan. (Amazon)


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:  Thursday, July 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Where:  Red Kimono Japanese and Korean Cuisine, 790 Station Street, Herndon

RSVP to:  Carolyn W.

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 and 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),