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 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.

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?

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.

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  June 20, 2019 Questions? Please contact our President Fay Gubin:

Upcoming Events:

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: TBA

Where: TBA

RSVP to: Carolyn W.

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


NVHC’s Annual Rummage Sale, sponsored by Sisterhood

Sunday, June 23, 2019

8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

NVHC Social Hall

You won’t want to miss out on all the bargains!

Time for spring cleaning?  Save your gently used clothing and household items for the Rummage Sale.

What Sells – Books * Clothing & Accessories * Housewares * Jewelry * Lamps & Small Furniture * Toys

What Does Not Sell – Appliances * Florist Vases * Items with Corporate Logos * Musical Instruments

We do not accept outdated or non-working computers, keyboards, printers, or other electronic technology.

Donation drop off is the week of June 17th. (Stay tuned for details.)

Sign Up To Help At The Rummage Sale – We Need You!

We need lots of volunteers before, during, and after the rummage sale to help make this event another great success.  Please sign up to help with the Rummage Sale we have lots of slots available. It’s so easy!  Sign Up for the Rummage Sale HERE.

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

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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),