April 2015 Simply Sisterhood

April, 2015


 Sisterhood Donor Luncheon, May 3 President’s Message:

An update to Rummage Sale and Jewelry Sale: I want each and every participant to know that their efforts contributed to both the triumph and the bottom line which was a profit of over $5000 for rummage (after expenses) and a profit of over $2900 for jewelry. This is an outstanding accomplishment and Sisterhood thanks EVERYONE involved!

Last month’s programs were a rousing success! The Mah Jongg Tournament was another successful fundraiser with sincere gratitude to Jayne Drucker, Chairperson who oversaw every detail to insure that the 72 participants had a fabulous day. Jayne was assisted by Anita Weiss, co-chair as well as many volunteers. This event brought in approximately $2222!! Sisterhood’s next program was our 6th Annual Women’s Seder!! The enthusiasm and participation for this event has grown over the years and has become a treasured evening. Cantor Dannah Rubinstein lovingly leads the seder and all of the women have an opportunity to participate in the readings and join her in song. Cindy Goldman, Chairperson coordinates every aspect of the evening and is assisted by Judith Sharpe Levy co-chair and additional volunteers. There was an incredible array of delicious Passover dishes that were generously donated by the women in attendance. Sisterhood thanks you All! In this day and age of limited time, multiple commitments and occasionally an ailing body I want to thank each

and every member of Sisterhood for their involvement. It is not always easy but this group not only gets things done but they are done well. And to those whose participation is not ‘active’, thank you for your support. Every Sisterhood member makes a difference here at Temple Beth Shalom!

On April 17 during Shabbat service, Women of the Wall speaker Cheryl Temkin joins us for her presentation on pluralism and WOW. The mission of WOW is to achieve the social and legal recognition of a woman’s right to wear tallit, pray and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall in Israel.

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns please feel free to direct them to me by phone or e-mail.

Charlene David, President

Special Sisterhood Thank You To:

Marilyn and Kurt Wallach for their generous donation of storage for rummage sale items in the Kurtell Building.

Janet Ramer for her very generous donation for the Mah Jongg Tournament

Sincere thanks to Brooklyn Water Bagel located at 5240 US 1 in Vero Beach for their donation of bagels for the Mah Jongg Tournament.

Special Sisterhood thank you to Cathy Berkowitz for serving on the Sisterhood Board and we wish her every happiness in Raleigh.

Jayne Drucker and Anita Weiss wish to thank the fabulous helpers and generous donors who made the Mah Jongg Tournament a great success.


Mishebeirach wishes to:

Sara Kouts.

Our continued best wishes and as always we are thinking of you.

In Sympathy to:

Sandy Blum on the loss of her sister, Bertha Miriam Solomon Marilyn Myers on the loss of her uncle, Elmer Rubin


Per our By-Laws, our nominating committee for the 2015-2016 year has met, chaired by our past-president, Bobbi Feiertag. The nominees for officers are:

President                                    Shelley Weltman

Vice President                             Maxyne Trompeter

Recording Secretary                     Sue Docktor

Corresponding Secretary              Linda Culver

Treasurer                                    Susan Coren

Voting for the board members will take place at our Annual Luncheon at Grand Harbor on May 3rd. If you’d like to nominate someone from the floor, please make sure they attend the luncheon or you have their permission to be nominated.

Join us for Sisterhoods


A Fun Fundraiser!

WHEN: Sunday, May 3, 2015

TIME:         1:00PM to 3:30 P.M.

PLACE: Grand Harbor Club, 4985 Club Terrace, Vero Beach

COST:                   SILVER                $18.00

(per person)           GOLD                   $36.00

Gold donors will be personally thanked in the Scroll, Simply Sisterhood and at the luncheon, or you may choose to remain anonymous

PLATINUM $100.00

Platinum donors will be given a special thank you gift. You will be personally thanked in the Scroll, Simply Sisterhood and at the luncheon, or you may choose to remain anonymous

Guests welcome at a charge of $25.00.


  1. Black & Blue Salad– blackened chicken breast, gorgonzola cheese, blueberries, cherry tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts served on a bed of greens
  2. Vegetable Quiche– with a mushroom fennel salad & fruit
  3. Three Golfer– a trio of chicken salad, egg salad and tuna salad with fresh greens, fruit and half toasted bagel

RSVP by April 25th . Your check is your RSVP. Please include menu choice.

CHECK made payable to TBS SISTERHOOD & MAILED TO: Susan Coren

1024 Riverwind Circle Vero Beach, FL 32967

Please direct questions to c-david@comcast.net


North on Indian River Blvd. (pass 45th St) and enter Grand Harbor entrance on Right. Adivse guard at gatehouse that you are attending the Sisterhood Luncheon at the Club House. Through the gate go halfway around the fountain. Continue east past Harmony Island and St. David’s Island to the Cub House entrance. Take a right at this entrance and the next right to the ramp heading to the front door for drop offs. Parking is on the lower level.


Every Thursday from 1-3 PM Sisterhood plays Mah Jongg. All are welcome! We even teach! See you in the temple social hall.


For information on the Sisterhood Book Club contact Judy Levine at gibbiej@gmail.com or 772-299-6157.



Regular gift Shop hours are Thursday afternoons, Fridays after services, and Sunday mornings during religious school hours. As always you can contact Anita Weiss at 772-489-2793 for an appointment at other times


YES you have the right to brag about your children or grandchildren Yes, we want to hear about your recent vacation! We want to hear all your good news! Welcome to Simply Sisterhood’s new Kvelling Korner! Call or email Janet Levenston, 772-564-0497 or janetlevenston@comcast.net with your news and it will be published in the next edition.


Miriam & Bernie Gross’s daughter, Robin, married Jeremy Gibbons the last week in March. Mazel Tov to all of them.


Sisterhood is searching for a volunteer to publish Simply Sisterhood beginning in July. All you need is a computer and we will teach you the rest! This is a Board position, affording you an oppportunity to help plan Sisterhood’s future. Please help the publication of Simply Sisterhood continue. Call or send an email if you can help to Shelley Weltman at 513-739-0521 or weltman5050@gmail.com


Oneg Captains are needed for January 2016, February, March and July. What is an Oneg Captain? It is a woman who is willing to help fill the void of Oneg sponsors that may exist for “her” month. Or, in the event of a last minute emergency, check the TBS freezer for goodies to provide an Oneg for Friday evening. Both of these responsibilities rarely occur. Why are most Onegs sponsored? Bar/Bat Mitzvah families and religious school classes cover onegim and Trudie in the Temple Office mails a letter twice a year to all congregants requesting sponsors and instructions as reminders. Trudie also publishes any Oneg openings in the Scroll.

As you know, the responsibility of a sponsor is just to bring the goodies and beverages to the Temple. The sponsor neither needs to set up nor clean up. Sisterhood pays Lisa or Amy to set up and clean up.

IF YOU ARE WILLING TO VOLUNTEER FOR ONE OF THE LISTED MONTHS OR SELECT ANOTHER MORE CONVENIENT MONTH to trade with a current “captain”, please e-mail Sue Docktor at sdoctor@earthlink.net. Thank you.

Message from Cathy Berkowitz:

“Dear all TBS Sisterhood members:

Although I have returned to Raleigh, N.C. in body, I am leaving a great deal of spirit and love for you in Vero Beach. I cannot begin to thank this sisterhood community enough for the support, comfort and spiritual growth I have received since I have been a member of TBS. Never have people reached out to me like this group has.

We all know the importance of “community”, and especially our Jewish community. Rabbi speaks about it in his sermons on Friday nights, and we experience it in the fun and laughter we share at TBS events. But I cannot emphasize enough how much strength I have gotten from our “sisterhood community. They were there for me in a time of need. No questions asked. The individual hugs, the meals, the thoughts, the outreach, I could go on and on. Nothing is like sharing a common belief with a group of women, a sisterhood, within a Temple community.

Thank you for listening. I will miss each and everyone of you. And, not to worry, I will be back to visit!!!”


Cathy Berkowitz

A Woman’s Voice

Join Cheryl Temkin, a representative from Women of the Wall as she shares WOW’s vision of pluralism and free prayer of women at the Western Wall. Friday, April 17th at Shabbat Service, 7:30 PM.

Jewish Film Festival

April 12th is the final film in the series. “Quality Balls” The David Steinberg Story. This is a look at the life and work of comedy icon David Steinberg, regular director of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld.

Relay For Life

Join TBS’s Team. There is still time to join the TBS Relay for Life Team. The Relay is May 1-2. We turn a party into an act of caring as we raise money for cancer research. Speak to Rabbi Birnholz for more details and to get a sign in form.

Temple Beth Shalom is on Facebook! Be sure to check it out and friend TBS.

Janet Levenston
Simply Sisterhood Editor janetlevenston@comcast.net


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