Green Tahini– recipe from Anat Hoffman

Green Tahini Ingredients (approximate– matter of taste) 1 garlic chopped with sea salt to the consistency of a paste 1/2 lb tahini paste (Israeli preferably) 2/3 cup Greek yogurt (3% or higher) I remade this using no-fat sour cream tops of a full bunch of flat leaf parsley olive oil– 3 Table spoons plus lemon juice– from 1 or 2 lemons Process in a food processor and taste. May want to add some water to make it a looser consistency. Drip additional olive oil on the top. Eat with veggies or bread. Great for lunch; it was a real hit with our Mahj group. Continue reading


WRJ Central District takes great pleasure in announcing the 2010-2012 Award winners. These Awards recognize Sisterhoods for their talent, ingenuity and commitment to the Women of Reform Judaism. Winning programs and/or projects are stimulating, resourceful and successful whether within their Sisterhoods, Temples or greater communities. We hope you will take these booklets back to our individual Sisterhoods to use already proven and successful ideas for future programming. Awards entries in Innovative Programming are separated by size of Sisterhoods: small (1-99 members), medium (100-299 members) and large (300+ members). A Sisterhood that is a winner in all areas and submits a Deborah Honoree will receive a Chai Award. The Chai Award is a $90 credit toward a District event to be… Continue reading

WRJ Central District Convention

The Art of Sisterhood Coming November 2-4, 2012 Troy, Michigan will be humming with the WRJ Central Area Convention planned for the first weekend in November. Guests will stay and attend events at the Somerset Inn. Please check out their website at Susan Bass, WRJ Vice President will be with us for the weekend training, educating, encouraging, and energizing the delegates. Susan will also give the Centennial Kickoff allowing the delegates to take back exciting information to their sisterhoods. Temple Beth El, Shir Tikvah, Temple Israel, Temple Kol Ami, and Temple Emanu-El are thrilled to welcome the central delegates to the Detroit area. On Saturday evening, during dinner an auction has been planned with every central district sisterhood having… Continue reading

A Special Area Day on Shabbat Shira

February 4, 2012, members of the Central Area of our district, along with some district board members, experienced an amazing Shabbat morning service of song and prayer. Using the Shabbat service from the Mishkan Tifilah as the guide, participants were led in worship by artist and singer, Julie Silver, and two of the female rabbis who reside in the Columbus, Ohio area, Elka Abrahamson and Deborah Lefton,. The service was projected onto a screen at the front of the sanctuary so everyone’s hands were free to clap and/or play a musical instrument made available by the Wormen of Beth Shalom. The women sang and danced to the beautiful music provided by Julie and truly turned the sanctuary at Temple Israel… Continue reading

Chai Life, Cincinnati, OH

Originally entered as a comment on October 1st, 2009 The Valley Temple Sisterhood in Cincinnati, Ohio has been doing a program called Chai Life for five years. This program, originally called Jewels, began as a way for Women of Reform Judaism members to include their daughters ages 18 and younger in Jewish programming. But we found out almost immediately that many of our sons also wanted to participate. So we renamed our group Chai Life and it includes all of our children and grandchildren. Our programming has included making fleece blankets for Project Linus, decorating planting pots for parsley for the Passover plate, designing art with Jewish calligraphy, making Hanukkah cards for those elderly congregants and community members and other… Continue reading

Do something different

Originally Submitted on 2009/08/12 as a comment For many years, our Donor, which is our major fundraiser, was a Sunday Brunch. This year, because there was a conflict with the Temple’s celebration of our 90th anniversary, we moved our Donor to a Saturday night for a Havdalah/Installation program. We did not charge for a meal as we had in the past. Instead, we had our Havdalah service followed by a dessert buffet, which included wine and cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, gourmet teas and coffee, as well as a chocolate fountain! We had a great response! Our attendance was up and so were the donations that we received. We learned that sometime you need to “think outside the box!” Do… Continue reading

Anat Hoffman visited Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor

She talked about many things in Israel– its relative safety, the fact that most Israelis are happy with their lives; but not so happy with society.  She talked about the Women of the Wall, the Israeli Religious Action Center (IRAC), and the fact that HUC is not recognized as a legitimate school for educating and graduating Rabbis. One of the things she discussed was the increasing push to make Israel an Orthodox state rather than a secular one.  Anat and IRAC are working to provide religious, rabbinic, and social equality for women and other “groups” within Israel. One document IRAC has published, and was referred to in her talk is Excluded for God’s Sake discussing and enumerating gender segregation in… Continue reading

TBE Sisterhood visits Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, MI

Yesterday we had an arranged visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center.  It was wonderful.  Just 30 minutes northeast of Ann Arbor, I would highly recommend it for anyone within even a 3 hour radius.  We were there for about 2 1/2 hours– not enough time.  We had a tour of the facility with a woman who was one of the Kinder from the Kindertransport.  She took some extra time to talk to us of her experiences after our tour of the museum. We were then given a wonderful talk by another survivor– a woman from Poland who made it through the war, mostly in the Russian Work Camps, surviving on a very minimal amount of food and living above the… Continue reading


Temple Israel Sisterhood hosted a fabulous event in November in conjunction with our Brotherhood. BINGO-RITA! I lifted this idea from the WRJ President’s Listserve from a Sisterhood in New York (who, in turn, got it from a SH in Boca Raton). The idea is to host a fun, purely social bingo event that appeals to a broad range of ages, and boy did it work! We had over 80 attendees ranging from late 20s to their 70s. (Please note, this was after and OSU football game that went into overtime, so that is saying something!) We picked a date and solicited prizes from local businesses and organizations. Our prizes ranged from $10 gift cards to Panera and Starbucks, to a… Continue reading