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505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739


Yom Shabbat, 30 Sivan 5777

Agudas Israel Sisterhood: Inspired by the Past -- Securing Our Future

*making new friendships

*financially and actively supporting the Congregation

*participating in community projects

*committed to provide social and spiritual events

*a diverse group of women...we are single, single parents, married, married with children, divorced and widowed

To join our organization, contact: President: Bonnie Cooper, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Membership Secretary: Sherry Harris, 828-697-1417.

SISTERHOOD PLANS IT'S FIRST CHOCOLATE SEDER, Monday, March 20, 2017...make your reservation today!

Chocolate Seder

Sisterhood Luncheon in honor of Thanksgiving - On Monday, November 14, 21 Sisterhood members joined together for a social lunch and expressed the things that they are thankful for. The following writing by our own Dr. Teri Nadler-Thorz said it all:

I am grateful for being in the company of very special women: Women who have confidence in themselves with a strong sense of purpose, and therefore continue to always make a difference. Women who know who they are, embrace their weakness and honor their strengths, as they lead with wit and wisdom, strength and courage. Women who are not aftaid to be a little different, becuase they trust in thier soul that they are capable of doing so much more...and then they go ahead and just do it. Women who have good thoughts in their mind and good feelings in their heart...and they always seem to make us smile. Women walk through the world facing many hardships yet they walk with gentleness and grace, strength and compassion and never need excuses. Women who make things better simply by showing up and then they magically make things happen. These are women who change the world every day...women like us. And becuase I am part of this magnificient group of women, I am indeed very grateful.

Sisterhood Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon - Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 11 am, Hendersonville Country Club--Chair, Dr. Teri Nadler-Thorz and her committee planned a fabulous afternoon with fashions from Chico's, beautiful decorations, delicious lunch, elegant orchids, and lots of surprises. 

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Sisterhood Installation Shabbat, Friday, August 12, 2016, 7:30 pm--The incoming Sisterhood Board led a creative Shabbat Service and had an installation candlelighting ceremony honoring the Women of the Bible with lovely music by our own trio of singers.

gudas Israel Sisterhood Building Beautification Fund!
Sisterhood would like to thank you for your past participation in our Sisterhood Gift Card
Program. You have made a significant impact on our Temple becoming an even better place for us to congregate and worship through the following two ways:
Rebates from the gift cards you purchase
Donations you have made for special projects such as the Kitchen Renovation Fund and the Sanctuary Beautification Fund.
2013/2014: We renovated the Agudas kitchen with the funds from these two areas.
2015: We engaged a fiber artist to create our unique, beautiful Ark curtain and Bimah cover.
We most recently purchased 6 new matching chairs and 4 matching tables to go next to
the new chairs.
NOW ANNOUNCING: Sisterhood is changing the name (but not the methods) of our new 2016 fundrais-ing to the SISTERHOOD BUILDING BEAUTIFICATION FUND. We are now expanding our efforts to include ALL areas of the Agudas Israel building.
We are accepting suggestions for more ways to beautify our wonderful synagogue. Please note, this does not include repairs or maintenance, as the congregation has a fund for that.
Please contact Carol with your suggestions.Thank you again for your past support! Carol Leaman, Sisterhood V.P for Fundraising

Natalie outgoing board lunch 2016Outgoing Sisterhood President, Natalie Zitnick thanked her outgoing Board with a lovely lunch at the Kenmure Country Club. Natalie has served two successful terms as Sisterhood President from 2012-2016. Incoming board is: Bonnie Cooper, President; Barbara Monoson, Carol Leaman, Joan Kershner, Vice Presidents; Phyllis Bentley, Treasuer; Sue Kaplan, Recording Secretary, Sherry Harris, Membership Secretary, Marilyn Rosen, Corresponding Secretary; Trustees: Teri Nadler-Thorz, Iris Stewart, Lenore Foster, and Toby Linder.




Spring social program: Tour of the Bold Rock Cidery - Monday, April 11- The Sisterhood woman enjoyed a tour of the new Bold Rock Cider facility...a great time was had by all!

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Bold Rock Cider Tour

Annual Sisterhood Fashion Show and Luncheon was another great success at the Hendersonville Country Club on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The Fashion Show featured fashions by Chico's of Asheville. 
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Fashion Show Models

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History of Jewish Hendersonville


Michael Beckerman along with assistance from Becky Banadyga, lead two outstanding tours of downtown Hendersonville, showing the history of Jewish merchants on Main street.
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Judaica Boutique – New and improved!!!
 Israel Festival 2015 Judaica Boutique BoothOur Judaica Boutique has had booths at the Israel Festival and HardLox in Ashville.
Bonnie Cooper and Teri Nadler-Thorz are the co-buyers of the Judaica Boutique.

One of our new goals at Agudas is for our congregants to see our Judaica Boutique as their personal gift destination. Not only are you supporting your congregation, you even have a “personal shopper” as we can order anything you may need at any time.

As we continue to flourish with the help of our congregational support and our continued participation in various venues like The Mountain Jewish Festival (next one on August 21, 2016), HardLox in Asheville, our local community will now think of Agudas’s Judaica Boutique as the only Jewish retail store in the area. That would mean great awareness for our congregation and increased needed revenue. If we can be of asistance to you and place special orders for something you are looking for, just call the office and leave a message for us.

We have purchased some incredible new inventory and gifts for our Judaica Boutique. For Chanukah we will be stocked with some fun Chanukah gifts and books for children as well as some unique and fantastic gifts for adults. In addition to some beautiful new Jewelry, we reordered the exquisite hand painted pure Silk Scarves with matching necklaces from Jerusalem as they were quite the hit. Wait until you see some new items from various Israeli artists, like the stunning colors found in Emanuel’s candle sticks and Menorahs. These are perfect gifts for weddings, engagements and even birthdays.

Dr. Teri Nadler- Thorz and Bonnie Cooper
On Friday, August 8, 7pm we honored three very deserving woman in our congregation who have devoted much time and energy to making Agudas Israel a better place, and because of them we are. There was a beautiful Shabbat service to honor Natalie ZitnicWomen of Valourk, Carol Leaman, and Randye Unsell led by Teddi's daughter Patti.
Teddi and Patti

Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show at Hendersonville Country Club onTuesday, July 22, 2014 - Fashions by Belk.
Special thanks to Chairs: Carol Leaman and Susan Bohnen and the models: Linda Reihs, Deanna Warshauer, Linda Liebman, Rebecca Lebowitz, and Bonnie Cooper
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Sisterhood Board for 2016-2018


President Bonnie Cooper
1st Vice President-Hospitality       Barbara Monoson
2nd Vice President-Fund Raising

Carol Leaman 

Karen Murray (Assit. VP)

3rd Vice President-Program
Joan Kershner
Recording Secretary C. Susan Kaplan
Corresponding Secretary Marilyn Rosen
Teasurer Phyllis Bentley
Past Pres & Board Liaison Natalie Zitnick
Trustees Lenore Foster
Teri Nadler-Thorz
Iris Stewart
   Phyllis Fish
Membership Committee Sherry Harris
Judaica Boutique Teri Nadler-Thorz, Bonnie Cooper
Golden Book Becky Banadyga
Gift Card Program Carol Leaman