By Miriam Furman
Special occasion dresses and business suits will take center stage at Temple Beth Sholom Sisterhood and the Z’havah Group’s Fall Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 19; that is, before they’re donated to empower women seeking a fresh start in life. The dinner will honor longtime member Gloria Fischel for her many years of distinctive service as the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism representative at the United Nations.
The evening, which begins at 6:15 p.m., will include a cocktail hour and sit down dinner by Joseph Craig Caterer, boutiques shopping, raffles, and remarks from a founder of Beautiful Memories Gemach of New Hyde Park, the organization that will distribute the donated attire to women living in shelters and others who are trying to back on their feet.
Members of the community are invited to participate by donating “something from your closet, but most of all from your heart,” says Sisterhood President Cindy Feldman, who requests that people limit their donations to special and meaningful attire that “can change the direction of battered women’s lives.”
Feldman suggests that donors include a note of hope pinned to each garment indicating why it’s special and their hope for the next woman who wears it.
Donors are asked to drop off their items in advance and hang them on the rack provided at Temple Beth Sholom, 401 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Heights, or at the Village Hall at East Hills Park, 209 Harbor Hill Rd., East Hills. TBS Sisterhood thanks the Village of East Hills for partnering with it on this project.
Dinner responses are requested by Tuesday, Nov. 10. The cost is $60 for sisterhood members and $85 for non-members and guests. For further information, contact the synagogue office at 516-621-2288.
From left: Deborah Brosowsky, Mimi Weitz, Wendy Jager-Hyman, Cindy Feldman, Cindy Katz and Esther Meth, all members of the fall dinner committee