NHS SISTERHOOD BRUNCH
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Elul and the Process of Psychological Transformation
Tanya Siff, Ph.D, Guest Speaker
The first meeting of NHS Sisterhood took place on Sunday morning, August 24th. Sisterhood Co-President Pam Gardner welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. The minutes from the previous meeting were read, and different Board members gave reports. New Sisterhood members Jane Zimmerman and Tanya Siff were honored with bouquets of flowers.
Sarah Barnard led the HaMozi blessing over bread, and everyone enjoyed a festive buffet brunch of noodle kugels, baked salmon, cottage cheese, fruit salad, and assorted desserts.
Sarah Barnard led Birkat HaMazon, Grace after Meals, and Joyce Leahr introduced our special guest speaker, Tanya Siff,Ph.D, wife of our new Rabbi David Siff. She was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and grew up in Chicago. She studied in Israel at the Coservative Yeshiva and holds a PhD in Psychology. While living in Philadelphia, she maintained a private practice that specialized in addiction.
Tanya spoke about "looking at the pain in your life" as an opportunity for personal growth. As the month of Elul contains the High Holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it is a wonderful time for self-reflection and potential personal change. As examples, she spoke about three former patients in her practice. After the presentation, Joyce Leahr presented Tanya with a gift bag containing assorted cook books and books about Cincinnati.
Finally, Bobbi Handwerger conducted the Raffle drawings for assorted prizes from the Sisterhood Gift Shop. Sale items were on display in the Zorndorf Social Hall, and the Gift Shop was open after the Brunch.
Photography by Gayna Bassin