Jewish Friendship Group

Marilyn Anthony

The Jewish Friendship Group (JFG) is once again celebrating Chanukah with our annual party on Monday, Dec. 19, at the Vistas at SaddleBrooke One. This is not only a delicious meal with our traditional latkes and brisket (and apple crisp this year) but also doubles as our annual general meeting where we introduce our new board. Again this year, Chabad will be outside at 5 p.m. before our celebration, lighting their large menorah with the dancing dreidel to celebrate with us. And as usual, we are collecting toys and gift cards for those young people at the Diamond Children’s Center. Please remember to send your reservations to Laurie Colen as per the information sent out via email to everyone.

The November Ladies Coffee was hosted by Hara Lipman, a relatively new member of the JFG. It was a lovely, intimate indoor event with conversation not only in small groups, but as a single unit, which was most informative and interesting for all of us. Our thanks to Hara for opening her home and introducing us to the delicious baked goods of the new bakery in Catalina.

Our December Coffee is scheduled for Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the home of Marilyn Anthony (and, yes, there will be rye bread). RSVP to Marilyn at [email protected]. As her home is quite small, she can accommodate the first 24 ladies only.

We are looking for hostesses for future Ladies’ Coffees in the new year. The Ladies’ Coffees are supposed to not only promote easy socializing, but be simple for the hostess who is only required to make coffee and provide one treat—store-bought or home-baked. To make it even easier on the women hosting, the JFG has purchased a 45-cup coffee urn, which can be borrowed. You can host alone or with another woman. To sign up, please contact Sandy Rosen.

Sharon Treister kindly hosted our November Book Group, which discussed Women on Fire. The attendees were divided about the merits of the book, although all agreed that it would make an excellent movie and read more like a screenplay.

The December Book Club took place at the home of Rhoda Kaplan on Dec. 9 where Rhoda presented a much more complex book: House on Troubled Waters, by Emuna Elon. Set in Amsterdam in the present, it jumps back and forth in time to untangle the life of the protagonist. Definitely not written as a screenplay, although it, too, would make an excellent movie!

Jewish Trivia will return in the new year, so watch your emails for updates on time and place.

The JFG welcomes anyone interested in identifying with the Jewish community here in SaddleBrooke. For more information, please contact Marilyn Anthony at [email protected].