Seventeen women and four men attended the annual Sisterhood Brunch at B’nai Emunah, Sunday, October 19th. The brunch table was replete with delicious foods enjoyed by everyone.
After round-the-table introductions we had a brief Sisterhood meeting to share information about the upcoming Hannuka Bazaar and Craft Fair, Sunday, December 7th, the synagogue’s 65th anniversary weekend celebration of Dec. 12 – 14th and collect ideas for future programs. We also learned from the treasurer’s report that Sisterhood donated $7,500 to the congregation last year.
The piece de resistance, however, was B’nai Emunah member and guest speaker, Manfred Wolf. Manfred, a retired San
Francisco State University professor, has taught at USF’s Fromm Institute for fifteen years. He delighted us with snippets and excerpts from his recently published memoir, Survival in Paradise: Sketches of a Refugee Life In Curacao.” He shared his memories of escaping with his family from Holland in the early 1940s via a lengthy journey through France, Spain, Portugal, Suriname and finally Curacao. His stories of family life and being a refugee during the Holocaust elicited the sharing of stories from some of the attendees.
More copies of his book were in demand than what he brought for the after-talk book signing, so arrangements were made to provide more copies.
Many thanks to the women who helped with set-up and/or clean-up: Linda Wertheim, Janis Seeman, Susan Tauber, Jennifer Joseph, Flori Green and Bonnie Lindauer.