2016 Temple Beth Darom

President: Judy Donnenberg 352-789-1270 

Dues are $18 for the year. All are welcome; you need not be a member of our temple nor do you have to be Jewish to join!



Sisterhood is moving forward with some great plans for the coming year! Led by master gardener Helen Ogren and with the assistance of Pat Burns, the head of programming for our local chapter of Master Gardeners, we learned all about herbs and the proper techniques for planting our herbs and keeping them alive. 


We were given handouts on growing and using herbs as well as on which to plant and when. We learned some of the newer ‘tricks of the trade’ such as covering the bottom hole of the container with a coffee filter (no longer do we use rocks).


Mary, in introducing this session, honored the holiday of Tu B’Shevat by explaining the Jewish tradition of planting a tree when a child is born. She also reminded us that on this day 75 years ago, Auschwitz was liberated, reading a poem for the occasion.   


Everybody LOVES Judy Donnenberg's sponge cake, and so it was the feature of February's Sisterhood meeting! Judy demonstrated how to make her sponge cake, taking each step at a time allowing plenty of time for viewing and questions. Now we will all be experts! Thanks to Janet Sadowsky who supplied other refreshments and her lovely home for the demonstration.                                                                

A tour of the Judaica Suite in the Smathers Library of the University of Florida, Gainesville, will take place on Monday, March 2nd.  The tour will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Plans to car pool from On Top of the World to the University have been made. .  The tour will be followed by lunch at a Gainesville restaurant.  The tour features artwork and sculptures and tapestries as well as more than 100,000 volumes of Jewish studies and secular literature.  The library's memorial book collection is the largest in the Southeast.  

Continuing the Sisterhood year:                                                                                            



 April – a tour of Shalom Park with emphasis on its Jewish roots                                                      

 May – Jewish cookbooks from various ethnic groups; we will purchase these to be kept in a lending library. Each member will talk about their book and we will each cook a recipe from the book.   We hope to get a grant from the JCNCF for this project.                                                   

June – end-of-year luncheon and talk by music expert. We will be collecting T-shirts for the homeless children of Marion County 

Following up, during the week of Hanukkah Jewish residents of several of our local assisted living and rehabilitation facilities were presented with special gifts by members of our Sisterhood.  These kindness boxes brought expressions of gratitude and delight and warm feeling from those recipients. Particularly memorable in our conversations with the recipients was Maria who was wearing a Jerusalem shirt and greeted us with both smiles and tears, expressing her delight at being remembered by fellow Jews at this time of year.   The activities directors of each facility expressed their appreciation as well, one even noting that because of our programs (we also do Chanukah programs as an activity at facilities) she learned so much and last year made matzoh ball soup for her Jewish residents.Helvetica Light is an easy to read font, with tall and narrow letters, that works well on almost every site.