Our Sisterhood is proud to announce that two Sisterhood members, Deena Hertz and Beverly Rubin, have been selected as our 2016 Women of the Year. They will be honored at our Paid Up Membership Brunch held at the temple on Sunday, September 18 at 9:45 am.
For the past 12 years, the two Sisterhood volunteers have been in charge of sending Sisterhood Cards for a variety of occasions such as births, engagements, graduations and weddings, as well as to those who are hospitalized or when a loss has occurred.
Deena Hertz was born in Chester after her parents moved there from Philadelphia when they purchased a business. She has fond memories of visiting her family in Philadelphia almost every Sunday after they moved to Chester.
As a teenager, she was very active with the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) organization as well as the Aleph Zadic Aleph (AZA) boys. The group held conventions in many cities including Lancaster. She remembers the exact date when she met her husband, Alan – April 25, 1960. He went into the army following his graduation from high school. He called her every week until he left to go overseas, and then she received his letters for the next three years.
When she told him she was returning to Lancaster for another convention, he asked her to contact his mother, Ida Hertz. She was hesitant, but she did make the call, and as she reflects, the rest was history. She and Alan have been married for 52 years. They married in 1964, exactly four years after they first met. They have two daughters, Debbie Naudain and Keir James, and two grandsons, Aidyn and Elijah James.
Since she had watched her own mother and her mother-in-law participate in their Sisterhood organizations, Hertz decided to follow in their footsteps. She taught Sunday School at the Temple Beth El Religious School for about 10 years. She also helped set up a meal at Water Street Rescue Mission, price jewelry to be sold at the temple’s annual Food Festival, helped prepare the Sisterhood’s Purim gift boxes, and when needed, she helped with the Chevra Kadisha, a group of volunteers who help with ritual preparations of an individual who has just died, before the funeral is held.
Hertz has served as an assistant Girl Scout leader, and was in direct sales for 13 years. She also worked in banking for more than 10 years, and was in retail sales for over 20 years before retiring in 2013 from the Bon Ton Furniture Gallery.
Beverly Rubin moved to Lancaster in 1976 while pregnant with her son, Frank, and was immediately introduced to the Temple Beth El Sisterhood by her late mother-in-law Dorothy.
Town Fair at Temple Beth El’s original location in downtown Lancaster was Rubin’s first volunteer activity when she was 6 months pregnant. This led to cooking in the kitchen, teaching in the Temple’s Religious School on Sunday mornings and developing the congregation’s first pre-school Sunday program. She also volunteered at the Sisterhood Gift Shop, and helped with Sisterhood’s anniversary Leagram cards. She remembers that when these cards were first introduced, volunteers hand colored and wrote the recipients’ names, and they often hand delivered special landmark Leagram cards.
During the past 39 years, she has been a member of the Temple board and the Cemetery Committee, and has also helped with the Chevrah Kadisha when called upon. In addition to volunteering for Sisterhood and the Temple, Rubin was the last BBG advisor in Lancaster before the chapter was incorporated into the Lancaster Jewish Community Center’s teen youth group called JCY.
She was a La Leche League leader, a parent advocate for Adults and Children with Learning and Development Delays (ACLD), and she spent five years as JCY (BBYO) advisor starting when her daughter, Adina, was a junior in high school.
Rubin retired 3 ½ years ago from Heart of Lancaster (formerly Community Hospital), after serving as a Medical Technologist for 25 years, to help her daughter by babysitting for first her granddaughter, Lilly, and now also for Sophia.
Both women say that they love sending out Sisterhood cards, knowing that the funds raised help support various Sisterhood and Temple projects.
They both agree that it is gratifying to see the generosity of Sisterhood members and others who send these cards. Working on this project over the years, and getting to know Temple members, has also made them feel like they are part of a fantastic family. Hertz and Rubin are very grateful for being recognized for their work through the years. They were both surprised and touched when they learned of their special honor.
There is no cost for paid-up Sisterhood members to attend the brunch. The cost for guests or non-Sisterhood members is $10. R.S.V.P by calling the temple office at 717-581-7891, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 12.