Northern Hills Synagogue-Congregation B'nai Avraham logo NHS-CBA building exterior

60 Years of Food at NHS

Saturday, February 1, 2020
7:00 pm

For 60 years, volunteers at Northern Hills Synagogue - Congregation B'nai Avraham have warmed our hearts and our stomachs with delicious food from the kitchen. What better way to honor them than an evening filled with cooking?

On Saturday evening, February 1st, NHS honored all those who have made our synagogue into a home. Beginning with Havdalah led by Rabbi Noah Ferro, we then moved onto 4 cooking activities inspired by our love of food. There were 4 areas where members learned how to make traditional Jewish delicacies like hamentashen and rugelach, plus decorated sugar cookies and thumbprint cookies.

We then came back together and celebrated all who have volunteered in the kitchen for the past 60 years, with special honors for long-time kitchen volunteer Lois Pornoy. There was also a surprise birthday cake for Matt Lee!

After the program, we enjoyed the previously prepared desserts and the freshly baked cookies and rugelach.

Photography by Gayna Bassin, Herb Brass and Jane Karlsberg.

Click here to go to our Facebook Album to see more photos!

Contact Gayna at if you would like to have a print resolution-sized photo file.


Rabbi Noah Ferro performs the Havdalah ceremony, marking the end of Shabbat.

Bill Freedman, NHS President, and Rabbi Samantha Schapera welcomed everyone.

Making Hamentashen.
Making Rugelach.
Making Sugar Cookies.

Making Thumbprint Cookies.
Connie Hinitz and Sonia Milrod.
Tammie and Oded Zmora.
Dr. Irwin Light at the chocolate fountain.
Matt Lee tries to blow out the candle on his birthday cake.
Henry and Diana Fenichel with their daughter and son-in-law.
Rocky Weiser and Lois Pornoy.
Cassondra and Rabbi Noah Ferro, with new rabbinic intern Sam Schauvaney.

Ron Richards unveils the plaque in honor of Lois Pornoy and the other NHS Kitchen Volunteers.
Plaque in honor of Lois Pornoy and the other NHS Kitchen Volunteers.
Rocky Weiser, left, and Lois Pornoy's family.
Ari and Debbie Karmel Cohen.
Phyliss and Jerry Shubs.

Raffle to Split the Pot.

Click here to go to our Facebook Album to see more photos!



Home  |  About Us  |  PrayingLearning  | Doing |  Giving | Calendar | Contact Us | Facebook logo

Copyright © 2019 by Northern Hills Synagogue. All rights reserved.
Please send comments or suggestions to the