The Women's Havura at Northbrook Community Synagogue is a dynamic and eclectic group of women of all backgrounds and practice who come together to enjoy various programming opportunities and friendship building activities. Many of the members of the Havura are members of NCS, but membership to NCS is not required. In fact, women in our Havura span the Chicagoland area and are members at many synagogues. It is that diverse collection of friends that makes the NCS Women's Havura so special, welcoming and fun for all who attend.

 Our Havura is at the heart of synagogue life at Northbrook Community Synagogue for so many. We hope you’ll want to be a part of the Women’s Havura –where friendships are made and experiences shared.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or comments, or just attend an event. Our board of directors can be found below, and are happy to answer any questions you may have, or simply greet you with open arms. 

Facilitator: Gloria Horwitz
At Large:     Diane Balter
                       Erica Friedman
                       Bonnie Goldstein
                       Sue Nadler
Treasurer:  Leah Leshem
Publicity:   Dorothy Weinberg

Upcoming Havura Events

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The next event will be posted shortly, thank you to all who made the bingo night awesome!

Women's Havura Book Club


The Fortune Teller's Kiss
by Brenda Serotte

Wednesday, September 6 @ 7 PM at NCS

There was always the incantation: “Whoever wishes you harm, may harm come to them!” And just in case that didn’t work, there were garlic and cloves to repel the Evil Eye—or, better yet, the dried foreskin from a baby boy’s circumcision, ground to a fine powder. But whatever precautions Brenda Serotte was subjected to, they were not enough. Shortly before her eighth birthday, in the fall of 1954, she came down with polio—painfully singled out in a world already marked by differences. Her bout with the dreaded disease is at the heart of this poignant and heartbreakingly hilarious memoir of growing up a Sephardic Jew among Ashkenazi neighbors in the Bronx. This was a world of belly dancers and fortune tellers, shelter drills and vast quantities of Mediterranean food; a world of staunchly joined and endlessly contrary aunts and uncles, all drawn here in loving, merciless detail.

The Fortune Teller’s Kiss is a heartfelt tribute to a disappearing culture and a paean to the author’s truly quirky clan, especially her beloved champion, her father. It is also a deft and intimate cultural history of the Bronx fifty years ago and of its middle-class inhabitants, their attitudes toward contagious illness, womanly beauty, poverty, and belonging.