Sisterhood Paid Up Membership Brunch

Date: Sun October 21, 2018Time: 10:00 am Contact: Robin RosenbergEmail:

Sylvia with the torah at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Photo by Davi ChengWhen Sylvia met Olga

An Unexpected Friendship & the Holocaust Torah with which It Began

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 10 am

Sisterhood’s Paid-up Membership Brunch

Slide Show and Presentation by Sylvia Sukop. All are Welcome!

When Sylvia met Olga: This is the story of an unexpected friendship and the Holocaust Torah with which it began. Sylvia will discuss the unexpected kinship borne of shared values and traditions interpreted in a contemporary context, tracing the journey of a 19th-century, Eastern European Torah scroll and how it came to hold new significance for a 21st-century, progressive Jewish community in LA.

Sylvia Sukop is a writer, educator, and longtime member of Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim in Los Angeles, founded as the world's first LGBTQ synagogue. Czech-born Olga Gabanyiova Grilli survived the Holocaust thanks to a Kindertransport. What brought these two strangers together and led to their lifelong friendship was a Torah from Olga's hometown, now in the care of Sylvia's congregation.

Free for all current Sisterhood members
or $18/non-member adult

This event begins with brunch, followed by a talk and slide show presentation and it is open to the community. Suggested contribution is $18/adult.

Please bring new, full-sized toiletries to Donate to Hope’s Door, a women’s shelter.

RSVP requested by 10/17 - contact Robin at or 914-693-4260. Free childcare is available upon prior request. 

Top: Sylvia Sukop with Olga Gabanyiova Grilli
Bottom: Sylvia with the torah at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Photo by Davi Cheng