Links mentioned in class


Susan Hoekstra, Senior Master Teacher

Contact Susan


Contact Doreen Finkel

Discount code: SUNNY


Rachel Braun, Embroidery artist 



Temma Gentiles 

Torah Stitch by Stitch

Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis,

How Jews Craft Resilience and Create Community

by Jodi Eichler-Levine 


Note from Jeanette: I was so impressed by the needlepoint of Roxane Goldstein z"l that I asked her daughter, Marcia Goldstein, to write a short biography of her mother —


   My mom, Roxane Goldstein, was born in Connecticut to Camilla and Henry Dinkowitz. Camilla was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the youngest of 5 children. Her mother raised 5 children as a single mother and they lived above the shoe store that she owned. Henry was one of 6, born in Ukraine and came to this country at 13 years old. He quickly learned English (he knew spoken and written Russian, Yiddish, and Hebrew). He owned a ladies lingerie business along with 2 brothers. He managed the factory.

   Roxane met my father, George Goldstein, through their mutual dentist. My mother became a devoted housewife and mother as my father began and grew a medical practice on Long Island. My mother was really a ‘professional volunteer’; creating a Golden Agers Club for shut-in older adults once a week (arranging transportation, creating programs and activities at our shul), singing in and putting on local community theater productions, den mother for my brothers’ boy scouts, working in a thrift store that raised money for the National Council of Jewish Women. Her other interests were arranging and playing 4 handed pieces on piano with her sister, starting an Investment Club, continuously learning and playing Bridge-she was a Life Master. She also enjoyed going to concerts and the theater, gardening, chilling at the beach during the summer and was an incredible knitter. 

   She started out in needlepoint, in the 1960’s, doing the continental stitch and then moved on to Bargello. In 1975 I worked in a hobby store and bought her a needlepoint book that had over 100 different stitches. From that, she really took off experimenting with those stitches and using different types of threads. She gave most of her pieces away to family and close friends. In cleaning out her condo, I came across about 10 needlepoint stitch books and many boxes of threads and embellishments. When she started coming to Ramah Darom for Passover, she taught a few needlepoint classes.Sadly, she was widowed at age 50. She was a mother of 3, grandmother of 4, and great grandmother of 1. Her greatest joy was her family.