St. Louis Community Eruv to Celebrate 24th Anniversary

ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY ERUV, INC.
(314) 863-1811 – Eruv Hotline
http://www.stleruv.org – Website

December 2018

St. Louis Community Eruv to Celebrate 24th Anniversary

On Friday, December 9, 1994, at 11:45 AM, the St. Louis Community Eruv was first completed and inspected. On Friday evening, December 7, 2018, the Jewish Community celebrates the 24th Anniversary of the Eruv. On that Shabbat and every Shabbat, except 4 times, during the past 24 years, the Eruv has been available for use by members of this Community. The Eruv remains a constant source of pride and accomplishment for our community.

The Eruv’s 20 mile perimeter is inspected every week by two very qualified and dedicated inspectors. Often, repairs are required to keep the Eruv functional. In the spring and summer, cutting and trimming are required almost every week to prevent trees and shrubs from interfering with the Eruv. In the winter, cold temperatures cause breaks in the Eruv when plastic moldings and monofilament strings become brittle and crack. The costs to operate the Eruv include all costs of insurance, weekly inspections, the Eruv hotline and email alert system, repairs, maintenance and boundary changes. Repairs often require the assistance of a qualified lineman.

In the past five years, there have also been major expenses to reroute the Eruv to avoid new construction of the MetroLink extension, The Boulevard Development on Brentwood Boulevard, the improvements along I-64 and I-170, the Woodson Road bridge replacement north of Olive Street Road and the current installation of the new bicycle path and sidewalk across Forest Park Parkway, and the other ongoing major construction projects near Skinker Blvd at Washington University.

These changes and others have expanded the Eruv boundary to include Washington University Student Housing and Hillel, and the Parkview Neighborhood south of Delmar and west of Skinker Boulevard. Such expansions increase Shabbat hospitality and synagogue attendance. They help those requiring assistance to get out on Shabbat, to attend synagogue, and to share all that is available in celebration and in learning. The Eruv is a service to all individuals and families within its boundaries to enhance their celebration of Shabbat.

Much of the repair and maintenance work on the Eruv was done for many years by a few dedicated volunteers. Those volunteers, now twenty-four years older, continue to work when needed. New younger volunteers are needed to insure the long-term viability of our community Eruv.

The Eruv has incurred, and will incur, costs and expenses for its repair and maintenance. On this 24th anniversary celebration of the St. Louis Community Eruv, we are soliciting financial support for the Eruv from those who live within it. The St. Louis Community Eruv is requesting that each resident within the Eruv consider a contribution to the Eruv of $200 or more. To make an online contribution by credit card or PayPal account, please go to the Eruv website, www.stleruv.org and select the DONATE button. Contributions by check should be made payable to St. Louis Community Eruv, Inc. and mailed to:

St. Louis Community Eruv, Inc.
c/o Joel Garbow, Ph.D., Treasurer
7947 Cornell Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63130

Please respond quickly and generously. St Louis Community Eruv Inc is a not-for-profit and is tax exempt. Contributions are deductible from US and State income taxes.

Sisterhood

The Sisterhood Scoop – December 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume I Number 39 – December 1, 2018

Now Accepting NEW and Renewal Sisterhood Memberships for 2019

NHBZ Sisterhood is aiming for 100% participation by all NHBZ women Annual Sisterhood Dues – $25 Join NOW, avoid the January rush!

NHBZ Sisterhood and the St. Louis Senior Kollel present Balance for Balabustes (a continuing class for women).
Strength Training • Bone Health • Flexibility for Females
With Dr. Jill Abrams

Wednesday, December 12th
2:00 – 4:00pm at NHBZ
Refreshments with be served.

BOOK CLUB MEMBERS… Don’t forget…

The next meeting of the NHBZ Sisterhood Book Club is on Monday, December 17, 7:15-8:45 PM at the home of Rhonnie Goldfader. Contact Rhonnie to RSVP and to get directions: 314-434-5068 or rhonnieg@sbcglobal.net The December book is: The Sisters Weiss, by Naomi Ragen, a novel about sisters in 1950’s Brooklyn, complete with intergenerational drama, culture clash, religion, identity, loyalty, and love! For those who like to read ahead, the next Book Club meeting is February 25 at the home of Trudy Sudin, and the book selection is: The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, by David I. Kertzer – compiled from Stone Chumash (Vayeitzei) and aish.org

BEST POTATO LATKE RECIPE EVER!

Yield: 8

BEST POTATO LATKE RECIPE EVER!

Ingredients

  • 4 medium Idaho potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoon matzoh meal
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper Applesauce or sour cream(optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare a large bowl filled with cold water.
  2. Peel potatoes, and as you finish each, place in cold water to prevent browning.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Cut potatoes lengthwise into halves or quarters so they fit into food processor feed tube. Process potatoes using the blade that creates thin, shoestring-like strips. Transfer to a large bowl.
  5. Add eggs, matzoh meal, salt and pepper and mix well.
  6. Drop 6 to 8 spoonfuls of mixture into hot oil. Using the back of a spoon, pat down each latke to flatten it. Put as many as you can in the skillet without crowding. Putting them too close together will make them soggy.
  7. Fry 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden and crisp around the edges; repeat procedure until finished with all the batter.
  8. Blot excess oil with paper towels.
  9. Serve warm with applesauce or sour cream, if desired.

Notes

Corn meal is a great substitute for matzoh meal and will also make your latkes nice and crispy.

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BOOK CLUB NEWS!

The next meeting of the NHBZ Sisterhood Book Club will be Monday, December 17, 7:15-8:45PM at the home of Rhonnie Goldfader. Next book is: The Sisters Weiss,
by Naomi Ragen, a novel of sisters in 1950’s Brooklyn, with intergenerational drama, culture clash, religion, and the role of women! February 25 Book Selection:

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,
by David I. Kertzer

ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US! FOR MORE INFO CONTACT Fran Alper

For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: sisterhood@nhbz.org

Parsha Vayishlach

Jacob and his family returned from the house of Laban to the land of Israel, only to find Esau heading toward them with 400 men, ready for battle. After preparing his family for war and praying to G-d for help, Jacob attempts to appease his brother by sending him a gift of many animals. After his family crosses the river to await the meeting with Esau, Jacob is left alone for an all-night ‘confrontation’ with an angel disguised as a man. Although Jacob is victorious, he is left limping from a hip-dislocation. Rejoining his family, Jacob encounters Esau who accepts him with an apparent new-found brotherly love. Jacob and Esau part ways in peace. Another crisis arises when Jacob’s daughter Dinah is abducted and raped by Shechem, the prince of a town with the same name. Two of Jacob’s sons, outraged at the humiliation caused to their sister, trick the town’s residents into circumcising themselves on the condition that they would then be allowed to intermarry with Jacob’s family. Simeon and Levi (two sons of Jacob) then decimate the entire city and save Dinah. Later in the portion, G-d blesses Jacob and gives him the additional name, Israel. Soon after, Rachel dies while giving birth to Benjamin, Jacob’s twelfth son. Finally, Jacob returns home and is reunited with his father Isaac. The Torah portion concludes with a lengthy genealogy of Esau’s family.

Family Chanukah Program

NHBZ Kids Invite You To Celebrate Chanukah & Havdalah

Saturday Evening, December 1, 2018

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion

Fun, family friendly activities!

There will be latkes, a dreidel spinning contest, crafts and more. $10/family in advance, $18/family at door (NHBZ membership NOT required…invite your friends!

Call NHBZ at 314- 991-2100, ext. 2 or email jeff@nhbz.org

 

Sisterhood

The Sisterhood Scoop – November 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume I Number 37 November 17, 2018

SISTERHOOD ELECTION IS THIS SUNDAY!

If you are a member of Sisterhood, you are eligible to vote in the elections that will take place Sunday, Nov. 18. If you are not currently a member you may join at the meeting with extended membership through December 2019! Annual Dues is $25. This is your opportunity to help determine the leadership of NHBZ Sisterhood and help shape the many activities and programs for next year. Any woman who would like more information about becoming an Officer or Board Member contact Amy Feit.

Supporting Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Congregation since 1950
Teree Farbstein, President
Rachael Pevnick, President Emeritus

Rachel and Leah: Wisdom and Unity

Vayeitzei (Genesis 28:10-32:3)

In this week’s Torah portion, again, a well is described as the place where a mate is found for a major figure in Jewish history. At a well, Eliezer found Rebecca, and later Moses met Zipporah. Also, as the stories of Abraham and Isaac have shown, wells were important in symbolic ways. Commentators note that wisdom is symbolized by the water below the ground; it is buried and hidden, but it is accessible to those who understand that it is vital to life and worthy of the intense effort needed to bring it to the surface. Women, too, represent wisdom: Wisdom of women builds her home (Proverbs 14:1), as when Abraham hesitated to send away Hagar and Ishmael at Sarah’s insistence and G-d told him to do everything she asked of him. We see that the human symbols of wisdom were associated with the earthly symbols of wisdom. A related theme of this parsha represented by women is that of unity. Instead of jealousy between Rachel and Leah, as might be expected, we see love and respect, with both sisters together fulfilling the two Divine missions of Jacob. One mystical interpretation is that the sisters actually represent one soul – with no separation between the upper and lower worlds – Leah, representing the upper world is veiled and undisclosed, and later buried in cave of Machpelah; whereas Rachel, the wife of this world, is buried by the open road.
– compiled from Stone Chumash (Vayeitzei) and aish.org

 

Sisterhood Tribute Cards

Sisterhood Tribute Cards are available to send for Chanukah, birthdays, or milestone events. Call Laura at 314-991-2100, ext.3, or stop by the NHBZ office to purchase a pack of Sisterhood Tribute Cards at the special price of 5 cards for $10. HELP SUPPORT YOUR SISTERHOOD !

BOOK CLUB NEWS! The next meeting of the NHBZ Sisterhood Book Club will be Monday, December 17, 7:15-8:45PM at the home of Rhonnie Goldfader. Next book is: The Sisters Weiss,
by Naomi Ragen, a novel of sisters in 1950’s Brooklyn, with intergenerational drama, culture clash, religion, and the role of women! February 25 Book Selection:

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,
by David I. Kertzer

ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US! FOR MORE INFO CONTACT Fran Alper

For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: sisterhood@nhbz.org

Sisterhood Elections for 2019

All women of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion and Members of the Sisterhood are invited to attend the Annual NHBZ Membership Meeting & Election of Officers and Board of Directors

Sunday, November 18, at 10:00AM

The Sisterhood Election will take place immediately following the adjournment of the Shul Annual Meeting (at approximately 11:00AM).

2019 Sisterhood Officer Nominees:

President ………………………….

Vice President ………………………..

Vice President …………………………………

Treasurer …………………………….

Recording Secretary………….

Communications Secretary………..

 Teree Farbstein

Debbie Sher

Open

Helayne Levitt

Aida Greenberg

Fran Alper

 

2019 Board Nominees2

Joyce Hochberg
Terri Schnitzer
Margo Tzadok
Sallie Volotzky

Continuing Board Members1

Amy Feit
Phyllis Loiterstein
Trudy Sudin
Peggy Umansky

2 – Board term ending Dec. 2020 1 – Board term ending Dec. 2019

Any woman may nominate herself or another woman to ANY position until the election takes place on November 18. All Sisterhood members who attend the meeting have the privilege of voting. Any woman not currently a Sisterhood member may join at the meeting, with an extended membership continuing through December 2019!

Annual Sisterhood Membership Dues – $25

To nominate someone call Amy Feit. For more info, email: sisterhood@nhbz.org

NHBZ Sisterhood ✡ Supporting our congregation since 1950 ✡ Rachael Pevnick, President Emeritus

NHBZ Nomination and Election of Officers and Board of Directors

NHBZ NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Did you ever wonder how the officers of NHBZ are elected? Do you want to have a say in the future direction of NHBZ?
Do you want to express your opinions to the Board of Directors?

You are invited to attend the NHBZ Annual Membership Meeting and Election of Officers on Sunday, November 18, at 10:00 am.

Every November, we hold a Membership meeting to give members a ‘state of the shul’ report. This is an opportunity for you to interact directly with the Rabbi, President and other officers and Board members about the business of the shul. If you would like to give your opinion, makes suggestions or just listen, this is your chance.

We will also elect officers and members of the Board of Directors. Here is how the election works. We have a nominating committee that consists of all past presidents. That committee deliberates throughout the year, it and comes up with a proposed slate of officers that is presented to the Board at the October Board Meeting. At the November Membership meeting, the slate is officially nominated, and other nominations are accepted from the floor. Note that we still have a few openings. All NHBZ members who attend the meeting have the privilege of voting. The Officers and Board members take office on January 1, 2019, with an official Installation early in 2019.

We have eight officers and fifteen Board members. Officers serve for one year, and can be re- elected. Board members serve for three years, with one third of the Board up for election each year. Here is the slate of nominees for 2019:

2019 Officer Nominees (1 year term) 

President

Vice President

Vice President

Vice President

Vice President

Treasurer

Secretary

Gabbai

Jay Umansky

Kenny Bressler

Denny Feit

Rich Woolf

(open)

Howard Loiterstein

Jennifer Hartranft

Alan Zarkowsky

 

2019 Board Nominees for a 3-year term

Stuart Klamen
Bobby Levine
Ed Levitt
Chana Lowenstein
Phyllis Silverman

Board Nominees for Partial Terms

Larry Chervitz – 2 years
Jaime Papa – 1 year

Continuing Board Members through 12/31/2020

Marcie Brook
Faye Cohen
Jason Loiterstein
Stella Vladimirov

Continuing Board Members through 12/31/2019

Rhonnie Goldfader
Mike Minoff
Margo Tzadok
(open)

Stay tuned to for final Election Results

 

Parsha Toldos

Isaac and Rebecca pray to G-d for a child. Rebecca finally conceives, and after a difficult pregnancy gives birth to twins — Esau and Jacob. Their personality differences soon grow apparent, as Esau turns to hunting while Jacob is pure and wholesome, spending his time studying Torah. Returning from a hunting expedition, Esau finds Jacob cooking a pot of lentil soup. Jacob agrees to give his older brother a portion from the pot of soup in exchange for the spiritual birthright. Faced with a
severe famine, Isaac and family settle in Gerar (the land of the Philistines within Israel’s borders) rather than descend to Egypt as his father Abraham had done years before. After experiencing astonishing financial success, Isaac comes into continual conflict with King Avimelech over the wells which Isaac dug anew. This pattern of ‘success and persecution’ has repeated itself throughout Jewish history. Isaac decides to bless Esau as the firstborn. At Rebecca’s insistence, Jacob disguises himself as his older brother and receives the blessing of the firstborn (which rightfully belonged to
him). The Torah portion concludes with Jacob fleeing from Esau’s wrath for ‘stealing’ his blessing and escaping to Charan to stay with his uncle, Laban, where he is to find a wife.

Sisterhood

The Sisterhood Scoop – November 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume I Number 35 November 3, 2018

Women’s Philanthropy St. Louis Jewish Federation presents:

“L’CHAIM!  Women Changing the World” featuring Linor Abargil – former Miss World
Thursday, November 1 The Ritz Carlton, St. Louis

Sisterhood is representing NHBZ in support of Women’s Philanthropy programming.
Register online at: www.jfedstl.org/events/lchaim2018/

Ask to be seated at the NHBZ table

SISTERHOOD ELECTIONS ARE COMING!

If you are a member of Sisterhood, you are eligible to vote in the elections that will take place Sunday, Nov. 18. If you are not currently a member you may join at the meeting with extended membership through December 2019! Annual Dues is $25. This is your opportunity to help determine the leadership of NHBZ Sisterhood and help shape the many activities and programs for next year. Any woman who would like more information about becoming an Officer or Board Member contact Amy Feit at 314-374-3844, or: amyph8@yahoo.com.

To join Sisterhood call the NHBZ Office.

BOOK CLUB NEWS!

Thanks to Sallie Volotzky for offering her home, and to Terri Schnitzer for leading the discussion at our recent Sisterhood Book Club meeting on October 22.

The next meeting of the NHBZ Sisterhood Book Club will be Mon. Dec. 17, 7:15-8:45PM at
the home of Rhonnie Goldfader.

Next book is: The Sisters Weiss,  by Naomi Ragen, a novel of sisters in 1950’s Brooklyn, with intergenerational drama, culture clash, women’s roles, religion!

Feb. 25 Book Selection: The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, by David I. Kertzer

ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US! FOR MORE INFO CONTACT Fran Alper

Seeing the Divine in your Life

by Rabbi Ron Jawary (www.aish.com) Chayei Sarah

The Talmud teaches us that three things broaden a person’s perspective: – “a beautiful house, beautiful possessions, and a beautiful spouse” (Brachos 57b). If a person is capable of seeing the beauty and blessings around him, he will be aroused to see even more of the Almighty’s gifts permeating his entire life. It is interesting that throughout two of the three sections that discuss Abraham, God is continually in communication with him. However, in the third section, which begins with the death of his wife in this week’s Torah portion, we no longer see God communicating with Abraham. One of the reasons given is that once his wife died, he lost the deepest blessing and love of his life, and even though he still had fame and fortune, so much of him was lost, resulting in his inability to be intimate with the Divine. Interestingly, when his son, Isaac, married Rebecca “and loved her” (Gen. 24:67), all the blessings that Sarah had brought to Abraham came back into the world through Rebecca. To the extent a person sees, appreciates and loves the beauty around him, he will be blessed to see the Divine in his life.

For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: sisterhood@nhbz.org