Day: November 22, 2019

The Sisterhood Scoop – November 23rd, 2019

The Sisterhood Scoop – November 23rd, 2019

Volume 2 Number 45 – November 23, 2019 – 25 Cheshvan 5780


Eliezer set out with Rebecca back to Canaan to meet Isaac. After Isaac and Rebecca married, Rebecca assumed Sarah’s place as the family matriarch. -Genesis 24:67 Although Abraham lit the Sabbath candles after Sarah’s passing (for he observed all the Torah’s commandments), his candles did not remain lit throughout the week, as Sarah’s had. But when Rebecca began kindling the Sabbath lights, her candles continued to burn miraculously the whole week.

This demonstrates the unique ability of Jewish women and girls – who are all “daughters” of Sarah and Rebecca – to influence the spiritual character of the home, illuminating it with the holiness of the Sabbath throughout the ensuing mundane week. Although the illumination provided by their candles might be physically visible for only a limited time, their spiritual illumination continues throughout the entire week.

-from Lubavitcher Rebbe; Adapted by Moshe Wisnefsky


Fashion Flash, St. Louis Past & Future
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 11:30am
Mirowitz Center, Covenant Place II, 8 Millstone Campus Drive

Featuring Randi Chervitz, Designer/Metal Smith and Fiber Artist

Join Hadassh for St. Louis fashion history and its revival today!

$36 Couvert includes lunch catered by HJ’s Café – Dietary laws observed

RSVP Online by Dec. 2nd

Questions? Contact Jerri at 314.469.3553

Ladies, attend Hadassah’s Fashion Flash at 11:30 and have plenty of time to celebrate the Torah Completion and Dedication Ceremony at NHBZ at 3:30pm

News Alert: Sisterhood Election Results

President – Terree Farbstein
Vice President – Faith Waxman
Vice President – Terri Schnitzer
Treasurer – Fran Reisler
Recording Secretary – Joanna Alper


2 – Year Board Term through 2021:
Mimi Fiszel
Devy Goldenberg
Linda Shore
Lisa Weiss
Continuing Board Members:
Amy Feit
Trudy Sudin
Margo Tzadok
Peggy Umansky
Congratulations to all Officers and Board Members! Special thanks to the Nominating Committee, to all who attended the Election Meeting on Sunday, November 17th, and to all those Sisterhood members who participated in the email vote!

A Very Special Opportunity for Women Only

“Lunch ‘n’ Learn” with Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller –  “Seeing the Light in Today’s Darkness”
Tuesday, November 26th
Lunch 12:15–12:45 pm Class 12:45–1:45 pm

Exciting Book Club News

The author herself will Skype with us at our next book club meeting on Monday, Dec.16 7:15-8:45 PM at the home of Vivian Zarkowsky.

The book is “Jerusalem Maiden” by Talia Carner, a saga, a history, and a dramatic and hopeful love story that also moves through the exciting art world of early 20th century Paris and modern day Israel. For more info or to RSVP call Terri Schnitzer or email

Looking ahead to 2020, the Book Club will discuss “Inheritance,”by Dani Shapiro at the February 24th meeting.
All women welcome! For info: call or email Terri Schnitzer 





Join Sisterhood in honoring our own Sisterhood President  Terre Farbstein recipient of the HaKaras HaTov Award at NHBZ’s 114th Anniversary Banquet – Sunday, December 15, 2019.

Don’t miss out! RSVP by December 2

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

Posted by Nusach Hari B'nai Zion in Shul Events, Shul News, Sisterhood, Sisterhood Scoop
Parsha  Chayei Sarah

Parsha Chayei Sarah

Chayei Sarah begins with Sarah’s death at the age of 127 and Abraham’s search for a proper burial place which would be worthy of her greatness. Abraham is conned by Efron (a member of the Hittite nation who lived in the land of Israel) into paying an extremely large sum of money for her place of burial. Sarah is buried in M’arat HaMachpelah – the Tomb of the Patriarchs – in Hebron.

Do you know who else is buried there? (answer: Adam & Eve, Isaac & Rebecca, Jacob & Leah ….in addition to Abraham and Sarah). Abraham sends his faithful servant Eliezer back to the old country (Aram Naharaim) to find a suitable wife for Isaac. Eliezer devises a plan by which he will find a modest, generous and kind girl fitting for his master’s son. Eliezer decides to stand by the town’s well, waiting for a girl to offer water to him and his camels. Suddenly Rebecca appears and exerts great effort to draw water for a stranger and his ten camels. She brings Eliezer to her father’s house, whereupon Abraham’s servant asks that Rebecca return with him to marry Isaac. She accepts, and they are married.

The Torah states that “Isaac married Rebecca ….and he loved her.” This teaches us that true love comes after marriage, not before.

Posted by Nusach Hari B'nai Zion in Parsha