In the Community – Week of August 3rd, 2019

Our Sponsors:

Our Kiddush Luncheon this Shabbat is sponsored by Janet and Alan Haber in honor of all the Minyan Men who attended minyan during this past year, allowing Kaddish to be said every day for our Dad, Sidney Weisberg z’l.

Thank you to Sid and Phyllis Silverman for sponsoring the bulletin in honor of Rabbi Smason and Dr. Craig and Jackie Berkin for their kindness to us.

Happy Birthday to: Sally Needle, Janet Goldenberg, Julie Eisenberg, Allan Swan, Jonah Shifren and Ed Ziegelman

Anniversaries – Ed & Helayne Levitt, Dr. Stephen & Myra Radinsky and Jeff & Terri Schnitzer

Shabbat Greeters: Fran and Lenny Alper

Rabbi Ride Around ~ We are honoring Rabbi Smason for his past 10 years (500 miles) and his everlasting commitment to our shul and the Jewish community. The picnic is going to be spectacular this year; you won’t want to miss out! We have a great event planned with 14 Riders raring to go and you can spot them by their blue RRA t-shirts!!! Anyone can ride, however! There will be a silent auction AND a Chinese raffle with attendance prizes for adults and kids! Way cool balloons, professional face painting, Origami, and a free lunch! What more can you ask for? Please call Jeff or Laura in the office to make your Pledge. Please pledge generously!

Thank you to our Rabbi Ride Around sponsors so far: Dr. Faye and Brian McCary, Jerry & Fran Cohen, Denny & Amy Feit, Bob & Joni Kaiser, Ed & Helayne Levitt, Dr. Daniel & Marcela Morgensztern, Jay & Peggy Umansky and Libby Routman.

Thank you to the following sponsors who generously supported the visit and programs for this past week’s Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Hillel van Leeuwen:

Dr. Eldad & Danielle Bialecki, Irwin & Arlene Fredman, Dr. Laura Goldmeier, Alan & Janet Haber, Dr. Michael & Charlene Kass, Dr. Eliot & Sally Katz, Bob & Joni Kaiser , Dr. Stan & Jean Margul, Drs. Jay Pepose & Susan Feigenbaum, Richard Senturia , Dr. Jonathan & Naomi Shanker and St. Louis Friends of Israel.

In the Community…

Sunday, August 4 ~ 1:00pm at The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center – Shaving Israel presents a movie and a speaker. Movie: Beneath the Helmet. Speaker: Shakked Armoza, a Lone Soldier from St. Louis, who will share his experience in the IDF and answer questions. Event is FREE

Sunday, August 11 ~ 2 pm in the HMLC Theater ~ The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center will screen a special film commemorating Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, (12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146). This date in the Hebrew calendar marks the destruction of both the first and second Temples in Jerusalem and several other tragic events in Jewish history.

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason of Nusach Hari-B’nai Zion Congregation will lead a discussion following the screening of “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War” a 2016 documentary directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky. This film presents the powerful, largely unknown story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe. Over two dangerous years they helped save dozens of refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.

~ This Week’s Torah Trivia ~

Last Week’s Question: Pinchas committed a zealous act by killing Zimri and Cosbi. How is he punished?

Answer: He is rewarded with everlasting life and eventually given the Priesthood. Huge discussion on this.

This Week’s Question: Masai speaks of the cities of refuge. How many were initially established and what was their purpose?

The Three Weeks

The Three Weeks is an annual mourning period that falls out in the summer. We mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and our launch into a still-ongoing exile. The period began on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, a fast day that marks the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE. The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz was observed Sunday, July 21.