The Sisterhood Scoop – July 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop July 2018

NHBZ Sisterhood presents the 3rd Annual
Dine ‘n’ Style
Luncheon & Fashion Show

Sunday, August 19 – 11:30 a.m.

Falling for Fashion featuring:

Fall/Winter 2018 Fashions from Orli’s BoutiqueLuncheon, and, of course, Shopping!
For more information call Debbie Sher.

NEXT SISTERHOOD BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, July 24, 6:00 pm

Sisterhood’s NEW Book Club is Up and Running!

Critics agree: Sisterhood’s BOOK CLUB is a hit! The next book selection is: Eternal Life by award-winning novelist Dara Horn. Described as “a gripping, hilarious, and moving psychological novel, that celebrates the bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive.”

Discussion of Eternal Life will be Monday, August 27, 7:15-8:45pm at Mansions on the Plaza, 8300 Delmar hosted by Chana Lowenstein FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Fran Alper at 314-993-4024 ~ or Chana at 314-274-8718 ~

Understanding Tisha B’Av Mourning What is Missing

Tisha B’Av is not about the destruction of a building, but about the exile of a people from their homeland, an estrangement of a nation from G‑d, and a separation of the spiritual from the physical. Each one of us has individual struggles and all of us await redemption from them, and the day when Tisha B’Av will no longer be a day of mourning, but a day of celebration. Why do the Jewish people continue to mourn and weep year after year? Mourning a death is very different than mourning something or someone that is missing. Even if a person is missing and presumed dead, the search for that person is never forgotten. Until there is closure, we cannot begin to move on. Tisha B’Av shows us that we are not mourning a death, we are mourning what is missing. The Temples were destroyed, but not forever. Until the Third Temple is rebuilt Tisha B’Av is the reminder of what we have temporarily lost. This is why one of the questions that will be asked by the Heavenly Court after a person dies is “Did you expect (wait for) the Redemption?” Some say that the word used by the sages is “to expect” (tzepita) or “wait for.” It doesn’t use “hope for” or “want,” but a word which describes a looking out for – with certainty. This is like a family with a missing child. Years may have gone by, but that family waits every single day for a phone call that their child has been found. Every day they grieve that the child is missing, yet simultaneously, every day they pray and hope. This is the crying and mourning we do on Tisha B’Av. For as hard as it is to live without our Temple and to be in exile, we wait every single day for it to be returned to us and pray that immediately we will be redeemed.

  • excerpted from Elana Mizrahi at

The Sisterhood Scoop – July 2018

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

Shaving Israel – July 29th

Shaving Israel

Speakers Series Sunday, July 29 4:00-5:00 pm Guest Speaker Talia Wolkowitz

Talia is a native St. Louisan who joined the IDF in December of 2015. She rose to the rank of Sergeant and was a Canine-Track and Attack Operational Handler.

Stay for NHBZ Pizza Night from 5-7pm!
All-you-can-eat pizza, pasta, & salad – $12.00

Slices for Soldiers

Dear NHBZ Members,

As you know, Israel is embroiled in conflict with Syria and ultimately Iran on its northern borders. If you’ve found yourself asking “What can I do?” or “In what way can I help?” The Israel Committee of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion is bringing back the Slices for Soldiers project that was so successful in 2014. This seemingly small gesture will go a long way toward providing Israeli soldiers with a little smile and respite from the battle field. Previously the project raised $2,500 to feed front line Israeli Soldiers, so let’s come together and make this campaign even more successful!

We will be collecting money from today until July 30th, with every dollar used for the purchase of pizza from local Israeli pizzerias for troops on the front lines. Receiving pizza on the battlefield from people half way around the world goes a long way to encourage our soldiers. May Hashem guard and protect them and all of Israel, and may they be successful in their mission and return home quickly and safely.

Please mail your check, made out to NHBZ to: Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, 650 North Price Road, Olivette, MO 63132 ~ Sorry, no credit cards for this campaign.

Thank You,
Jason Loiterstein
NHBZ Israel Committee

Rabbi Smason – CIAO St. Louis Radio!

Rabbi Smason to be interviewed on CIAO St. Louis Radio! Rabbi Ride-Around mania gets an early start this summer. In advance of this year’s Ride-Around, Rabbi Smason will be interviewed on Monday, July 16 at 1:00 P.M. on CIAO St Louis radio. Listen to the live-streamed broadcast at and Facebook Live (from the CIAO St Louis Facebook page). In addition, a podcast will be available for download from the website. This year’s Ride-Around will take place on August 26. Details to follow!

Parshas: Matos — Masei

Parshas: Matos — Masei

In the first of this week’s two action-packed portions, Moses teaches the rules and restrictions governing oaths and vows. Promises are serious business. When we say that we plan to do something — even something as simple as, ‘I’ll call you later’ — we’re bound by our words. Anticipating entrance into the land of Israel, the tribes of Gad and Reuben petition Moses to remain on the eastern side of the Jordan River because that land is particularly suitable for grazing their cattle. Moses, not wanting to ‘steer’ Gad and Reuben wrong, grants their request on the condition that they first help the rest of the nation in conquering the entire land of Israel before returning to settle their inheritance.

Masei (a word that means ‘journeys’) begins with a listing of the 42 encampments of the Jewish people’s 40 year journey from the Exodus until the crossing of the Jordan River into the Land of Israel. The boundaries of the Land of Israel are defined. Since the Levites would not be receiving a regular portion of the land, 48 cities are set aside for them. Cities of refuge are established; one who unintentionally murders can flee there. So ends the book of Numbers, the fourth of the Books of the Torah. Next week — on to Deuteronomy!

The 9 Days

Rosh Chodesh Av occurred on Friday, July 13. This began a period of time known as the ‘9
Days.’ The first nine days of the month of Av, and also the morning of the tenth, are days of acute mourning for the destruction of the first and second Holy Temples. In addition to the restrictions that apply to the entire three-week period, during this time we refrain from the following additional joyous activities: Eating meat and drinking wine (except for Shabbos), laundering clothing, swimming or bathing for pleasure and remodeling or expanding a home. For questions or further details, please contact Rabbi Smason.

Dine ‘n’ Style 2018

NHBZ Sisterhood presents the 3rd Annual Dine ‘n’ Style Fashion Show & Luncheon

Falling for Fashion featuring Fall/Winter 2018 Fashions from Orli’s Boutique, Luncheon, and, of course, lots of Shopping!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Shopping opens at 10:00 AM
Luncheon & Fashion Show promptly at Noon

In addition to Orli’s Boutique previewing women’s Fall fashions, visit our lower level “Retail Market” featuring:

  • Accessories and Gifts
  • Artisan Jewelry
  • Creative Design Jewelry
  • Fashionable Headscarves
  • Fused Frameworked Glass
  • Motek Israeli Jewelry
  • Sculpted Silverware, and more…
  • Israeli Items, and More

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion 650 North Price Road, Olivette

Registration $20 by August 12 call NHBZ – 314-991-2100, ext. 3, email

For more information Call Debbie Sher at 314-753-2261 or email: For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email:

2018 Dine snd Style Flyer (Printable PDF)



Bingo – July 24


WHEN: Tuesday, July 24

WHERE: NHBZ Auditorium, 650 North Price Road

TIME: 12:00 NOON

Delicious Lunch Everyone is Welcome! Also There will be Attendance Prizes!!
*** $9.00 Donation ***
Hope to see you! Men & Women of ALL Ages!
R.S.V.P. – Rachael: 314-395-6017

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Parshas: Parshas Balak

Parshas Balak

This week’s portion shifts from the Jewish people’s travels in the desert to the story of Bilam, the anti-Semitic prophet who attempted to curse the Children of Israel. Hired by Balak, the king of Moav, Bilam embarks upon a journey to the Israelite encampment. An angel brandishing a sword blocks Bilam’s path, causing his donkey to repeatedly swerve off the road. Unable to see the angel, Bilam responds by striking the donkey three times. Miraculously, G-d causes the donkey to speak to Bilam – – shades of Mr. Ed, the talking horse in the 1960’s TV show! Bilam’s eyes are uncovered, and the humiliated prophet sees the angel standing in the path. The angel reminds Bilam that he may only speak the words that G-d places in his mouth. Upon arrival near the Jewish camp, Bilam repeatedly attempts to curse the people; each time G-d prevents him from doing so, but instead he ends up uttering several sets of praises, much to Balak’s dismay. The Torah portion concludes with the Jewish men’s debauchery with the promiscuous daughters of Moav and Midian, and the public immoral act of Zimri (a prince of the tribe of Simeon) with a Midianite princess. Pinchas, Aaron’s grandson, zealously responds by piercing them to death with a spear, halting a plague from G-d which had broken out in the camp.


Balance for Balabustes – July 11th

Senior Kollel and Eishes Chayil Women’s Division in Cooperation with Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Sisterhood present “Balance for Balabustes” Strength Training ~ Bone Health ~ Flexibility for Females ~ with Dr. Jill Abrams Chiropractic Physician • Personal Fitness Trainer • Massage Therapist

Wednesday, July 11th 2:00 pm at NHBZ 650 N. Price Road Olivette, Missouri

Bring a Friend! Refreshments served!

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Parshas: Parshas Chukas

Parshas Chukas

This week’s action-packed portion begins with the paradox of the Red Heifer, a mitzvah we are asked to perform though unable to understand its purpose and reason.  The narrative jumps to the death of the prophetess Miriam. The Jewish people are then left without water, since the miraculous well which had accompanied them in the desert existed only in her merit.  G-d commands Moses and Aaron to speak to a particular rock so it will miraculously produce water; Moses strikes it with his staff instead, and G-d tells the two leaders they will not enter the Promised Land.

What did Moses do wrong? One classic approach suggests that Moses’ sin was that he became angry (he said to the Jewish people, ‘Listen now, you rebels’). Although the best among us can occasionally lose our temper, teachers and parents carry a special responsibility to be good role models for their students and children. Little pitchers have big ears! Later in the portion, the king of Edom refuses to let the Jewish people pass through his borders, causing them to take a longer route. Aaron dies and is buried on Mount Hor. The Children of Israel sing a song of praise about the well of Miriam. The portion concludes with the battles and victories over Sichon, the king of Emori, and Og, the king of Bashan.