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Home Discussion Groups – 2019 Lineup

(Check Shabbos Bulletins for any time changes)

Jewish Prayers’ Sources
Jan. 21, 2019, 7:00 pm, hosted by Trudy & Gary Sudin

Mar. 21, 2019, 7:45 pm, hosted by Sally Needle

May 20, 2019, 7:45 pm, hosted by Alan & Vivian Zarkowsky

Structure of Jewish Books
Jul.15, 2019, 7:45 pm, host to be determined

Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur
Sep. 9, 2019, 7:45 pm, hosted by Amy & Denny Feit

Medical Methods and Halacha
Nov. 11, 2019, 7:00 pm, hosted by Jackie & Craig Berkin

To RSVP, or to host a Discussion Group, contact Jeff at 314-991-2100 or jeff@nhbz.org.
We will provide host address & phone # at time of RSVP.


The Sisterhood Scoop – December 8th, 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume I Number 40 – December 8, 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!

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


Lights that Distinguish

Adapted from Our Many Colored Selves, Our Singular Holiness, by Elana Mizrahi

Jewish women can be tall, short, brunette, blonde, brilliant or not – a very diverse people. So, what makes a Jewish woman Jewish? What makes her part of the Jewish nation? What makes her different than anyone else? It’s her soul!
In the winter months, the nights are long, the days are short. It’s a time governed by darkness. In the dark, it’s very hard to make distinctions.

When the Greeks ruled over Israel, they had a mission: Extinguish holy light and make everyone the same. One of the things they outlawed was the observance of the Sabbath. Why? What bothered them so much about the Sabbath?

Shabbat is the holy light that distinguishes. When a woman lights candles on Friday night, she’s making a distinction. She separates the holy from mundane, for herself and her entire household. With those candles, she illuminates the darkness, and brings out the inherent beauty of herself and each member in her home. “Here,” she says, “in this Jewish home . . . here, we stop.” The world might be filled with darkness—a darkness that overshadows each one of our beautiful internal lights, our souls—but in this home, not only is there the internal light of everyone’s soul but here, we can see it!

This is what the Greeks tried to destroy. They tried to destroy our holy light. They tried to destroy what makes us different and beautiful.

King Solomon writes: “The soul of man is G‑d’s candle” (Proverbs 20:27). Each Jewish soul is a light that has the potential to illuminate its surroundings—to illuminate the entire world. When we light the menorah’s candles on Chanukah, we reclaim the light that they tried to extinguish. When we usher the Sabbath in each week with the lighting of candles, we’re making a statement. We’re opening our homes and our hearts to holiness—a holiness that is already there, but that we don’t openly exhibit all the time.

This light shows the world that yes, we are unique, we are different. We are beautiful, and we are holy. – at Chabad.org/theJewishWoman

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

St. Louis Community Eruv to Celebrate 24th Anniversary

(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.


Rapid Access Residential Lock Box Program For The Olivette Community

We love the beautiful city of Olivette, the home of our congregation. It is peaceful, quiet, and friendly. We appreciate our neighbors and the security & protection that our Olivette Police and Firefighters provide.

In appreciation of the hard and dangerous work of our firefighters, and to support the Olivette community, Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Congregation will be participating in a Fire Department Program called the ACCESS RESIDENTIAL LOCK BOX PROGRAM. This program is intended to assist the Fire Department in gaining access to a house in an emergency when a resident cannot. It can save lives! The security lock box (known as a “Kidde Lock Box”) costs between $30 and $35. Currently there is a waiting list for these boxes!!!

We are asking for small donations with a goal of raising $500 by the end of October.

If 50 families donate only $10, we will reach our goal in no time. If you would like to donate, please send a check to the office and make it payable to NHBZ. Thank you!

The NHBZ Community Engagement Committee

Parshas Mikeitz

Parshas Mikeitz – Pharaoh has a two-part dream about seven scrawny cows devouring seven robust cows, followed by seven thin stalks of grain swallowing seven healthy, good ones. When his advisers are unable to adequately interpret the dream, Pharaoh summons Joseph, who had been in prison for a total of twelve years. Ascribing his power of interpretation solely to G-d, Joseph tells Pharaoh that Egypt will first experience seven years of abundant crops, and then will be ravaged by a devastating famine. Pharaoh appoints Joseph as viceroy of Egypt, making him the second most powerful man in the land (this is a source for the sport of tennis in the Torah — we see that Joseph … served in Pharaoh’s court). Joseph’s wife Asnat gives birth to two sons, Menashe and Ephraim, and the years of plenty and famine unfold just as Joseph had predicted. With the famine devastating the land of Canaan (Israel), Joseph’s brothers descend to Egypt to purchase food. When they don’t recognize their royal brother, Joseph sets in motion a plan to determine if the brothers have fully repented for their sin of selling him almost twenty-two years before. Joseph acts detached, accusing them of being spies, and holds Simeon hostage. Joseph then allows the rest of the brothers to go with food to their father on the condition that they return with their youngest brother Benjamin. With great reluctance, Jacob agrees to this condition. Mikeitz concludes with the looming threat that Benjamin will be made a slave to the Egyptian ruler.