The Sisterhood Scoop – October 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop – October 2018


If you are a member of Sisterhood, you are eligible to vote in the elections that will take place Sunday, November 18 This is your opportunity to help determine the leadership of NHBZ Sisterhood, as well as to help shape the activities and programs for next year. Any woman who would like more information about becoming a Sisterhood Officer or Board Member contact Amy Feit.

Parshas Noah: The Rainbow in the Clouds The rainbow is not just a natural phenomenon caused by the refraction of light. The “rainbow in the clouds” represents a paradigm shift in humanity’s spiritual development. Before the devastation of the Flood, the world was different than the world we know—people lived longer lives; the intellect was also very powerful; awareness of G-d’s presence was enough to enlighten and direct one’s actions to live a moral life. This was the potential of the pristine world of the Garden of Eden. Rampant violence and immorality in Noah’s generation, however, demonstrated that humanity fell abysmally short of its moral and spiritual potential. After the Flood, G-d fundamentally changed the nature of ethical guidance for the human soul. The sign that G-d showed Noah, the “rainbow in the clouds,” is a metaphor for this change.

The rainbow represents divine enlightenment, a refraction of G-d’s light, as it penetrates into our physical world. The Torah emphasizes that the rainbow is “in the clouds.” Clouds represent our emotional and physical aspects, just as clouds are heavy and dark (“geshem” means both ‘rain’ and ‘physical matter’). The covenant of the “rainbow in the clouds” indicates that the Divine enlightenment (the rainbow) now extended from the realm of the intellect, where it existed before the Flood, to the emotional and physical spheres (the clouds). G-d’s rainbow of light now also penetrated the thick clouds of the material world. How was this accomplished? The Divine light became ‘clothed’ in a more physical form—concrete mitzvot. G-d gave to Noah the first and most basic moral code: the seven laws of the Noahide code. These commandments served to bridge the divide between intellect and deed, between the metaphysical and the physical. Thus, G-d promised never again to flood the world.

After the Flood, a total destruction of mankind became unnecessary, as the very nature of human ethical conduct was altered. Our inner spiritual life became more tightly connected to our external physical actions. As a result, the need for such a vast destruction of life, as occurred in the Flood, would not be repeated. Of course, individuals—and even nations—may still choose to sink to the level of savages and barbarians. But the degree of immorality will never again reach the scope of Noah’s generation, where only a single family deserved to be saved. — adapted from (from Gold from the Land of Israel pp. 34-36. Adapted from Ein Eyah vol. II, pp. 318-319)

Monday, October 22nd Book Club Selection:

Home in the Morning by Mary Glickman
7:15-8:45 PM
HOSTED BY: Sallie Volotzky
FACILITATED BY: Terri Schnitzer

Mon., Dec.17 Book Club Selection: Sisters Weiss by Naomi Ragen


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Yom Tov Schedule 5779

Hoshana Rabbah ~Sunday, Sept. 30
Shachris ~8:00 am

Erev Shemini Atzeres ~ Sunday Night, Sept. 30
Mincha & Ma’ariv~ 6:20 pm
Light Yom Tov Candles ~ 6:28 pm

Shemini Atzeres ~ Monday, October 1
Torah Portion: Deuteronomy 14:22 – 16:17
Siddur pp 481 – 483
Chumash pp 1012 – 1023
Maftir: Numbers 29:35 – 30:1
Siddur p 483
Chumash p 896 – 899
Haftorah: I Kings 8:54 – 8:66
Siddur pp 483 – 484
Chumash pp 1245

Shachris & Musaf ~ 9:00 am

Pesukei D’Zimra: Jacob Horn
Shacharis: Menachem Szus
Leyning: Stuart Klamen

Haftorah: Alan Haber
Sermon: Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
Musaf: Rabbi Glazer

Yizkor Service ~10:30 am

SIMCHAT TORAH ~ Monday Night, October 1
Mincha ~ 6:20 pm
Ma’ariv ~ 7:10 pm
Light Yom Tov Candles 7:29 pm (tea lights available at shul)
Hakofos & Parade of Torahs ~ 7:25 p.m.
Spaghetti Dinner & Whiskey Slush! ~ 8:00 pm
Yummy Candy Apples compliments of Sisterhood!!!
Live and Lively Auction for Honors on Simchas Torah Day!

Simchat Torah ~ Tuesday, October 2
Torah Portions: Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12
Siddur pp 484 – 486
Chumash pp 1112 -1125

Genesis 1:1 – 2:3
Maftir: Numbers 29:35 – 30:1
Haftorah: Joshua 1:1 – 1:18

Siddur pp 486 – 488
Chumash pp 2 -11
Siddur p 489 – 490
Chumash pp 896 – 898
Siddur pp 489 – 490
Chumash pp 1246 -1247

Shachris & Musaf ~9:00 am

Pesukei D’Zimra: TBA
Shacharis: TBA
Leyning: Stuart Klamen

Haftorah: Uppfur Grabs
Sermon: None Today
Musaf: Uppfur Grabs

Baby Sitting ~ Tuesday, October 2 ~ 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Kids’ Room.
Kol Hanarim ~ All Children Called to Torah 11:00 am
Mincha ~ 5:30 pm
Yom Tov Concludes ~ 7:28 pm

Mezuzah Campaign

The Mezuzahs have arrived….Rabbi Smason has 25 Mezuzah scrolls that are looking for a good home. These new kosher scrolls are $45.00 and a plastic case for $2.00 if you need one. Please contact Rabbi Smason who will also ensure it is installed properly.


The Sisterhood Scoop – September 2018 – Sukkah

The Sisterhood Scoop

September – Sukkah

The Home Without a Mezuzah

An article by Elana Mizrahi ( describes how, as a little girl, whenever Elana would travel, her mother would stand at the open door, kiss the mezuzah, pray for a safe trip and a safe return, and then tell Elana to reach up on her tippy toes and do the same. Elana recounts: “I went to college, and the mezuzah came with me. I got married, and the mezuzah came with me. My husband and I moved, and we moved again and again and again. But no matter where the location, no matter what type of apartment we moved into, one thing stayed the same—the mezuzah we affixed to our door. The mezuzah gave our place of residence an identity; the mezuzah told everyone who passed by, “This is a Jewish home. When I enter my home, I reach up to kiss the mezuzah. I leave it, I do the same. I tell my children as they leave for school, “The mezuzah!” They reach up on their tippy toes to touch and kiss the mezuzah. The mezuzah connects us to our faith. The words written on the parchment contained inside the mezuzah case declare the oneness of G.d; they are the words of the “Shema” that we lovingly say very day.

“However, for one week of the year, the entrance of my home doesn’t have a mezuzah. For a week, I eat and I drink, I sit and I chat, I sing and I read in a place where there is no mezuzah. What? During the holiday of Sukkot, my sukkah doesn’t have a mezuzah. Why? “

A mezuzah symbolizes permanence. However, the word mezuzah contains the word zaz, to move. When you look around your home and you see all your possessions, what do you think? “These are my things. This is my home. I live here.” This is fixed, here to stay. But really, we are wrong, and the mezuzah on our door teaches us that this world is only temporary. Our sages teach us that this world is merely a corridor to the next, an illusion of stability. But when we die, we take nothing with us. The only things that we keep forever are our good deeds, our mitzvahs, our acts of faith and belief in G.d.

“During the holiday of Sukkot, we are commanded to leave our homes and worldly possessions and go live in the sukkah. For seven days, we dwell in this temporary residence that cannot have a permanent roof. The sukkah represents the clouds of glory, the Divine Presence which protected us for 40 years in the desert. It teaches us that the only thing we need is G.d. The sukkah is so powerful and so holy that we don’t need a mezuzah to remind us that everything in this world is really temporary. We are merely passersby in this journey of life, as King Solomon teaches us in his book, Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which we traditionally read during Sukkot:

“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity . . . And [of] all that my eyes desired I did not deprive them; I did not deprive my heart of any joy, but my heart rejoiced with all my toil, and this was my portion from all my toil. Then I turned [to look] at all my deeds that my hands had wrought and upon the toil that I had toiled to do, and behold everything is vanity and frustration, and there is no profit under the sun . . . All go to one place; all came from the dust, and all return to the dust . . . And I saw that there is nothing better than that man rejoice in his deeds, for that is his portion, for who will bring him to see what will be after him? “

And this is why, for a week, I enter and leave my holy sukkah, and my hand doesn’t reach up to touch and kiss the mezuzah. I sit in my sukkah, and my eyes glance up at the bamboo which is my temporary ceiling. I close my eyes and take a deep breath. I am surrounded by the clouds of glory. I’m protected and safe. I enjoy the moment and know that this I will always take with me.” – adapted from Elena Mizrahi at The Jewish at

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The Sisterhood Scoop – September 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop


Sisterhood wishes our NHBZ Family a good and sweet New Year and gemar chatimah tovah (a good, final sealing in the Book of Life).


JFedStL Women’s Philanthropy presents:
“L’Chaim! Women Changing the World”
with Former Miss World Linor Abargil
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

The Yom Kippur Sandwich

Most of us are familiar with the advice to offer a rebuke in the form of a “criticism sandwich”–-first a compliment, then disapproval, followed by more praise. We can also apply this idea in advance of Yom Kippur, as suggested in an article by Ahava Spillman, “The Yom Kippur Sandwich,” where she explains…

Before Yom Kippur begins, write down 10 things for which you are grateful. When we express appreciation, it actually boosts our physical and emotional wellbeing, changing our perception from negative to positive. Try it! Give thanks for the people you love and those who love you, for your work and colleagues, for happy times as well as challenging ones, for your health, your house, the charity you can give, etc. That’s the first slice of your Yom Kippur sandwich.

Now comes the second slice—the stuff you’re asking of G-d. Write down 10 things you need for yourself and others—your niece who wants a baby, your sister who requires a miraculous recovery, your friend who needs to find a job, or your buddy who’s depressed. Share the blessings this year. Take a little time and consider those you know who could use a helping hand.

So what is the “meat” of the Yom Kippur special? The resolutions, the things we commit to change. Unlike typical New Year’s resolutions, which often concern weight, fitness or eating habits, our Yom Kippur resolutions are spiritual in nature. Cardiovascular workouts keep the heart pumping, but charity given with gusto will certainly increase your blood flow. Weightlifting may widen your biceps, but using those arms to embrace your children or a sick friend will undoubtedly raise your self-esteem. And stretching, considered imperative to any conditioning regimen, can certainly be interpreted to mean expanding your limits to include another mitzvah. So go ahead, write down 10 things you commit to do differently this coming year.

This Yom Kippur sandwich will make your holiday a truly holy day without transgressing any laws. So sometime mid-afternoon when you’re feeling a bit peckish, this “spiritual sandwich” is sure to infuse your Yom Kippur with deeper meaning.

Thanks to all who helped support Sisterhood’s New Year Greetings fundraiser by wishing L‘Shana Tova to all in our NHBZ family.

Book Club News

Next Book Selection:
Home in the Morning
by Mary Glickman

Next Meeting: Monday, October 22
7:15-8:45 PM

HOSTED BY: Sallie Volotzky
FACILITATED BY: Terri Schnitzer

Phone: 314-993-4024 email:

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

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New Year Greeting from NHBZ Sisterhood

The NHBZ Sisterhood thanks the following for participating in this year’s New Year Greeting campaign by wishing everyone in our NHBZ family Good Health, Happiness, an d Prosperity in the New Year

L‘Shana Tova Tikatevu

Lenny & Fran Alper
Jesse & Debbie Barash
Jackie & Craig Berkin
Arnold Brody
Alan, Marcie, Nathan and Eliana Brook Frances & Jerry Cohen
June Cohen and Family
Julie & Don Eisenberg
Jessica Fadem
Teree Farbstein
Amy & Denny Feit and Family
Mimi Fiszel
The Gelb Family
David & Lisa Gellman
Marvin & Jackie Gitel
Rhonnie & Stanley Goldfader and Our Loving Family
Abert & Sheila Goodman and Family Aida, Lila and Levi Greenberg
Anna & Sol Guber
Fran & Harold Hoffman
Larry & Shirley Hollander
Sandy & Kurt Kahn
Joni & Bob Kaiser
Sally & Eliot Katz
Morris & Estelle Kram
Judy & Jacob Levin
Helayne & Ed Levitt
Norman & Marilyn Liss and Family Phyllis & Howard Loiterstein
Ina & Ron Makovsky
Jean & Stan Margul
Faye Cohen McCary
Alana & Mike Minoff, Yael, Max Rafi & Yishama Sally Needle
Ruth Alper Novack
Rachael Pevnick and Family
Jim and Rachel Pollock
Libby Sorkin Routman
Debbie & Brian Sher
Marvin Stein
Linda & Menachem Szus
Roberta “Bobbie” Tolpen
Reuven & Margo Tzadok
Bruce & Faith Waxman

Help us meet our New Year Greeting fundraising goal for this year. There is still time to add your name to the list. Please be generous.

🍏 Call the Office @ 991-2100, ext.3 🍏 Email: 🍏 Support our NHBZ Sisterhood 🍏

10th Annual Rabbi Ride Around

10th Annual Rabbi Ride Around

Sunday, August 26 ~ 10th Annual Rabbi Ride Around ~ 10:00 am -2:00 pm
Where: Forest Park Shelter # 8. This year’s ride is dedicated to Gino Bartali, a great Italian cyclist who saved hundreds of Jews during the Shoah. The RRA is a fun-filled picnic with balloons, face painting, kid’s attendance prizes, a raffle, a bike themed silent auction and of course lunch.

What you can do:

  1. Make a generous pledge per mile for the Rabbi’s 50 mile ride.
  2. Attend to cheer Rabbi Smason on!
  3. Become a sponsor for $100 to make the RRA a success!

Thanks so far to the following RRA Event Sponsors, The Morgenszterns, The Habers, The Kaisers, The McCarys, The Goldfaders, The Feits, and Aida Greenberg! We are half way there!


Holiday Study Classes

Holiday Study Classes taught by Rabbi Smason


Rosh Hashana Laws and Customs Monday, Aug. 20, 7:45 pm.

Structure of the Machzor Monday, Aug. 27, 7:45 pm

You can attend one or both classes which will be held at the home Dr. Craig & Jackie Berkin.
Please RSVP to 314-991-2100 or .

Home Study Poster


The Sisterhood Scoop – August 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop August 2018

Watch your mail for Sisterhood’s New Year Greetings Fundraiser

Proceeds will benefit NHBZ’s Passport to Israel Program and other Sisterhood projects. Help support your Sisterhood – please be generous!

Don’t forget!! Book Club meets Mon. Aug. 27, 7:15pm at Mansions on the Plaza, 8300 Delmar

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

Mitzvah Adventrue Shabbat – August 11

Mitzvah Adventure Shabbat & Baseball -Themed Kiddush

Shabbat, August 11, 2018

8:30 am Traditional Services – in the sanctuary.
10:00 am Starting Points – in the chapel. Topic: The Best Advice I Ever (and Never) Got led by Rabbi Ze’ev Smason.

10:00 am Children’s Programming – lower level.
Tot Shabbat for ages 1-6, babysitting for younger children,
Junior Congregation for ages 7-12

11:30 am ‘Chesed’ Mitzvah Adventure

Choose 2 of 3 Sessions, each presented at 11:30 and 12:00

  1. Bikur Colim “How to Visit the Sick” by Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
  2. Nichum Avelim “How to Pay a Shiva Call” by Rabbi Yitzchok Kowalsky of the St. Louis Kollel
  3. Hachnasas Orchim “How to Host Shabbos Guests”  by Alex Lyss

12:30 pm Baseball-Themed Kiddush Lunch

Sponsored by Amy & Denny Feit and Joyce & Murray Hochberg.
For more information, call (314) 991-2100 extension 2.