The Sisterhood Scoop
Volume 2 Number 6 – February 9, 2019 – 4 Adar 1 5779
NHBZ Sisterhood Congratulates JProStl 2019 Award Winners
Educator Peer Award
Pillar Peer Award
The JProStl Awards honor those who exemplify professional excellence and dedication to their position, organization & the Jewish community.
“’L’fum tzara agra,’ according to the effort is the reward.” ~Ben Hei Hei, Ethics of the Fathers, 5:26
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Paid-up Sisterhood Membership Tea Sunday, February 10 at 2:30PM, Upper Level of NHBZ
Sisterhood Board Meeting Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00PM
Next Balance for Balabustes Class Wednesday, February 13 at 2-4PM
Women’s Philanthropy CommuUNITY Event Thursday, February 21 at 7PM Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel
Next Book Club meeting is February 25 at 7:15 pm at the home of Trudy Sudin
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara by David I. Kertzer
Sisterhood NEW Girls Movie Night Wednesday, March 27
Craft Central Art Project honoring Israel Monday, May 6 at 6:30PM
St. Louis Jewish Legacy Bus Tour Sunday, June 23, 1:00-5:00PM
Sisterhood’s Book Club
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, the moving and informative true story of how one Jewish boy’s kidnapping became a pivotal event in the collapse of the Vatican as a secular power and changed Europe forever. A captivating and compelling read! ALL WOMEN WELCOME!
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The Right Intentions – Trumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)
(Exodus 18-19) – adapted from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Parshat Trumah begins with G-d’s instruction to “take a donation” for the Tabernacle. This sounds strange. Shouldn’t the Torah have instructed us to “give a donation”?
The explanation is that giving―for the right reason and to a proper recipient―is also a form of taking. You see, the money we own is temporary, but our good deeds are eternal. So a gift is to our credit. As a wise person once said: “All that I really own is what I’ve given away.”
And in the truth, one of life’s greatest pleasures is to give. G-d’s most essential quality is that of a giver, so our emulating G-d―by giving―is one of the highest forms of spiritual expression.
This parsha also tells us the key to proper giving: it should be with a full heart. The Midrash says that Betzalel, the architect of the Tabernacle, was able to discern the intentions of those who donated. In this way, he determined how each donation would be used in the Tabernacle. For instance, when someone gave with pure intentions, their donation was used for the Holy Ark. Whereas someone who gave begrudgingly would have his donation used for pegs to hold up the Tabernacle walls.
Even today, when we give money to a synagogue, we don’t know how the money will be used. But if we give with the right intentions, we can be sure it will be used in the best possible way.
–adapted from Rabbi Shraga Simmons, www.aish.org
Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: NHBZ Sisterhood Movie Night
Wednesday, March 27th, 7:00 PM
at Mansions on the Plaza Theater – 8300 Delmar
IDA (2014), a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past. A beautifully directed film, powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment. Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski, Ida received a 4/4 review from Roger Ebert and a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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