The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume 2 Number 8 – February 23, 2019 – 18 Adar 1 5779

“This they shall give…half a shekel” (Exodus30:13) “Money is fire. Like fire, it can destroy and annihilate, or illuminate and warm, depending on how it is used. – (Rabbi Elimelech of Lizensk)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  • Next Book Club Meeting – Monday, February 25 at 7:15PM, at the home of Trudy Sudin, David Kertzer’s The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
  • Bingo Luncheon – Tuesday, March 12
  • Sisterhood’s NEW Girls Movie Night Out “Ida” – Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30PM
  • 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
  • 4th Annual Dine ‘N’ Style Fashion Show and Luncheon – Sunday, August 18

It’s Adar! Be Happy!

The Talmud tells us that “when the month of Adar arrives, we increase in joy” to welcome a season of miracles. Accordingly, the Talmud tells us that this month is fortuitous for the Jewish people.

Sisterhood’s Book Club

BOOK CLUB MEETS THIS MONDAY February 25 – 7:15pm at the home of Trudy Sudin. Call Trudy to RSVP and to get directions, email: tksudin@yahoo.com This month’s book selection is: The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, by David I. Kertzer, the moving and extraordinary account of how the kidnapping of a six-year-old Jewish boy became a pivotal event in the collapse of the power of the Vatican and changed Europe forever. A compelling read! The discussion will be led by Sallie Volotzky.

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT Fran Alper phone: 314-993-4024 fran.alper@outlook.com

NHBZ Sisterhood Luncheon & Tuesday, March 12, 12:00 NOON

Everyone is Welcome ~ Men & Women of All Ages ~ Attendance Prizes $9 Donation requested ~ RSVP to Rachael Pevnick at 314-395-6017

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

 

Pizza Night – Sunday February 24th 2019

This month Pizza night is Sunday from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

All You Can Eat Buffet – Includes Pizza, Pasta, Salad and Garlic Bread plus a Dessert and a Beverage
Cheese is Cholov Yisroel; pareve & gluten free crusts available while supplies last.

All food under the supervision of Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
Dine-In Buffet
Movies for kids on lower level

Adults: $12.00 ~ Kids 4-10: $6.00 ~ Kids 3 & under: FREE
WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS

Or Carry Out Cheese Pizza $12 plus $.75 for each topping
Place orders by 10 am Sunday: email preferred to jeff@nhbz.org or call 314-991-2100, ext. 2
Pick up between 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion
650 North Price Road
Olivette, MO 63132
314-991-2100

 

Synaplex Shabbat March 16th, 2019

8:30 am Traditional Services – in the sanctuary
9:15 am Prayer Learners Service – in the chapel led by Rabbi Yosef David of Aish HaTorah St. Louis
10:00am Starting Points – in the chapel Topic “How Can We Rise Above Our Daily Struggles?” led by Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
10:00am Children’s Programming – lower level Tot Shabbat for ages 1-6, babysitting for younger children, Junior Congregation for ages 7 and up

11:15 am Synaplex Breakout Sessions

Purim: A Real-Life Lab in How To Teach Children (and adults)
Rabbi Yaakov Green, Epstein Hebrew Academy, Head of School

“Gateway to Mental Health Strength and Recovery”
Arlen Chaleff & Joyce Johnston of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of St. Louis (NAMI) Introduction by Rabbi Ze’ev Smason

12:30 pm Kiddush Lunch for All -in the Social Hall

NHBZ Synaplex Shabbat is free and open to the Jewish public.
Home hospitality is available. Call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100 ext. 2 for details.

Shabbat Dinner

Chef Norma Rubin’s Menu ~Fresh challah, Salmon croquet on a bed of radish and Cucumber salad, Vegetarian soup, Smoked brisket Wellington served with: Baked mashed potato, Fennel citrus salad and Rice pudding Gluten-free and vegetarian only upon request in advance.

Friday Night – March 8th, 2019

Mincha/Ma’ariv 5:40 PM
Family Program 5:40 – 6:30 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion
650 Price Road, St. Louis, MO 63132

Rabbi Yaakov Berkowitz will lead Kabbalat Shabbat songs before and during the meal.

Family Program
5:40 – 6:30 PM
“Puppets and Purim”

$18 Adults
$12 Kids ages 5-12
$70 Family Max.

RSVP by March 1st to jeff@nhbz.org
314-991-2100 ext. 2
Dinner prepared by Norma Rubin

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume 2 Number 7 – February 16, 2019 – 11 Adar 1 5779

Jews and Oil – Tetzaveh (Exodus 27)

In this week’s Parshah we read about the pure olive oil which Moses was instructed to vobtain for the kindling of the menorah in the Mishkan, the sanctuary built in the desert as the forerunner of the Temple in Jerusalem. The Lubavitcher Rebbe taught that oil holds the secret formula for how to successfully live a proud Jewish life in an environment which may be far from Jewishly conducive.

Oil is a paradox. On the one hand, it spreads quickly and easily, seeping through and permeating the substances with which it comes in contact. On the other hand, when mixed with other liquids, oil stubbornly rises to the surface and refuses to be absorbed by anything else. Learn from the oil. By all means, spread around and interact with the rest of the world. But remember your uniqueness as a Jew. Be distinctive and proud and know where to draw the line. – Condensed and adapted from Yossy Goldman, Chabad.org 

“We are as great as the challenges we have the courage to undertake.” -Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  • Women’s Philanthropy CommuUNITY Event, Thursday, February 21 at 7PM Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel
  • Next Book Club Meeting – Monday, February 25 at 7:15PM, at the home of Trudy Sudin, David Kertzer’s The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
  • Bingo Luncheon – Tuesday, March 12
  • Sisterhood’s NEW Girls Movie Night Out “Ida” – Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30PM
  • 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
  • 4th Annual Dine ‘N’ Style Fashion Show and Luncheon – Sunday, August 18

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!

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT Fran Alper phone: 314-993-4024 fran.alper@outlook.com

NHBZ Sisterhood Luncheon & Tuesday, March 12, 12:00 NOON

Everyone is Welcome ~ Men & Women of All Ages ~ Attendance Prizes $9 Donation requested ~ RSVP to Rachael Pevnick at 314-395-6017

29 Jewish Women’s Organizations will Celebrate CommUNITY: Pieces of Our CommUNITY

Thurs. Feb. 21 – 7:00pm – Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel – Ambassadeur Ballroom

Join NHBZ Sisterhood and 28 other local Jewish women’s organizations for an inspiring evening featuring Ruchi Koval, speaking on “Finding Your Niche.” Enjoy a special performance by Kolot Jewish Women’s choir, taste food and wine from local kosher caterers.

Ruchi Koval is a graduate of the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland and the Beth Jacob Jerusalem Institute. She runs women’s character-development workshops and is a certified parenting coach, motivational speaker, author, columnist, JWRP trip leader, and blogger at outoftheorthobox.com. A Rebbitzen and mother of seven, Ruchi Koval is the co-founder and director of the Jewish Family Experience in Cleveland.

Cost is $36 and valet parking is included.

Register at JFedstl.org/events/Community. For more information, contact Katie Sheldon at WP@JFedSTL.org.

Women’s Philanthropy provides an opportunity for every woman in the St. Louis Jewish community to connect with other women, learn about the agencies and programs the Federation supports, and inspire social good in St. Louis, Israel, and around the world. Women’s Philanthropy supports and enhances Jewish community life through engagement programs, community service projects, education, and leadership opportunities, and development efforts. For more information, please call Stacy Wagerman at 314-442-3730.

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

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume 2 Number 6 – February 9, 2019 – 4 Adar 1 5779

NHBZ Sisterhood Congratulates JProStl 2019 Award Winners

Chani Smason
Educator Peer Award

Robin Rickerman
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!

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT Fran Alper phone: 314-993-4024 fran.alper@outlook.com

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Following on the heels of the Ten Commandments, this week’s Torah portion deals primarily with civil law. Like the realm of the ceremonial, our worldly and common activities must be infused with holiness and observed carefully. Included among the civil laws discussed in the portion are: Penalties for causing bodily injury to another person and damaging his property; laws regarding borrowers; the mitzvah to show sensitivity to the poor and to offer them free loans; and laws relating to the honest dispensation of justice. After mentioning the mitzvos of Shabbos and Shemittah (the Sabbatical year), the portion continues with a brief discussion of the three pilgrimage festivals — Passover, Shavuos and Sukkos. The Torah then returns to the revelation at Mt. Sinai. The Jewish people declare their commitment to do whatever G-d commands with the famous phrase “Everything G-d has said, we will do and we will listen.” The portion concludes with Moses’ ascending the mountain, where he will remain for forty days and forty nights to receive the rest of the Torah.

NHBZ INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS January 26, 2019
Congratulations to all Officers and Board Members

SHUL OFFICERS AND BOARD

Officers for 2019

President

Vice President

Vice President

Vice President

Treasurer

Secretary

Gabbai

Jay Umansky

Kenny Bressler

Denny Feit

Rich Woolf

Howard Loiterstein

Jennifer Hartranft

Alan Zarkowsky

Newly Elected Board Members
Larry Chervitz
Stuart Klamen
Bobby Levine
Ed Levitt
Chana Lowenstein
Stan Margul
Jaime Papa
Phyllis Silverman

Continuing Board Members Trustees
Marcie Brook
Faye Cohen
Rhonnie Goldfader
Jason Loiterstein
Mike Minoff
Margo Tzadok
Stella Vladimirov

Trustees
Leonard Alper
Craig Berkin
Sam Bluestein
Janet Haber
Robert Kaiser
Mark Ragin
Irwin Rosen
Sidney Silverman
Menachem Szus
Alan Zarkowsky

SISTERHOOD OFFICERS AND BOARD

Officers for 2019

President

Vice President

Vice President

Treasurer

Recording Secretary

Communications Sec’y

Teree Farbstein

Debbie Sher

Faith Waxman

Helayne Levitt

Aida Greenberg

Fran Alper

Board of Directors
Amy Feit
Trudy Sudin
Joyce Hochberg
Margo Tzadok
Phyllis Loiterstein
Peggy Umansky
Terri Schnitzer
Sallie Volotzky

Chani Smason, Sisterhood Chaplain
Rachael Pevnick, President Emeritus

 

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume 2 Number 4 – January 26, 2019 – 20 Shevat 5779

NHBZ Sisterhood Congratulates JProStl 2019 Award Winners

Chani Smason
Educator Peer Award

Robin Rickerman
Pillar Peer Award

The JProStl Awards honor those who exemplify professional excellence and dedication to their position, organization & the Jewish community.

JProStl’s 2019 Recognition Luncheon
The Future is Bright: Highlighting the Work of Our Professionals
Thursday, January 31, 2019
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Paid-up Sisterhood Membership Tea  Sunday, February 10 at 2:30PM

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

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!

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT Fran Alper phone: 314-993-4024 fran.alper@outlook.com

All paid-up Sisterhood Members…

…don’t forget to RSVP by Feb. 3 for the Membership Tea – SUN, FEB.10, 2:30 PM
314-991-2100 ext.3 or sisterhood@nhbz.org

Parshat Yisro – Delegated Authority and Leadership

(Exodus 18-19) – adapted from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

When Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, arrived in the Israelite camp, he was shocked to discover that Moses was serving as a one-man educational and judicial system for a community of several million souls. Jethro told Moses that it is not good to do this alone and he suggested that Moses select from among the people able men of accomplishment, those that fear G‑d, men of truth, who abhor profit, and appoint them as arbiters and judges. According to Jethro’s plan, Moses would continue to teach the people “the laws and the instructions.…the path they should follow, and the deeds they should do.” But the application of these laws to daily life, the resolution of questions and the settlement of disputes, should be delegated to a multi-tiered body of magistrates and counselors at every level of the community. This way, the divine law would permeate their lives on every level, not only at the apogee of their being. This is the enormousness of Jethro’s contribution… and the addition of this chapter into the Torah. The Jew who studies and lives Torah today is relating to the divine original rather than to a human interpretation. “Jewish leadership” means leadership by Jews, but also means leadership in a Jewish way – according to Judaic principles and values. Leadership begins with taking responsibility. It involves teamwork, constant learning, teaching others, and a sense of timing. It is also stressful. Why do people take it on? Leaders lead because there is work to do, there are people in need, there is wrong to be righted, there are problems to be solved and challenges ahead. Leaders hear this as a call to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness. They lead because they know that to stand idly by and expect others to do the work is the too-easy option.

Congratulations to Sisterhood’s 2019 Officers & Board of Directors

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

Shabbos Speaker – February 16, 2019

Join us as we welcome renowned Israeli Tour Guide and former IDF ‘Lone Solider’ David Sussman for his presentation on:

The Remarkable Jewish Impact of Israel

~ Kiddush Luncheon to follow ~ Traditional Services 9:00 am
Rabbi David’s Learners’ Service at 9:30 am Rabbi Smason’s Starting Points at 10:15 am