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The Sisterhood Scoop – April 13, 2019

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume 2 Number 24 – April 6, 2019 – 8 Nissan 5779


  • Book Club is reading ‘If All the Seas Were Ink’, a memoir by Ilana Kurshan. Next meting is Monday, April 29th – 7:15-8:45PM
  • 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 18th

Book Club News

The next meeting of NHBZ’s Sisterhood Book Club will be Monday, April 29, 7:15-8:45 PM.

The book selection is: If All the Seas Were Ink, a memoir by Ilana Kurshan – an award-winning tale of heartache and humor, love and loss, marriage and motherhood, woven together in a deeply accessible guided tour of the Talmud!

ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME! For more Information Contact Book Club Coordinator Terri Schnitzer at terrischnitzer@yahoo.com

“By reciting the Haggadah, Jews give their children a sense of connectedness to Jews
throughout the world and to the Jewish people throughout time. ” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The Pesach Countdown is On… Part 3: THE REAL HAGGADAH

Question: Is it really necessary, more than 3000 years on, to still tell the story…again… of our ancestors’ freedom from slavery in Egypt?

Answer: The Seder is not just a memorial to events of the distant past–it is a dynamic process of freedom from the challenges of the present.

We are slaves. Slaves to our own inhibitions, fears, habits, cynicism and prejudices. These self-appointed pharaohs are layers of ego that prevent us from expressing our true inner self, from reaching our spiritual potential. Our souls are incarcerated in selfishness, laziness and indifference.

Pesach means “Passover.” It is the season of liberation, when we pass over all these obstacles to inner freedom. On Pesach, we give our souls a chance to be expressed.

Reread the Haggadah. Every time it says “Egypt” read “limitations.” Replace the word “Pharaoh” with “Ego.” And read it in the present tense:

“We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt” = “We are slaves to our egos, stuck in our limitations.”

How do we free ourselves? By eating Matza. After eating Matza, the Israelites were able to run out of Egypt and follow G‑d into the desert. Because Matza represents the suspension of ego. Unlike bread, which has body and taste, Matza is flat and tasteless–the bread of surrender.

Usually, we are scared to suspend our egos, because we think that we will lose ourselves. On Pesach we eat the Matza, we suspend our egos and find ourselves–our true selves.

This night is different from all other nights, because on this night we let ourselves go, we liberate our souls to follow G‑d unashamed. We say, “I may not understand what this means, but I have a Jewish soul, and somehow that is the deepest layer of my identity.”

That soul is the innocent child within us is waiting to be free. This Pesach, let’s allow that child to sing: Ma Nishtana Halayla Hazeh…


St. Louis Jewish Legacy Bus Tour
Sunday, June 23, 2019
1:00 – 5:00 pm

Tour starts from:

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, 650 N. Price Rd., Olivette
TO REGISTER call 314-991-2100 ext.2 or email sisterhood@nhbz.org

Look What’s New

Sisterhood’s new Bulletin Board in the lower level.

The new ‘Sisterhood Past Presidents’ Plaque in the lower level classroom.

Thanks to Chani Smason for the idea and the implementation for a new Bulletin Board to keep everyone up-to-date about Sisterhood activities, and thanks to Alan Haber and Lenny Alper for the installation of both items.

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


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