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The Sisterhood Scoop – April 6, 2019

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume 2 Number 13 – April 6, 2019 – 1 Nissan 5779


Two Thumbs UP for Sisterhood’s First Movie Night on March 27th! A capacity crowd attended the film “Ida”. Faith Waxman chaired the event; Linda Lowenstin hosted, and Susan Fadem led the riveting discussion.
  • Pesach Preparations Class, The deeper meaning to cleaning, cooking, & preparing for Passover – this Sunday, April 7th at 10AM
  • Next Sisterhood Board Meeting – Monday, April 8th at 5:30PM
  • 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 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

The Pesach Countdown is On… Part 2: Remembering the Goal

The Difference Between Passover and Spring Cleaning– Both involve a lot of soap, water, rags, hard work, energy, and time. So what is the difference? Elana Mizrahi writes about the labor pains she experienced giving birth to her long-awaited first born child. She tells how, with each contraction, as her baby was coming into this world, the purpose grew crystal clear. As the intensity increased the pain brought her closer to her goal – until her son entered the world with a shriek! The pain, of course, subsided. She had focused on the goal.

When the Children of Israel crossed through the Red Sea and G-d turned back the waters upon Pharaoh’s army, Miriam, with tambourines and dancing, called to the women to “Sing to G-d for He is exalted about the arrogant, having hurled horse with its rider into the sea.” How did Miriam and the women know to bring tambourines when leaving Egypt so quickly? The commentaries explain that the righteous women of the generation were certain that G-d would perform miracles for them, so they took tambourines out of Egypt. These were the women who, after an excruciating long day in the backbreaking fields would go home, dress beautifully and seduce their husbands with open arms, ensuring the proliferation and survival of the Jewish nation. They never gave up hope. They stayed focused on the goal.

For this Passover, as Elana Mizrahi has done – with each drawer, closet, cabinet, and floor she cleaned – she joyfully sang knowing that she is bringing holiness into the world. And this, she reminds us, is the difference between Passover cleaning and Spring cleaning, between regular cooking and Shabbat cooking. It’s about focusing on the end goal and knowing that with each action that we do we can raise it up and make it holy. Try saying “in honor of Passover” the next time you vacuum, mop, scrub, toivel, and polish!

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:


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