The Sisterhood Scoop – February 16, 2019

Upcoming Sisterhood events, book club information and much more.

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, 

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


  • 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

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 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 For more information, contact Katie Sheldon at

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: