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The Sisterhood Scoop – February 1st, 2020

Volume 3 Number 4 – February 1, 2020 – 6 Shevat 5780

Welcome to Installation Shabbos!

Mazel Tov to the Sisterhood Officers and Board Members for 2020! There is no better time than NOW to get involved in Sisterhood! Do you have an idea for a Sisterhood activity, a class, or a fundraiser? Have you thought about joining one of our standing committees?

  • Membership
  • Education
  • Program
  • Planning
  • Fundraising

Ongoing activities include:

  • Membership Tea
  • Annual Fashion Show
  • Movie Nights
  • Book Club
  • “Balance for Balabustes,”
  • Passport to Israel program, and so much more!

For more information: contact Teree Farbstein.


  • Next Sisterhood Board Meeting – Tuesday, February 11, 5:30 – 7:00 PM at NHBZ
  • Next Book Club book: “Inheritance” by Dani Shapiro, at the home of Sallie Volotzky – Monday, February 24, 7:15-8:45PM
  • Sisterhood’s “Movie Night Out” – Wednesday, March 4, 6:00 PM at Mansions on the Plaza
  • NHBZ’s Purim Seudah. Join our Shtick! – Tuesday, March 10 at 6:15PM

Start Again –  Parshas Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

by Rabbi Eli Scheller (www.aish.com)

This month shall be for you the beginning of the months, it shall be for you the first of the months of the year. (Ex. 12:2)

“Kiddush Hachodesh (the sanctification of the new moon) was the very first commandment given to the Jewish nation as a whole, which suggests that this is a most significant mitzvah. A thousand years later it was one of only three commandments that the Greeks prohibited. The other two were Shabbos and Milah (circumcision). The fact that they saw fit to prohibit Kiddush Hachodesh together with those two commandments certainly implies it is a most central mitzvah, but what exactly is its significance?

“Rosh Chodesh, the start of the new month, symbolizes renewal. Just as the moon disappears at the end of each month but returns and grows to fullness, so too the Jewish nation has the ability to rise up from oblivion and restore itself to past greatness. This essential characteristic of the Jews was first demonstrated in Egypt when the Jewish people had fallen to the 49th level of impurity, one level above spiritual extinction. They renewed themselves to such a degree that only seven weeks later they were able to stand at Mount Sinai, receive the Torah, and experience prophecy! It was this concept of renewal that the Greeks attempted to eliminate by ending the observance of Rosh Chodesh.

“Everyone makes mistakes. The problem is that when a person feels guilty about what he has done wrong and sees himself as a failure, he may give up and lose the strength to keep trying to grow. In order to avoid this, he must recognize that although he has made a mistake he can always get back up, dust himself off and start again [sic].”

Caring for Ourselves and the Community

Brought to you by Sharsheret Supports and Taharath Israel

A look at Jewish values and the implications for women’s health and wellness. Discussions will include:

  • The Mikvah’s Role in a Spiritual and Physical Balance
    • The spiritual component combined with focusing on your body in preparation.
      Led by Rebbitzen Chani Smason
  • How to Care for a Family Member/Friend in Need
    • Including support programs from Sharsheret.
      Led by Debbi Braunstein, Sharsheret Supports Coordinator, and Michelle Mufson, Sharsheret Advisory Committee Member
  • How to Be Your Healthiest Healthy; Gatekeeper of Your Personal Health
    • Finding time to take care of yourself and the importance of doing so
      Myths that cause confusion or unnecessary uncertainty
      Led by Cyndee Levy, R.N., Sharsheret Advisory Committee Member and Abigail Hoffman, M.D., Breast Surgeon
  • KNOW the Facts, LEARN the Risks, TAKE Action
    • Importance of knowing your family history and increased cancer genetic risk factors
      How to gather your family history and why having it is important to you and your family
      Led by Clinical Psychologist, Lynne Kipnis, Ph.D. and Certified Genetics Counselor, Suzanne Mahon, Ph.D.

For more information: https://jccstl.com/event/caring-for-ourselves-and-the-community/

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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