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The Sisterhood Scoop – January 26th, 2019

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


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

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