The Sisterhood Scoop – March 21st, 2020

Volume 3 Number 11 – March 21st, 2020 – 25 Adar 5780

 

Never compromise your ideals. Never give in to defeat or despair. Never stop journeying merely because the way is long and hard. It always is.

-Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Sisterhood Book Club

If we find ourselves unexpectedly home-bound, why not join in the reading of our current book, the powerful bestseller about Hedy Lamarr by Marie Benedict “The Only Woman in the Room”?

Looking ahead, the June Book Club book is “Black, White, & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self” by Rebecca Walker, the daughter of a Jewish father & African-American mother who recalls her confusing but ultimately rewarding life lived between two conflicting ethnic identities.

For more info or to learn when Book Club meetings will resume, contact Terri Schnitzer

 

CALENDAR UPDATE

Orli’s Boutique Open House – Shop to Support Sisterhood – Sun, March 22, – postponed

Author Caroline Goldberg Igra – “Count to a Thousand” – postponed – new date TBD

Next Book Club – April 27, date TBD

Membership Tea – May 3, date TBD

5th Annual Dine ‘N’ Style Fashion Show, Luncheon & Shopping! – Sun., August 30

 

10 Things I’m Learning About Life in the Midst of the Coronavirus

– adapted from Chana Weisberg (Chabad.org)

  1. No matter how powerful or advanced we think we are, ultimately, we’re not in control. G‑d runs the world and will run it exactly according to His own plan and His own timetable.
  2. G‑d will take care of us! We need to believe this. The man who delivered my friend’s groceries admonished, “You people believe in G‑d, so why such anxiety? G‑d created His kids; don’t you think He can take care of us?”
  3. Some of the greatest solutions are the simplest. Wash your hands, keep yourself clean, and don’t spread negative infection. Shouldn’t we follow this prescription in all areas of life?
  4. How we react to others in times of distress says so much about who we are. I’m seeing such generous offers of practical help for those in difficult situations.
  5. One virus has spread like wildfire, utterly changing our world. If this is true for in the negative sense, imagine the power of something positive, how infectious and powerful one good deed can be.
  6. Too often, we’re busy rushing through the mad dash of life. As we hunker down with our loved ones, we can re-evaluate our priorities and what’s really important.
  7. Our children and the people around us are looking to us for direction. If we demonstrate terrible frenzy, it snowballs into mass hysteria. If we remain calm and cautious, others take note and behave likewise.
  8. “There is no person that doesn’t have his time and no thing that doesn’t have its place” (Avot 4:3). Who would have thought the humble toilet-paper roll would become such a precious commodity? Don’t ever think of yourself as useless; everyone has their time to shine.
  9. Humor goes a long way. “The language of the wise is healing” (Proverbs 12:18). Happiness, positivity and wit can only help the situation.
  10. Worry is often worse than the disease itself. I’ll be honest, this is my personal take-home message. How often do I hear myself telling my children, “Of course, I’m worried! That’s my job as a Jewish mother!”

Truthfully, our greatest enemy—perhaps more debilitating than any sickness or challenge—is feeling overwrought and stressed. It doesn’t help, but just feeds into the frenzy, creating even more widespread problems. We need to take preventive steps, but with a positive “can-do” and “it will be good” attitude.

Wishing us all health and blessings!

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