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A Weekly Newsletter
for Members and Friends of
Bais Abraham Congregation
Hyim Shafner, Rabbi
Rori Picker Neiss, Maharat
Parshat Chayei Sara
15 November 2014
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Shul Office
(314) 721-3030
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Rabbi Hyim Shafner
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Maharat Rori Picker Neiss
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Greg Storch, President
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Kiddush Sponsorship
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Shmooze Submissions
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Davening Schedule
4:30 p.m. – Fri. Mincha/Maariv
9:00 a.m. – Sat. Shacharit
4:10 p.m. – Sat. Mincha, Maariv
8:30 a.m. – Shacharit
Monday – Friday
6:30 a.m. – Shacharit
Office Hours
Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Shabbat Cholent Kiddush
All are invited to a cholent kiddush following services sponsored by Rick
Sandler and Beth Solowey to commemorate the yahrzeit of Rick’s father,
Solomon Sandler z’l. Cake is provided by Jeff and Robin Haspel in honor
of Zvi Haspel’s birthday.
YABA Shabbat Dinner This Week
YABA is hosting its last Shabbat dinner of 2014 in collaboration with SLIC
(St. Louis Israel Connection)! Services will begin at 4:30pm, followed by
some quality shmoozing, and then dinner featuring an Israeli inspired
menu at 6pm. All are welcome!
Scholar in Residence Weekend – November 21st-22nd
Spend next Shabbat with renowned professors of Jewish thought and of
Psychology at Bais Abraham November 21-22. RSVP required
for Friday night by Monday, November 17. Dinner and Lunch will be at
Shul followed by talks and discussion. Lunch is free, no reservations
required. Saturday night will be a talk by Mona Fishbane co-sponsored by
Nishmah. Call or email the shul or reserve on the web
at See flyer for more info.
Women's Torah Learning Group at Bais Abe
A new Women's Torah Learning group will be meeting at Bais Abe
at 5PM on Wednesdays. Facilitated by Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, the
group will explore in-depth topics related to Judaism and women,
including women and gemara, women and minyan, etc. We will begin with
an exploration of positive, time-bound mitzvot. Please join us! For more
information, email Rori at [email protected]
Shalom and Welcome!
We at Bais Abe pride ourselves on hospitality and openness to Jews of all backgrounds. We strive to build a community
rooted in mutual respect and commitment to Torah values and Halacha (Jewish law). Please feel free to contact Rabbi
Shafner at [email protected] for any information that may be helpful to you. If you would like a place for a Shabbat
meal, our eager hosts would love to welcome you. Please email [email protected]
Bais Abraham
Board of Directors
Greg Storch
Gabe Douek
Exec. Vice President
Lilly Canel-Katz
Gemara class with Jack Shapiro – Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
Understand the basis of Jewish law. All are welcome -whether you’re a beginner
or already familiar with the Talmud. Come study with us!
Vice President
Daniel Picker
Dan Weisz
Phyllis Shapiro
Immediate Past President
Barbra Danin
Larry Friedman
Morey Gardner
Tessa Gardner
Barry Ginsburg
Judy Hoffman
Daniel Iken
Alan Nemes
Roz Neuman
Michael Novack
Michael Richter
Oscar Schlafman
Dan Scharff
Dan Vianello
Rob Wasserman
Richard Wise
Women’s Tefillah Group
The Women's Tefillah Group will hold a Mincha service on Shabbat, November 22 at
approximately 1:30 pm, immediately following the Lunch & Learn and lecture given
by Dr. Michael Fishbane.
Community Service Opportunity – November 23rd
Save the date for a community service opportunity with Project SHED on November
23rd. We will have davening at 8:30, followed by breakfast at the shul at 9:15, and
we will start the different jobs at about 10:00. We will be working to help elderly and
disabled individuals with home projects. RSVPs are necessary so that we can
coordinate the appropriate number of projects. Email Barbra Danin,
[email protected] and include if you have any particular skills that would be
helpful for matching us up with appropriate projects. SHED, Safe Homes for the
Elderly and Disabled, collects requests from individuals who are not capable of
caring for their own homes on their own and invites members of the community to
help them with projects. Volunteers from SHED perform minor building repairs,
painting, yard work and other jobs that do not require special tools or skills. They
work with various churches to match up people and projects.
Shalhevet Women’s Kollel
Shalhevet Women’s Kollel will meet on the following dates:
November 18, December 2, and December 16. The learning will
begin at 7:30 pm at Bais Abe. Women of all backgrounds are invited
to participate.
Movie Outing – November 20th
All are invited to attend the FREE screening of "I'm Not Racist...Am I?" at the Tivoli on Thursday,
November 20th at 7pm. Those who are interested in attending should be in touch with
Alice, [email protected] or [email protected] She will go by 6:30pm to save seats which
will allow everyone to sit together. There will be a discussion about the film afterwards.
"Conversion, Rabbinic Authority, and Power Imbalance in Orthodoxy"
JOIN US FOR LIVE STREAMING of a Major Discussion in Modern Orthodoxy:
In the light of the recent very tragic news from Washington, D.C., involving mikvah and conversions,
three prominent national communal leaders will participate in a panel discussion in New York City
"Conversion, Rabbinic Authority, and Power Imbalance in Orthodoxy"
Rabbi Mark Dratch, Executive VP of the RCA (Rabbinical Council of America
Dr. Elana Stein Hain, Director of Leadership Education for the Shalom Hartman Institute
Rabbi Asher Lopatin, President of Yeshivat Chovivei Torah
You can attend a community-wide live streaming of this program
Sunday, November 23, 2014
9:50-10:50 a.m.
at the home of Ruth Raskas and Nigel Orenstein
7920 Teasdale
University City
Following the broadcast, there will be an open discussion with facilitators to be announced.
Torah on Tap
The last YABA Torah on Tap of 2014 will be Monday, November 24th from 8-9:30pm at Blueberry
Hill. We will discuss the topic, “Our Responsibility in Race.” Join us for beer, pizza, and Torah! Torah
on Tap will take a break for the month of December and start back up again January 26th. Have a
topic you'd like to discuss? Let us know! We're always looking for new, stimulating ideas.
Bais Abraham Annual Meeting – December 14th
Bais Abraham's Annual meeting will be December 14th at 7pm at the Shul. The meeting will feature
desert and the official election of Bais Abraham's 2015 board. All are invited to attend.
Chanukah Fabric Art Workshop
Join us on Sunday, December 14th at 1:00 PM at Bais Abraham Congregation for a special
Chanukah Fabric Art Workshop. Fabric Art workshop is a fun activity for all ages. Please bring a
solid color T-shirt; everything else will be provided for you: fabrics for the applique's, iron, iron board,
scissors, etc. everything is from begriming to end. Everybody will take home a beautiful T shirt to use
during Chanukah. The price per project is $12.00.
Hanukkah Hoopla – Save the Date!
Bais Abe and Epstein Hebrew Academy will be co-hosting a Hanukkah Hoopla on Thursday,
December 18th. There will be fun for people of all ages. More details coming soon!
Our Weekly Shabbat "Tefilat Yeladim" (Children's Service)
Our weekly Tefilat Yeladim is a wonderful opportunity to introduce
your children (or grandchildren!) to the beauty of praying with a
community on Shabbat morning. We use a special colorful
children's siddur with illustrations (by Koren publishers) that
familiarizes the children with the prayers they will hear in shul as
they grow up. Spearheaded by Caley Chill and supported by the
Benot Sheirut, services will be at 10:30 every Shabbat in the Bais
Abe auditorium. Tefilat Yeladim is sponsored by the Feen family
and an anonymous donor.
Shul Announcements
Lost Tallit Bag
A member has reported that someone accidentally picked up the wrong tallit bag sometime during
Rosh Hashana services. If you have a royal blue tallit bag would you please check to make sure you
have the right one. Also, look inside to see if there is a business card with the owner's name. If you
have the wrong one please contact the office at Bais Abe to make the exchange.
Artwork Available for Purchase
Artist Berta Goldgaber will have her work available on Sundays, 12:00-1:30, at the Shul for viewing
and purchase. Find out more about her work at 15% of Sunday morning
purchases will go to the program of the buyer’s choice.
Support the Shul While Shopping
Every time you shop at Schnucks, you can earn money for Bais Abraham. Our shul participates in
Schnucks’ "Scrip" program. It's easy. Just show your Bais Abe scrip card
when you check out and your purchases create automatic contributions to
the shul of up to 3% of your purchase price. Our mathematical consultant
ran the numbers and estimates that if we have full participation, the shul
can make approximately $6,000 a year. Email or call the office for a scrip
wallet or key-chain card and begin earning money for the shul on your next
trip to Schnucks.
Chesed Committee Opportunity
STL Food Rescue’s mission is to alleviate hunger in our community by collecting perishables that
would have been discarded from local food retailers and immediately delivering them to the
organizations most in need. Volunteers pick up food on Mondays and/or Wednesdays from the
Whole Foods in Town & Country, when they close at 10:00 p.m., and deliver the food to either
Tomchei Shabbat or the Kollel. To sign up, please use
ZVlMOHc&usp=sharing_eil#gid=16 or contact the shul for more information.
Chesed Committee at Bais Abe
If you like to help with Bais Abraham's new chesed committee please contact Fawn Chapel or
Roberta Gutwein. The chesed committee will help to coordinate meals and assistance for people in
the Shul who are ill or need help. Fawn can be reached at [email protected] and Roberta can
be reached at [email protected] .
Bais Abe Mailing List and Directory
We are in the process of updating our mailing lists and our directory. Please send all updates and
corrections to [email protected] We list addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses in the
directory. Please let us know if you would prefer not to have us include your email address.
Shabbat Retreat – Save the Date
Bais Abe will be going on a community retreat in beautiful rural Missouri on March 6-7, 2015. Details
to follow.
Do you “Like” Bais Abe on Facebook?
Find Bais Abe on Facebook at
Sponsoring a Kiddush at Bais Abe
Sponsoring a Kiddush or "Lunchish" is a wonderful way to mark a simcha or yahrzeit. Or you can
honor a loved one by sponsoring one of our monthly Lunch & Learns. Now, you can also sponsor
seudah shlishit for just $54! If you would like to sponsor (or co-sponsor) any of the above, please
contact Alayne in the office or Kiddush Chair, Judy Hoffman ([email protected]). They will go
over costs and help you plan the Kiddush or lunch you want. Please help shul members plan ahead
by letting us know about your wish to sponsor at least 10 days in advance. Thank you!
Reminder: No perfume/cologne in the synagogue
Please refrain from wearing perfume/cologne in the synagogue because some of our members are
highly allergic. If you inadvertently arrive at the shul wearing any scents, please wash them off.
Attention: people with nut allergies
If you have a nut allergy, for your safety please assume that any foods or beverages served at Bais
Abe may contain nuts or have been prepared on equipment that processes nuts. Please feel
comfortable asking those in charge of food or beverages about their nut content and they will try to
provide it if possible.
Upcoming Kiddush and Shabbat Calendar
November 15
Cholent Kiddush in memory of
Solomon Sandler’s Yahrzeit, and
cake in honor of Zvi Haspel’s
Sponsored by Rick Sandler and
Beth Solowey with cake
sponsored by Jeff and Robin
November 22
Lunch and Learn with Scholars
in Residence
Sponsors TBD
November 29
Cholent Kiddush
Sponsors Invited
To RSVP for an event email [email protected] or call 721-3030.
Bais Abraham Learning-at-a-Glance
Time & Place
Basics of Judaism
Rabbi Shafner
“Torah on Tap”
Rabbi Shafner
Women’s Class:
Book of Shoftim (Judges)
Rabbi Shafner
Parshat Hashavua
Rori Picker Neiss
Beit Midrash Chevruta
(Partner) Study
You and your chevruta (partner)
Beginner’s Gemara Class
Jack Shapiro
Deepen Your
Prayer Class
Alternating between Rabbi
Shafner and Rori Picker Neiss
Each Shabbat, approx. 10:30 a.m.
in the Gardner Beit Midrash
Shalhevet Women’s Kollel
Partnered learning + shiur with
Rori Picker Neiss
Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 pm (every other Tuesday) at
Bais Abe
Hinenu Shabbat Study
Stuart Klamen
Each Shabbat, 1 hour before the printed mincha time
Wednesday, November 12th at 7:30 p.m. and Mondays,
7:30 p.m. (starting December 1st)
at Bais
see Shmooze for exact dates and times
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.
Gardner Beit Midrash
Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.
Location: rotating. Contact Rori for location.
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
in the Bais Abe Auditorium
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
in the Bais Abe Auditorium
St. Louis Jewish Community News
Karen Solomon Intern Initiative
The St Louis Jewish Community Inclusion Initiative is excited to announce the launch of the Karen
Solomon Intern Initiative. This initiative is a program designed to help young individuals with
disabilities find paid internship opportunities in the Jewish community. Please see the flyer in the
Shmooze for more information.
Challah in the Home
The Jewish Federation of St. Louis is launching a new program, Challah in the Home. This program
pairs young adults with a host family in St. Louis to share home-cooked meals while celebrating
Jewish experiences. For more information, visit the website:
Dog Walker/Dog Sitter Needed
I'm looking for an occasional weekday afternoon dog walker for my 12 year-old, 85-pound
lab/malamute/shepherd mix in U-City. Ideally, I'm looking for someone who could also care for him
(feed and walk him) when I go out of town. This would be a great job for a high schooler or college
student who wants to make some extra money or anyone who loves dogs but doesn't have one.
Please contact Ronit: [email protected] Thanks!
Tomchei Shabbos Cookbook Event - December 14th
Join us for tea, coffee, and sample dessert recipes from our upcoming cookbook! Sunday, Dec. 14,
1:30-3:00, at the Hirschhorn home, 835 Swarthmore. EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO BRING
RECIPES!!!! Admission is $18 or 6 recipes. Sponsors of $180 or more are also admitted free of
Jewish Social Action Network Outerwear Drive
The Jewish Social Action Network, a project of the Jewish Community Relations Council, will hold an
outerwear drive October 26-December 5 to benefit immigrants and refugees served by the
International Institute. For more information, please see the flyer in the Shmooze.
Jewish and Muslim Day of Service Registration and Toiletry Collection Drive
The annual Jewish and Muslim Day of Service will be held on Christmas Day 2014. For more
information and to register, visit the website: In preparation for
the day of social action, there will be a toiletry collection drive. See the flyer in the Shmooze for
more information and for a list of drop off locations.
Community ListServe
The St. Louis Jewish Community has an active ListServe where members can offer items for sale,
ask for items or services, read about community events, and more.
The ListServ is a perfect place to offer items that you no longer need that someone else may enjoy.
Many people benefit from such posts.
To become a member of the community ListServe just email [email protected]
Posting is easy! Just email your post to [email protected]
“On the Fringe” – Do a mitzvah and express yourself too!
Comfortable, stylish, affordable tzitzit. Colorful, 100% cotton cloth, plaid, polka dot, many solid colors.
Reinforced seams, hand-tied for the mitzvah. Small, medium, large, and custom sizes available. Handspun or machine-spun tzitzit available. To order, contact Ben Shafner, 314-308-8324,
[email protected] $25.
‫שלום שבת‬
Submit articles and announcements for publication by Thursday morning to [email protected]
Advertise in the Shmooze Classified section and on Bais Abraham’s website for two weeks for $18. For
further news and general information about our shul please check out our website at
The Shmooze© is a community publication of Bais Abraham Congregation, 6910 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis,
Missouri, 63130.
Hyim Shafner, Rabbi.