Young Israel of St. Louis


PARSHAT VA'ERA                                                   SHABBAT MEVORCHIM


Sharon Harris Pollack and family to commemorate the yahrtzeit of her father, Joel Bolker.

Friday, January 20th

Candle Lighting                                                                    4:51 pm

Mincha/Maariv                                                                    4:50 pm

Saturday, January 21st

Hashkama                                                                              7:30 am

Chumash Shiur                                                                     8:00 am

Shacharit                                                                               8:45 am

Teen Minyan (in Beit Midrash)                                         9:30 am

Sof Zman Kri’at Shema                                                     9:43 pm

Pre-Mincha Shiur - Rabbi Davey Blackman*                  3:55 pm

Bnei Akiva                                                                            4:40 pm

Mincha                                                                                  4:40 pm

Shabbat Ends                                                                       5:52 pm


*Special guest speaker:

Rabbi Davey Blackman: Director of the Jewish Learning Centre in Sydney, Austrailia.

See bio below


Kiddush:Sponsors invited.

Seudah Shlishit:Sponsors invited


Weekly Shacharit

Sunday                                                                                  8:00 am

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday                                      6:30 am

Tuesday, Friday                                                                   6:40 am


Mincha/Maariv                                                                    4:55 pm


Rosh Chodesh Shevat                                                         Wednesday, January 25th






8:45 am - TMK Tanach for Teens - Rabbi Assi Gastfraind

9:00 am - Tanach: Kings & Prophets - Dr. Mitch Wolf

8:45 am - Shiur for grades 6-8 - Rabbi M. Rovinsky


9:15 am - Tanach (Shoftim) - Rabbi Shulman

12:45 pm - TMK Women’s Beith Midrash (@ Newman’s) – Yael Shachak

7:30 pm - Talmud (Rosh Hashanah) - Rabbi Shulman

8:00 pm - Beit Midrash


11:30 am - Parsha (Women) - Rabbis Shulman/Mintz

7:15 pm - Talmud (Sotah) (Men) - Rabbi Rosenbloom


12:00 pm - Sifrei Halacha - Dr. Joe Feder

12:45 pm - TMK Women’s Beith Midrash (@ Newman’s) – Yael Shachak

8:00 pm - Tanach (Shoftim) - Rabbi Shulman


7:15 pm - Talmud (Brachot) - Dr. Norman Katz

8:30 pm – Beit Midrash/Mishmar


8:00 am - Parsha –Rabbi Boaz Shachak

Following Hashkama - Dr. Joe Feder

5 min into Kiddush - Mishnat Pinchas Parent/Child Learning

Pre-Mincha - Parsha / Topical - Rabbi Shulman

After Mincha - Girls grades 8-12, Rabbi Rovinsky


Joe Miller                                                                                יוסף בער בן אסתר חיה

Yehoshua Sommer                                                                  יהושע בן זהבה

Teddy Zeffren                                                                        תנחום טוביה בן פייגעל

Dr. Noah Susman                                                                    נח בן אסתר רייזל

Dr. Lester Zeffren                                                                   יואל אליעזר בן יוספה לאה

Avraham Chalamish(Gilat Gastfraind's father)                      אברהם אלטער בן לאה

Moe Sonnenwirth                                                                   משה יוסף בן רייזא

                                                                                                ישראל יחיאל צבי הכהן בן חיה

                                                                                                דוד הלל בן יוכבד

                                                                                                מלך זושא בן שרה

Beth Zwick                                                                             אלישבע מרים בת שרה גיטל

Rachel Adler                                                                           רחל בת אסתר

Sarah Leah Carman                                                                 שרה לאה בת חנה גיטל

Julie Iken                                                                                 יהודית בת לאה

Shira Starr                                                                               שירה פייגא בת מאירה ליבא

Sonja Robinson                                                                       שיינדל בת גיטל


Rabbi Davey Blackman is the founder and Director of the Jewish Learning Centre, Sydney Australia.  Rabbi Blackman spent more than a decade at Yeshivat Har Etzion, and became a close talmid of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein שליט"א. He also has a degree in Education and Jewish Philosophy from the University of South Africa.  Rabbi Davey served in leadership roles in Bnei Akiva , South Africa, from his early youth, and also in the crack Givati infantry unit in the Israeli army. He is a husband to Deborah and father of 6 children.  For more about the Jewish Learning Centre and Rabbi Davey Blackman, go to


WINTER PARENT/CHILD LEARNING: Our Motzei Shabbat parent/child learning for children grades K-5 continues this week at 6:50 pm. Sponsorships $36 are available. This week the learning is sponsored by David & Debbie Friedman.


THANK YOU: Thank you to Mike & Sima Oberlander who are the ushers for the youth groups.

FAMILY ACTIVITY SERIES: Join us for family fun throughout the winter. Our first event is a trip to The City Museum, Sunday, January 22nd, 10 am. Cost: $6 per person (3 and under are free!) Details: Meet at 10 am in the entrance lobby of the museum. Mark your calendars for the next two events! Ice Skating (February 20) and Kramer Marionettes (March 18).

DESSERT AND DIALOGUE SERIES: Motzei Shabbat, January 28th, 8:00 pm, at the home of Joe & Izzy Yazdi, 716 Brittany Lane. Rabbi Shulman's topic – TBA. RSVP to Tammy at Save the dates for the rest of the series: Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, March 25th.

ANNUAL YOUNG ISRAEL DINNER – FEB 12TH 2012 honoring Dr. Mitch and Shelly Wolf, and Distinguished Service Awardee, Howard Oppenheimer, with renowned performing artist, Shlomo Simcha, featuring "Songs of Jerusalem". We are actively collecting ads for the Ad Journal.. We need everyone's participation to make a successful journal. Now is the time to submit your ad for the journal.

ROSH CHODESH PROGRAM FOR WOMEN: A night of Israeli dancing and interactive study of Torah on Tuesday, January 31st, 8:00 pm, in the Young Israel social hall.


The letters for the Birthday/Anniversary/Yahrtzeit Calendar have been sent. Please respond as soon as you can. You can see a sample page in the glass case in the lobby. For more info, contact Bonnie Drazen at 314-727-3967.


SHECHITA CLASS: A new series of classes for men will be offered in the laws of Shechita -- ritual slaughter according to Jewish dietary law. The classes, held at NHBZ, will be led by Rabbi Chaim Loike, a Rabbinic Coordinator with Orthodox Union (OU) Kashruth Division. Rabbi Loike is widely-recognized for his vast expertise in the kashruth of animals. The class goal is to learn and possibly qualify as a shochet! For more information call Dr. Ethan Schuman at 314 791-2951.

VOLUNTEERS DRIVERS NEEDED FOR CROWN CENTER: Volunteers are needed to deliver hot kosher dinners in the University City area. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of Jewish older adults, and available approximately 1-2 hours a week, we’d like to speak with you. We are seeking individuals, families or organizations who may wish to “adopt a day” to deliver dinners. For more information please contact Florence Schachter, Director of Resident and Community Services, Crown Center for Senior Living, 314-991-2055,

“Workshop: Creating a Financial Plan for Your Family”: On January 28th, Epstein Hebrew Academy will be hosting a financial planning workshop. The workshop will be conducted by Stephen Green, CFP CSA, of Optimum Wealth Management. The workshop will begin at 8 pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 per family. Topics include: What is financial planning and how can it help me and my family? How do I create and implement a financial plan? What resources are available for financial planning? Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 24th. For additional information, please contact David Friedman at or 373-7533.

AISH LECTURE SERIES: The Rabbi Noah Weinberg Memorial Lecture will be Wednesday, February 1st, at the Aish Firehouse, (457 N Woods Mill Rd) at 8 pm. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Yerachmiel Milstein and his topic will be: "Realizing Your Full Potential: The Five Levels of Free Will". $10 suggested donation. For more info, call Aish at 314-862-AISH (2427).


A LIGHT TO REMEMBER: The Annual JSU Gala, A Light to Remember, will take place this Motzei Shabbat, January 21st, at the newly renovated Peabody Opera House (formally Kiel Opera House).This will be the first kosher event at this venue. This year's honorees are David & Lynnsie Balk Kantor. Special tribute will be paid to JSU faculty advisors, Vince DeBlasi and Ellen Summa of Lafayette and Ladue high schools, respectively.


The Madrichim of Bnei Akiva have Shabbat dinner @ the Feens.

Mishnat Pinchas: Starting 5 minutes after Kiddush.

Beit Midrash for Women: Mondays and Wednesdays at the home of Faye Newman, 7916 Stanford at 12:45 pm.

Beit Midrash Learning: Mon. @ Young Israel 8 - 9:30pm

Mishmar learning: Thursdays at Young Israel at 8:30 pm.

Bnei Akiva: For children in grades 2-8, beginning the same time as Mincha. For more info, contact Yaara at 570-3052 or Efrat at 825-9836.

Ruth Fredman Mother and Daughter Bat Mitzvah Progam: At Young Israel, 6:45-8:15 pm. Contact Suzanne Sundy for more info and to register at 727-6083.


Shul Office Hours:  Mon-Fri 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

Deadline for announcements:  Noon on Thursday

Deadline for Mazal Tovs 10 AM on Friday

Rabbi Shulman’s personal contact info:, 314-725-6130 (home study)

314-313-3120 (cell)

Young Israel Web-site:

To sponsor a weekly Shul Announcement, for $36, email Judy ( or call (314-727-1880)