Balance for Balabustes – August 8th

Senior Kollel and Eishes Chayil Women’s Division in Cooperation with Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Sisterhood present “Balance for Balabustes” Strength Training ~ Bone Health ~ Flexibility for Females ~ with Dr. Jill Abrams Chiropractic Physician • Personal Fitness Trainer • Massage Therapist

Wednesday, July 11th 2:00 pm at NHBZ 650 N. Price Road Olivette, Missouri

Bring a Friend! Refreshments served!

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5779 – High Holiday Information – 2018

High Holiday Seating

Take Action Now – don’t miss out on any of the following: call the office at 314-991-2100 ext. 2 or email
Seating for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur – Friday, August 31

All members in good standing – Adult, Young Adult and Senior (but not Associate-Members) – are entitled to a reserved seat for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. If you will be attending, but do not want to use your reserved seat, you may use an open, unreserved seat. Family Membership entitles you to a reserved seat for all your children from Bar/Bat Mitzvah through age 24. Older children through age 29 should obtain a Young Adult membership. Independent young adults age 18-29 are encouraged to obtain a Young Adult membership. Please contact the office by Friday, August 31 if:

  • You will not be using your reserved seat.
  • You would like a different seat from last year.
  • You would like to add a reserved seat for out-of-town relatives or friends ($180 each).
  • You would like to obtain a Young Adult Membership ($190 each).

Sisterhood New Year Greetings – Tuesday, August 28

The Sisterhood wishes you and your loved ones Health, Happiness & Prosperity in the New Year, and invites you to wish L’Shana Tova Tikatevu to everyone in our NHBZ family. Your name will be published in the 5778 Rosh Hashanah Bulletin for a $5 minimum donation (no maximum). Call the office or mail in your check made out to NHBZ, and write ‘Sisterhood Greeting’ on the memo line, by Tuesday, August 28 to be included in the bulletin.

Esrog and Lulav Order – Wednesday, August 29

It is a mitzvah to have your own Esrog & Lulav for Sukkos. They can be purchased through our shul, and must be ordered in advance. We will be happy to order a set for you and have it ready for pick up at the shul in time for Sukkos. Complete sets will cost $45, $55, $65 and $80. These prices are subject to change as we get closer to the holiday. If you want the shul to order your set, please call the office, by Wednesday, August 29.

RSVP for Children’s Lunches – Friday, August 31

Lunch for Children’s Programming is free, but an RSVP is encouraged. Please let us know how many of your children will be eating lunches and on which days by Friday, August 31.

RSVP for Simchas Torah Dinner – Friday, September 14

Join us for a free Spaghetti Dinner on Erev Simchas Torah, Thursday, October 12, as well as the Auction for Simchas Torah Honors. The dinner is free, but please let us know if you plan to attend so we know how much food to buy and prepare. We also welcome dinner sponsors for $25. Please reply by Friday, September 14

Memorial Plaques

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion is offering a unique opportunity to memorialize family members and friends. This year, through Yom Kippur, our normally priced memorial plaques of $360.00 each will be available for $600 for two memorial plaques. Please call the office to order your plaques – 314- 991-2100 ext. 2

2018 High Holiday Newsletter 5779 – Printable PDF



Parshas: Va’eschanan

Moses continues his final speech to the Children of Israel. He tells them how he entreated G-d to allow him to enter the land of Israel, but his request was denied. Moses was allowed, however, to see the Promised Land from the peak of Mount Pisgah. Moses appeals to the people to keep the Torah, telling them to neither add to nor subtract from its mitzvos. They are told to always remember the Revelation at Mt. Sinai where every man, woman and child heard the presentation of the Ten Commandments. Moses repeats the Ten Commandments, with subtle differences between this version and that of the Book of Exodus. The Shema, found in this week’s Torah portion, expresses our belief that G-d is One and states our commitment to love and serve Him. It exhorts us to transmit Torah to the next generation, and its laws should be remembered by a ‘sign’ upon one’s hand and forehead (tefillin) and written on the doorposts of one’s home (mezuzah). Finally, Moses encourages the people to trust in G-d and remain faithful to the Torah. Intermarriage is prohibited, and the source that Jewish identity is transmitted through the mother is stated.


The Sisterhood Scoop – July 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop July 2018

NHBZ Sisterhood presents the 3rd Annual
Dine ‘n’ Style
Luncheon & Fashion Show

Sunday, August 19 – 11:30 a.m.

Falling for Fashion featuring:

Fall/Winter 2018 Fashions from Orli’s BoutiqueLuncheon, and, of course, Shopping!
For more information call Debbie Sher.

NEXT SISTERHOOD BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, July 24, 6:00 pm

Sisterhood’s NEW Book Club is Up and Running!

Critics agree: Sisterhood’s BOOK CLUB is a hit! The next book selection is: Eternal Life by award-winning novelist Dara Horn. Described as “a gripping, hilarious, and moving psychological novel, that celebrates the bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive.”

Discussion of Eternal Life will be Monday, August 27, 7:15-8:45pm at Mansions on the Plaza, 8300 Delmar hosted by Chana Lowenstein FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Fran Alper at 314-993-4024 ~ or Chana at 314-274-8718 ~

Understanding Tisha B’Av Mourning What is Missing

Tisha B’Av is not about the destruction of a building, but about the exile of a people from their homeland, an estrangement of a nation from G‑d, and a separation of the spiritual from the physical. Each one of us has individual struggles and all of us await redemption from them, and the day when Tisha B’Av will no longer be a day of mourning, but a day of celebration. Why do the Jewish people continue to mourn and weep year after year? Mourning a death is very different than mourning something or someone that is missing. Even if a person is missing and presumed dead, the search for that person is never forgotten. Until there is closure, we cannot begin to move on. Tisha B’Av shows us that we are not mourning a death, we are mourning what is missing. The Temples were destroyed, but not forever. Until the Third Temple is rebuilt Tisha B’Av is the reminder of what we have temporarily lost. This is why one of the questions that will be asked by the Heavenly Court after a person dies is “Did you expect (wait for) the Redemption?” Some say that the word used by the sages is “to expect” (tzepita) or “wait for.” It doesn’t use “hope for” or “want,” but a word which describes a looking out for – with certainty. This is like a family with a missing child. Years may have gone by, but that family waits every single day for a phone call that their child has been found. Every day they grieve that the child is missing, yet simultaneously, every day they pray and hope. This is the crying and mourning we do on Tisha B’Av. For as hard as it is to live without our Temple and to be in exile, we wait every single day for it to be returned to us and pray that immediately we will be redeemed.

  • excerpted from Elana Mizrahi at

The Sisterhood Scoop – July 2018

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

Shaving Israel – July 29th

Shaving Israel

Speakers Series Sunday, July 29 4:00-5:00 pm Guest Speaker Talia Wolkowitz

Talia is a native St. Louisan who joined the IDF in December of 2015. She rose to the rank of Sergeant and was a Canine-Track and Attack Operational Handler.

Stay for NHBZ Pizza Night from 5-7pm!
All-you-can-eat pizza, pasta, & salad – $12.00

Slices for Soldiers

Dear NHBZ Members,

As you know, Israel is embroiled in conflict with Syria and ultimately Iran on its northern borders. If you’ve found yourself asking “What can I do?” or “In what way can I help?” The Israel Committee of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion is bringing back the Slices for Soldiers project that was so successful in 2014. This seemingly small gesture will go a long way toward providing Israeli soldiers with a little smile and respite from the battle field. Previously the project raised $2,500 to feed front line Israeli Soldiers, so let’s come together and make this campaign even more successful!

We will be collecting money from today until July 30th, with every dollar used for the purchase of pizza from local Israeli pizzerias for troops on the front lines. Receiving pizza on the battlefield from people half way around the world goes a long way to encourage our soldiers. May Hashem guard and protect them and all of Israel, and may they be successful in their mission and return home quickly and safely.

Please mail your check, made out to NHBZ to: Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, 650 North Price Road, Olivette, MO 63132 ~ Sorry, no credit cards for this campaign.

Thank You,
Jason Loiterstein
NHBZ Israel Committee

Rabbi Smason – CIAO St. Louis Radio!

Rabbi Smason to be interviewed on CIAO St. Louis Radio! Rabbi Ride-Around mania gets an early start this summer. In advance of this year’s Ride-Around, Rabbi Smason will be interviewed on Monday, July 16 at 1:00 P.M. on CIAO St Louis radio. Listen to the live-streamed broadcast at and Facebook Live (from the CIAO St Louis Facebook page). In addition, a podcast will be available for download from the website. This year’s Ride-Around will take place on August 26. Details to follow!


Recipes for Life-Rabbi Smason (Gino Bartali)

July 16, 2018

On August 29, 2018, Rabbi Ze’ev Smason will ride his bike around Forest Park as a fundraiser for his congregation. He is dedicating his ride to Gino Bartali, an accomplished Italian cyclist, who was responsible for saving over 800 Jewish lives during World War II in Italy. We interviewed Rabbi Smason today. Listen to this wonderful story about the unsung hero, 2-time winner of the Tour de France, 3-time winner of the Giro del Italia and one of the great humanitarians of his time. “Good is something that you do. It is not something you boast.” Gino Bartali



Parshas: Matos — Masei

Parshas: Matos — Masei

In the first of this week’s two action-packed portions, Moses teaches the rules and restrictions governing oaths and vows. Promises are serious business. When we say that we plan to do something — even something as simple as, ‘I’ll call you later’ — we’re bound by our words. Anticipating entrance into the land of Israel, the tribes of Gad and Reuben petition Moses to remain on the eastern side of the Jordan River because that land is particularly suitable for grazing their cattle. Moses, not wanting to ‘steer’ Gad and Reuben wrong, grants their request on the condition that they first help the rest of the nation in conquering the entire land of Israel before returning to settle their inheritance.

Masei (a word that means ‘journeys’) begins with a listing of the 42 encampments of the Jewish people’s 40 year journey from the Exodus until the crossing of the Jordan River into the Land of Israel. The boundaries of the Land of Israel are defined. Since the Levites would not be receiving a regular portion of the land, 48 cities are set aside for them. Cities of refuge are established; one who unintentionally murders can flee there. So ends the book of Numbers, the fourth of the Books of the Torah. Next week — on to Deuteronomy!

The 9 Days

Rosh Chodesh Av occurred on Friday, July 13. This began a period of time known as the ‘9
Days.’ The first nine days of the month of Av, and also the morning of the tenth, are days of acute mourning for the destruction of the first and second Holy Temples. In addition to the restrictions that apply to the entire three-week period, during this time we refrain from the following additional joyous activities: Eating meat and drinking wine (except for Shabbos), laundering clothing, swimming or bathing for pleasure and remodeling or expanding a home. For questions or further details, please contact Rabbi Smason.

Dine ‘n’ Style 2018

NHBZ Sisterhood presents the 3rd Annual Dine ‘n’ Style Fashion Show & Luncheon

Falling for Fashion featuring Fall/Winter 2018 Fashions from Orli’s Boutique, Luncheon, and, of course, lots of Shopping!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Shopping opens at 10:00 AM
Luncheon & Fashion Show promptly at Noon

In addition to Orli’s Boutique previewing women’s Fall fashions, visit our lower level “Retail Market” featuring:

  • Accessories and Gifts
  • Artisan Jewelry
  • Creative Design Jewelry
  • Fashionable Headscarves
  • Fused Frameworked Glass
  • Motek Israeli Jewelry
  • Sculpted Silverware, and more…
  • Israeli Items, and More

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion 650 North Price Road, Olivette

Registration $20 by August 12 call NHBZ – 314-991-2100, ext. 3, email

For more information Call Debbie Sher at 314-753-2261 or email: For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email:

2018 Dine snd Style Flyer (Printable PDF)