New Year Greeting from NHBZ Sisterhood

The NHBZ Sisterhood thanks the following for participating in this year’s New Year Greeting campaign by wishing everyone in our NHBZ family Good Health, Happiness, an d Prosperity in the New Year

L‘Shana Tova Tikatevu

Lenny & Fran Alper
Jesse & Debbie Barash
Jackie & Craig Berkin
Arnold Brody
Alan, Marcie, Nathan and Eliana Brook Frances & Jerry Cohen
June Cohen and Family
Julie & Don Eisenberg
Jessica Fadem
Teree Farbstein
Amy & Denny Feit and Family
Mimi Fiszel
The Gelb Family
David & Lisa Gellman
Marvin & Jackie Gitel
Rhonnie & Stanley Goldfader and Our Loving Family
Abert & Sheila Goodman and Family Aida, Lila and Levi Greenberg
Anna & Sol Guber
Fran & Harold Hoffman
Larry & Shirley Hollander
Sandy & Kurt Kahn
Joni & Bob Kaiser
Sally & Eliot Katz
Morris & Estelle Kram
Judy & Jacob Levin
Helayne & Ed Levitt
Norman & Marilyn Liss and Family Phyllis & Howard Loiterstein
Ina & Ron Makovsky
Jean & Stan Margul
Faye Cohen McCary
Alana & Mike Minoff, Yael, Max Rafi & Yishama Sally Needle
Ruth Alper Novack
Rachael Pevnick and Family
Jim and Rachel Pollock
Libby Sorkin Routman
Debbie & Brian Sher
Marvin Stein
Linda & Menachem Szus
Roberta “Bobbie” Tolpen
Reuven & Margo Tzadok
Bruce & Faith Waxman

Help us meet our New Year Greeting fundraising goal for this year. There is still time to add your name to the list. Please be generous.

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Mt. Gerizim

Parshas: Ki Savo

Parshas: Ki Savo

The parsha begins by describing the annual mitzvah for farmers in Israel to bring their bikurim, or first fruits, to the Kohen in the Temple. The donor was then to recite a prayer of thanksgiving, recalling how G-d had delivered his ancestors from Egypt and brought the new generation into a land flowing with milk and honey. Moses then teaches two special mitzvos, which the Jewish people are to perform upon entering the land of Israel. First, they are to inscribe the entire Torah on twelve large stones. Second, the twelve tribes are to ratify their acceptance of the Torah in the following manner; six tribes were to stand on Mt. Gerizim, representing the blessings, while the remaining six tribes were to stand on Mt. Eival, signifying the curses. The Levites were to stand in the valley between, reciting blessings and curses which will apply respectively to those who observe and defy the Torah. The parsha concludes with a recounting of the wonderful blessings G-d will bestow upon the Jewish people for remaining faithful, and a chilling prophecy of what might happen if the Jewish people do not follow the Torah.

Parshas: Ki Seitzei

Parshas: Ki Seitzei

This week’s Torah portion contains 74 mitzvos (commandments) — more than 10% of the 613 mitzvos of the Torah. Among the highlights:

  • Guidelines for treatment of captured female prisoners of war.
  • Treatment of the ‘stubborn and rebellious son’.
  • Prohibition of wearing shatnez — a mixture of wool and linen in the same garment.
  • The case of the defamation of a married woman.
  • Men are forbidden from wearing women’s clothing and vice versa.
  • Taking interest for lending to a Jew is forbidden.
  • The requirement of a get (bill of divorce) when divorce takes place.
  • The obligation to pay workers in a timely fashion (handymen, babysitters, etc.)
  • Special consideration must be given to a widow and orphan.

This power-packed Torah portion concludes with the command to remember the atrocities which the nation of Amalek (from whom Haman came) committed against us upon our exodus from Egypt.



Parshas: Re’eh

Moses informs the Jewish people that we each face a choice; choose to observe G-d’s directions for living (i.e. the Torah) and receive blessings, or choose to ignore G-d and experience estrangement and its consequences. Moses then turns to describing a number of religious, civil and social laws relevant once the Jewish people enter the Promised Land. Included in this listing are:

  • Don’t imitate the ways of the nations surrounding you.
  • A false prophet who attempts to entice you to idolatry should be put to death.
  • Since the Torah is complete and perfect, nothing may be added to or subtracted from it.
  • Self infliction of wounds on the body as a sign of mourning is prohibited.
  • As a holy people, refrain from eating non-kosher food.
  • Be particularly warm-hearted and charitable. Many laws and guidelines concerning tzedaka (righteous giving) are found in this week’s portion.
  • The three pilgrimage festivals (Passover, Shavous and Sukkos) are opportunities to ascend (make aliyah) to Jerusalem and the Temple to celebrate our blessings.


10th Annual Rabbi Ride Around

10th Annual Rabbi Ride Around

Sunday, August 26 ~ 10th Annual Rabbi Ride Around ~ 10:00 am -2:00 pm
Where: Forest Park Shelter # 8. This year’s ride is dedicated to Gino Bartali, a great Italian cyclist who saved hundreds of Jews during the Shoah. The RRA is a fun-filled picnic with balloons, face painting, kid’s attendance prizes, a raffle, a bike themed silent auction and of course lunch.

What you can do:

  1. Make a generous pledge per mile for the Rabbi’s 50 mile ride.
  2. Attend to cheer Rabbi Smason on!
  3. Become a sponsor for $100 to make the RRA a success!

Thanks so far to the following RRA Event Sponsors, The Morgenszterns, The Habers, The Kaisers, The McCarys, The Goldfaders, The Feits, and Aida Greenberg! We are half way there!


Holiday Study Classes

Holiday Study Classes taught by Rabbi Smason


Rosh Hashana Laws and Customs Monday, Aug. 20, 7:45 pm.

Structure of the Machzor Monday, Aug. 27, 7:45 pm

You can attend one or both classes which will be held at the home Dr. Craig & Jackie Berkin.
Please RSVP to 314-991-2100 or .

Home Study Poster


The Sisterhood Scoop – August 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop August 2018

Watch your mail for Sisterhood’s New Year Greetings Fundraiser

Proceeds will benefit NHBZ’s Passport to Israel Program and other Sisterhood projects. Help support your Sisterhood – please be generous!

Don’t forget!! Book Club meets Mon. Aug. 27, 7:15pm at Mansions on the Plaza, 8300 Delmar

Download the Sisterhood Scoop for August 2018

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

Mitzvah Adventrue Shabbat – August 11

Mitzvah Adventure Shabbat & Baseball -Themed Kiddush

Shabbat, August 11, 2018

8:30 am Traditional Services – in the sanctuary.
10:00 am Starting Points – in the chapel. Topic: The Best Advice I Ever (and Never) Got led by Rabbi Ze’ev Smason.

10:00 am Children’s Programming – lower level.
Tot Shabbat for ages 1-6, babysitting for younger children,
Junior Congregation for ages 7-12

11:30 am ‘Chesed’ Mitzvah Adventure

Choose 2 of 3 Sessions, each presented at 11:30 and 12:00

  1. Bikur Colim “How to Visit the Sick” by Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
  2. Nichum Avelim “How to Pay a Shiva Call” by Rabbi Yitzchok Kowalsky of the St. Louis Kollel
  3. Hachnasas Orchim “How to Host Shabbos Guests”  by Alex Lyss

12:30 pm Baseball-Themed Kiddush Lunch

Sponsored by Amy & Denny Feit and Joyce & Murray Hochberg.
For more information, call (314) 991-2100 extension 2.

Parshas: Eikev

Parshas: Eikev

Moses continues to encourage the Children of Israel to trust in G-d and in the prosperity and health which will follow if they keep the Torah. If they are careful to observe even those ‘minor’ mitzvos that are usually ‘trampled’ underfoot, he promises that they will be the most blessed of the nations of the Earth. Moses reminds them of their numerous transgressions in the desert, including the mystifying sin of the Golden Calf. Moses describes the bountiful Land of Israel filled with wheat, barley, grapes, figs and pomegranates, a land of oil-yielding olives and date-honey. He teaches the people the second paragraph of the Shema which stresses the fundamental doctrine of reward for keeping the mitzvos and the consequences of non-compliance. All that G-d requires of us, Moses says, is to love G-d, revere Him, and to observe His Torah. Easier said than done! Parshas Eikev concludes with the promise that G-d will provide the Jewish people with protection if they observe the laws of the Torah. Many are familiar with the famous phrase (found in this week’s portion), “Man does not live by bread alone.” The less-familiar second half of the verse says, “. . . but by all that comes from the mouth of G-d.” This important idea teaches that physical nourishment and external pleasures aren’t sufficient for a satisfied life. Every human being has spiritual needs that must also be met.

Please Note: Rabbi Smason will not have his Wednesday class on August 8th

Lulav and Etrog Orders 2018

Lulav and Etrog Orders are now being taken until Tuesday, August 28.

Please place your order now as we cannot guarantee that more sets will be available after that date.
Order by email to: or phone 991-2100 ext. 2.

Basic Lulav & Etrog set = $45
Deluxe Lulav & Etrog set = $60

Standard Lulav & Etrog set = $55
Premium Lulav & Etrog set = $80