Pizza Night – April 29th

Pizza Night -Sunday, April 29

Pizza Night
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

All You Can Eat Buffet – Includes Pizza, Pasta, Salad and Garlic Bread plus a Dessert and a Beverage
Cheese is Cholov Yisroel; pareve & gluten free crusts available while supplies last
All food under the supervision of Rabbi Ze’ev Smason

Dine-In Buffet
Movies for kids on lower level
Adults: $12.00 ~ Kids 4-10: $6.00 ~ Kids 3 & under: FREE


Cheese Pizza $12 plus $.75 for each topping.
Place orders by 10:00 am Sunday: email orders preferred to or as a last resort call 314-991-2100, ext. 2

Pick up between 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm (pre-paid orders only)

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion
650 North Price Road
Olivette, MO 63132

Pizza Night  (printable flier PDF)




Happy Hour – Torah Style

Happy Hour – Torah Style

Please join us for a Special Women’s Shavuos Program
Tuesday, May 15
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion
650 North Price Road, Olivette

Rebbetzin Chani Smason will teach and inspire us:

  • Experience the Torah Scroll up close and personal
  • Learn the laws pertaining to women and the Torah
  • Where were we at Sinai?
  • And more . . .

5:30-6:00 – Complimentary Wine, Salad, and Mac & Cheese
6:00-7:00 – Program

RSVP by May 10 to or 314-991-2100


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

Happy Hour Torah (PDF Format)


Parshas Tazria – Metzora

Parshas Tazria

Parshas Tazria describes in great detail the varying manifestations of the disease called tzara’as. Although it has commonly been mistranslated as leprosy, this skin disease bears little resemblance to any bodily ailment transmitted through normal exposure. Rather, tzara’as is the physical manifestation of a spiritual malaise, a punishment from G-d primarily for the sin of speaking loshon hara. Loshon hara, meaning literally ‘the evil tongue’, is often translated as ‘gossip’. However, loshon hara is the Hebrew term for derogatory speech that is true. Motzei shem rah refers to derogatory speech about others that is false and slanderous.

The metzora (one diagnosed with tzara’as) was to be sent into isolation, tear his garments, and to call out ‘contaminated, contaminated!’ Since he abused his power of speech, sowing strife and distancing people from one another, it was fitting that he too should suffer the effects of isolation. Parshas Metzora continues the discussion of tzara’as, detailing the purification process of the metzorah. Tzara’as could afflict one’s clothing and home, and necessitate the burning of one’s clothes and demolishing of one’s home if the disease spread. The various punishments recorded in the Torah are not intended to serve as revenge for the sin; they are measures that will hopefully restore the person to the correct path.

Minyan at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion


We have an obligation to ourselves, our fellow members and to the community to have a minyan. While 10 men will do, more is always better. A thriving minyan is the mainstay of any Shul. We are able to maintain our minyan thanks to our dedicated Minyan Men listed below. If you aren’t on the list, join now. Contact Rabbi Smason, Howard Sandler or Alan Zarkowsky. We cannot maintain our minyan without your help. Attending our minyan is good for our Shul and even better for you.

Our Minyan Men:
Lenny Alper * Jeff Baker * Jesse Barash * Dr. Craig Berkin * Dr. Eldad Bialecki *
Larry Chervitz * Jerry Cohen * Moishe Leib Cohen * Don Eisenberg * Andy Epstein *
Denny Feit * Irwin Fredman * Robert Friedman * David Gellman  *
Larry Goldenberg * Louis Goldman * Larry Gornish* Alan Haber * Bob Kaiser *
Dr. Elliot Katz * Stuart Klamen * Bobby Levine * Alex Lyss * Howard Loiterstein *
Scott McCary Mike Minoff * Rabbi Mintz * Jim Pollock * Mark Ragin *
Dr. David ReislerIrwin Rosen * David Rubin * Howard Sandler * Eliyahu Scheinberg *
Sid Silverman Rabbi Smason * David Stein * Marvin Stein * Rabbi Swidler *
Moishe Swidler Menachem Szus * Vic Tendler * Jay Umansky
Boris Yasinev *
Leonid Vladimirov Brent Waxman * Bruce Waxman * Scott Waxman *
Rabbi Weiman * Alan Zarkowsky * Keith Zeff *

Fulfilling Mitzvos: Choose Your Own Adventure!

Fulfilling Mitzvos: Choose Your Own Adventure!

Shabbat, April 28, 2018
Davening begins at 8:30 am.
Then, at 11:15, choose your own Mitzvah Adventure!
Followed by a Kiddush luncheon!
Each session is 25 minutes, allowing everyone to attend two of the three topics!
Rabbi Ze’ev Smason – Reaching New Heights
Rebbetzin Chani – The Kashrut Connection
Observe and Remember – Rabbi Yosef David



Adult Learning at NHBZ

Adult Learning at NHBZ

Note: The Tuesday class at the Berkin’s with Rabbi Mintz is cancelled March 6.
There will be a special class with Rabbi Mintz on Tuesday, March 13.

Wednesday at 12:15 pm ~ Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Smason.

Study Pirkei Avos / Ethics of the Fathers. This class is also available to view from your computer on Wednesdays at 12 pm CST. Visit our website at – click on ‘media’, then ‘online classes’, then ‘ustream_graphic’.

Every Shabbos ~ Starting Points: “Wisdom for Daily Living” with Rabbi Ze’ev Smason

A program tailor-made for those, regardless of prior educational or observance level, interested in growing Jewishly. Each freestanding session (at 10:15 am every Shabbos, unless otherwise noted) explores a distinct Jewish concept in practical, understandable terms. Join us to learn, explore, and raise your Jewish soul with the following eye-opening sessions:


March 17: Overrated vs. Underrated: Common Beliefs We Get Wrong

March 24: You Don’t Look Jewish! Jewish Identity and Identification (Synaplex)

Amud-A-Week Program

Join Rabbi Daniel Freund every Monday following Ma’ariv (please note the time change) for a weekly Talmud class/shiur. This class is open to everyone, whether you are unacquainted with Talmud or are on a basic or intermediate level.

In The Community

Sunday, March 11 & 18 ~ 1-5 pm ~ The Tznius Fashion Swap with Bigdei Yisrael is having its annual used clothing collection, to present at the May 6 swap, & to ship to Israel’s needy. Sort and label ladies’, girls’, men’s and boys’ clothes and label items in less than good condition separately. Bring to Kadimah High School, 1146 N. Warson Rd. 63132 (behind EHA). Stay to arrange your items or pay $2 per bag to drop & run. To volunteer or for more info, contact: Pnina Nitsun or Lisa Fishman.

Thursday, March 15 ~ 7:30 pm ~ Aish HaTorah’s St. Louis Jewish Speakers Series presents Mr. Charlie Harary, Esq. on at the JCC Creve Coeur Arts & Education Building, Charlie is an American investor, strategic adviser, professor, radio show host, and television personality. To RSVP, please call the Aish office at 314-862-2474. There is a suggested donation of $18. The first 100 people to R.S.V.P. will receive a free copy of Charlie Harary’s new book, “Unlocking Greatness”.

Sunday, March 25 ~ 2:00 pm-4:00 pm Shaving Israel is presenting speaker, Captain (Res.) Nir Sarid, who will speak and share his experiences serving in the Israeli Defense Force. He joined the armored corps of the IDF at age 18, serving for eight years and fought in several operations. At Congregation B’nai Amoona. R.S.V.P. by Sunday, March 18th to: (314) 579-9653.