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 *

Pesach Chol Chamoed Community Picnic

Pesach Chol Chamoed Community Picnic

April 4th – Pesach Chol Chamoed Community Picnic 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

U. City Shul, NHBZ and Chabad

Join together for a day of food and fun!

This is an event not to be “passedover”!
Bring your family, friends and your first born!
Fun for the family!


Chol Chamoed Community Picnic will be at indoors at Nusach Hari today 3-7pm!

Synaplex Shabbat March 24, 2018

  • Shabbos, March 24 ~ Synaplex Shabbat and Kiddush Luncheon with Scholar-In-Residence, Rabbi Yosef Landa, (Director, Chabad of Greater St. Louis) and Robin Park (Member of the Matzevah Foundation, which restores desecrated Jewish cemeteries in Poland). On Shabbos morning Rabbi Landa’s topic is “The Teachings of Chassidism, and what it has to teach contemporary Jews.”  Dr. Robin Park’s topic will be: “Christians Travel to Poland to Repair Jewish Cemeteries.”

Also this Shabbos:

March 24 ~ 5:45 pm ~ Family Shalosh Seudos Program with Rabbi Yosef and Shiffy Landa. Prior to Mincha Rabbi Landa will speak on “Inspiration & Empowerment: A Few     Lines of Tanya and Rebbitzen Shiffy Landa will speak on “FYI: Chassidism IS for Women.”  At 6:40 pm Mincha will be followed by the Family Shalosh Seudos meal along with Chassidic stories and songs led by Rabbi Yosef Landa. Thank you our generous sponsors Rhonnie Goldfader, Debbie Barash, Susan Feigenbaum, and Shayna Scribner



Synaplex Mar 24, 2018

Passover 2018

Getting Ready for Pesach

Selling Chometz/Mechiras Chometz: All non-Pesach food that cannot be eaten before Pesach can be sold to a non-Jew. Rabbi Smason will be available to act as your agent for the selling of chometz. Passover begins Friday night, March 30, 2018. There are two ways to sell your Chometz to Rabbi Smason:

  1. In Person with Rabbi Smason: If you would like to make Rabbi Smason your agent for the sale of Chometz, please call and make an appointment with Rabbi Smason, whether in the office or at minyan.
  2. By Telephone: Call Jeff at the shul office, 314-991-2100, ext. 2 until noon on Wednesday, March 28. Make checks payable to NHBZ with the notation SELLING CHOMETZ.

Tzdekah for Pesach -Vaad Hoeir Maos Chittim Campaign: The campaign assists people in Israel and St. Louis to properly observe and celebrate Pesach. Please make your checks payable to Vaad Hoeir Maos Chittim, and write “NHBZ” on the memo line; send checks to the Vaad Hoeir, 4 Millstone Campus Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146

There are two books by Rabbi Max Weiman that may be of interest to you as we head towards Pesach. The books are “A Simple Guide to Happiness” and “48 Things 49 Days -Tapping into the Power Within”. Rabbi Weiman teaches “Mystical Moments” at NHBZ on Sunday’s between Mincha & Ma’ariv. Both books together are $36.00 and are available in our office.

Lost & Found

All coats, umbrellas, and other items in the coat rooms will be cleaned out before Pesach. Please remove your items ASAP.

Vaad Pesach Guide 2018

Vaad Pesach Guide 2018 pdf


Pizza Night – Sunday March 25

Pizza Night

Sunday, March
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

Or Carry Out Cheese Pizza $12 plus $.75 for each topping
Place orders by 10 am Sunday: email preferred to jeff@nhbz.org or call 314-991-2100, ext. 2
Pick up between 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

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



Purim 2018

From Rabbi Smason on Purim

With the festive holiday of Purim fast approaching, I’m writing to remind you of the time-sensitive mitzvah of Matanos L’Evyonim — tzedaka (charity) to the poor. For many years, we at NHBZ have collected Matanos L’Evyonim in conjunction with the worthy organization Od Yosef Chai.

Our special arrangement with Od Yosef enables me to distribute locally half of all money collected. The remaining half supports our Jewish brethren in Jerusalem and elsewhere. All money pledged and collected for Matanos L’Evyonim is distributed on Purim. This year, Purim takes place on February 28-March 1.

Your donation of $10, $18, $36, $54, $100 – or whatever amount you care to give— will make a significant difference to those in need, and enable you to fulfill the precious Purim mitzvah of Matanos L’Evyonim. Checks can be made out to ‘Rabbi’s Charity Fund’ by Monday, February 26.

PURIM Schedule 2018/5778

Wednesday, February 28
Fast of Esther begins- 5:23 am
Shachris at 6:45 am
Mincha at 5:20 pm
Ma’ariv at 6:35 pm
Reading of (Megillah)
Megillas Esther at 6:45 pm

Thursday, March 1
Shachris at 6:30 am
Reading of (Megillah)
Megillas Esther at approximately 7:00 am.
Mincha at 5:00 pm

PURIM SEUDAH (Dinner) 5:15 pm

Join us for our Purim Seudah, costume ball, and talent contest!
Adults: $15.00, Kids 6-10: $10.00, $45.00 Family Max. Kids 5 & under: Free
Reservations are a MUST ~ Call 314-991-2100 ext 2 or email jeff@nhbz.org
~ Become a Purim Seudah Sponsor for $25.00

Purim Cards…

Fulfill the mitzvah of Mishloach Manos give actual gifts of food to at least two friends, then send our PURIM CARDS to everyone else. All proceeds will benefit our NHBZ Chesed Fund. Cards may be purchased in our office at $10.00 per pack for 5 cards with envelopes, or $25 for three 5-packs.


This coming Wednesday night/ Thursday is the holiday of Purim. Purim is arguably the most joyous holiday on the Jewish calendar. If you would only have one day a year to attend synagogue, Purim might be that day. Purim is celebrated with the ‘Four Ms’ — in the following 4 ways:

  1. Megilla: On Purim we read the Book of Esther, which recalls the attempt of the evil Haman (boo!) to wipe out the Jews of Persia.
  2. Mishloach Manos: We send gifts of food to friends and relatives …at least two ready-to-eat food items in each package, delivered by a proxy. The joy of the day increases as we send and receive.
  3. Matanos L’Evyonim: We don’t forget those with less . . . at least 2 gifts of money and/or food to the poor on Purim day.
  4. Mishteh: The merry, merry meal on Purim day . . . an easy mitzvah to fulfill.

Purim represents the height of joy — so enjoy!

PURIM IS here – please Consider BECOMING A SPONSOR OF THE PURIM SEUDAH (DINNER) FOR $25 – contact the office ~ Thank you to our sponsors so far: Don & Julie Eisenberg, Bob & Joni Kaiser, Howard & Phyllis Loiterstein, Dr. David & Fran Reisler, Alan & Janet Haber, Jay & Peggy Umansky, Murray & Joyce Hochberg, Irwin & Arlene Fredman, Andy & Ellen Berg, Jacob & Judy Levin, Lenny & Fran Alper, Leonid & Stella Vladimirov, and Kenny & Barb Bressler

How To Donate STOCK to NHBZ

How To Donate STOCK to NHBZ

Have you ever thought of making a donation to Nusach Hari B’nai Zion in the form of Stocks? It’s something to consider, and very easy to do!!! Just call Rick Williams, our stock broker at Edward Jones, (314) 487-1060, and tell him, or his assistant Brandon Koenigstein that you would like to donate stock to our shul; Rick or Brandon will take it from there, guiding you along the way. They will notify us of your generous donation. Any questions? Call Laura Krueger, our business manager, 314-991-2100, ext. 3.

Do you shop on Amazon? Sign up for Amazon Smile, and .5% of your qualified purchase will be donated back to NHBZ. How it works:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in to your Amazon account
  3. Under “Pick your own organization,” search for “Nusach Hari”
  4. Select “Nusach Hari-Bnai Zion Congregation”
  5. Start shopping!

Every time you shop, sign into smile.amazon.com, and you will earn funds for Nusach Hari.

Remember to use your eScrip card. The more you shop, the more we earn! For every dollar you spend, Schnucks will contribute up to 3% of your purchase amount. If you don’t have a card, you can pick one up at the office, or call, and we’ll mail you one.

Parshas Vayechi

Vayechi, Genesis 47:28 – 50:26

The parasha, Torah portion, opens with Jacob on his deathbed 17 years after arriving in Egypt. Jacob blesses Joseph’s two sons, Manasseh (Menashe) and Ephraim (to this day it is a tradition to bless our sons every Shabbat evening with the blessing, “May the Almighty make you like Ephraim and Manasseh” — they grew up in the Diaspora amongst foreign influences and still remained devoted to the Torah. The Shabbat evening blessing for girls is “to be like Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah.”) He then individually blesses each of his sons. The blessings are prophetic and give reproof, where necessary.

A large retinue from Pharaoh’s court accompanies the family to Hebron to bury Jacob in the Ma’arat Hamachpela, the burial cave purchased by Abraham. The Torah portion ends with the death of Joseph and his binding the Israelites to bring his remains with them for burial when they are redeemed from slavery and go to the land of Israel. Thus ends the book of Genesis!


Parshas Vayigash Judah

Parshas Vayigash Judah makes an impassioned plea to the powerful Egyptian ruler (Joseph, still in disguise) for Benjamin’s life, claiming that Jacob would surely die from sorrow if he lost Benjamin. Judah offers to remain in Egypt as a slave in place of his younger brother. Unable to restrain himself any longer, Joseph reveals his identity to his stunned brothers and forgives them for selling him into slavery so many years before. Joseph then sends his brothers back to the land of Israel, laden with gifts, to bring Jacob and their families down to Egypt where they will live in the province of Goshen. Before Jacob leaves home, G-d appears to him in a ‘vision of the night’, reassuring him that He will be with them and that they will eventually return to the land of Israel as a great nation. After 22 years of separation, Jacob is reunited with his beloved son Joseph. Joseph embraces his father and weeps, overflowing with joy, and then brings his father to meet Pharaoh. The portion concludes by describing how Joseph uses his vast power to amass nearly all of the wealth of Egypt for Pharaoh’s treasury.