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


Family Shalosh Seudos

Join Us for a Family Shalosh Seudos

Shabbat, April 14, 2018 with Scholar-in- Residence Rabbi Chaim Eisen
Founder and Dean of Yeshiva Sharashim, Jerusalem, Israel

6:05 pm Prior to Mincha
Rabbi Eisen will present a shiur on “Yom Yerushalayim: “Jerusalem is Forever: Reflections upon Jerusalem’s Encapsulating the Odyssey of the People of Israel and of the Whole World”.
Family Shalosh Seudos Program, Rabbi Eisen will speak on “Yom HaZikaron: The Sons of Aaron Then, the Sons of Israel Now, and the Trauma Inexorably Linked to the Redemptive Moment”.

Mincha at 7:05 pm
Thank you to our Family Shalosh Seudos sponsors:
Lou Edelstein & Edelstein Family in memory of Lou’s father, Meir Tzvi Wurm z’l of Sighet, Romania, Alan & Janet Haber in observance of the yahrzeit of Alan’s sister, Sharon Dale Haber z’”l,
Sid & Phyllis Silverman, in memory of Phyllis’s mother, Beatrice Weiner z”l.

Parshas Shemini

This week’s Torah portion begins by discussing the events which occurred on the eighth and final day of the inauguration service of the Mishkan. After months of preparation, Aaron and his sons are finally installed as Kohanim in an elaborate service. Aaron blesses the people, and the entire nation rejoices as G-d’s presence rests upon them. However, the excitement comes to an abrupt halt as Aaron’s two eldest sons, Nadav and Avihu, are consumed by a heavenly fire in the Mishkan while innovating an offering of incense on the altar. This incident stresses the need to perform the commandments only as G-d directed. Later, Moses consoles Aaron, who grieves in silence.

Have you ever wondered where the laws of kosher food come from? Parshas Shemini concludes with a listing of the kosher and non-kosher animals. The identifying signs of a kosher animal are that it has split hooves and chews, regurgitates and re-chews its food. A kosher fish is one that has both fins and scales. All birds not included in the list of forbidden fowl are permitted. However, today the identity of these non-kosher birds is doubtful. Therefore, we’re forbidden to eat any species of bird unless there is a well-established tradition that it is kosher. The Torah forbids all types of insects except for four species of locusts. Chocolate-covered grasshoppers, anyone? The laws of kashrut help us to be distinct and holy — like G-d, Himself.

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

Parshas: Vayikra/HaChodesh

Parshas: Vayikra

This Shabbos marks the beginning of our reading the third book of the Torah, Sefer Vayikra which deals primarily with the services and responsibilities of the Kohanim. This week’s portion focuses on many of the korbanos (offerings) to be brought in the newly-constructed Mishkan. Parshas Vayikra begins with G-d calling Moses into the Mishkan where he will receive many relevant mitzvos to be ultimately passed on to the Jewish people. The first half of the Torah portion describes the various optional korbanos brought by individuals. They can be classified into three general categories, each one comprised of several gradations in size and expense; the korban olah (elevation offering) which is completely consumed on the altar; the korban mincha (meal offering) which, because of its inexpensive contents is usually brought by someone of modest means; and the korban shelamim (peace offering) partially burned on the altar, with the remainder divided between the owners and the Kohanim. The second half of the portion (beginning with chapter four) discusses the required chatos (sin) and asham (guilt) offerings to be brought as atonement for unintentional transgressions.

Parshas: HaChodesh

Shabbos HaChodesh (“Sabbath [of the] month” החודש שבת (precedes the first of the Hebrew month of Nisan during which Pesach is celebrated. Exodus 12:1-20 and the laws of Pesach are read as the maftir aliyah, along with a special haftorah. On the first day of Nisan, Hashem presented the first commandment of how to “sanctify the new moon” (kiddush hachodesh) for the onset of Rosh Chodesh and thus Nisan becomes the first month of the Jewish year (counting by months). This special reading helps to prepare us for Pesach.