Synaplex Shabbat July 7, 2018

Synaplex Shabbat July 7, 2018

8:30 am -Traditional Services – in the Sanctuary

9:15 am – Prayer Learners Service – in the Chapel led by Rabbi Yosef David of Aish HaTorah St. Louis

10:00 am – Starting Points – in the Chapel. Topic: “A Theory of Relative-ity: Getting Closer to Difficult Family Members” 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 and up.

11:15 am  Synaplex Breakout Sessions

  1. “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A View from Outer Space” Dr. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis.
  2. “The Power of Expectation: The Spiritual Gifts of Exile” Rabbi Joey Rosenfeld

12:15 pm Kiddush Lunch for All – in the Social Hall

Kiddush Luncheon Sponsored by Bob and Joni Kaiser 

NHBZ Synaplex Shabbat is free and open to the Jewish public.
Home hospitality is available. Call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100 ext. 2 for details.


Parshas: Korach

Parshas: Korach

This week’s Torah portion begins with the infamous rebellion led by Korach against his cousins, Moses and Aaron, claiming that the two of them had usurped power from the rest of the Jewish people. Korach, motivated by jealousy and a desire for honor, rejected Moses’ authority and claimed that the appointment of Aaron as Kohen Gadol (Head Kohen) was motivated by nepotism. Korach cleverly persuaded 250 judges and others from disaffected groups to become his followers in the rebellion. A frequent theme in the Torah is: Sooner or later G-d always gets the last word. In Korach’s case, it was sooner. What was the result of the rebellion? G-d made the earth open up to swallow Korach, the ringleaders of the rebellion, and their families. Fire consumed the remainder of the 250 rebels. The story of Korach’s rebellion concludes with an act of reconciliation — and surprisingly, a U.S. Presidential reference. The staffs of the leaders of the 12 tribes were placed near the Ark of the Covenant. To prove that the tribe of Levi and Aaron was Divinely chosen, Aaron’s staff sprouted leaves, almond blossoms and even almonds. I suppose you could say that this miracle made Aaron ….Chief of Staff!

Kidzone News

KIDSZONE News by Alana Umansky

I hope you are having a wonderful week! Just as a reminder, we WILL NOT have scheduled kids programming this week as we are going to an every other week model over the summer. There WILL be babysitting with Julia. Below are the dates for upcoming Tot Shabbat and Junior Congregation over the summer months. Please keep these dates for your reference. Babysitting will be available the other weeks over the summer.
June 23
July 7, 28
August 11, 25

Please put Sunday, July 29th on your calendar before pizza night! Kidszone will be having a fun, family, water-filled afternoon at the park. Brush up on your baseball skills as we will try and get a family game going!!

Parsha Shelach

Parsha Shelach

Torah Portion: Shelach Numbers 13:1 – 15:41 Chumash pages 798 – 819
Maftir: Joshua 2: 1-24 Chumash pages 1184-1185

Moses is pressed by the Jewish people to send twelve spies to the Land of Canaan (later to be called the Land of Israel). Forty days later they return carrying a gigantic cluster of grapes and two other large fruits. Ten of the spies warn that the inhabitants of the land are enormous in size and that the land ‘consumes its inhabitants’. They convince the people that the land can’t be conquered. Caleb and Joshua retain their faith in G-d, insisting that the Jewish people can, indeed, conquer the land. The people weep and proclaim that they’d rather return to Egypt. This tenth expression of a profound lack of faith in G-d prompts a Divine decree that entry into the Land should be delayed forty years. This decree was made on the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av — known as Tisha B’Av. Numerous other tragedies occurred on Tisha B’Av, including the destruction of the first and second Temples and the expulsion of Spanish Jewry in 1492.

Mazel Tov to all the Graduates!

Mazel Tov to all the Graduates!

Ellie Pinto, Daughter of Moshe Pinto, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Hamilton College in New York.

Levi Greenberg, son of Aida Greenberg, graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis.

Rebecca Bromberg, daughter of Bob and Joni Kaiser, earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago.

Yehuda Bromberg, son-in-law of Bob and Joni Kaiser, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University in Chicago.

Rafi Minoff, son of Mike and Alana Minoff, graduated from preschool and will begin kindergarten at Saul Mirowitz Day School in the fall.

Yael Sabin, Yael Sabin, daughter of Mike and Alana Minoff, graduated from elementary school and will begin 6th grade at Ladue Middle School in the fall.

Benjamin Fiszel, nephew of Mimi Fiszel, graduated from Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas and has earned a 4 year full scholarship to Duke University.

Parshas: Beha’aloscha

Beha’aloscha – בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ

Beha’aloscha (Hebrew for “when you step up”) is thematically diverse, beginning with the daily lighting of the golden menorah in the Mishkan. The Levites are initiated into the Tabernacle service. The Torah then describes the celebration of Passover in the second year in the desert, complete with the bringing of the Korban Pesach (Passover offering).  Some men could not bring the offering due to ritual impurity, and were thus commanded to celebrate Pesach Sheni, a ‘make-up Passover’ a month later. Lesson: Second chances are available.  Additionally, the standard procedure by which the Jewish people would break camp to travel in the desert is described. Soon after leaving Mt. Sinai, the people begin to kvetch. Spurred by the mixed multitude of insincere converts who joined the Jewish people upon leaving Egypt, the complaining is directed toward the manna, their daily miraculous portion of heavenly bread. G-d sends a massive flock of quail which the people gather to eat; those who had complained about the lack of food overstuff themselves and die during this supernatural event.  The portion concludes with Miriam speaking loshon hara (defamatory words) to Aaron about their brother Moses.  She is punished by G-d with tzaraas (a skin condition indicating a spiritual deficiency) and is quarantined outside the camp for seven days.

Kosher Certification – Cold Stone Creamery

Kosher Kosher Certification

The Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis is pleased to announce that effective Monday, June 4th 2018, Cold Stone Creamery & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, located at 12416-12418 Olive Blvd., St. Louis MO 63141, will be under the OV Kosher certification.

Please ask to see the letter of kosher certification for products that we certify and the Non-Kosher Declaration for those products that we do not certify.

Mitzvah Adventure Shabbat & Israel-Themed Kiddush

Mitzvah Adventure Shabbat  & Israel-Themed Kiddush

8:30 am Davening begins.
11:15 am Choose 2 of 3 Mitzvah Adventures
12:15 pm Kiddush Lunch

Sponsored by Louis & Rebecca Goldman and Jason & Nicole Loiterstein

A Message from Louis Goldman about the Mitzvah Adventure Program:

My son Joseph, of blessed memory, was often hesitant to try new things. Sometimes he would enjoy a new experience… and sometimes he would not. But whatever the outcome, he was always pleased that he had tried something new, and truly excited to tell people about it. With Joseph as my inspiration, I suggested the “Mitzvah Adventure” concept. My vision was that congregants and guests would have the opportunity to learn about mitzvot of interest to them, and— with the proper knowledge and guidance—be inspired to “try new things,” enriching their lives with enhanced mitzvah observance. I speak from personal experience when I say that NHBZ provides an exceptional environment in which to try new things. For example, it may surprise some of you to learn that just over four years ago, my Hebrew reading was exceedingly slow, and I had never led davening. But with support and encouragement from so many individuals in this congregation, I’ve led Shabbat services, weekday services, and Yomtov services; I’ve read Torah at weekday minyanim on a semi-regular basis; and I’ve even taught Hebrew classes. I can’t imagine a better place to learn more, do more, and grow as a Jew. I hope that everyone reading this will view the Mitzvah Adventure program as an opportunity to try something new and grow Jewishly, regardless of your current level of knowledge or observance. Even though we might be hesitant to “try new things,” I encourage each of us to take a chance. Learn something new. Try something new. I think you’ll be glad you did. I know I am. With gratitude, appreciation, and love, Louis Goldman

Choose 2 of 3 Mitzvah Adventures

What is Special About Israel?
Zionism & its Relevance in 21st Century.
Anti-BDS Legislation.

Learn Birkat Hamazon

Here’s your opportunity to learn… Birkat Hamazon!

Part of the Mitzvah Adventure series.

Have you wanted to improve your ability to say the blessings after meals?Well here’s your opportunity! Our own David Rubin is leading a class for men and women to learn Birkat Hamzon, the blessings after meals! Sunday, June 3 at 7:45 pm Lower Level at NHBZ.



The Sisterhood Scoop

The Sisterhood Scoop June 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.

Sisterhood’s NEW Book Club is Up and Running!

The first selection is The Bread Givers by Jewish-American author Anzia Yezierska; the story of a young girl growing up in an immigrant Jewish household in the early 20th-century in the Lower East Side.

NHBZ Sisterhood Members are welcome to join the discussion on:

Monday, June 25, 7:15-8:45 pm at the office of Peggy Umansky
12460 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur

For more information, directions, or to join the Book Club, contact: Fran Alper or Peggy Umansky.

Next book is Eternal Life by Dara Horn, Book Club will meet August 27.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DAILY MINYAN ~ WHAT WOMEN CAN DO ~ Ladies, remember an essential part of our Sisterhood Mission is to support our shul and our community. A foundation of our shul and our community is prayer – and our daily minyan is the optimal vehicle for prayer for our community. To help strengthen and support our minyan, please encourage your husbands and sons to commit to regularly attending one, two, three or more minyanim each week. Your encouragement just may make the difference to help inspire the guys to fulfill this vital mitzvah. And, of course, it would be even better if you attend too!

NHBZ women learning laws and customs pertaining to the Torah scroll at the Sisterhood Shavuos Program on May 15.

G-D’S PROMISE OF THE LAND I assign the land you sojourn in to you and your offspring to come, the entire land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I shall be a G-d to them.

– G-d’s promise to Abraham, Genesis 17:8

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

Sisterhood Scoop-May-2018 Flier