Bar & Bat Mitzvah Journey


Prepare for Your Exciting Milestone with Friends and Great Teachers
JOIN For Boys & Girls Ages 11-13.


No prior formal Jewish studies required; Open to all regardless of level of observance; NHBZ membership not required!; All participants will be eligible to celebrate their Bar/Bat Mitzvah at NHBZ.


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NHBZ Bar & Bat Journey Registration (PDF)


Adult Learning at NHBZ

Adult Learning at NHBZ

Every Wednesday 12:15 pm ~ Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Smason
Study Pirkei Avos / Ethics of the Fathers.

Notice- Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Smason will not meet on Wednesday’s the remainder of September.

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:

Join us to learn, explore, and raise your Jewish soul with the following eye-opening sessions:

December 1: “Chanukah: Are There Still Miracles Today?”
December 8: “How to Stay Calm When Your Life Is Chaotic”
December 15: “Freedom from Anger”
December 22: “How to Pick Great Heroes”
December 29: “Welcoming 2019: How to Begin Getting Happier”
January 5: “Turning Failures into Insights”
January 12: “Tikun Olam: What Does It Mean To “Perfect The World”?”

Every Shabbos ~ Tanach (Bible) Study (3/4 hour before Mincha)

Every Sunday ~ Mishna Learning (after Shacharis) with Rabbi Chanan Swidler

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
  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, 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.

Parshas Vayeitzei

Jacob escapes from his wicked brother Esau and travels to Charan, where he will stay with his uncle Laban. While spending the night at the future site of the Temple, G-d appears to Jacob in a dream. Rich in symbolism and meaning, the dream depicts a ladder extending from heaven to earth upon which angels are ascending and descending. After arriving in Charan, Jacob meets Laban’s daughter Rachel and agrees to work for Laban for seven years for her hand in marriage. When the wedding night finally arrives, Laban deceives Jacob by substituting his older daughter Leah in Rachel’s place. After waiting a week, Jacob also marries Rachel, but not without being forced to commit to another seven years of labor. Over the next few years Rachel remains barren, while Leah gives birth to six sons and a daughter. Bilhah and Zilpah (the maidservants of Rachel and Leah respectively) each have two sons with Jacob. Finally Rachel also has a son, Joseph. Jacob becomes very wealthy during his twenty-year stay with Laban, even though his father-in-law continually tries to swindle him. After seeking counsel with his wives, Jacob and his family flee from Laban, who pursues and confronts him, upset that he left without saying goodbye and arrogantly claiming that Jacob stole his idols. Eventually they sign a peace treaty and part ways.

The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning

Shiva Kit Project

The Religious Committee has started a Shiva Kit project to provide shul members with an assortment of items in their time of need. We would like to present bereaved families with a copy of Rabbi Maurice Lamm’s helpful book, The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning. If you have a new or very lightly used copy of this book and would like to donate it to our Shiva Kit project, please contact the office or Rabbi Smason.

Kosher Thanksgiving Police and Firefighters Feast

NHBZ loves the security and protection that the Olivette Police and Firefighters provide, and is grateful for their superior service! Let’s show our appreciation by cooking and serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for police officers and firefighters who must spend Thanksgiving on call at the station rather than at home with their families. To make this happen, we need volunteers during the three weeks leading up to Thanksgiving as well as on Thanksgiving Day itself. We need people to do the following:

  • request food donations from local businesses
  • work with media to publicize the event throughout the community
  • pick up groceries
  • prepare food in the NHBZ kitchen
  • deliver and serve the Thanksgiving Feast to the Police and Firefighters on Thanksgiving Day

If you want to volunteer to help, please contact Stella Vladimirov.

Sukkot 5778

The Sukkah was put up today, looking forward to Sukkot. For more information about day/times at the shul check our service times. There are plenty of pages out there explaining the customs and history of the holiday just google them or drop by the shul. Here’s a couple of pictures of the sukkah construction.

Sukkos is a weeklong holiday that comes five days after Yom Kippur.  Sukkos commemorates the miraculous protection G‑d provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt.  Sukkos occurs at the time of harvest when great joy is already present.  We celebrate Sukkot by dwelling in a foliage-covered booth (known as a sukkah) and by taking the “Four Kinds” (arba minim), four special species of vegetation.