BDS: 101

“What is BDS and what do its proponents want to achieve inside and outside the U.S.?”

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion is pleased to host Texas attorney and long-time Israel advocate Charles Pulman for a talk focusing on BDS, the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. Mr. Pulman worked with Texas legislators and a host of community organizations to pass anti-BDS legislation in the 2017 Texas legislative session by an overwhelming vote.

Shabbos, November 4 at 11:00 am Nusach Hari B’nai Zion

Charles Pulman is a partner in the Dallas law firm Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Collier, and Ungerman LLP, where he practices in the areas of tax, corporate and real estate. He has been to Israel more than 45 times, during which he has met and talked with a wide spectrum of Israelis from all walks of life and traveled extensively throughout Israel. Mr. Pulman is a frequent lecturer and has written many articles on the conflict between Israel and the Arabs/Palestinians, his trips to Israel, the relationship and bond between Diaspora Jewry and Israel, anti-Semitism, BDS and Israel advocacy.

Charles Pulman will also be speaking at the following venues November 3 – 5

Friday, November 3rd 8:30 pm – Wash U Chabad (7018 Forsyth Blvd)

Saturday, November 4th 11 am – Nusach Hari B’nai Zion (650 N Price Rod) (During Shabbat services)

Saturday, November 4th 5:30 pm – U City Shul (700 North & South) (During Minhah services)

Sunday, November 5th – 1:30-3 pm – Pillar (15820 Clayton Road)

Sunday, November 5th – 4 pm – B’nai Amoona (324 S. Mason)




112th Anniversary Banquet

112th Anniversary Banquet
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rachael Pevnick and Ted Pevnick (z”l)

Kate Friedman

Rich and Jenny Wolkowitz

Clayton Plaza Hotel 7750 Carondelet Avenue
Clayton, Missouri 63105 Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.

Hors-d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner & Program at 6:30 p.m.

$125.00 per person
Opportunities for Sponsorships, Ads, and Greetings available,

R.S.V.P. by November 27, 2017.

Early Bird deadline is November 6 to be entered in the EarlyBird Raffle to win prizes!

Phone: 314-991-2100, ext.2


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.

Etrog and Lulav

Instructions for Rain on First or Second Nights of Sukkot

Instructions if it Rains on First or Second Nights of Sukkot

Adapted from Rabbi Yona Reiss, Av Beis Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC)

Eating in the Rain – Guidelines for Contending with Rainfall on the First and Second Nights of Sukkot

Generally, there is no obligation to eat in the Sukkah when it rains to the degree that the soup would get ruined.  This is based on the exemption of “mitztaer” – of a person who is uncomfortable – from having to eat in the Sukkah.  The Torah says that one should “reside” in the Sukkah for seven days in a manner akin to how one resides in their house, and therefore one is not required to “reside” in the Sukkah in a manner of discomfort which they would not tolerate in their own home.

However, many authorities hold that this exemption is inapplicable to the first night of Sukkot, and therefore there would be an obligation to eat at least a “kezayis” (an “olive’s worth” or approximately one fluid ounce) worth of bread in the Sukkah on the first night of Sukkot even if it is raining.  According to this opinion, it would have even been permissible to recite the blessing of “Leishev B’Sukkah” in the rain during the first night.  Others, however, disagree and hold that the exemption of “mitztaer” is applicable to the first night as well and therefore one would not have to eat in the Sukkah at all during the rain and certainly should not recite the blessing of “Leishev B’Sukkah.”

Due to the lack of resolution of this question, rain on the first night presents a special challenge.  Therefore, it is appropriate to wait for an hour or two (others hold until close to midnight, but that is not the custom) for the rain to stop before beginning the meal.  If the rain does not stop within this time frame, then Kiddush should be made in the Sukkah (with the brocha of Shecheyanu) without the recitation of the blessing of “Leishev BaSukah,” followed by Hamotzi in the Sukkah and the eating of a “kezayis” of bread.   However, if a person has hungry guests or members of the household who would have difficulty waiting, it would be permissible to make Kiddush (without Leishev B’Sukkah) and Hamotzi right away in the Sukkah if the rain is not imminently coming to an end.  It is legitimate in our opinion to rely upon this approach even in the case of a normal family that does not have guests.

If it is still raining, the rest of the meal can be eaten in the house, but if it stops raining afterwards, one should return to the Sukkah to eat a “Ke’Beitzah v’Od” (the volume of “more than an egg” or slightly more than two fluid ounces) worth of bread and make the blessing of Leishev B’Sukkah at that time.  If one already went to sleep when it stopped raining, most authorities hold that it is not necessary to return to the Sukkah to eat more bread and make the “Leishev B’Sukkah” blessing, but some authorities, such as the Vilna Gaon, feel that it would be appropriate to force oneself to return to the Sukkah at any point during the night when it stops raining.

If it is raining on the second night, the Kiddush and Hamotzi can be said in the house (obviously, without the blessing of “Leishev B’Sukkah”) after waiting just a few minutes for the rain to stop (and certainly no longer than the waiting period during the first night), followed by the meal in the house, and then followed by eating in the rain a “kezayis” of bread in the Sukkah (without a “Leisev B’Sukkah) before benching in the house.  If the rain stops before one goes to bed, one should follow the procedure of the first night of making eating “Ke’Baitzah v’Od” of bread in the Sukkah and reciting “Leishev B’Sukkah” before going to sleep.

On both nights, if it appears that the rain is about to start when one returns from shul, it is important to recite Kiddush in the Sukkah quickly with a “Leishev B’Sukkah”, and then to wash quickly, make Hamotzi and eat a “kezayis” of bread quickly before the rain starts to come down.  While it is ideally recommended this year (5778) to wait before making Kiddush until 7:24 pm on the first night, and 7:23 on the second night, it is recommended in the case of impending rain to recite Kiddush in the Sukkah as early as 7:16 pm on the first night, or 7:15 pm on the second night (for residents of St. Louis).

All these restrictions and requirements only apply to men.  Women, who are not strictly required by halacha to eat in the Sukkah, do not need to observe any of these waiting periods and do not need to return to the Sukkah when it stops raining afterward, although they are of course welcome to do so.

It is our fervent hope that we should merit to observe the mitzvah of sitting in the Sukkah in splendid and superior fashion during this upcoming holiday.

Chag Sameach to all.

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.