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.

Model Seder 2018

Jewish Customs & Practices
The Holiday Series

The Model Seder: Refresh and Update Your Seder Experience

Come and explore ways to add meaning to your Seder, and make sure you’re getting the most out of your Seder experience Open to all adults in the community who would like to add meaning and richness to their Passover Seder
Led By: Rabbi Ze’ev Smason

Sunday, March 18, 2017
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Feigenbaum-Pepose Multi-purpose Room

Our Holiday Series explores the details of the Jewish holidays and how totruly observe them, and delves into their deeper meanings. Classes are free, but please RSVP by Friday, March 16 to Jeff at 314-991-2100 ext. 2 or

Model Seder  (printable flyer pdf)

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

Parshas: Vayakhel—Pekudei

This week we read the final portion of Exodus, a book which began with the Jewish people enslaved to Pharaoh in Egypt and now ends with the completion of the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the desert. Exodus is known as ‘the Book of Redemption’; redemption was achieved not only through our escape from slavery, but also through receiving the Torah on Mt. Sinai which gave purpose to that freedom. The climax of that salvation was when G-d rested His presence amongst the Jewish nation when the Mishkan was completed.

Parshas Vayakhel (Exodus 35:1 –38:20) begins with Moses assembling the entire nation of Israel to transmit the details of the construction and fabrication of the Mishkan as described in the three previous Torah portions. However, Moses first cautions them about the fundamental mitzvah to observe Shabbat. The nation is reminded that although the construction of the Mishkan is of transcendent importance, it does not take precedence over the weekly observance of Shabbat. The portion describes that the Jewish people came forward with their generous contributions for the Mishkan’s construction, producing a surplus of supplies. The craftsmen are selected and the building begins.

Parshas Pekudei (Exodus 38:21 –40:38) begins with a complete accounting of the gold, silver and copper contributed by the people for use in the Mishkan. Following Moses’ inspection and approval of the many utensils and unassembled parts, Moses sets up the Mishkan on Rosh Chodesh Nissan as each part is anointed and arranged in its proper location. And as G-d promised, His glory fills the Mishkan.
Torah Portion: Vayakhel–Pekudei Exodus 35:1-40:38 Chumash pages 516-541
Maftir Parsha Parah: Numbers 19:1-22 Chumash pages 838-842
Haftorah: Ezekiel 36:18-36 Chumash pages 1216-1217

Themed Kiddush

New Outreach Program

The NHBZ Outreach Committee is starting a new program called “Themed Kiddush”. The purpose of the program is to present a Kiddush with a theme that would be unique and attractive to many people. Here is how it works. One or two families or individuals will sponsor a Kiddush with their own theme, or one of the following suggested themes: Chocolate Cardinals Ice Cream Israeli Your sponsorship will include themed decorations and foods! For details call or email Jeff at 314-991-2100 ext. 2 or email

Parshas: Ki Sisa

Parshas: Ki Sisa

The portion begins with G-d’s command to Moses to take a census by collecting an equal contribution of a half-shekel coin from every adult male between the ages of 20 and 60, with the profits going to the Mishkan (Tabernacle). G-d designates Betzalel, of the tribe of Judah, and Oholiav, of the tribe of Dan, to supervise the upcoming construction of the Mishkan. The mitzvah of Shabbat is then repeated to caution the nation that even the construction of the Mishkan does not supersede the observance of the weekly day of rest. The Torah returns to the narrative of the Revelation at Mt. Sinai and describes the horrible sin of the golden calf. G-d relents to Moses’ prayer that the Children of Israel should be spared from annihilation for this great transgression, and Moses descends from the mountain with the two tablets of the Ten Commandments in hand.

Upon witnessing a small segment of the population dancing around the golden calf, Moses smashes the tablets and burns the idol, initiating the process of repentance. Moses again ascends the mountain to pray to G-d that the Jewish people should be forgiven and regain their status as the chosen people. Moses eventually returns with the second set of tablets and a renewed covenant with G-d, his face radiant as a result of the Divine experience.