Bingo – July 24


WHEN: Tuesday, July 24

WHERE: NHBZ Auditorium, 650 North Price Road

TIME: 12:00 NOON

Delicious Lunch Everyone is Welcome! Also There will be Attendance Prizes!!
*** $9.00 Donation ***
Hope to see you! Men & Women of ALL Ages!
R.S.V.P. – Rachael: 314-395-6017

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Parshas: Parshas Balak

Parshas Balak

This week’s portion shifts from the Jewish people’s travels in the desert to the story of Bilam, the anti-Semitic prophet who attempted to curse the Children of Israel. Hired by Balak, the king of Moav, Bilam embarks upon a journey to the Israelite encampment. An angel brandishing a sword blocks Bilam’s path, causing his donkey to repeatedly swerve off the road. Unable to see the angel, Bilam responds by striking the donkey three times. Miraculously, G-d causes the donkey to speak to Bilam – – shades of Mr. Ed, the talking horse in the 1960’s TV show! Bilam’s eyes are uncovered, and the humiliated prophet sees the angel standing in the path. The angel reminds Bilam that he may only speak the words that G-d places in his mouth. Upon arrival near the Jewish camp, Bilam repeatedly attempts to curse the people; each time G-d prevents him from doing so, but instead he ends up uttering several sets of praises, much to Balak’s dismay. The Torah portion concludes with the Jewish men’s debauchery with the promiscuous daughters of Moav and Midian, and the public immoral act of Zimri (a prince of the tribe of Simeon) with a Midianite princess. Pinchas, Aaron’s grandson, zealously responds by piercing them to death with a spear, halting a plague from G-d which had broken out in the camp.


Balance for Balabustes – July 11th

Senior Kollel and Eishes Chayil Women’s Division in Cooperation with Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Sisterhood present “Balance for Balabustes” Strength Training ~ Bone Health ~ Flexibility for Females ~ with Dr. Jill Abrams Chiropractic Physician • Personal Fitness Trainer • Massage Therapist

Wednesday, July 11th 2:00 pm at NHBZ 650 N. Price Road Olivette, Missouri

Bring a Friend! Refreshments served!

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Parshas: Parshas Chukas

Parshas Chukas

This week’s action-packed portion begins with the paradox of the Red Heifer, a mitzvah we are asked to perform though unable to understand its purpose and reason.  The narrative jumps to the death of the prophetess Miriam. The Jewish people are then left without water, since the miraculous well which had accompanied them in the desert existed only in her merit.  G-d commands Moses and Aaron to speak to a particular rock so it will miraculously produce water; Moses strikes it with his staff instead, and G-d tells the two leaders they will not enter the Promised Land.

What did Moses do wrong? One classic approach suggests that Moses’ sin was that he became angry (he said to the Jewish people, ‘Listen now, you rebels’). Although the best among us can occasionally lose our temper, teachers and parents carry a special responsibility to be good role models for their students and children. Little pitchers have big ears! Later in the portion, the king of Edom refuses to let the Jewish people pass through his borders, causing them to take a longer route. Aaron dies and is buried on Mount Hor. The Children of Israel sing a song of praise about the well of Miriam. The portion concludes with the battles and victories over Sichon, the king of Emori, and Og, the king of Bashan.


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

You will not want to miss this Shabbat at NHBZ!! Two of our new Bnot Sherut will be teaching Junior Congrgation! Dassi, who is teaching this year at Mirowitz and Atara, who is teaching at Epstein this year. We are so fortunate to welcome them to NHBZ once a month STARTING this Shabbat, September 8th! I hope to see you all there and show them what an amazing program we have at NHBZ!

We are gearing up for a busy and exciting High Holiday season! Morah Kate, Moreh Rich, Morah Julia and myself will be teaching throughout Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. There will be babysitting Erev Rosh Hashona and children’s programming day 1 and 2 (September 10th and 11th) from 10-1.

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.