In The Community

Community – Week of April 17, 2021

April 17, 2021 – 5 Iyar 5781

Candle Lighting 7:20 pm
Shabbos Ends at 8:24 pm

Torah Portion – Metzora

 Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33 
 2 Kings 7:3 – 20

 Chumash pages 608-635 
 Chumash pages 1172-1173 


On Behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire NHBZ Congregation, I would like to thank Jeff Miller, our outgoing Shul Administrator, for his years of service to our congregation. Jeff’s patience and dedication helped us to get through some very challenging times.

We wish Jeff all the best in his retirement and in any new endeavors he may take on.

Behatzlacha Jeff, and Yasher Koach for all you have done for us.

– Menachem Szus, President NHBZ

Erev Shabbos ~ April 16th

  • 7:00 pm  Mincha followed by Ma’ariv
  • 7:20 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos, April 17th 

  • 9:00 am Shachrs followed by Musaf
  • 7:10 pm Mincha followed by Ma’ariv
    Jewish Thought with Rabbi Avi Okin: Topic – “How We Feel about G-d”
  • 8:24 Shabbos Concludes 

Minyan Times

Due to pandemic conditions, NHBZ can safely seat only 30 individuals for services. For Shabbos, when more people are likely to attend, please sign up in advance so we do not go over the limit of 30. Call 991-2100 ext. 2 or email by Thursday at 5:00 pm.

Congregation News

Simchas for the Week of April 17 – 23

Birthdays ~ Fran Reisler – April 23
Anniversaries ~ None this week


Committee Chairmen, please submit meeting days and times to the office by Tuesday afternoon in order to be listed in the Shabbos Bulletin.

Watch this space for Tributes, Yahrzeits, Funerals and Stone Dedications

Shul Opening Status

We want to keep you updated frequently on the status of opening the Shul due to improvements in the Pandemic situation. For now, seating for all services is socially distanced, and safety protocols are followed. Please wear a KN-95 mask or double-mask. If you forget your mask, we will provide a KN-95 mask in the lobby. If you have any questions, please call Rabbi Smason.

Daily Minyan

Everyone is invited to attend daily minyan upstairs in the sanctuary. In order to build our minyan back to the attendance we had prior to Covid, and if you feel comfortable attending, we ask men to please call Howard Sandler (314-409-7266) or the NHBZ office (314-991-2100 ext. 2) to tell them which day(s) and time(s) you prefer.


We can safely seat 30 individuals for Shabbos services. (The previous announcement that 50 people may attend was only for Pesach Yizkor.) If you would like to attend on Shabbos, please sign up in advance so we do not go over the limit of 30. Call 991-2100 ext. 2 or email by Thursday at 5:00 pm. No proof of vaccination is required.

Dollar-A-Day Pushke Campaign

We collect Pushkes every three months, and the next deadline is Friday, April 16. Please drop off your Pushke at the shul office. We will credit the amount of the contents to your account as a donation, and will return the empty Pushke to you. Alternatively, you can send in a check for the amount saved in your Pushke. Please call in advance (314-991-2100, Ext 2) to schedule a time to drop off your Pushke, or to arrange for us to pick it up your home. If you return your Pushke by Friday, April 16, we will enter your name in a drawing for a $25 Target gift card.

Youth Programming

Rabbi Okin is starting a new program, “Teen Schmooze”, starting on Sunday, April 25, for middle school and high school students. For details, please contact Rabbi Okin at


A Hero in Heaven

This past Sunday, NHBZ presented a joint program with the Musar Avicha Shul of Maaleh Adumim, Israel, in honor of Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Remembrance Day). The program, entitled “A Hero in Heaven”, was a discussion with Mark & Harriet Levin who spoke about their son Michael’s life. Michael’s memory and courage live on in the thousands of lone soldiers who continue down the path he set. You can view the discussion on YouTube:

Learning at NHBZ

Join Rabbi Okin and young men from all over St. Louis for Torah and Camaraderie Thursday Nights from 8-830 pm. Sessions will begin virtually for a text-based and interactive learning session. If you are interested, join the Whatsapp group using this link: 

Jewish Thought with Rabbi Okin

(between Mincha and Ma’ariv on Shabbos): Topic is “How We Feel About G-d”. Last weeks Video D’Var Torah, “Stopping to Smell the Roses” can be found on YouTube:

Stopping to Smell the Roses

Rabbi Smason’s Shabbos Shoutout – April 16, 2021

Shabos Shoutout Apriil 16, 2021

Dedication Opportunities – Call the office 991-2100 ext 2

  1. Did you know you can help replace our worn Siddurim ($55) and Chumashim ($65)?
  2. You can also dedicate the Introductory volume of our Talmud Set for $125

Vaccine Hunting? 

Try this link for more information on where to get vaccinated for Covid 19. Click here 

NHBZ recently hosted a wonderful zoom program with top baseball prospect, Eli Kligman and his family. To view the program, see this link: Eli Kligman link

All those returning Pushkes by Friday, April 16 will have their name entered in a drawing for a $25 Target gift card to be held shortly after the return date.