In The Community

Community – Week of April 24, 2021

April 24, 2021 – 12 Iyar 5781

Candle Lighting 7:27 pm
Shabbos Ends at 8:31 pm

Parshas Acharei/Kedoshim

 Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27 
 Amos 9:7 – 15

 Chumash pages 636-671 
 Chumash pages 1173-1174 


Minyan Times

Times – Due to pandemic conditions, NHBZ can safely seat only 35 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 35. Call 991-2100 ext. 2 or email by Thursday at 5:00 pm.

Kiddush – We will begin serving Kiddush outdoors on Shabbos – details, and timing to be determined!

Erev Shabbos ~ April 23

  • 7:00 pm  Mincha followed by Ma’ariv
  • 7:27 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos, April 24 

  • 9:00 am Shachrs followed by Musaf
  • 7:15 pm Mincha followed by Ma’ariv
    Jewish Thought with Rabbi Avi Okin: Topic – “Who and What are We?”
  • 8:31 Shabbos Concludes 

Congregation News

Simchas for the Week of April 24 – 30

Birthdays ~ Evan Woolf, Harry Lyons, Madeline Hartranft, Marcie Muskin, Micha Szus
Anniversaries ~ None this week


  • Executive Committee – Tuesday, April 27, 7:45 pm
  • Public Relations Committee – Monday, May 3, 7:45 pm
  • Board of Directors – Tuesday, May 11, 7:45

Committee members should always check to find out if a meeting time has changed. Committee Chairmen, please submit meeting days and times to the office by Tuesday afternoon in order to be listed in the Shabbos Bulletin.

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 35 individuals for Shabbos services. If you would like to attend Shabbos, please sign up in advance so we do not go over the limit of 35. Call 991-2100 ext. 2 or email by Thursday at 5:00 pm. No proof of vaccination is required.

Honoring Perry Mendelson

The late Perry Mendelson was a long-time, active member of NHBZ, and brother of our former Executive Director, Sandie Abrams. Perry was an avid Torah Learner and participated in the Daf Yomi program for decades. He was also a teacher at many of our programs. It is only fitting that we dedicate Seder (Order) Kodashim from our new Talmud, in memory of Perry (Dov) Mendelson. We are asking you to participate in a wonderful double Mitzva – memorializing a friend and dedicating a set of Holy Books. The cost of dedicating one Seder is $3,600. Please consider donating any amount to help us meet this goal. Email us at Include the amount you wish to donate and provide your phone number.

Alternatively, you may mail a check to NHBZ, 650 North Price Road, Saint Louis, MO 63132. Include your phone number and write ‘Perry’ on the memo line.

Tizku L’mitzvot

Trib-ute (trib’yoot)

A gift, payment, declaration, or other acknowledgement of gratitude, respect or admiration. Make a tribute honor someone’s simcha or good health or a loved one’s memory.

Call the office to make a tribute – 991-2100, ext 2. Tributes will be listed monthly in the Shabbos bulletin.

Youth Programming

Rabbi Okin is starting a new program, “Teen Schmooze” – a special opportunity just for teens in an informal group setting. This weekly program starts on Sunday, April 25. Middle school students start at 9:00 am, and high school students at 9:30 am. Join us on the Kaiser Terrace. Social distancing will be observed; bring a mask. For details, please contact Rabbi Okin at .

Community News

Agudas Israel invites everyone to attend a commemoration of the completion of Shloshim (30 days of mourning) for Perry Mendelson. The event will be held Thursday evening, April 29 at 7:00 pm, at Agudas Israel, 8202 Delmar Boulevard. Masking must be observed. The program will include a siyum, divrei chizuk and a slide show. The family requests that you kindly email any memories you have of Perry to A zoom link will be forthcoming.

Dollar A Day Pushke Campaign

Since we are limited in giving Tzedaka in shul due to the pandemic, we have instituted the Pushke campaign. NHBZ will deliver pushkes to everybody who wants to participate ~ We ask you to contribute a dollar a day to your pushke, and we will collect them every three months. Next collection day will be in July.


Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Congregation is a dynamic and growing St. Louis, MO Synagogue looking for a detail-oriented person with good interpersonal, business, and communication skills to serve as its Synagogue Administrator. The Administrator is a hands-on individual who manages, directs, administers, and coordinates the secular and business activities of the Synagogue, including administrative functions, facilities, and staff, support of membership and membership activities, purchasing, and internal and external communications.

Please send your resume and other details to .

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 “Who and What We Are”. The most recent Video D’Var Torah, “Stopping to Smell the Roses”:

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

Volunteer Opportunities

NHBZ needs YOU! Our building is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 52 weeks per year – even during the COVID pandemic! To provide such an ongoing service, we need your help. Whatever your skills, we have an opportunity for you: office work, pickup and delivery, repairs, Pizza night, Sukkah raising, outreach, building committee; please call the office to volunteer.

Parshas Acharei / Kedoshim

Acharei begins with a lengthy description of the special Yom Kippur service to be performed in the Mishkan by the Kohen Gadol. The service included the lottery selection from among two identical goats, one of which would become a national sin offering and the other to be pushed off a cliff in the desert as the bearer of the people’s sins (the ‘scapegoat’). We also find described the command that Yom Kippur and its laws of fasting and refraining from work be observed eternally by the Jewish people as a day of atonement. Acharei concludes with a listing of the immoral and forbidden sexual relationships, and the command that the Jewish people maintain and ensure the holiness of the land of Israel.

Kedoshim begins with G-d’s command to the entire nation of Israel to be holy, emulating the supreme sanctity of G-d Himself. The Torah goes on to delineate a multitude of mitzvos through which we can achieve sanctity, covering a wide variety of subjects, both positive commandments, and negative injunctions, dealing with our unique relationships to G-d and our fellow man. Amongst the highlights; revere your parents, guard Shabbos from desecration, have honest dealings with our neighbors, refrain from talebearing, don’t hate your brother in your heart, and the well-known commandment to love your friend as yourself. Kedoshim concludes with the commandment that we be a holy and distinct people from among the nations of the world