In The Community

Community – Week of August 21, 2021

August 21, 2021 – 13 Elul 5781

Candle Lighting 7:29 pm
Shabbos Concludes 8:31 pm

Parshas Ki Seitzei

Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19
Isaiah 54:1 – 54:10

Stone Chumash pp. 1046 – 1067
Stone Chumash pp. 1201

We thank our generous sponsors: 

Denny & Amy Feit for sponsoring the Young Families Event: “Preparing for a Sweet New Year” 

Menachem & Linda Szus for sponsoring this Bulletin, in memory of Menachem’s mother, Sonia Szus, on her first Yahrzeit 

In celebration of Jonathan & Devorah’s marriage, we thank the following sponsors  of today’s Kiddush-Luncheon and Sheva Brachas: 

Craig & Jackie Berkin
Stuart Klamen
Menachem & Linda Szus
Ken & Barbara Bressler
Sally Needle

Victor & Anna Rose Tendler
David & Lisa Gellman
Mark Ragin & Gail Rose
Leonid & Stella Vladimirov
Alan & Janet Haber

David & Fran Reisler
Alan & Vivian Zarkowsky
Bob & Joni Kaiser
Phyllis Silverman


Erev Shabbos, Friday, August 20, 2021

  • 7:00 pm Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma’ariv
  • 7:29 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos, Saturday, August 21, 2021

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 7:10 pm Mincha, Shalosh Seudos, Ma’ariv
  • 8:31 pm Shabbos concludes

 Thank You for Leading Services 

  • Pesukei D’Zimra: Howard Sandler
  • Shacharis: Rabbi Avi Okin
  • Leyning: Stuart Klamen
  • Haftorah: Hal Rosen 
  • Sermon: Rabbi Ze’ev Smason 
  • Musaf: Rabbi Avi Okin

Congregation News

Simchas for the Week of August 12 – August 21


Beatrice Epstein August 22
Debbie Sher August 22
Jonathan Yasinev August 24
Dodi Smason August 25


Hal & Ellen Rosen August 23
Jesse & Debbie Barash August 27

Show your friends you care – SEND A TRIBUTE. Call the office at 991-2100 ext 2 or send an email to

Mi Sheberach 

Are you or a loved one in need of some special prayers for healing? Simply provide the person’s English and Hebrew names (including the mother’s Hebrew name), and notify Nancy by calling (314-991-2100, ext. 2) or emailing ( The Mi Sheberach prayer will be said for 30 days. It is customary to make a donation to the Synagogue when requesting a Mi Sheberach. 

Special Gifts Campaign

With the consent of our very generous donors, there is ONE MORE WEEK of pledge matching!  Make every dollar doubled. Call today with your pledge. This is your opportunity to help from the future of our Shul. 

I thank you for your time, your commitment, and your support of NHBZ. 

Jay B. Umansky, Chair


Coming Soon

  • Sunday, August 22 – “Preparing for a Sweet New Year” ~A Young Families Event (Everyone invited!)
  • Sunday, August 29 – CHANGE Carry-Out PIZZA NIGHT– Teen Schmooze returns
  • Monday, Nov 15 – “14 Days Living in Eshkol, Israel”
  • Sunday, December 12 – 116th Anniversary Event


  • Online Classes
  • Every Shabbos, 9:15 am – Learners Service with Rabbi David (On Hiatus)
  • Every Shabbos, 10:15 am – Starting Points with Rabbi Smason
  • Every Wednesday, 12:15 pm – Pirkei Avos Class with Rabbi Smason
  • Every Thursday, 7:30 pm – Mishmar Learning with Rabbi Okin

Covid Guidelines

New mask policy

The NHBZ Board of Directors voted, on August 10, 2021, that attendance at our shul requires vaccination against COVID-19. Masks must still be worn, and there is still no restriction on the numbers attending. Food will continue to be served indoors. 

Per Dr. Shifren’s recommendations, children under 3 are not required to wear masks, and children under 13 do not require vaccinations. 

Per Rabbi Smason’s requirements, shul members need to show the Rabbi proof of vaccination. 

Lulav & Esrog Sets

With High Holidays only a few weeks away, it is time to place your orders for Lulav & Esrog sets.

Please email your orders to Nancy at, or call 314-991-2100, ext. 2. Please be sure to leave your name, call back phone number and your order. Prices are as follows:

  • Basic Lulav & Esrog set $50 – Deluxe Lulav & Esrog set $70
  • Standard Lulav & Esrog set $60 – Premium Lulav & Esrog set $85

* All orders must be received and paid for on or before Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. No exceptions, as order will be placed first thing Friday morning.

Yizkor Book of Remembrance 

Have you confirmed your Yizkor listings? As in the past, we request a $10 donation for each  name listed (or group of names such as “and family”) in the Book of Remembrance, and an  additional $36 donation for each Name Read Aloud during Yizkor. The Book of Remembrance is  used on Yizkor throughout the year for Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeres, Passover and Shavuos.  Please notify the Office today ( or call 314-991-2100, ext. 2) of how you want to  honor the memory of your loved ones. 

High Holiday Seating

Believe it or not – Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner! All members of NHBZ (not Associate Members) are entitled to their own seat for the High Holidays, so they can come and go as much as needed, and return to their own seat. If you weren’t entirely happy with your seat last year (too noisy? too cold? too close to the front?), you can change it! If you are a new member we can help you pick out a seat to your liking. Please contact Lenny Alper at to review your seating options, or contact Nancy in the office at

High Holiday Parking 

Parking will be available on the Logos School Parking Lot. Please park in the spaces closest to the synagogue. Thank you to Logos School!!!!


An eruv is an enclosure, constructed according to halacha (Jewish law), as a way to permit Jewish residents or visitors to carry certain objects outside their own homes on Shabbos. The St. Louis eruv encompasses parts (but not all) of Olivette, U.City and Clayton. We respectfully request that Shabbos bulletins or any other item not be removed from the synagogue by those who do not live within the eruv. Also, the bulletin contains Divrei Torah (words of Torah) and as such, must not be thrown into the trash. For questions on either or both of these guidelines, please contact Rabbi Smason. 

A note from Rabbi Smason regarding taking food home from Kiddushim and Lunch

Individuals have asked whether the prepackaged food currently being served on Shabbos at our Kiddushim and lunches may be taken home following services or our food events. Our synagogue policy is that no one may take home any food — prepackaged or otherwise — following an NHBZ food event. This rule involves both halachic considerations of items being taken outside the eruv, as well as the synagogue’s need to save reusable food for future food vents. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis only by speaking directly to Rabbi Smason. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Youth Programming

“Preparing for a Sweet New Year” Join the Young Families program of NHBZ for a fun and tasty event as we prepare for Rosh Hashanah and a sweet new year! Learn about how honeybees produce honey. Enjoy tasting fresh, natural honey, and learning why Jews traditionally have honey on Rosh Hashanah!

8/22 from 1-2 pm (Please RSVP to by 8/16 so we have enough supplies for everyone!). Feel free to contact Rabbi Okin at with any questions.

Teen Schmooze is RETURNING, Sunday, August 29, 2021.

“Teen Schmooze”, a special opportunity just for teens in an informal group setting, is now underway. This program meets every Sunday – middle school students start at 9:00 am, and high school students at 9:30 am. Join us indoors at the back of the NHBZ Sanctuary.

Refreshments will be served! For details, contact Rabbi Okin at .


Israeli Olive Oil

Get ready to place your orders! Once again, we can support Israeli business and to eat well while doing it! Yes, you can adopt an olive tree! Stay tuned for details.

14 Days Living in Eshkol, Israel

Reserve the evening of Monday, November 15 for a program entitled “14 Days Living in Eshkol, Israel” to take place at NHBZ. The program will be presented by Lieutenant Colonel Keith Isaacson and a security official from the Eshkol Region of Israel. We thank Irl Solomon, of Friends of Israel, and Pastor Bryan Sharp for enabling us to host this event.

Learning at NHBZ

Ask Our Rabbis!

Q: During Shabbat Morning Services I am not always sure of appropriate times to stand and sit.  My guiding cue is observation of your standing and sitting. Is this OK or is there a better solution? I am aware of standing for Kaddish, Amidah, Aleinu, etc.

A: In many communities, the rabbi or the president of the congregation gives people a prompt — “Please rise” — so they know when to stand up, and a “You may be seated” when it’s OK to sit down. Additionally, a congregant can simply follow the lead of the rabbi or president when they rise and take a seat.  

So, what’s with all the up and down? In Jewish prayer, as in life, standing for something symbolizes a greater level of respect. Just as people stand to greet their parents, visiting dignitaries or the president, we stand during some prayers to indicate a greater level of respect and intention. The centerpiece of any Jewish prayer service is the Amidah, a prayer whose very  name means “standing.” So, of course, we stand during the standing prayer.  

We also stand for Barechu, Aleinu, Hallel, and as a general rule, one should stand any time that the Ark is open. It is customary to stand as the Torah is being paraded to and from the table where it is read, and when it is being held up and wrapped at the end of the Torah service. It’s also customary to stand when Kaddish is being recited.  

Parshas Ki Seitzei – by Rabbi Smason 

This week’s Torah portion contains 74 mitzvos (commandments) — more than 10% of the 613 mitzvos of the Torah. Among the highlights: 

  • Guidelines for treatment of captured female prisoners of war 
  • Treatment of the ‘stubborn and rebellious son’ 
  • Prohibition of wearing shatnez — a mixture of wool and linen in the same garment — The case of the defamation of a married woman 
  • Men are forbidden from wearing women’s clothing and vice versa. 
  • Taking interest for lending to a Jew is forbidden 
  • The requirement of a get (bill of divorce) when divorce takes place  
  • The obligation to pay workers in a timely fashion (handymen, babysitters, etc.)
  • Special consideration must be given to a widow and orphan 

This power-packed Torah portion concludes with the command to remember the atrocities which the nation of Amalek (from whom Haman came) committed against us upon our exodus from Egypt. 

In the Month of Elul 

Beginning with the month of Elul, when writing a letter or meeting one another, we bless one  another by including the greeting Kesivah vachasimah tovah—which roughly translates as “May  you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”

NHBZ Mishmar

Join Rabbi Okin and young men from all over St. Louis for Mishmar, an evening gathering of Torah and Camaraderie on Thursday Nights from 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm. We will meet indoors at the back of the NHBZ sanctuary with a text-based and interactive learning session. If you are interested, join the WhatsApp group with this link:

Rabbi Smason’s Shabbos Shoutout and Rabbi Okin’s Torah Thoughts

Can be found at the YouTube Channel:

Rabbi David’s Learners Service (On Hiatus)

Every Shabbos at 9:15 am. Just starting out? No worries. Rabbi David teaches the basics of Shabbos prayers.

Rabbi Smason’s Starting Points

Join Rabbi Smason for a 45-minute presentation/discussion of relevant, contemporary topics every Shabbos at 10:15 am in the Feigenbaum-Pepose Multi-Purpose Room. Following is the list of upcoming topics:

August 21: The Best Advice I Ever (and Never) Got
August 28: (No Starting Points)
September 4: Begin Again – What Can Make This the Best Year Ever?
September 11: Mistakes We Need to Stop Making

See Rabbi Smason’s page of NHBZ Online Classes for more information.