In The Community

Community – Week of August 29, 2020

August 29, 2020 ~ 9 Elul 5780

Parshas: Ki Seitzei Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19 Chumash pages 1046 — 1067
Haftorah: Isaiah 54:1 – 55:5 Chumash pages 1202,1199

Candle Lighting 7:19 pm
Shabbat Ends 8:21 pm

Davening at Shul! (Tent on East Parking Lot) Mincha / Maariv: Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday:7:15 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm – Shabbat Morning: 9:00 am

See Davening post for full information.

Happy Birthday ~ Norma Rubin, Michelle Goldstein, Jonah Bialecki, Eli Bialecki, Howard Sandler, Faith Waxman and Meira Ganel

Anniversaries ~ Hal & Ellen Rosen (Aug. 23)

This Week and Beyond…

  • Friday Evening, August 28 ~ Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6:45 pm
    Join us for our Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat. We’ll gather on Zoom to welcome Shabbat in song with a guest Chazzan and Rabbi Smason providing inspirational and instructive Dvar Torah.
    Join by video: Join by audio: 314-325-8791

  • Sunday, August 30 ~ PIZZA NIGHT Carry Out Only. Pick up from 3:30 -5:30 pm. All Pizzas are $14.00 with your choice of toppings. Pre-paid orders only. See the flyer.
  • Wednesday, September 2 ~ 7:30 pm ~ NHBZ will be hosting a virtual program titled: “Strengthening Your Zionist Narrative: Education as a Tool for Empowerment”. Our speaker is Adam Blue of StandWithUs. See the flyer or visit Facebook .

NHBZ Welcomes Our New Assistant Rabbi

After an extensive search process that moved forward even during the pandemic, Rabbi Avi Okin has joined Nusach Hari B’nai Zion as the congregation’s new Assistant Rabbi. Rabbi Okin just arrived in St. Louis from Los Angeles with his wife Devorah Tova and their one-year-old son Binyomin and will formally begin in his position on September 1. In addition to providing rabbinic support to the congregation under NHBZ’s Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Ze’ev Smason, he will be focused on programming for young families and singles, children, and young adults.

lulav-etrogArba Minim (Lulav & Etrog) will be available for purchase, for members only. Prices to be announced. The Order deadline will be Friday, September 18th.



Daily Shofar Blowing at NHBZ!

Beginning this Sunday, August 30, a Tekias Shofar (Shofar blowing) at Noon will take place in the NHBZ parking lot (East side). Come — please wear masks and remain in your cars — while either Rabbi Smason or Rabbi Okin provide us with the opportunity to hear the shofar. You’ll have a blast! Listening to a daily shofar blowing is customary each week day during the month of Elul. Rabbis Smason and Okin will alternate, Sunday through Thursday, at Noon. (No shofar blowing on Friday)



Do you have a simcha to celebrate? Saying Kaddish or observing a yahrzeit? Consider sponsoring one of our many learning sessions with Rabbi Smason or our guest speakers. Donate $18 or  more to have a dedication made. Contact: or call 991or call 991–2100 ext. 22100 ext. 2

Accepting Classified Ads for the NHBZ Shabbat Bulletin

Do you have a business or wish to advertise an item in our Shabbat bulletin? For only $18.00 per month your JPEG, PDF or MS WORD designed ad can be seen by all our members and friends plus on our website. Contact Jeff at or call 314-991-2100 ext 2.

Community News

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