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Community – Week of December 26, 2020

December 26, 2020 ~ 11 Teves 5781

Candle Lighting 4:27 pm
Shabbos Ends 5:31 pm

Parshas: Vayigash Genesis 44:18 — 47:27
Chumash pages 250 – 267

Haftorah: Ezekiel 37: 15-28
Chumash pages 1144-1145

Erev Shabbos, December 25

Mincha & Ma’ariv ~ 4:10 pm

Shabbos, December 26

Shabbat Services ~ 9:00 am
Mincha ~ 4:15 pm

Parsha Deep Dive with Rabbi Avi Okin

“Understanding the Shema” After Mincha

Ma’ariv/Shabbos ends ~ 5:31 pm

Join Rabbi Avi Okin between Mincha and Maariv on Shabbos afternoon as we thoroughly explore some of the Mitzvos, themes, and lessons of that week’s Torah Portion.

Important: Don’t forget to register to attend Shabbat services.
Call 991-2100 ext. 2 or by 4pm Thursday.

Happy Birthday ~ Richard Goldstein, Louis Goldman, Dr. Naftali Kadosh and Lila Belasen

Happy Anniversary ~ Ronald & Sandra Segall, Howard & Phyllis Loiterstein, Dr. Craig & Jackie Berkin, Robert & Kate Friedman and Dr. Eldad & Danielle Bialeck

This Week and Beyond

Wednesday, December 23 ~ 7:00 pm ~ Rabbi Smason will speak on: “Jumpstarting Change in a Pandemic New Year.” Please by video:

Sunday, December 27 ~ Pizza Night Carry Out

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 ~7:00 pm~ Presentation: “The Sephardic Story: From King Solomon to The Ends of the Earth.” Dr. Isaac Amon.
Join by video at:

Sunday, January 10 ~ 7:00 – 8:00 pm ~ NHBZ 115th Anniversary Virtual Event: “Food for Thought “ ~ everyone is invited to attend via Zoom video.

A message from Rabbi Smason regarding Friday, the Fast of Teves

Dear members and friends.

The Fast of the 10th of Teves is unusual in being the only fast day on our calendar that can occur on a Friday. This coming Friday, December 25, is the Fast of Teves. For those able to fast, we enter Shabbos fasting and end the fast with Kiddush and our Shabbos evening meal. In addition, the mincha (afternoon) service begins a bit earlier than usual and includes a Torah reading particular to the Fast Day, as well as our reciting additional prayers.

For any questions or further information, please feel free to contact me by email or phone. 314 749-5271

The NHBZ Pushke Project Needs Your Pushke ~ December Pickup or Drop Off

We can pick up your Pushke or you can drop it off at shul. ~ please contact to make arrangements or call the office 991-2100 ext. 2. Please put the contents in a plastic bag with your name on it and keep your Pushke for continued use.

You also have the convenient option to simply count the amount in your Pushke and then mail a check for that amount.

To the Source

Please join Rabbi Smason’s popular text-based ‘To the Source’ each Monday evening at 7:30 P.M. Following the completion of selected topics in Kashrus, this coming Monday begins a new topic: “Torah Perspectives on the Coronavirus.” In the coming weeks we will study, analyze and discuss classic and modern Torah texts concerning issues such as, “What do Do When Plagues Strike?”, “What If It Is Not One’s Time to Die?”, and “Vaccine Triage: Who Should Get It First?”

Join by video at:

Exciting news for donors to Tomchei Shabbos

If you are considering a year-end donation, the 2020 CARES Act allows taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions to claim a charitable deduction for cash donations of up to $300 for an individual or for a married couple. This is a great opportunity for you to help Tomchei Shabbos continue providing kosher food to our community, while providing you with a tax break for 2020 as a bonus. To donate click Here or go to our website or by mail:

Tomchei Shabbos
7 Highgate Rd.
St Louis, MO 63132.

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