In The Community

Community – Week of January 15, 2022

January 15, 2022 – 13 Shevat 5782

ATTENTION: The Eruv is up! Please check each week to see if the Eruv is up. The Eruv hotline number is 314-863-1811.

Candle Lighting 4:45 pm
Shabbos Concludes 5:49 pm

Parshas  Beshalach  

Exodus 13:7 – 17:16
Judges 4:4 – 5:31

Stone Chumash pp. 366 – 393
Stone Chumash pp. 1152 – 1154


Erev Shabbos, Friday, January 14, 2022

  • 4:40 pm Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma’ariv
  • 4:45 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos, Saturday, January 15, 2022

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 4:30 pm Mincha, Shalosh Seudos, Ma’ariv
  • 5:49 pm Shabbos concludes

Thank You for Leading Services 

Pesukei D’Zimra: Howard Sandler 
Haftorah: Moshe Pinto 
Shacharis: Mateo John 
Sermon: Rabbi Ze’ev Smason 
Leyning: Kenny Bressler 
Musaf: Menahem Szus

Call for Minyanim

Your attendance is needed. Check-in with Rabbi Smason or Howard Sandler and find a time when you can help. If you would like to receive SMS reminders for your minyan attendance, please send the following information to Name; cell number, and carrier; and times for which you would like reminders.


Every Shabbos, from 10:00 AM until Kiddush is served, NHBZ offers programs for elementary and middle school students. Bring them into the beauty of honoring Shabbos with their community. Families do NOT need to be members of NHBZ to participate. See you Shabbos!

Congregation News

 Siyum of Celebration – Next Shabbos, January 22 

 We are happy to announce that our Sunday morning Mishna class concluded Mesachta Nazir and also completed the study of Seder (Order) Nashim. We shall celebrate this at the conclusion of the morning service with a short siyum led by Rabbi Chanan Swidler. Mazel tov! 

Mazel Tov on Simchas this Week! January 8 – January 14, 2022


Caryn Garriga January 15
Abigail Sarah Bialecki January 16 
Yael Eva Minoff January 16 
Leonard Alper January 21 
Scott Gitel January 21 




Coming Soon

  • Shabbos, January 22 – Siyum of Celebration with Rabbi Swidler
  • Shabbos, January 29 – Installation of Officers and Board Members 


  • Online Classes
  • Every Shabbos, 9:15 am – Learners Service with Rabbi David
  • Every Shabbos, 10:00 am – Shabbos Morning Kids’ Program
  • Every Shabbos, 10:15 am Starting Points with Rabbi Smason
  • Every Monday, 8:00 pm – St. Louis Kollel Amud-A-Week
  • Every Wednesday, 12:15 pm – Pirkei Avos Class with Rabbi Smason
  • Every Thursday, 7:00 pm – Mishmar Learning with Rabbi Okin
  • Saturday Nights, 7:30 pm – ChillZone with Rabbi Okin
  • Sunday Mornings, After Shacris – Mishna learning with Rabbi Swindler

Got Books? 

We are cleaning house and have some wonderful books looking for a new home. There are two (different) sets of Jewish Encyclopedia, books specific to certain holidays, and much more! You will find them on a table just outside the Chapel; please help yourself to anything on that table! New items will be added bi-weekly, as we work our way through the stacks. Learn on! 

Nhbz Closet Cleaning Time 

Gotta make room for the skeletons. It’s time to clean out the upstairs coat closet! 

Please take a moment during January and take home anything that belongs to you. Soon, there will be small, individual bins for you to use. Keep an eye out. 

Come January 31, make no bones about it, everything is up for grabs! If it’s not yet claimed, it is in grave danger of being donated. Forewarned is fore-armed. 

Dollar-A-Day Pushke Campaign

Thank you for your continuing participation in the NHBZ Pushke campaign. You will recall that the program calls for the collection of the Pushkes every three months and our returning the now empty Pushkes back to you to continue the ongoing cycle of daily contributions. The fourth cycle is now set to conclude Monday, January 31. At that time or a few days before, please drop off your Pushke at the shul office. The contents will be emptied, credited to your account and the now-empty Pushke immediately returned to you for continued future use. Please call in advance (314-991-2100, Ext 2) to schedule drop off or to arrange for us to pick up the Pushke at your home. Another convenient option is to send in a cheque for the amount saved in the Pushke. All those returning Pushkes by Monday, January 31 will have their name entered in a drawing for a $25 Target gift card to be held shortly after the return date.

GLOW OF SUCCESS – Double Header

Sefer Torah Restoration

Thank you to our additional donors: 

  • Dr. Eliot & Sally Katz and 
  • In Memory of Janet Goldenberg 

Saturday Night Pizza to Go 

While ChillZone chilled, our very own Pizza Chef Allan Swan got his groove on, and we made 30 pizzas! Thanks to the volunteers who made it happen: Bob Kaiser as Mashgiach, veggie chopper, and front door person, and Nancy Rush as veggie chopper, pizza topper, and special delivery driver! Thanks to Amy & Denny Feit for their generous donation of 5 pizzas, for which the Chesed Committee found homes. We will do it again in February! 

Rabbinic Search Committee Open Meeting

Wednesday, January 26, 7:15 pm 

Please join us in the main Sanctuary on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:15 pm and learn about the search procedures we are using. Please come prepared to let us know: 

  • What is most significant to you in choosing our new Senior Rabbi? 
  • What characteristics and specific abilities are important to you? 

This meeting is open to all Shul members. A Zoom link will be emailed prior to the meeting for those unable to attend in person. 

Remember that you are always welcome to contact Alan Zarkowsky, Committee Chair at or 314-805-1896 with your questions and comments. 

Ask our Rabbis! 

What is the meaning behind……? Why did my Grandmother always…..? Can you offer a deeper meaning to…..? 

Whatever the question, our Rabbis are here to answer! You may email your questions directly to Rabbi Smason at or contact the rabbis directly. You can also send in a note using the form below, name and email are optional. Let’s make the most out of these learned teachers! 

Ask Our Rabbis 

Q: When saying Kaddish, we take three steps backwards and we bow to the right by the words Oseh Shalom, according to the Tehillat Hashem Siddur that we use at Nusach Hari. Yet, when we finish our Amidah, when we take our three steps back, we bow to the left by the words Oseh Shalom. Why is there a difference as to how we bow at Oseh Shalom? 

A. The Shulchan Aruch (OC 123:1) says that when someone finishes their Amidah, they take 3 steps backwards and bow to the left and say “Oseh Shalom…”, then bow to the right and say “Hu Yaaseh…”, and then bow forward and say “V’al Kol Yisrael…”. The reason for bowing to the left first, when right is considered to be a more spiritually significant direction in Judasim, is because we are departing from the presence of the Shechinah, God’s Divine Presence, when concluding the Amidah. We bow to God’s right side, which is to our left as we are facing Hashem, to give honor to Him when we are departing from Him. 

Most other Nuscha’os, Tefillah versions, have the reciter of Kaddish bow in the same manner as one does when concluding the Amidah. However, the Tehillat Hashem Siddur, the version used by Chabad Chassidim and our shul, has the reciter of the Kaddish bow to the right when saying “Oseh Shalom…”, and then to the left when saying “Hu Yaaseh…”. According to the Sefer Minhagim p.16, this was the instruction of the last Lubuvitcher Rebbe. This could be due to the fact that we are not facing the Shechinah during Kaddish, so our bowing should revert to the right side first. 

On-going Covid Guidelines Shul Policy 

NHBZ requires that all people attending tefila (prayer services), classes or other NHBZ programs and activities show proof of vaccination. You may show your vaccination card to Rabbi Smason whenever convenient for you both, or on Shabbos as you enter the shul. Once you have shown Rabbi Smason your vaccination card, there is no need to do so again. 

Masks required of all attendees, age 3 and older. Children aged 12 and older have the same vaccination requirements as adults. 

Youth Programming 

Shabbos Morning Kids’ Program, Every Shabbos 

NHBZ offers Shabbos morning programs for elementary and middle school students. Programs are offered every Shabbos, from 10:00 am until Kiddush is served. All program content will be personally designed and coordinated by Rabbi Okin. Families do NOT need to be members of NHBZ to participate. Please contact Rabbi Okin at with any questions. See you on Shabbos! 

ChillZone Saturday nights

Join children from around St. Louis, 5th grade and up, at NHBZ at 7:30 pm on Saturday nights for pizza, fun, and prizes while exploring Judaic topics with Rabbi Okin. Come get in the ChillZone. (Teen Schmooze will resume in the Spring.)

Learning at NHBZ

Parashas Beshalach  – By Rabbi Smason

As the Jewish people leave the land of Egypt, Pharaoh’s heart is once again hardened. The Egyptian army pursues the former slaves, trapping them on the shores of the Red Sea. Moses raises his hand over the sea, miraculously parting the waters and allowing the Jewish people to pass through safely. Pursued by the Egyptians into the sea, Moses once again raises his hand and the waters come crashing down upon Pharaoh’s army. Awed by this indisputable miracle, Moses leads the Jewish people in the Shir Shel Yam, a song of praise to G-d acknowledging a debt of gratitude for their remarkable salvation. 

After traveling from the Red Sea and following the miraculous sweetening of the bitter waters at Marah, the Jewish people complain to Moses and Aaron that they have no food to eat. G-d responds by providing a great test of faith; a daily ration of manna that would fall from the sky for forty years every morning, except for Shabbos. Some suggest that the manna was the greatest miracle the Jewish people ever experienced. A constant water source is also given when G-d commands Moses to strike a rock, miraculously causing water to flow from it. The portion concludes with the nation of Amalek’s unprovoked sneak attack and the Jewish people’s victory. 

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.

Upcoming topics:

January 1 – Welcoming 2022: How to Begin Getting Happier
January 8 – Living Inspired: How Can We “Capture the Wow” in Our Lives?

Rabbi Smason’s Wednesday In-Person Class On hiatus 1/19/22 

Same place, same time, same health and safety rules.

Rabbi David’s Learners’ Service

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

NHBZ Mishmar – On hiatus 1/13 and 1/20/22 

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

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

These along with other NHBZ videos can be found here: ttps://

NHBZ Online Classes

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason will keep you connected during this challenging time. The classes listed below are easy to join and you can drop in on one without having previously attended. All classes are offered through Zoom video conferencing on your computer or smartphone (you do not need to download the Zoom application to see the class) AND through audio only on your telephone.

Instructions to Attend Classes 

For audio through your telephone, connect in one of two ways: 

  1. Preferred option – Call 312-626-6799 which connects you to the ZOOM audio number and will enable you to participate fully, except for the video. Toll Free. 
  2. Or call 314-325-8791 for our old audio connection. We encourage you to use the preferred option since this way might become unavailable soon. 

For Zoom video, each class has a Zoom link shown underlined in blue below. Click or tap on the link, or copy and paste the link into your browser to join the class. 

List of Rabbi Ze’ev Smason’s Zoom Classes

  1. Weekdays, 8:15 am (Sun 9:15 am) ~ New topic “Tehillim Tips: Insights Into Our Prayers”. Sessions are approximately 30 minutes
    Zoom video link:
  2. Monday thru Friday, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ “King Solomon: His Wisdom, Wealth and Wives”.
    Zoom video link:
  3. Fridays, 8:15 am ~ Discussion of the “Haftorah of the Week” Zoom video link:
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