In The Community

Community – Week of July 10, 2021

July 10, 2021 – 29 Tammuz 5781

Candle Lighting 8:09 pm
Shabbos Concludes 9:11 pm

Parshas Matos-Masei
Maftir Rosh Chodesh

Numbers 30:2 – 36:13 
Numbers 28:9 – 28:15 
Jeremiah 2:4 – 2:28; 4:1 – 4:2
1 Samuel 20:18, 20:42

Stone Chumash pp. 900 – 935
Stone Chumash PP 890-892
Stone Chumash pp. 1193 – 1194
Stone Chumash pp. 1207 -1208

The 9 Days, July 10 – July 18

Rosh Chodesh Av occurs on Shabbos, July 10. This begins a period of time known as the ‘9 Days.’ The first nine days of the month of Av, and also the morning of the tenth, are days of acute mourning for the destruction of the first and second Holy Temples. In addition to the restrictions that apply to the entire three-week period, during this time, we refrain from the following additional joyous activities: eating meat and drinking wine (except for Shabbos), laundering clothing, swimming or bathing for pleasure and remodeling or expanding a home. The 9 Days reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of the 9th of Av (Sunday, July 18). The fast begins July 17 at 8:23 pm and ends July 18 at 9:04 pm. This is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, and it is also the date that many other tragedies befell our people. We read Eicha, the Book of Lamentations, on Tisha B’Av. For questions or further details, please contact Rabbi Smason.

Congregation News

Simchas for the Week of July 10 – July 16


Boris Yasinev July 10
Mark Ragin July 10
Murray Hochberg July 13
Naomi Shanker July 13
Anna Rose Tendler July 14
Irena Scheer July 14
Ronald Makovsky July 15


Meira & Shaul Ganel July 12
Jacob & Judy Levin July 16

Sponsors Needed for Lunch next Shabbos

We are recruiting sponsors for Lunch next Shabbos, July 17. Since Tisha B’Av begins immediately following Shabbos, we would like to have lunch in shul, daven Mincha at 1:45 pm, and then daven Ma’ariv at 9:30 pm so that people can have Shalosh Seudos at home, closer to the start of the fast, and then drive back to shul. The fast begins July 17 at 8:23 pm and ends July 18 at 9:04 pm. Contact the office at 991-2100 ext 2 or to help sponsor lunch next Shabbos.

Special Gifts Campaign

We are just one week into the Campaign. As mentioned last week, two shul members have stepped forward to challenge the others at the Shul. Every dollar raised over the course of the next three weeks will be matched up to $20,000.00. Each dollar you give becomes TWO. Please call the Shul’s office this week and share in this exciting effort. The funds raised will go directly towards programming and activities designed to draw children, young adults, and young families into NHBZ. Share in the future of the Shul. Join committee members Denny and Amy Feit and take part in this important project.

Your children and grandchildren will thank you.

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 third cycle is now set to conclude Friday, July 16. 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 Friday, July 16 will have their name entered in a drawing for a $25 Target gift card to be held shortly after the return date.

Join the Greeter Team

Attention: All NHBZ Members! You are invited to join the Greeter Team. Participate in the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim (hospitality) and help welcome visitors, guests, and members to our Shul. Sign up now for the 2021 Greeter schedule! For more information contact Fran Alper at 314-993-4024 or

Missing Emails from NHBZ?

Some people have reported that they have not received the Weekly News or other email communications from NHBZ. If you are not receiving emails from NHBZ, check your spam or junk folder.

  • If you find the email there, adjust your settings to accept email from NHBZ
  • If you do not find the email there, notify us at or 991-2100 ext. 2, and we will ensure you are on the distribution list.
  • If you still do not to receive the Weekly News, you may need to seek technical help.


Coming Soon

  • Thursday, July 15 – Special Pizza Night
  • Sunday, July 25 – BBQ Dinner at Irv Zeid Park Pavillion
  • Sunday, December 12 – Save the Date


  • Every Shabbos, 9:15 am – Learners Service with Rabbi David
  • 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

New Feature: Ask Our Rabbis!

We are reviving a popular bulletin feature. Each week either Rabbi Smason or Rabbi Okin will respond to your questions! Is there something you’ve always wanted to know about Judaism, but were afraid to ask? Email your questions to: . Please enter ‘Ask Our Rabbis’ as the subject of the email. You can also use the form below:

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.

Covid Guidelines

Food Service

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to be ‘socially distanced’ while eating, but we prefer that you eat in small groups of those whom you know are vaccinated.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, please maintain a ‘social distance’ of at least 3 feet from others (except for those who are in your ‘pod’).
  • All servers must be fully vaccinated and must wear gloves and masks.
  • Servers will distribute pre-packaged food. When getting food from the serving table, please do not gather around the table, but rather, approach the server one at a time.

Temporary Safeguards

  • We are not carrying the Torah around the Sanctuary.
  • Men with an Aliyah do not remain at the Bima for the next Aliyah, but return to their seats.
  • The “choir” is not leading singing from the Bima at the end of services.
  • The last two rows of seats in the sanctuary have every other seat taped off for those who prefer social distancing.

Youth Programming

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 on the Kaiser Terrace. Social distancing will be observed; bring a mask. Refreshments will be served! For details, contact Rabbi Okin at

Teen Schmooze is on break until Mid-July. Watch for announcements!

Learning at NHBZ

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 are now live on the patio with a text-based and interactive learning session. If you are interested, join the WhatsApp group with this link:

Parshas Matos – Masei by Rabbi Smason

In the first of this week’s two action-packed portions, Moses teaches the rules and restrictions governing oaths and vows. Promises are serious business. When we say that we plan to do something — even something as simple as, ‘I’ll call you later’ — we’re bound by our words. Anticipating entrance into the land of Israel, the tribes of Gad and Reuben petition Moses to remain on the eastern side of the Jordan River because that land is particularly suitable for grazing their cattle. Moses, not wanting to ‘steer’ Gad and Reuben wrong, grants their request on the condition that they first help the rest of the nation in conquering the entire land of Israel before returning to settle their inheritance.

Masei (a word that means ‘journeys’) begins with a listing of the 42 encampments of the Jewish people’s 40-year journey from the Exodus until the crossing of the Jordan River into the Land of Israel. The boundaries of the Land of Israel are defined. Since the Levites would not be receiving a regular portion of the land, 48 cities are set aside for them. Cities of refuge are established; one who unintentionally murders can flee there. So ends the book of Numbers, the fourth of the Books of the Torah. Next week — on to Deuteronomy!

Community News

The Sarah Adelman Memorial Fund* of Dallas, Texas, invites you to attend a community-wide event commemorating the 15th Yahrzeit of Sarah Adelman, z’l

Sunday, July 11, 2021, at 11:00 am
Via Zoom** through the courtesy of Young Israel of St. Louis featuring Rabbanit Shani Taragin speaking on the topic
“Eichah & Eliyahu: Agony of Abandonment and Cries of Consolation”

  • The Fund supports needy children in the St. Louis Orthodox community who need counseling; to contribute to the fund, go to the website
  • To obtain the Zoom link, send an email to

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

Can be found at the YouTube Channel:

Rabbi David’s Learners Service

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

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:

July 10: World Perfect: What Would Your Perfect World Look Like?
July 17: Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?
July 24: What Makes You Laugh?
July 31: How to Conquer Anger

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