In The Community

Community – Week of July 3, 2021

July 3, 2021 – 23 Tammuz 5781

Candle Lighting 8:11 pm
Shabbos Concludes 9:13 pm

Parshas Pinchas

 Numbers 25:10 – 30:1 
 Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:3

Stone Chumash pp. 878 – 899
Stone Chumash pp. 1192 – 1192

The Three Weeks, June 27 – July 18

The Three Weeks is an annual mourning period that occurs in mid-summer. We mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and the beginning of our ongoing exile. The period began on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, a fast day that marks the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE. The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz was observed on Sunday, June 27. The Three Weeks reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of the 9th of Av (Sunday, July 18), the date when both Holy Temples were set aflame. This is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, and it is also the date that many other tragedies befell our people. During the three weeks, we do not conduct weddings, play musical instruments, listen to music, shave or get a haircut. We do not wear new clothing or eat fruit which we have not yet eaten this season so that we will not be required to recite the Shehecheyanu blessing. If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Smason.

We thank our generous sponsors this week . . .

  • The Cohen and McCary Families for sponsoring today’s Kiddush Lunch in honor of Fran Cohen’s 91st birthday.
  • Bob and Joni Kaiser for sponsoring this bulletin and Shalosh Seudos in loving memory of their mother Eleanor Kaiser on the occasion of her third Yahrzeit.

Erev Shabbos ~ Friday, June 25

  • 7:00 pm  Mincha Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma’ariv
  • 8:11 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos ~ Saturday, June 19 

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 7:55 pm Mincha, Shalosh Seudos, Ma’ariv
  • 9:13 Shabbos Concludes 

Congregation News

Simchas for the Week of June 19 – June 25


Fran Alper July 4
Judy Levin July 4
Caryn Alper July 7
Jerry Goldenberg July 7
Linda Shore July 7
Frieda Smason July 7
Mateo John July 8
Jane Lyss July 8


None This Week

Welcome to New Office Staff

Nancy Stenn

Please welcome our new Shul Administrator, Nancy Stenn, who will start with us on July 1. Nancy joins our new Bookkeeper, Hindy Anton. You can reach Nancy at 991-2100, extension 2, or at You can reach Hindy at extension 3, or at

Refuah Shelema

Please send tributes and words of encouragement and support for Trudy Sudin to:

Gary Sudin
408 Berkley Place Court
Saint Louis, MO 63132

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.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Even though we have hired a full-time Shul Administrator, we still need volunteers to help with light office work – answering the phone, taking Pizza orders, recording tributes, sorting mail, etc. You may sign-up for any number of hours and day(s) that are convenient for you. Please email to or call 314-991-2100 extension 2, and leave a voice message.


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


Most real work at NHBZ is done in committees which:

  • Provide an opportunity for you to serve the congregation, and increase participation
  • Make use of your special knowledge, experience and interests
  • Help you to better understand the aims, accomplishments and challenges of the congregation
  • Provide a training ground for future leadership and service to the congregation
  • Permit the business of the congregation to be decentralized among more members

Here is a list of some NHBZ committees:

  • Fund Raising
  • Building
  • Education
  • Programming
  • Family & Children
  • Membership
  • Outreach
  • Public Relations
  • High Holiday Seating
  • Religious
  • Finance
  • Budget

Volunteers: please call the office to join a committee.

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.

Tehillim Circle Requests Volunteers

The recitation of Tehillim (Psalms) inspires and serves as a reminder of the role G-d plays in our lives, and provides us with a communication vehicle with G-d as we plead for his merciful intervention on behalf of those facing medical, emotional, spiritual or financial challenges. NHBZ has an organized ‘Tehillim Circle’, whose members recite Tehillim on behalf of those in need. If you know somebody facing challenges, you can add her or him to the list of people on whose behalf we say Tehillim.
Please contact Julie Eisenberg at 314-494-8437 or to place someone’s name on the list or to volunteer to join the Tehillim Circle.
Men and Women are welcome. 

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:

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

NHBZ Giving Opportunities

NHBZ is open 7 days per week, and 52 weeks per year. To provide such a facility, the congregation depends upon gifts and contributions above and beyond members’ dues. In giving to NHBZ, you fulfill an important mitzvah. We have established numerous ways to contribute to NHBZ listed below. Call the office at (314) 991- 2100 for details.

  • TRIBUTES – Honor someone’s Simcha or good health or a loved one’s memory
  • CAPITAL CAMPAIGN – Help build our shul
  • SYNAGOGUE HONORS – It is customary to make a donation to the congregation for an Aliyah or other honors
  • SPECIAL GIFTS CAMPAIGN – A special gift is a donation above and beyond annual dues and any specific funds.
  • SPONSORSHIPS – Sponsor kiddush, Soda, Shalosh Seudos, or this bulletin
  • PLAQUES – Honor or memorialize friends, relatives, and events
  • BOOK FUNDS – Purchase, repair or dedicate books
  • EDUCATIONAL FUNDS – Help students and teachers
  • SPECIAL PURPOSE FUNDS – Donations are used for various purposes

Parshas Pinchas by Rabbi Smason

In last week’s Torah portion we found the Jewish hero Pinchas saving the day for the Jewish people by publicly executing the Jewish tribal head, Zimri, and his Midianite girlfriend, Kazbi. Those two had desecrated the Name of G-d and His Torah by having relations in plain view of Moses and the entire Jewish leadership. This week, Pinchas is rewarded for sanctifying the Name of G-d and is granted the blessing of peace and priesthood (Kehuna). Pinchas’ zealous response saves the Jewish people from a plague which had broken out in the camp. Five righteous daughters of Tzelofchad file a claim with Moses: In the absence of a brother, they request their deceased father’s share in the Land of Israel. Moses asks G-d for a ruling. The Almighty responds that the claim of these five women who so dearly love the Land of Israel is, indeed, just. Moses is told that he will ascend a mountain to view the Land that the Jewish people will soon inherit, though he will not be allowed to enter. Moses asks G-d to appoint a successor. Do you know who is chosen? Joshua, Moses’ dedicated assistant and student. The Torah portion concludes with a lengthy description of the special offerings brought on various festivals. These sections are also read from the Torah throughout the year on the appropriate holidays.

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.