In The Community

Community – Week of June 12, 2021

June 12, 2021 – 2 Tammuz 5781

Candle Lighting 8:07 pm
Shabbos Concludes 9:10 pm

Parshas Korach

 Numbers 16:1 – 18:32 
 Samuel 11:14 – 12:22

Stone Chumash pp. 820 – 837
Stone Chumash pp. 1186 – 1187

Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors . . .

Thanks to Fran and Dr. David Reisler for sponsoring today’s Kiddush Lunch in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to the Reislers on 60 years of wedded bliss, and may they enjoy many more years being rayim ahuvim – beloved friends to each other!

Erev Shabbos ~ Friday, June 11

  • 7:00 pm  Mincha Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma’ariv
  • 8:07 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos ~ Saturday, June 12 

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 7:55 pm Mincha, Shalosh Seudos, Ma’ariv
  • 9:10 Shabbos Concludes 

Congregation News

Simchas for the Week of June 12 – June 18


Barb Bressler – June 12th
Nathan Brook – June 12th
Yitzchak Rubin – June 17th
Richard Woolf – June 17th


Ed & Jane Lyss – June 14th
Dr.s Laura & David Goldmeirer – June 14th

Special Gifts Campaign

Good Shabbos.

The world is beginning to reopen. The Shul has reopened. Especially now, these are times when people need connections. We need you back and active. There is no greater place than our Shul for people to find meaning, to find family, and to share with friends. The leadership of the Shul has rightly decided that the future of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion hinges upon our ability to bring in young members and to attract young families with children. That is the thrust of our Special Gifts Campaign.

Many of you have already made a pledge to this important effort. I am reaching out again seeking your participation in this critical project. We hired Rabbi Okin, who has now established himself in the community and has become an important part of NHBZ. The funds raised in the campaign will be directed to cover the costs of additional children’s, young singles and family programming that the Shul will now offer to all our members. As you may be aware, Rav Okin has already begun many of these activities. As outlined last year, we are looking for commitments for each of the next three years.

The Campaign will run from now through the end of July, culminating with a celebration early in August. While we are planning a PHONE-A-THON in early July to gather additional pledges, please feel free to call the office to join in this effort. Many of you may recall my Yizkor Appeal Speech several years ago when I talked about the favorite member of the Shul, the guy who gets it all done, the person who serves on committees, the leader of the congregation….Who is he???? …….. of course, he’s THE OTHER GUY. Well, this year may it be my prayer for each of you to look deep into your soul and recognize the time has come, YOU have it within you to be that OTHER GUY.

A special thank you to the members who have already committed to this important project. Please be safe and well, and understand just how much we appreciate your continued support of the Shul.

Jay B. Umansky
Chair, Special Gifts Campaign

Volunteer Opportunities

We are now serving Shalosh Seudos on Shabbos afternoon; however, we need someone to take charge of helping us fulfill this mitzvah until we hire a new Shul Administrator. If you are prepared to help with this, please email your contact information to or leave a message at 314-991-2100 ext 2.

NHBZ Homecoming Month

Sunday, June 13

  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Ice Cream Social – Indoors at the back of the Sanctuary

Wednesday, June 16

12:15 pm – Pirkei Avos Class, In Person at NHBZ

Monday, June 28

7:15 pm – Sisterhood Book Club at the home of Linda Shore

Sunday, July 25 – BBQ Dinner at Irv Zeid Park Pavilion

  • 4:00 pm – ‘Doors’ open
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner is served

Watch for more programs to be announced. See you there!


  • No limit on the number of people who may attend services or events.
  • No proof of vaccination is required to attend services.
  • No pre-registration is required to attend services.
  • No need to count the number of people who verify that they are vaccinated.


More Congregation News

Guidelines for Food Service as of May 17, 2021 per Rabbi Ze’ev Smason

  • 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.

Other Guidelines

The Covid pandemic is not completely over. You might have noticed that some precautions remain in place. We are taking steps to return to pre-pandemic status, but we are still observing some 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.


  • Public Relations Committee (IN PERSON at NHBZ) – Monday, June 14, 7:45 pmf
  • Anniversary Event Committee – Tuesday, June 15, 3:00 pm
  • Executive Committee – Tuesday, June 22, 7:45 pm

Committee members should always check to find out if a meeting time has changed.
Committee Chairmen, please submit meeting days and times to the office by Tuesday afternoon in order to be listed in the Shabbos Bulletin.

Coming Events

Every Shabbos
Sunday, June 13
Every Wednesday
Monday, June 28
Shabbos, July 25
Sunday, December 12

Starting Points, Learners Service
Ice Cream Social
Pirkei Avos Class with Rabbi Samson
Sisterhood Book Club
BBQ Dinner at Irv Zeid Park Pavillion
Save the Date 😎


  • Board of Directors – Tuesday, June 8, 7:45 pm
  • Public Relations Committee (IN PERSON at NHBZ) – Monday, June 14, 7:45 pm
  • Anniversary Event Committee – Tuesday, June 15, 3:00 pm
  • Executive Committee – Tuesday, June 22, 7:45 pm

Committee members should always check to find out if a meeting time has changed.
Committee Chairmen, please submit meeting days and times to the office by Tuesday afternoon in order to be listed in the Shabbos Bulletin.

 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. 

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 .

The final Middle School Group of the season will be this Sunday, June 13.
The final High School Group of the season will be on Sunday, June 20.
Teen Schmooze will resume in a month or so. 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

Parshas Korach

This week’s Torah portion begins with the infamous rebellion led by Korach against his cousins, Moses and Aaron, claiming that the two of them had usurped power from the rest of the Jewish people. Korach, motivated by jealousy and a desire for honor, rejected Moses’ authority and claimed that the appointment of Aaron as Kohen Gadol (Head Kohen) was motivated by nepotism. Korach cleverly persuaded 250 judges and others from disaffected groups to become his followers in the rebellion. A frequent theme in the Torah is: Sooner or later G-d always gets the last word. In Korach’s case, it was sooner. What was the result of the rebellion? G-d made the earth open up to swallow Korach, the ringleaders of the rebellion, and their families. Fire consumed the remainder of the 250 rebels. The story of Korach’s rebellion concludes with an act of reconciliation — and surprisingly, a U.S. Presidential reference. The staffs of the leaders of the 12 tribes were placed near the Ark of the Covenant. To prove that the tribe of Levi and Aaron was Divinely chosen, Aaron’s staff sprouted leaves, almond blossoms and even almonds. I suppose you could say that this miracle made Aaron ….Chief of Staff!

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:

  • June 12 To Tell the Truth: Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?
  • June 19 How Fathers Change Lives: Stories of Remarkable Dads
  • June 26 What Do You Love About Being Jewish?