In The Community

Community – Week of June 19, 2021

June 19, 2021 – 9 Tammuz 5781

Candle Lighting 8:10 pm
Shabbos Concludes 9:13 pm

Parshas Chukas

 Numbers 19:1 – 22:1 
 Samuel 11:1 – 11:33

Stone Chumash pp. 838 – 859
Stone Chumash pp. 1187 – 1189

Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors . . .

Thanks to Avi Scheinberg for sponsoring Shalosh Seudos today in memory of his mother Barbara Scheinberg, Bracha bas Avraham and Devorah.

Thanks to Dr. Craig and Jackie Berkin for enhancing Kiddush today in honor of the Yahrzeits of James Pessin and Mildred Pessin Drifon.

Erev Shabbos ~ Friday, June 18

  • 7:00 pm  Mincha Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma’ariv
  • 8:10 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos ~ Saturday, June 19 

  • 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 19 – June 25


Sam Bluestein June 19
Amy Feit June 19
Joni Kaiser June 19
Barry Solomon June 19
Natalia Wallman June 19
Teree Farbstein June 21
EstherGelb June 21
Alan Morgensztern June 21
Dr. Adrian Shifren June 22
Sanford Koenig June 23


Keith & Karen Zeff June 23
Richard & Mindy Woolf June 23
Alan & Vivian Zarkowsky June 24

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

This is such an exciting time at NHBZ. As I mentioned last week, the Shul is the place to be. People are coming back to services and classes. Last Sunday, more than fifty people joined us at our ice cream social. Children were playing and the mood was electric. What a joy to have people back in the building!

The response to my last Special Gifts letter has been incredible. NHBZ is open and with Hashem’s aid the pandemic is in our rearview mirror. In order to kickstart the campaign, two members have stepped forward offering a total of $20,000.00 in matching funds to contributions made over the course of the next four weeks. Don’t count on the OTHER GUY to make this happen. This is an opportunity that we can’t let go to waste.

Please email me, or feel free to call the Shul’s office this week with your commitment. This is your moment to perform a mitzvah which will solidify the future of the congregation. Join Peggy and me and all the members who have stepped forward. Your children and grandchildren will thank you.

Jay B. Umansky, Chair
Special Gifts Campaign

Volunteer Opportunities

We still need volunteers to do 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 or call 314-991-2100 extension 2, and leave a voice message.

NHBZ Homecoming Month

Sunday, June 23
12:15 pm – Pirkei Avos Class, In Person at NHBZ

Shabbos, June 26
Dedication of new Torah Breastplate donated by the Rush/Belau Family

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’ opens
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner is served

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

In The News

Mazel Tov to Jeff Miller, our past Shul Administrator, who was Pickle royalty for a day. Jeff won the USAPA Middle States Regional with a 5.0 rating in the 60 + age group here in St Louis. 5.0 is the highest rating for pickleball players.

That qualifies Jeff to play in Indian Wells, CA for the USAPA Pickleball National Tournament in December.

If you or somebody you know has achieved something unique, and you would like to publicize it here, call the office at (314) 991-2100 ext 2, or send an email to

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. 

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.

General Guidelines

  • 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

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.

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 😎


  • Executive Committee – Tuesday, June 22, 7:45 pm
  • Anniversary Event Committee – Tuesday, June 15, 3:00 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.

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 Middle School group is on break until Mid-July.
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

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 Chukas by Rabbi Smason

This week’s action-packed portion begins with the paradox of the Red Heifer, a mitzvah we are asked to perform though unable to understand its purpose and reason. The narrative jumps to the death of the prophetess Miriam. The Jewish people are then left without water, since the miraculous well which had accompanied them in the desert existed only in her merit. G-d commands Moses and Aaron to speak to a particular rock so it will miraculously produce water; Moses strikes it with his staff instead, and G-d tells the two leaders they will not enter the Promised Land. What did Moses do wrong? One classic approach suggests that Moses’ sin was that he became angry (he said to the Jewish people, ‘Listen now, you Rebels’). Although the best among us can occasionally lose our temper, teachers and parents carry a special responsibility to be good role models for their students and children. Little pitchers have big ears! Later in the portion, the king of Edom refuses to let the Jewish people pass through his borders, causing them to take a longer route. Aaron dies and is buried on Mount Hor. The Children of Israel sing a song of praise about the well of Miriam. The portion concludes with the battles and victories over Sichon, the king of Emori, and Og, the king of Bashan.

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?

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