In The Community

Community – Week of June 26, 2021

June 26, 2021 – 16 Tammuz 5781

Candle Lighting 8:11 pm
Shabbos Concludes 9:14 pm

Parshas Balak

 Numbers 22:2 – 25:9 
 Micah 5:6 – 6:9

Stone Chumash pp. 856 – 875
Stone Chumash pp. 1189 – 1190

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 begins 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 is observed this Sunday, June 27. The Three Weeks reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of the 9th of Av (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.

* Times for Fast of 17th of Tammuz: Starts Sunday June 27 at 4:27 am, and ends at 9:11 pm.

We thank our generous sponsors this week . . .

  • Nancy Belau Rush and Family for sponsoring soda for Kiddush in honor of the dedication of a new Torah Breastplate which they donated to the shul.
  • The Edelstein Family for sponsoring the Bulletin and Kiddush Soda in memory of their father, grandfather, and great-grandfather Mr. Ludwig (Lou) Edelstein, Shmuel Hirsch ben Meir Tzvi, a Holocaust Survivor from Sighet, Romania, whose 3rd Yahrzeit was on Thursday, 14 Tammuz 5781. Part of his amazing story is available to read on
  • Alan Zarkowsky and family for enhancing Kiddush in celebration of Vivian and Alan’s anniversary and Vivian’s birthday.

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
  • 9:14 Shabbos Concludes 

Congregation News

Simchas for the Week of June 19 – June 25


Vivian Zarkowsky – July 1
Joanna Alper -July 2
Frances Cohen – July 2
Jessica Fadem -July 2
Melanie Sallis – July 2


Boris & Alla Yasinev – June 26
Jeff & Irena Scheer – June 27

New Name for this Publication

The contest for a new name for this publication has concluded. Based on numerous suggestions, and input from many sources, the Public Relations Committee selected a name proposed by Fran Reisler. Fran, thank you so much, and thanks to all who participated. The new name is ‘NHBZ Weekly News’.

Dedication of new Torah Breastplate – Shabbos June 26

We are grateful to Nancy Belau Rush and Family for donating a new Torah Breastplate which will be dedicated on Shabbos, June 26. May they go from strength to strength. The inscription on the Breastplate reads: “The Rush/Belau Family and Future Generations“.

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.

NHBZ Homecoming Month

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

Tuesday, June 29
1:30 pm – The Right Reflex with Jimmy Fendelman • Keeping Your Balance in Everyday Life

Sunday, July 25 – BBQ Dinner at Irv Zeid Park Pavilion
4:00 pm – ‘Doors’ opens
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner is served

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


  • 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

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.

Coming Events

Coming Soon

  • Shabbos, June 26 – Dedication of New Torah Breastplate
  • Monday, June 28 – Sisterhood Book Club
  • Tuesday, June 29 – “The Righting Reflex” with Jimmy Fendelman
  • 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


  • Anniversary Event Committee – Tuesday, June 15, 3:00 pm
  • Board of Directors – Tuesday, July 13, 7:45 pm on Zoom as of this writing.

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

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 Balak by Rabbi Smason

Parshas Balak by Rabbi Smason

This week’s portion shifts from the Jewish people’s travels in the desert to the story of Bilam, the anti-Semitic prophet who attempted to curse the Children of Israel. Hired by Balak, the king of Moav, Bilam embarks upon a journey to the Israelite encampment. An angel brandishing a sword blocks Bilam’s path, causing his donkey to repeatedly swerve off the road. Unable to see the angel, Bilam responds by striking the donkey three times. Miraculously, G-d causes the donkey to speak to Bilam — shades of Mr. Ed, the talking horse in the 1960’s TV show! Bilam’s eyes are uncovered, and the humiliated prophet sees the angel standing in the path. The angel reminds Bilam that he may only speak the words that G-d places in his mouth. Upon arrival near the Jewish camp, Bilam repeatedly attempts to curse the people; each time G-d prevents him from doing so, but instead he ends up uttering several sets of praises, much to Balak’s dismay. The Torah portion concludes with the Jewish men’s debauchery with the promiscuous daughters of Moav and Midian, and the public immoral act of Zimri (a prince of the tribe of Simeon) with a Midianite princess. Pinchas, Aaron’s grandson, zealously responds by piercing them to death with a spear, halting a plague from G-d which had broken out in the camp.

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 26 What Do You Love About Being Jewish?

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