In The Community

Community – Week of June 5, 2021

June 5, 2021 – 18 Sivan 5781

Candle Lighting 8:03 pm
Shabbos Concludes 9:07 pm

Parshas Shelach

 Numbers 13:1 – 15:41 
 Joshua 2:1 – 2:24

Stone Chumash pp. 798 – 819
Stone Chumash pp. 1184 – 1185

Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors . . .

  • Thanks to Linda and Menachem Szus for co-sponsoring Kiddush in honor of their children and grandchildren who are visiting St. Louis this week.
  • Thanks to Jackie and Craig Berkin for sponsoring ice-cream and ‘Welcome Back’ balloons in honor of the Yahrzeit of their brother and brother-in-law Barry Pessin.

Erev Shabbos ~ Friday, June 4

  • 7:00 pm  Mincha Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma’ariv
  • 8:03 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos ~ Saturday, May 29 

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 7:45 pm Mincha, Shalosh Seudos, Ma’ariv
  • 9:07 Shabbos Concludes 

Congregation News

Simchas for the Week of June 5 – June 11


Noah Belau – June 5th
Larry Goldenberg – June 5th
Rebecca Waxman – June 5th
Gia Shifren – June 8th


Kerry & Sandy Klarfeld – June 5th
David & Fran Reisler – June 8th
Hesh & Marcia Lyons – June 9th

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

Shabbos, June 5

  • 9:15 am – Learners Service with Rabbi David
  • 10:15 am – Starting Points with Rabbi Smason
    Topic: “How to Respond to Anti-Semitism”
  • Kiddush following services

Sunday, June 13

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

Monday, June 28

7:15 pm – Sisterhood Book Club

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.



  • Board of Directors Tuesday, June 8, 7:45 pm
  • Public Relations Com. Monday, June 14, 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.

More Congregation News

Kiddush and Shalosh Seudos Now Being Served! Come and Enjoy!

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 will wear gloves, masks and will be fully vaccinated.
  • 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.

Pop Quiz: What is a ‘pod’?

  1. A seed container on a plant, such as a pea pod.
  2. A species of plantlike aliens (pod people) who invaded Earth in 1956.
  3. A small, self-contained network of people who limit their non-distanced social interaction only to one another.

Coming Events

Shabbos, June 5

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

Starting Points Returns Live, In-Person
Learners Service with Rabbi David Returns
Ice Cream Social
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 .


Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Congregation is a dynamic and growing St. Louis, MO Synagogue looking for a detail-oriented person with good interpersonal, business, and communication skills to serve as its Synagogue Administrator. The Administrator is a hands-on individual who manages, directs, administers, and coordinates the secular and business activities of the Synagogue, including administrative functions, facilities, and staff, support of membership and membership activities, purchasing, and internal and external communications. For a complete description check this page.

Please send your resume and other details to .

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:

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

Can be found at the YouTube Channel:

Dedication Opportunities – Call the office 991-2100 ext 2

  1. Did you know you can help replace our worn Siddurim ($55) and Chumashim ($65)?
  2. You can also dedicate the Introductory volume of our Talmud Set for $125

Parshas Shelach

Moses is pressed by the Jewish people to send twelve spies to the Land of Canaan (later to be called the Land of Israel). Forty days later they return carrying a gigantic cluster of grapes and two other large fruits. Ten of the spies warn that the inhabitants of the land are enormous in size and that the land “consumes its inhabitants”. They convince the people that the land can’t be conquered. Caleb and Joshua retain their faith in G-d, insisting that the Jewish people can, indeed, conquer the land.

The people weep and proclaim that they would rather return to Egypt. This tenth expression of a profound lack of faith in G-d prompts a Divine decree that entry into the Land should be delayed forty years. This decree was made on the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av — known as Tisha B’Av. Numerous other tragedies occurred on Tisha B’Av, including the destruction of the first and second Temples and the expulsion of Spanish Jewry in 1492.

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 5 How to Respond to Anti-Semitism
  • 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?