In The Community

Community – Week of May 1, 2021

May 1, 2021 – 12 Iyar 5781

Candle Lighting 7:40 pm
Shabbos Concludes 8:44 pm

Parshas Emor

 Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23 
 Amos 9:7 – 15

 Stone Chumash pp 672-695 
 Stone Chumash pp 1176-1177 

Minyan Times

Times – Due to pandemic conditions, NHBZ can safely seat only 35 individuals for services. For Shabbos, when more people are likely to attend, please sign up in advance so we do not go over the limit of 35. Call 991-2100 ext. 2 or email by Thursday at 5:00 pm.

Kiddush – We will begin serving Kiddush outdoors on Shabbos – details, and timing to be determined!

Lag B’Omer, Friday, April 30

Lag B’Omer falls on the 18th day of Iyar and the 33rd day after Pesach. The name ‘Lag’ is derived from the numerical value of the letters lamed (30) and gimel (3). This day marks the hillula (celebration) of the yahrzeit of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. On Lag B’Omer we cease from the semi mourning restrictions between Pesach and Shavuos. Weddings, haircuts, and live music all become permitted. It is a joyful occasion, upon which many have the custom to light large bonfires at night and to go on excursions to the countryside in the day.

Erev Shabbos ~ Friday, April 30

  • 7:00 pm  Mincha followed by Ma’ariv
  • 7:40 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos ~ Saturday, May 1 

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 7:20 pm Mincha followed by Ma’ariv
    Jewish Thought with Rabbi Avi Okin: Topic – “More About Us?”
  • 8:44 Shabbos Concludes 

Congregation News

Simchas for the Week of April 24 – 30

Birthdays ~ Boruch Smason, Rubin Amon May, Daniel Chayet
Anniversaries ~ Craig & Marsha Feenberg, Victor & Anna Rose Tendler


  • Public Relations Committee – Monday, May 3, 7:45 pm
  • Board of Directors – Tuesday, May 11, 7:45

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.

Shul Opening Status

We want to keep you updated frequently on the status of opening the Shul due to improvements in the Pandemic situation. For now, seating for all services is socially distanced, and safety protocols are followed. Please wear a KN-95 mask or double-mask. If you forget your mask, we will provide a KN-95 mask in the lobby. If you have any questions, please call Rabbi Smason.

Daily Minyan

Everyone is invited to attend daily minyan upstairs in the sanctuary. In order to build our minyan back to the attendance we had prior to Covid, and if you feel comfortable attending, we ask men to please call Howard Sandler (314-409-7266) or the NHBZ office (314-991-2100 ext. 2) to tell them which day(s) and time(s) you prefer.


We can safely seat 35 individuals for Shabbos services. If you would like to attend Shabbos, please sign up in advance so we do not go over the limit of 35. Call 991-2100 ext. 2 or email by Thursday at 5:00 pm. No proof of vaccination is required.

Honoring Perry Mendelson

The late Perry Mendelson was a long-time, active member of NHBZ, and brother of our former Executive Director, Sandie Abrams. Perry was an avid Torah Learner and participated in the Daf Yomi program for decades. He was also a teacher at many of our programs. It is only fitting that we dedicate Seder (Order) Kodashim from our new Talmud, in memory of Perry (Dov) Mendelson. We are asking you to participate in a wonderful double Mitzva – memorializing a friend and dedicating a set of Holy Books. The cost of dedicating one Seder is $3,600. Please consider donating any amount to help us meet this goal. Email us at Include the amount you wish to donate and provide your phone number.

Alternatively, you may mail a check to NHBZ, 650 North Price Road, Saint Louis, MO 63132. Include your phone number and write ‘Perry’ on the memo line.

Tizku L’mitzvot

Office Update

Our Business Manager, Laura Krueger, will be retiring this Friday, April 30. Laura has been a faithful member of our Shul staff who took on many additional office duties in her nearly seven years at NHBZ. We are grateful for her years of dedicated service, and we wish her all the best in retirement.

As of May 1, Hindy Anton will join our staff as bookkeeper. We welcome Hindy, the daughter of Rabbi Yaakov Gertzulin, the former longtime Baal Tefilla for NHBZ.

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 .

Community News

Agudas Israel invites everyone to attend a commemoration of the completion of Shloshim (30 days of mourning) for Perry Mendelson. The event will be held Thursday evening, April 29 at 7:00 pm, at Agudas Israel, 8202 Delmar Boulevard. Masking must be observed. The program will include a siyum, divrei chizuk and a slide show. The family requests that you kindly email any memories you have of Perry to A zoom link will be forthcoming.


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.

Please send your resume and other details to .

Volunteer Opportunities

NHBZ needs YOU! Our building is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 52 weeks per year – even during the COVID pandemic! To provide such an ongoing service, we need your help. Whatever your skills, we have an opportunity for you: office work, pickup and delivery, repairs, Pizza night, Sukkah raising, outreach, building committee; please call the office to volunteer.

Dollar A Day Pushke Campaign

Since we are limited in giving Tzedaka in shul due to the pandemic, we have instituted the Pushke campaign. NHBZ will deliver pushkes to everybody who wants to participate ~ We ask you to contribute a dollar a day to your pushke, and we will collect them every three months. Next collection day will be in July.

Learning at NHBZ

Join Rabbi Okin and young men from all over St. Louis for Torah and Camaraderie Thursday Nights from 8-830 pm. Sessions will begin virtually for a text-based and interactive learning session. If you are interested, join the Whatsapp group using this link: 

Rabbi Okin D’var Torah

Topic is “Refining Ourselves During

Sefirat Ha’Omer”. The Video D’Var Torah can be found at:

Rabbi Smason’s Shabbos Shoutout – April 30, 2021

Shabos Shoutout Apriil 16, 2021

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 Emor

Following the command in last week’s portion to be sanctified and holy, Parshas Emor begins by discussing various laws directed specifically to the Kohanim and the Kohen Gadol (High Priest). Included is the command for the Kohen to refrain from becoming ritually impure through contact with a dead body (except for close relatives) and increased restrictions on whom they may marry. G-d requires those with greater spiritual responsibilities to maintain a higher standard of spiritual purity. Parshas Emor contains two of the most significant mitzvos in the entire Torah; to always be mindful of not desecrating G-d’s name, and on the contrary, to sanctify Him at all costs.

The Torah goes on to discuss the festivals of the year — Pesach, Shavous, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Succos and Shemini Atzeres. The festivals, including Shabbos, are referred to as moadim, appointed times; they are special days when Jews ‘meet’, as it were, with G-d. The festivals interrupt our ordinary weekday activities and inspire us to rededicate ourselves to those ideals that life is really about. Later, two mitzvos in the Mishkan are stated: the daily lighting of the menorah and the display of the lechem hapanim (showbread). The portion concludes with the horrible incident of a man who cursed G-d’s name.


CARRY-OUT NIGHT: SUNDAY, MAY 2, Pick up times 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Last Chance – order by Noon, Thursday, April 29
Email to ~ Last resort, call 314-991-2100, ext. 2
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All food under the supervision of Rabbi Ze’ev Smason