In The Community

Community – Week of May 15, 2021

May 15, 2021 – 4 Sivan 5781

Candle Lighting 7:47 pm
Shabbos Concludes 8:51 pm

Parshas Bamidbar

 Numbers 1:1 – 4:20 
 Hosea 1:2 – 22

Stone Chumash pp. 726 – 747
Stone Chumash pp. 1180 – 1181

Minyan Times

Due to pandemic conditions, NHBZ can safely seat only 50 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.

Erev Shabbos ~ Friday, May 14

  • 7:00 pm  Mincha followed by Ma’ariv
  • 7:47 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos ~ Saturday, May 15 

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 7:30 pm Mincha followed by Ma’ariv
    Jewish Thought with Rabbi Avi Okin: Topic – “Loving G-d”
  • 8:51 Shabbos Concludes 

Congregation News

Simchas for the Week of May 8 – May 15

Birthdays ~ Joshua John, Sarah Beth Matt
Anniversaries ~ None this week.


  • 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 & New Guidelines

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. See below for details.

Daily Minyan

Everyone is invited to attend daily minyan 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 you 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.

Shabbos and Yom Tov

Effective immediately, we can now safely seat 50 people for Shabbos and Yom Tov services.

No proof of vaccination is required to attend; however, to keep making progress, we need to increase the number of members who verify that they are fully vaccinated*. The more members who verify that they are fully vaccinated, the greater the protection for all who attend, and the sooner we can extend our capacity. Please contact Rabbi Smason at 314-749-5271 or to let him know if you are fully vaccinated. He will provide options for maintaining your privacy. Even if you do not attend services frequently, this will help the entire congregation.

The current number of members who have verified their vaccinations is 43.

If you would like to attend on Shabbos, please sign up in advance so we do not go over the limit of 50. Call 991-2100 ext. 2 or email by Thursday at 5:00 pm. If you regularly attend Shabbos services and would like to avoid having to register each week, please contact Rabbi Smason at Your name will be registered each week — with the understanding that if you are unavailable on any given Shabbos, you will inform Rabbi Smason, if possible.

* The Center for Disease Control considers you fully vaccinated two weeks after your final vaccination shot.

Complete New Shul Opening Guidelines

  1. Masks are still required, but now you may also use surgical masks as well as KN-95 masks.
  2. If fully vaccinated, the Ba’al Koreh (Torah reader) and Ba’al Tefillah (prayer leader) may chant and lead services without a mask, standing near the Aron Kodesh, with their back to the entire congregation.
  3. If fully vaccinated, the rabbis man speak without a mask if they stand more than 6′ from the congregation and behind a plexiglass shield.
  4. All men who have an aliyah may now stand next to a fully vaccinated Torah reader.
  5. Social distancing during services will remain at 6′, other than family or group ‘pods’, whose members may sit closer together.
  6. The maximum capacity during Shabbos and Yom Tov services will be 50; you still must register by Thursday at 5:00 pm in order to attend.
  7. When events with food service resume, only fully vaccinated people will be allowed in the kitchen.

Back at Shul! Starting Points Goes Live – Learners Service Returns.

Beginning on Shabbos, June 5, Starting Points will return as a live program, and the Learners Service with Rabbi David will also return! Additional details to follow.

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, please include your number:

650 North Price Road
Saint Louis, MO 63132

Tizku L’mitzvot

Volunteer Opportunities

Until we hire a full-time Synagogue Administrator, we have an urgent need for 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 to or call 314-991-2100 extension 2, and leave a voice message.

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

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

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 Bamidbar

This week we begin reading Sefer Bamidbar — known in English as ‘The Book of Numbers’. Bamidbar (‘in the wilderness’) begins with G-d telling Moses to take a census of all men over the age of 20. If you like names and numbers, you’ll love this week’s portion. The count reveals just over 600,000, excluding the Levites who weren’t included in the census. We also find described the manner in which the Jewish People camped around the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and the order in which they traveled during the 40 years in the desert. The Jewish People were arranged in four sections around the Mishkan; east, south, west, and north. The Levites are singled out for special responsibilities. A formal transfer is made between the first-born and the Levites, whereby the Levites take over the role the first-born would have served. The sons of Levi are divided into three main families; Gershon, Kehas, and Merari. Each is given a special task in transporting the Mishkan.


The major festival of Shavuos begins on Sunday evening May 16 and concludes Tuesday evening May 18. You may remember Cecil B. DeMille’s film The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston. Good film; however, the book was better than the movie! On Monday morning the Torah reading (Exodus 19:1 – 20:23) contains the narrative of the giving of the Torah and the Aseres HaDibros — “The Ten Statements”, often inaccurately translated as ‘The Ten Commandments.’ On the second day of Shavous, Tuesday, the Torah reading (Deuteronomy. 15:19 – 16:17) contains a brief description of the Shalosh Regalim – Passover, Shavous, and Succos – the three pilgrimage festivals when the Israelites would make a journey to the Temple in Jerusalem to participate in. An argument can be made that Shavous is THE most important holiday of the Jewish year. After all, without the Torah, what is Judaism?