In The Community

Community – Week of May 23rd, 2020

Happy Birthday ~ Howard Loiterstein, Brent Waxman, Bruce Waxman, Adina Belasen, Myra Radinsky, Dr. Eliot Katz and June Cohen.

Anniversaries ~ Dr. Naftali & Jane Kadosh, Drs. Jay Pepose & Susan Feigenbaum, Dr. Erol & Sally Amon and Bruce & Faith Waxman.

Upcoming Events

Please join us in welcoming Shabbat!

Friday Evening, May 22nd ~ Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6:45 pm

Join us for our Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat. We’ll gather on Zoom to welcome Shabbat in song with guest Chazzan Ed Lyss and Rabbi Smason providing inspirational and instructive Dvar Torah.

Join by video:
Join by audio: 314-325-8791

JWV Memorial Day Program

The St. Louis Jewish War Veterans Memorial Day Service (prerecorded) is available to be viewed on

Rabbi Smason was honored to give the Memorial Day Address as part of this important and
meaningful program.

From the St. Louis Vaad

In recent weeks we have seen a significant increase in insect infestation of blueberries. After experimenting with different cleaning methods, we recommend that the following procedure be done to all blueberries until June 15th. [It is hoped that by mid-June the infestation will have passed, and we can return to our traditional recommendation for blueberries.]

  • Prepare a quart-sized bowl of soapy water per pint of blueberries.
  • Soak and agitate the blueberries in the soapy water for 20-30 seconds.
  • Rinse blueberries in running water.

The above procedure is effective for many brands. However, the following brands of blueberries sold in the Chicago area were particularly infested: Sunbelle (from Florida only), Driscoll’s (from Mexico), North Bay (from Florida only), and Paradise (from Mexico). The infestation of these brands was so bad that they will not be insect-free if washed using the above method, and should instead be cleaned either by (a) performing the aforementioned method three separate times, or by (b) using the thrip-cloth method, available on our website here.


Next week Taharath Israel will launch its annual spring campaign with a goal of raising $30,000. This year has been a big year for our community Mikvah with the ongoing renovations at the Staenberg Family Mikvah. Taharath Israel is excited to show our community the new space in the coming months, but first needs to reach its fundraising goals to keep its doors open. Join the Mikvah appeal on June 1 at Every gift makes a difference to help our community Mikvah.


Upcoming Events

Monday, May 25 ~ Memorial Day ~ CARRY OUT BBQ for NHBZ members only! You orders will help provide Chesed meals. Thank you to Bob Kaiser for chairing and cooking for this event. Order early! We have limited availability…. Check your email or call the office 991-2100 ext.2.

Shavuos ~ Yizkor and Learning

Wednesday, May 27 ~ Shavuot Yizkor Service at 5:30 pm through Zoom video and audio.

Join the Yizkor Service by video:

Join by audio: 314-325-8791

At 7:00 pm ~ in keeping with the Shavuot night of learning tradition ~ there will be an “Hour of Learning” with live video/audio presenters. See the flyer for more details!

Join the “Hour of Learning” by video:

Join by audio: 314-325-8791

Thursday evening – Shabbos, May 28 -30 ~ Festival of Shavuot

Remember: Until further notice there is No Minyanim at Shul

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