In The Community

Community – Week of May 29, 2021

May 29, 2021 – 18 Sivan 5781

Candle Lighting 7:58 pm
Shabbos Concludes 9:02 pm

Parshas Beha’aloscha

 Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 
 Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7

Stone Chumash pp. 774 – 797
Stone Chumash pp. 1182 – 1184

Erev Shabbos ~ Friday, May 28

  • 7:00 pm  Mincha followed by Ma’ariv
  • 7:58 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos ~ Saturday, May 29 

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 7:45 pm Mincha, Shalosh Seudos, Ma’ariv
  • 9:02 Shabbos Concludes 

Congregation News

Simchas for the Week of May 8 – May 15

Birthdays ~ Myra Radinsky, Dr. Eliot Katz, June Cohen, Debra Barash, Julie Friedman, Ed Lyss, Rafi Minoff, Joyce Hochberg

Anniversaries ~ Bruce & Faith Waxman, Dr. Erol & Sally Amon, Richard & Michelle Goldstein, Robert & Joni Kaiser, Don & Julie Eisenberg

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

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.

Message from Rabbi Smason:

Effective immediately, based upon recent updated CDC guidelines, updated CRC (Chicago Rabbinical Council) synagogue guidelines and in consultation with our synagogue’s medical and health professionals, I present the following, updated NHBZ Covid guidelines.

  1. Fully vaccinated individuals no longer must wear masks, nor practice social distancing, indoors or outside.
  2. Those who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks and social distance at least three feet indoors.
  3. Only fully vaccinated individuals may work in the kitchen and be involved in food service at any synagogue event.
  4. Whether vaccinated or not, anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms may not attend shul until any fever subsides, and they have received a negative COVID test result.
  5. We will maintain seating that allows for social distancing for those who are not fully vaccinated or who are at particularly high risk.
  6. For enhanced safety, we encourage everyone to consider wearing their masks during services, even for those not required to do so by these new guidelines.

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

I express my abundant thanks to all who have assisted us in reaching these wonderful milestones for these significant steps for the re-opening of our shul. I thank the shul’s president, Board of Directors, and in particular our synagogue’s medical and health professionals (listed below) who have been instrumental in generously providing me with their guidance and time.

Dr. Alan Brook • Dr. Faye McCary • Dr. Daniel Morgensztern • Dr. Adrien Shifren • Brian McCary

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason

For now, all minyanim will continue upstairs in the sanctuary.

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 and 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.

Daily Minyan

Daily minyan will continue to be held upstairs in the Sanctuary. In order to build our minyan back to the attendance we had prior to Covid restrictions, 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 will attend.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are ready to re-start 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.

Honoring Perry Mendelson

Perry Mendelson

We are pleased to announce that we have reached the goal of dedicating a Seder of the Talmud in memory of Perry Mendelson, z”l. Thanks to all who contributed. Special thanks to Mr. Leo Bressler who generously made a large donation that put us comfortably over the top of our goal. We will still accept donations until June 11 for anyone else who would like to join in this mitzvah.

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:

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 Beha’aloscha

Beha’aloscha (Hebrew for “when you step up”) is thematically diverse, be-ginning with the daily lighting of the golden menorah in the Mishkan. The Levites are initiated into the Tabernacle service. The Torah then describes the celebration of Passover in the second year in the desert, complete with the bringing of the Korban Pesach (Pass-over offering). Some men could not bring the offering due to ritual impurity, and were thus commanded to celebrate Pesach Sheni, a ‘make-up Passover’ a month later.

Lesson: Second chances are available. Additionally, the standard procedure by which the Jewish people would break camp to travel in the desert is described. Soon after leaving Mt. Sinai, the people begin to kvetch. Spurred by the mixed multitude of insincere converts who joined the Jewish people upon leaving Egypt, the complaining is directed toward the manna, their daily miraculous portion of heavenly bread. G-d sends a massive flock of quail which the people gather to eat; those who had complained about the lack of food overstuff themselves and die during this supernatural event. The portion concludes with Miriam speaking loshon hara (defamatory words) to Aaron about their brother Moses. She is punished by G-d with tzaraas (a skin condition indicating a spiritual deficiency) and is quarantined outside the camp for seven days.