In The Community

Community – Week of May 8, 2021

May 8, 2021 – 26 Iyar 5781

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

Parshas Behar / Bechukosai

 Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34 
 Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14

 Stone Chumash pp 696 – 723 
 Stone Chumash pp 1179

Thanks to our Bulletin Sponsors

This week’s bulletin is sponsored by Kenny Bressler and their Family in honor of the 70th birthday of Kenny’s sister and brother, Linda Szus and Larry Bressler.

Minyan 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.

Erev Shabbos ~ Friday, May 7

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

Shabbos ~ Saturday, May 8 

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 7:25 pm Mincha followed by Ma’ariv
    Jewish Thought with Rabbi Avi Okin: Topic – “More About Our Soul”
  • 8:44 Shabbos Concludes 

Congregation News

Simchas for the Week of May 8 – May 15

Birthdays ~ Dennis Feit, James Pollock, Linda Szus, Dr. Milton Sallis, Nathan Avi Scheer, Donald Eisenberg, Hershel Tendler, Nava Danielle Scheer, Dr. Dana Szus Sutton
Anniversaries ~ Dr. Eliot & Sally Katz


  • 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 now safely seat 35 individuals for Shabbos services.
If you would like to attend on Shabbos, please sign up in advance so we do not go over the limit of 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.

No proof of vaccination is required to attend; however, we would appreciate it if you let Rabbi Smason know if you are fully vaccinated since this information will help us determine when and how we can extend our capacity.


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

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

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.

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 – May 7, 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

Kasherus Alert from CRC

In recent weeks we have seen a significant increase in insect infestation of blueberries. Accordingly, we recommend that the following procedure be done to all fresh blueberries until October 31, 2021.

  • 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.

An exception to this is organic blueberries which should be washed and checked using the thrip-cloth method. Additionally, U-pick blueberries should be avoided as they are often infested with scale insects and other bugs. One should only use them if they were first checked for scales and other insects using a thrip cloth. Instructions for the thrip-cloth method can be found here.

Parshas Behar /Bechukosai

Behar focuses primarily on mitzvos concerning the land of Israel, beginning with the command to observe a Sabbatical (Shemitta) year. During the Sabbatical year, one’s fields are to remain uncultivated every seventh year, refraining from the normal cycle of planting and harvesting. Similarly, the land in Israel is to remain unworked in the Jubilee (Yovel) or 50th year, at which time ownership of all land automatically returns to its ancestral heritage. A quote found on the Liberty Bell, “And you should sanctify the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land …” is taken from the passage describing the Jubilee year. Behar also speaks about the poor and downtrodden. Not only are we commanded to give them tzedaka and do acts of loving-kindness for them, but ideally provide them with the means to raise themselves out of their poverty-stricken state.

Bechukosai, the last Torah portion in the book of Leviticus, begins by briefly listing some of the blessings and rewards that the Jewish people will receive for diligently learning and following the Torah. The Portion then shifts to the subject matter which has made it famous — G-d’s admonitions and warnings of the consequences if the Jewish people abandon the Torah. Step by step, the Torah describes the tragedies which will befall the Jewish people if they abandon observance of the Torah, providing an eerie account of what has been part of our history to this day. There is good news, however; teshuva (return or repentance) is possible at any time to avert an otherwise harsh decree. The book of Leviticus concludes with a brief discussion of tithes.