In The Community

Community – Week of November 6, 2021

November 6, 2021 – 2 Kislev 5782

ATTENTION: The Eruv is down for this Shabbos As of publication (Friday, November 5), the Eruv is DOWN for this Shabbos. Please verify its availability weekly at 314-863-1811.

Candle Lighting 5:38 pm
Shabbos Concludes 6:40 pm

Parshas Toldos 

Genesis 25:19 – 28:9
Malachi 1:1–2:7 

Stone Chumash pp. 124 – 143
Stone Chumash pp. 1137-1138


Erev Shabbos, Friday, November 5, 2021

  • 5:35 pm Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma’ariv
  • 5:38 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos, Saturday, November 6, 2021

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 5:20 pm Mincha, Shalosh Seudos, Ma’ariv
  • 6:40 pm Shabbos concludes

 Thank You for Leading Services 

  • Pesukei D’Zimra: TBD
  • Shacharis: Mateo John
  • Leyning: Stuart Klamen
  • Haftorah: Meir Armoza
  • Sermon: Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
  • Musaf: Rabbi Avi Okin

SHABBOS MORNINGS KIDS’ PROGRAMS: Every Shabbos, from 10:00 AM until Kiddush is served, NHBZ offers programs for elementary and middle school students. Bring them into the beauty of honoring Shabbos with their community. Families do NOT need to be members of NHBZ to participate. RSVPs appreciated. See you Shabbos!

Call for Minyanim

Your attendance is needed, please. Check-in with Rabbi Smason and find a time when you can help. There is no such thing as too many people attending a minyan. We hope you will join us, soon and often! If you would like to receive SMSM reminders for your minyan attendance, please send the following information to Name; cell number, and carrier; and times for which you would like reminders.

Ask our Rabbis! 

What is the meaning behind……? Why did my Grandmother always…..? Can you offer a deeper meaning to…..? 

Whatever the question, our Rabbis are here to answer! You may email your questions directly to Rabbi Smason at or contact the rabbis directly. You can also send in a note using the form below, name and email are optional. Let’s make the most out of these learned teachers! 

Ask Our Rabbis 

Q: Is Pesach fattening?

A: Are you kidding? Is the Chief Rabbi of Israel Jewish? Despite the Torah referring to matza as Lechem Oni, “Bread of Affliction,” exquisite Pesach cuisines have emerged using matza as a flour replacement in matza pies, matza balls (kneydlach), matza brei (gefrishte matza). It never ceases to amaze me: each year there are more inventive foods (kosher-for-Pesach pizza!), more wines and more recipes for Pesach than all other Jewish festivals combined. Pharmacies in Israel report a fifty percent increase in sales of digestive stomach medication after Pesach. How many calories in a typical seder meal? Three thousand! How many in a single matza? A hundred and forty, the equivalent of two pieces of bread.

It must be said, though, that the availability of all these new kosher-for-Pesach foods enable more individuals to observe Pesach properly and to avoid eating chametz. We’ll leave that as the last word on the subject. Dayeinu!

Congregation News

SHABBOS MORNINGS KIDS’ PROGRAMS: Every Shabbos, from 10:00 am until Kiddush is served, NHBZ offers programs for elementary and middle school students. Program content is personally designed and coordinated by Rabbi Okin. Families do NOT need to be members of NHBZ to participate. RSVPs appreciated. See you Shabbos!

Mazel Tov on Simchas for the Week of September 23 – October 2, 2021


Gaelyn Hartranft – November 7
Rayna Chervitz – November 8
Tobie Dobin – November 11
Sandra Klarfeld – November 11
Sam Lyss – November 11


David & Gail Porter – November 12


Coming Soon

  • Saturday, November 13 – Havdalathon (Motzi Shabbos – Saturday Night)
  • Sunday, November 14 – All Congregation meeting via Zoom
  • Monday, November 15 – “14 Days Living in Eshkol, Israel”
  • Thursday, November 25 – Thanksgiving Parent/Child Learning & Gratitude Program
  • Sunday, December 5 – Family Chanukah Party
  • Sunday, December 12 – 116th Anniversary Event LIVE & In-Person at the Clayton Plaza


  • Online Classes
  • Every Shabbos, 9:15 am – Learners Service with Rabbi David
  • Every Shabbos, 10:00 am – Shabbos Morning Kids’ Program
  • Every Shabbos, 10:15 am Starting Points with Rabbi Smason
  • Every Monday, 8:00 pm – St. Louis Kollel Amud-A-Week
  • Every Wednesday, 12:15 pm – Pirkei Avos Class with Rabbi Smason
  • Every Thursday, 7:30 pm – Mishmar Learning with Rabbi Okin
  • Every Sunday, 9:00 – Teen Schmooze with Rabbi Okin

Busy Weekend Next Week (Nov 13–15)! Plan to Join Us!

November 13th 2nd Annual Havdalathon – Light the Night! Motzai Shabbos (Saturday Night) 6:30 pm. Check for details! RSVPs help us plan ahead.

November 14thAnnual Membership Meeting/Election of Officers Sunday, on Zoom. The link will be mailed and emailed to members.

November 15th – “14 Days Living in Eshkol, Israel” Monday

Natalie Klamen Monument Dedication

The Monument dedication for Natalie Klamen will take place on Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 pm at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Cemetery, Ladue Road.

Annual Membership Meeting and Election of Officers
Sunday, November 14, 11:00 am

Did you ever wonder how the officers of NHBZ are elected?
Do you want to have a say in the future direction of NHBZ?
Do you want to express your opinions to the Board of Directors?

You are invited to attend the Annual Membership Meeting and Election of Officers on Sunday, November 14, at 11:00 am. We will publish a Zoom link soon.

Each November, we hold a Membership meeting to give a ‘state of the shul’ report and elect officers and members of the Board of Directors. This is an opportunity for you to interact directly with the Rabbis, President, and other officers and Board members about the business of the shul. If you would like to give your opinion, makes suggestions or just listen, this is your chance.

Here is how the election works. We have a nominating committee that consists of all past presidents. That committee deliberates throughout the year, and it comes up with a proposed slate of officers that is presented to the Board of Directors. At the November Membership meeting, the slate is officially nominated, and other nominations are accepted from the floor. You can even nominate yourself. Members in good standing may nominate others and may have the privilege of voting. Nominees must be members in good standing for at least one year at the time of nomination. The Officers and new Board members take office on January 1.

We have eight officers and fifteen Board members. Officers serve for one year, and can be re-elected. Board members serve for three years, with one third of the Board up for election each year. Sometimes we have a vacancy mid-term, and must nominate somebody to fill the remaining time of a term. Here is the slate of nominees for this year’s election (indicated in red or asterisk), along with continuing Board members.

Vice President
Vice President
Vice President
Vice President

*Kenny Bressler
*Jennifer Hartranft
*Stella Vladimirov
*Denny Feit

*Bobby Levine
*Alan Zarkowsky

NHBZ Board of Directors

Term ends 12/31/2022 Caryn Alper
Howard Loiterstein Nancy Belau Rush Margo Tzadok Richard Woolf

Term ends 12/31/2023 Marcie Brook
*Teree Farbstein
*Mike Minoff


Term ends 12/31/2024
*Rhonnie Goldfader
*Joni Kaiser
*Ed Levitt
*Gavriel Matt

We Are Listening!

Just in time for the All-Congregation Zoom Meeting, we’d like your feedback regarding the High Holidays!

What functioned well? What changes would you like to recommend? Any special requests?

Please email your comments and feedback, using “Review of 2021 High Holiday Services” as the subject, to The sooner the better.

Editor’s request: Constructive feedback with recommended solutions is appreciated.

Dollar-A-Day Pushke Campaign

Thank you for your continuing participation in the NHBZ Pushke Campaign. We collect Pushkes every three months, and the next deadline is Friday, October 29. At that time, or a few days before, please drop off your Pushke at the shul office. We will credit the amount of the contents to your account as a donation, and return the empty Pushke to you. Alternatively, you can send in a check for the amount saved in your Pushke. Please call in advance (314-991-2100, Ext 2) to schedule a time to drop off your Pushke, or to arrange for us to pick it up at your home. If you return your Pushke by Friday, October 29, we will enter your name in a drawing for a $25 Target gift card.

IT’S HAVDALATHON TIME! Saturday Night, November 13

The Second Annual Havdalathon, “Light the Night!” is only 2 weeks away! A fun and informative time for the whole family! Under the guidance of Rabbi Okin, we will learn how to transition out of Shabbos. Learn HOW and WHY we do what we do.

If the learning is not enough, there is also PIZZA and CRAFTS (each family will decorate its own Havdalah set) and SONGS and FUN. Open to all – NHBZ membership not required.

Mark your calendars and RSVP (

Sponsorship opportunities are available!

Youth Programming 

Shabbos Morning Kids’ Program, Shabbos 

NHBZ offers Shabbos morning programs for elementary and middle school students. Programs are offered every Shabbos, from 10:00 am until Kiddush is served. All program content will be personally designed and coordinated by Rabbi Okin. Families do NOT need to be members of NHBZ to participate. Please contact Rabbi Okin at with any questions. See you on Shabbos! 

Teen Schmooze, Sundays 

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 patio at the back of the NHBZ Sanctuary. Breakfast will be served! For details, contact Rabbi Okin at


14 Days Living in Eshkol, Israel – Mark your Calendars! It’s Next Monday!

Monday, November 15 at 7:00 pm at NHBZ is the long-anticipated program, “14 Days Living in Eshkol, Israel.” Two of Israel’s finest uniformed men will offer eyewitness testimonies as seasoned servicemen, husbands, fathers, first responders, and among the brave men and women protecting Israel’s borders.

The presenters are Lieutenant Colonel Keith Isaacson, Head of Security for the Eshkol Region of Israel, which includes over 30 Moshavim and Kibbutzim (cities and towns) adjacent to the Gaza border. He is joined by Captain Dani Gohar, a Ravshatz (watchman on the wall), special ops soldier, and policeman.

Actual video footage of the 14 days of attack in May 2021 will be shown, including rockets, fire balloons and missiles directed toward Israelis. Footage also shows Israel’s measured response and the courage of individual Israelis.

Rabbi Smason will address the gathering, and we will also be honored to hear to the remarks and insights of Irl Solomon, of Friends of Israel, and Pastor Bryan Sharp. We are grateful to Mr. Solomon and Dr. Sharp for enabling us to host this event.

Another special component to the event will be singing, in English and Hebrew, including Caleb Edwards singing “The Holy City”. This is a great opportunity to show your support for Israel, and for the Jewish people.

It is required that all attendees wear a mask; attendees age 12 and older must produce a Covid vaccine card at the Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Synagogue before entry into the event.

In the Community

Missouri Torah Institute – Melave Malka November 6, 8:30 pm

Missouri Torah Institute invites the entire community to a Melave Malka on Motzei Shabbos, November 6th at 8:30 PM at the Yishiva – 1809 Clarkson Road in Chesterfield.
Rabbi Noach Orlowek and Rabbi Avrohom Stulberger will speak on “How can we connect to Hashem and pass it on to the next generation?”

Dairy buffet and kumsitz with the Yeshiva talmidim to follow. The event is complimentary. For more information, please email or call 636-778-1896 x 100.

STL Jewish Book Festival Event November 7, 7:00 pm

Please join Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy as they discuss their co-written memoir of Sharansky’s Never Alone: Prison, Politics and My People, dealing with Mr. Sharansky’s years in Soviet prison. The event takes place Sunday, November 7, at 7:00 pm. Reserve your space for either online or in-person attendance. Tickets available at

Torah Prep School of St. Louis – Chanukas Habayis November 14, 10:15 am

Expressing gratitude to Hashem, and celebrating their new home, Torah Prep School of St. Louis invites you to 8136 Groby Road, St. Louis. Doors open at 10:15 am for reception and to tour the building. For more information, visit or call 314-569-2929.

CAMERA on Campus Meetings available November 14-15

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) has fellowships available. Their recruiter, Douglas Sandoval will be conducting interviews Nov. 14-15. You may reach him at 213-376-7003, or email More information:

The Glow of Success Special thanks, Margo Tzadok!

At the close of this year’s MyTree Olive Oil campaign, eleven families adopted trees, and purchased a total of 54 bottles of delicious Israeli Olive Oil, with personalized labels.

Thank you to the dedicated staff of, the families who supported Israel, Israeli farmers, and our synagogue through their purchases. And especially Margo Tzadok for spearheading the campaign.

“On behalf of the shul, I would like to thank Margo Tzadok for the wonderful work she has done on this project. It is true Chesed on many different levels.”

Menachem Szus, President

St. Louis Kollel Amud-A-Week at NHBZ

Mondays, 8:00 p.m. All men are welcome! See flyer for additional locations and details.

On-going Covid Guidelines Shul Policy

NHBZ requires that all people attending tefila (prayer services), classes, or other NHBZ programs and activities show proof of vaccination. You may show your vaccination card to Rabbi Smason whenever convenient for you both, or on Shabbos as you enter the shul. Once you have shown Rabbi Smason your vaccination card, there is no need to do so again. 

If we have no proof of vaccination, you are welcome to join Shabbos services from the Kaiser Terrace on the West side of the synagogue. You are also welcome to enter the synagogue to ask a question of the rabbis and staff, conduct business in the office, pick up or leave an item, or for any other reason that might last for a brief period of time. 

Masks are required of all inside attendees, age 3 and older; masks are strongly encouraged for those outside, too. Children aged 13 and older have the same vaccination requirements as adults. 

Here’s to good health, peace, and prosperity. With our efforts and cooperation, may we help end this pandemic.

Learning at NHBZ

Parashas Toldos – By Rabbi Smason

Isaac and Rebecca pray to G-d for a child. Rebecca finally conceives, and after a difficult pregnancy gives birth to twins — Esau and Jacob. Their personality differences soon grow apparent, as Esau turns to hunting while Jacob is pure and wholesome, spending his time studying Torah. Returning from a hunting expedition, Esau finds Jacob cooking a pot of lentil soup. Jacob agrees to give his older brother a portion from the pot of soup in exchange for the spiritual birthright. Faced with a severe famine, Isaac and family settle in Gerar (the land of the Philistines within Israel’s borders) rather than descend to Egypt as his father Abraham had done years before. After experiencing astonishing financial success, Isaac comes into continual conflict with King Avimelech over the wells which Isaac dug anew. This pattern of ‘success and persecution’ has repeated itself throughout Jewish history. Isaac decides to bless Esau as the firstborn. At Rebecca’s insistence, Jacob disguises himself as his older brother and receives the blessing of the firstborn (which rightfully belonged to him). The Torah portion concludes with Jacob fleeing from Esau’s wrath for ‘stealing’ his blessing and escaping to Charan to stay with his uncle, Laban, where he is to find a wife.

Rabbi Smason’s Starting Points

Join Rabbi Smason for a 45-minute presentation/discussion of relevant, contemporary topics every Shabbos at 10:15 am in the Feigenbaum-Pepose Multi-Purpose Room.

Upcoming topics:

November 6 – Living with Fascination
November 13 – The Antidote to Boredom
November 20 – Thanksgiving: An Attitude of Gratitude
November 27 – Chanukah: Do Miracles Still Happen?

Rabbi Smason’s Wednesday In-Person Class

Same place, same time, same health and safety rules.

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 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm. We will meet indoors at the back of the NHBZ sanctuary with a text-based and interactive learning session. If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Okin at

Rabbi Smason’s Shabbos Shoutout & Rabbi Okin’s Torah Thoughts

These along with other NHBZ videos can be found here: ttps://

Rabbi David’s Learners’ Service 

Every Shabbos at 9:15 am. Just starting out? No worries. Rabbi David teaches the basics of Shabbos prayers. 

Rabbi Smason’s Starting Points 

Join Rabbi Smason for a 45-minute presentation/discussion of relevant, contemporary topics every Shabbos at 10:15 am in the Feigenbaum-Pepose Multi-Purpose Room. Upcoming topics coming soon! 

Rabbi Smason’s Wednesday In-Person Class will resume Wednesday, October 13, 2021. 

We’re Having a Chanukah Party! – Volunteers and Sponsors Needed

Dust off your dreidels, it’s PARTY TIME!! Sunday, December 5, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
There are a limited number of seats, and NO walk-ins, so RSVP before Sunday, November 21. (Costs increase after 11/21/21). Please see attached flyer for all of the details.

Sponsorships available, $54 – $360.
We also need VOLUNTEERS for the event itself:

  • Set up (the evening before, after Shabbos)
  • Registration/Receiving Table (no money will change
    hands, just checking the RSVP list!)
  • Kitchen food preparation and Clean up
    Please call (314-991-2100, ext. 2) or email ( with your sponsorship or how you would like to volunteer.