In The Community

Community – Week of October 2, 2021

October 2, 2021 – 26 Tishrei 5782

Candle Lighting 6:25 pm
Shabbos Concludes 7:27 pm

Shabbos  Bereishis 

Genesis 1:1–6:8
Isaiah 42:5–42:21 

Stone Chumash pp. 2–29
Stone Chumash pp. 1130

ATTENTION: Is the Eruv down for this Shabbos?  As of publication (Thursday, September 30), the Eruv is DOWN for this Shabbos. Please be sure to verify its availability weekly. Before Shabbos, call the Eruv Hotline at 314-863-1811. 

 We thank our generous sponsors for the sumptuous Simchas Torah Dinner: 

Rachael Pevnick
Mimi Fiszel
The Edelstein Family
Helayne & Ed Levitt 
The Szus Family
Bob & Joni Kaiser
Kenny & Barb Bressler 

GOT QUESTIONS?? 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! 


Erev Shabbos, Friday, October 1, 2021

  • 6:25 pm Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma’ariv
  • 6:25 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos, Saturday, October 2, 2021

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 6:05 pm Mincha, Shalosh Seudos, Ma’ariv
  • 7:27 pm Shabbos concludes

 Thank You for Leading Services 

  • Pesukei D’Zimra: Menachem Szus
  • Shacharis: TBA
  • Leyning: TBA
  • Haftorah: Dr. Naftali Kadosh 
  • Sermon:  Rabbi Aiv Okin
  • Musaf: Rabbi Avi Okin

WHO NEEDS CARTOONS? Starting THIS SHABBOS MORNING, NHBZ offers Saturday morning programs for elementary and middle school students. Programs every Shabbos, from 10:00, am until Kiddush is served. Program content is personally designed and coordinated by Rabbi Okin. Families do NOT need to be members of NHBZ to participate. See you Saturday!

Congregation News

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


Robert Abrams October 3 
Leib Smason October 3
Dr. Susan Feigenbaum October 5
Sallie Volotzky October 8
Ina Makovsky October 9
David Morgensztern October 9 


Dr. Jonathan & Naomi Shanker October 6
Marvin & Sandra Greenberg October 7 


Coming Soon

  • Saturday, November 13 – Havdalathon (Motzi Shabbos – Saturday Night)
  • Monday, November 15 – “14 Days Living in Eshkol, Israel”
  • Thursday, November 25 – Thanksgiving Parent/Child Learning & Gratitude Program
  • Sunday, December 12 – 116th Anniversary Event


  • 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 Wednesday, 12:15 pm – Pirkei Avos Class with Rabbi Smason (On Hiatus*)
  • Every Thursday, 7:30 pm – Mishmar Learning with Rabbi Okin
  • Every Sunday, 9:00 – Teen Schmooze with Rabbi Okin

* Rabbi Smason’s Wednesday classes will resume on October 13, 2021.

Current Status of the Special Gifts Campaign

I would like to thank all of you who helped and continue to assist in this important effort. The project this summer went longer than we expected, which prevented the scheduling of a planned event to extend appreciation to those members of the Shul who have contributed to the Campaign. 

Rather than continue the Special Gifts Campaign (“the SGC”), which would conflict with our Yizkor Appeal and the efforts involved with the Annual Dinner, the Executive Committee has agreed to defer the continuation of the SGC until after the first of the year. 

I appreciate your understanding. Know that the funds generated by the Campaign will go a long way to ensure the future of Nusach Hari. 

Jay B. Umansky
Committee Chair 

On-going Covid Guidelines Shul Policy

NHBZ requires that all people praying inside the shul show proof of vaccination. You may show your vaccination card to Rabbi Smason before the holidays or as you enter the shul. If we have no proof of vaccination, you are welcome to join services from the Kaiser Terrace on the West side of the synagogue.

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

Please enter the synagogue from the South entrance (near Logos School).

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

A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Enjoy serving? Like to decorate? How about stuffing envelopes? Or helping at a Young Families event? If you’re willing to help and can offer any amount of time, we have tasks big and small that need your efforts. Please call Nancy at the Office 314-291-2100, ext. 2, and volunteer to support your community tosday.

NHBZ requires that all people praying inside the shul show proof of vaccination. You may show your vaccination card to Rabbi Smason before the holidays or as you enter the shul. If we have no proof of vaccination, you are welcome to join services from the Kaiser Terrace on the West side of the synagogue.

Youth Programming 

Shabbos Morning Kids’ Program, Saturdays 

Who wants to watch cartoons when we can have fun with friends and spend time with Rabbi Okin and other great counselors?! NHBZ is excited to launch its Shabbos Morning programming! 

Starting THIS SHABBOS, NHBZ will offer Saturday 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 Saturday! 

Teen Schmooze is BACK, 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


Israeli Olive Oil 

Place your orders! To participate in this awesome opportunity is simple: 

  • Go to the website: 
    The website will instruct you to click on a button to order either 3 or 6 bottles of oil and will explain how you can get your name placed on your own tree in Israel. 
  • You will also make your payment on the website. The bottles will be sent to NHBZ and we will contact you to pick them up. 
  • If you prefer to pay by check or cash please call Nancy (314-991-2100, ext. 2) or email ( 
  • Please contact Margo Tzadok at for any questions. 

NHBZ – Yom Kippur Appeal – 2021/5782 

Psalm 100 enjoins us to “Ivdu et Hashem B’simcha”, which translates to “Serve Hashem with Joy”. 

During the last year, plus, that mitzva has been very challenging to fulfil. We continue to calculate each step we make, as individuals, as families, as a congregation, as a nation and as a whole world. 

Nevertheless, at our shul we decided from the outset that, together with being medically responsible, we would press on and find ways to move the needle on the great compass, as far forward as possible and to do so with creativity and joy. 

One year ago, we hired Rav Okin to be our Assistant Rabbi in charge of young family and youth and singles programming. This year we hired both a new bookkeeper, Hindy Anton, and Nancy Stenn, our new Shul Administrator. Together with Rabbi Smason and our other staff, they form a dynamic team, who truly believes in our shul’s mission. They are of course, always complemented by our tremendous team of volunteers. 

Many new members have joined us, in all age groups. Most recently we have been joined by a family whose children represent a fifth generation of NHBZ members. Our youth programming and young adults programming is accelerating, and I am very optimistic about our shul’s future. 

All of the above could not and would not be possible, without your generous donations and gifts to your shul. I am reaching out to you to fulfil the mitzva of Tzedaka at this propitious moment of the Jewish year cycle. Please donate generously to your shul so that we can continue with our missions of in-reach and outreach and make sure that no Jew is left behind. There are many ways that you can donate and also have friends and relatives be recognized in the process. 

Let’s together fulfil the mitzva of “Ivdu et Hashem B’simcha” 

Shana Tova and G’mar Chatima Tova
Menachem Szus, Shul President. 

Learning at NHBZ

Parashas Bereishis 

This first portion of the Torah begins with G-d’s creation of the world in six days and His ‘resting’ on the seventh. All was created during this first week: from the separation between light and darkness, to the establishment of the sun, moon and stars, to the creation of Man (Adam) and Woman (Eve) in G-d’s image and their placement in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve are given one command — to refrain from eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Eve is enticed by the snake to eat of the forbidden fruit, and she offers some to her husband as well. G-d punishes them for their transgression, and they are banished from the paradise of Eden. 

After the expulsion their first two sons, Cain and Abel, each bring an offering to G-d. In jealousy Cain kills his brother, and G-d sends him into exile to wander the face of the earth. The Torah then gives a genealogy of the first ten generations of the world, beginning with Adam and leading up to the birth of Noah and his three sons. 

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 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. 

Trib-ute (trib’yoot) 

A gift, payment, declaration, or other acknowledgment of gratitude, respect, or admiration. 

Make a tribute honor someone’s Simcha or good health or a loved one’s memory. 

Call Nancy in the office to make a tribute – 314-991-2100, ext 2. 

Tributes will be listed monthly in the NHBZ Weekly News.