In The Community

Community – Week of October 9, 2021

October 9, 2021 – 3 Cheshvan 5782

We thank Faith & Bruce Waxman and family, who generously sponsor this NHBZ Weekly News In Honor of Sandy & Marvin Greenberg’s 65th wedding anniversary. 

Candle Lighting 6:14 pm
Shabbos Concludes 7:16 pm

Torah Portion Noach 

Genesis 6:9 – 11:32
Isaiah 42:5–42:21 

Stone Chumash pp. 30–53
Stone Chumash pp. 1130-1131

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. 


Erev Shabbos, Friday, October 8, 2021

  • 6:15 pm Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma’ariv
  • 6:14 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos, Saturday, October 2, 2021

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 5:55 pm Mincha, Shalosh Seudos, Ma’ariv
  • 7:16 pm Shabbos concludes

 Thank You for Leading Services 

  • Pesukei D’Zimra: Menachem Szus
  • Shacharis: TBA
  • Leyning: Stuart Klamen
  • Haftorah: Bruce Waxman 
  • Sermon:  Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
  • 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!

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! 

Ask Our Rabbis 

Q: When we say a mishabayrach prayer for those who aren’t well, we use the individual’s Hebrew name and that of his or her mother. However, when a man is called to the Torah, we use his name and that of his father. Why the difference? 

A: When we are praying for someone who is not well, we use the individual’s name along with that of his or her mother. This follows the pattern set out by Dovid HaMelech (King David) in Tehillim (Psalms) 116:16, where he asks Hashem for mercy because Ani Avdecha Ben Amasecha “I am Your servant, the son of Your Maidservant.” We see that in a time of need that we should invoke the merit of our Jewish mothers. 

On the other hand, when a man is called up to the Torah, we use the individual’s name along with that of his father’s. This is because there is a need to identify the Oleh’s (the one who was called up to the Torah) lineage. Judaic lineage is patrilineal, and therefore we call men up to the Torah using their father’s name. 

Congregation News

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


Ariel Belasen October 13 


Michael & Alana Minoff October 10
Kenny & Barb Bressler October 11
Jerry & Gail Tullman September 8 


Coming Soon

  • Shabbos, October 23 – Rabbis of STL Kollel at NHBZ – details to follow 
  • 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.

Israeli Olive Oil Campaign Is Underway! 

How would you like to adopt an olive tree (for yourself, as a gift, or in memory of a loved one)? Wouldn’t you prefer to cook with TOP QUALITY delicious Olive Oil, and support Israeli businesses and farmers while you do so? Place your orders today! You may order directly at, or through the Office, by phone (314-991-2100, ext. 2) or email ( The last day to order is Thursday, October 27. Don’t miss out on this win-win opportunity! 

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 

IT’S (almost) HAVDALATHON TIME! Saturday Night, November 13 

What’s a Havdalathon, you ask? It’s a roaring good 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 watch the Weekly News and emails for updates and to RSVP. 

Sponsors requested, so we can keep this a FREE event! 

We are looking for a few good… Letter-writers or Picture-makers! 

What better way to let IDF soldiers know that we appreciate them than by offering kind words (or drawings) in a letter? Our very own Meira Ganel will be going to Israel and invites CHILDREN or TEENS to write (or draw) a letter to a soldier. Ms. Ganel will attach the letters to Shaving Israel packages for distribution to the soldiers. Please drop your letters off at the Office by 4:00 pm Thursday, October 14, so we can get them to Ms. Ganel. Small acts of kindness CAN change the world. Do a mitzvah…make a soldier smile. 

Volunteer Shout-out 

Special thank you to Esther and Nicole Levay. They were a big help in getting all those YK Appeal letters out! Let’s reward their efforts by making the YK Appeal a huge success!! Great getting to meet you, Ladies, and we all thank you for your help! 

We also had the pleasure of the delightful Sandy Kahn in the office this week. Thanks, Sandy! 

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. 

As we now enter the post-Holiday period, here’s to good health, a year of peace, and prosperity. With our efforts and cooperation, may we help end this pandemic. 

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! 

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 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. 

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.