In The Community

Community – Week of September 25, 2021

September 25, 2021 – 19 Tishrei 5782

Candle Lighting 6:36 pm
Shabbos Concludes 7:38 pm

Shabbos Chol HaMoed

 Exodus 33:12–34:26 
 Numbers 29:20–29:25 
 Ezekiel 38:18–39:16 

 Siddur pp. 478–79 
 Siddur pp. 476–77 
 Siddur pp. 480 

Chumash pp. 504 – 12
Chumash pp. 896
Chumash pp. 1243-44

ATTENTION: The eruv is down for this Shabbos. You will need to verify its availability week to week. Each week, before Shabbos, please call the Eruv Hotline at 314-863-1811. 


Erev Shabbos, Friday, September 24, 2021

  • 6:35 pm Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma’ariv
  • 6:36 pm Candle Lighting

Shabbos, Saturday, September 25, 2021

  • 9:00 am Shachris followed by Musaf
  • 6:15 pm Mincha, Shalosh Seudos, Ma’ariv
  • 7:38 pm Shabbos concludes

 Thank You for Leading Services 

  • Pesukei D’Zimra: Menachem Szus
  • Shacharis: TBA
  • Leyning: TBA
  • Haftorah: Hal Rosen 
  • Sermon:  Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
  • Musaf: Rabbi Avi Okin

Congregation News

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


Ruth Novack-Alper September 30
Talia Shifren September 30 
Lewis Schucart October 1 
Ellen Berg October 2 
Hannah Amalya Bialecki October 2 

Special Thanks to our Sukkah Builders 

A round of applause for our “professional” Sukkah builders! They schlepped, sorted, smacked things about and we have our Sukkah! Big thanks to our devoted and tenacious volunteers: Jesse Barash, Bobby Levine, and special guest Yitzach Rubin!!* 

As always, extra special thanks to Allan Swan – he does it all!!! He knows where everything is and how it all fits together. Thank you, Allan, for all you do!!! 

*the ubiquitous Gahkte Leber also helped….a little.  

On-going Covid Guidelines Shul Policy *Please see important update*

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).

May this be a year of good health. May this be a year of peace. With our efforts and cooperation, may we help end this pandemic. L’Shana Tova.

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 today. 

Shemini Atzeret September 28, 2021 22 Tishrei 5782 

Torah Portion

Deuteronomy 14:22–16:17
Numbers 29:35–30:1
I Kings 8:54–8:66

Siddur p. 481–3
Siddur p. 483
Siddur p. 483-4

Chumash pp. 1012–22
Chumash pp. 896–98
Chumash p. 1245

Simchas Torah Dinner: Please join us (if you are vaccinated) for LOX & BAGELS! Sponsors requested; please call Nancy in the office 314-991-2100, ext. 2. 

Simchas Torah September 29, 2021 • 23 Tishrei 5782 

Torah Portion


Deuteronomy 33:1–34:12
Genesis 1:1-2:3
Numbers 29:35–30:1

Joshua 1:1–1:18

Siddur p. 484–6
Siddur p. 487-8
Siddur p. 483-4
Siddur p. 489-90

Chumash pp. 1112–24
Chumash pp. 2–10
Chumash pp. 896-98
Chumash pp. 1246-47


Coming Soon

  • Thursday, September 23 – Sisterhood “Welcome Back” Open House in the Sukkah
  • Tuesday, September 28 — Simchas Torah Dinner 
  • Monday, November 15 – “14 Days Living in Eshkol, Israel”
  • Sunday, December 12 – 116th Anniversary Event


  • Online Classes
  • Every Shabbos, 9:15 am – Learners Service with Rabbi David (On Hiatus)
  • 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

* Due to the Holidays, Rabbi Smason’s Wednesday classes will pause for September. Next class: October 6, 2021.

Simchas Torah Dinner:

Please join us (if you are vaccinated) for LOX & BAGELS on the Kaiser Terrace! Sponsors requested; please call Nancy in the office 314-991- 2100, ext. 2.

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Youth Programming

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

Get ready to place your orders! Once again, we can support an Israeli business and eat well while doing it! Yes, you can adopt an olive tree! See attached flyer for details.

14 Days Living in Eshkol, Israel

Reserve the evening of Monday, November 15 for a program entitled “14 Days Living in Eshkol, Israel” to take place at NHBZ. The program will be presented by Lieutenant Colonel Keith Isaacson and a security official from the Eshkol Region of Israel. We thank Irl Solomon, of Friends of Israel, and Pastor Bryan Sharp for enabling us to host this event.

Learning at NHBZ

Shabbos Chol Ha’Moed Sukkos 

On the Shabbos that falls during the Intermediate Days (Chol Ha’Moed) of Sukkos, the regular cycle of Torah readings is interrupted with a reading that reflects the theme of the holiday. Our reading this Shabbos is a section of the book of Exodus. Specifically, it is the text from divisions (aliyos) three through six of Parsha Ki Sisa, but newly divided into seven aliyos for a complete Shabbos reading. 

Ki Sisa, you will remember, is when Moses comes down from Mount Sinai with the first set of tablets to find that the Jewish people had made a golden calf. Moses breaks the tablets and G-d punishes the guilty. This Shabbos’ reading begins right after that point. Toward the end of this Torah reading, G-d gives the commandments to observe the three festivals of Passover, Shavuos, and Succos and to appear in Jerusalem on those three occasions 

Trib-ute (trib’yoot)
A gift, payment, declaration, or other acknowledgement 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 Shabbos bulletin.

Men’s Mikvah Use at The Staenberg Building for Yomim Noraim

HOURS: 10:30 am-4:30 pm Erev Succos
9:30 am-4:30 pm Hoshana Rabba

“FREE” FOR SONS OF KLEI KODESH (pre-bar mitzvah age)

Please: wear a mask; bring your own towel; pay the attendant and sign in.
Please contact Lynda Cohen (314) 795-3982 with questions.

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, join the WhatsApp group with this link:

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, join the WhatsApp group with this link:

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

Can be found at the YouTube Channel:

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. Following is the list of upcoming topics:

See Rabbi Smason’s page of NHBZ Online Classes for more information.