In The Community

Community – Week of September 5, 2020

September 5, 2020 ~ 16 Elul 5780

Parshas: Ki Savo Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8 Chumash pages 1068 — 1085
Haftorah: Isaiah 60: 1-22 Chumash pages 1201-1202

Candle Lighting 7:09 pm
Shabbat Ends 8:10 pm

Davening at Shul! (Tent on East Parking Lot) Mincha / Maariv: Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday:7:15 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm – Shabbat Morning: 9:00 am

See Davening post for full information.

Happy Birthday ~ Myra Solomon, Carl Solomon, Fran Hoffman, Dr. Daniel Morgensztern, Mr. Corey Woolf, Irwin Rosen and Jesse Barash

Anniversaries ~ Louis & Rebecca Goldman and Dr. Michael & Charlene Kass

This Week and Beyond…

  • Friday Evening, September 4 ~ Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6:45 pm
    Join us for our Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat. We’ll gather on Zoom to welcome Shabbat in song with a guest Chazzan and Rabbi Smason providing inspirational and instructive Dvar Torah.
    Join by video: Join by audio: 314-325-8791

NHBZ Welcomes Our New Assistant Rabbi

After an extensive search process that moved forward even during the pandemic, Rabbi Avi Okin has joined Nusach Hari B’nai Zion as the congregation’s new Assistant Rabbi. Rabbi Okin just arrived in St. Louis from Los Angeles with his wife Devorah Tova and their one-year-old son Binyomin and will formally begin in his position on September 1. In addition to providing rabbinic support to the congregation under NHBZ’s Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Ze’ev Smason, he will be focused on programming for young families and singles, children, and young adults.

lulav-etrogArba Minim (Lulav & Etrog) will be available for purchase, for members only.


Basic Lulav & Etrog set $50.00

Standard Lulav & Etrog set $60.00

Deluxe Lulav & Etrog set $70.00

Premium Lulav & Etrog set $85.00

The order deadline will be Friday, September 18th. Order now: email or call the office.


Daily Shofar Blowing at NHBZ!

Sunday through Thursday at noon, a Tekias Shofar (Shofar blowing) will take place in the NHBZ parking lot (East side).

Come — please wear masks and remain in your cars — while either Rabbi Smason or Rabbi Okin provide us with the opportunity to hear the shofar. You’ll have a blast! Listening to a daily shofar blowing is customary each week day during the month of Elul. Rabbis Smason and Okin will alternate, Sunday through Thursday, at Noon. (No shofar blowing on Friday)

NHBZ will have available Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur machzorim (special books) to lend to our members during the holidays. Contact the office for lending arrangements.

A deposit of $65 in the form of a check or credit card is required.

Do you have a simcha to celebrate? Saying Kaddish or observing a yahrzeit? Consider sponsoring one of our many learning sessions with Rabbi Smason or our guest speakers. Donate $18 or  more to have a dedication made. Contact: or call 991or call 991–2100 ext. 22100 ext. 2

Accepting Classified Ads for the NHBZ Shabbat Bulletin

Do you have a business or wish to advertise an item in our Shabbat bulletin? For only $18.00 per month your JPEG, PDF or MS WORD designed ad can be seen by all our members and friends plus on our website. Contact Jeff at or call 314-991-2100 ext 2.

Community News

  • If you know of anyone who would like to receive the NHBZ Shabbat bulletin, please send their email to the office.

  • Rabbi’s Sermon ~ To receive an email edited version of Rabbi Smason’s sermon please contact Rabbi Smason at