In The Community

In the Community – Week of October 19th, 2019

Our Sponsors:

Thank You: Sam and Shirley Bluestein for sponsoring the bulletin in honor of the birth of a great granddaughter and mazel tov to parents Josh & Sunitha Barron (of Austin, TX).

Happy Birthday: Dr. Laura Goldmeier, Murray Baker, Libby Routman, Leo Bressler, Jeffrey Scheer and Jason Loiterstein

Anniversaries: Rodney & Victoria John and Arthur & Rochelle Muskin

  • Monday, October 21 ~ Shemini Atzeret ~ Yizkor ~ 9:00 am Services – 5:45 pm Mincha ~ Simchas Torah,
    Monday Night ~ 6:55 pm Hakofos, Parade of Torahs – 7:30 pm auction and free Spaghetti Dinner.
    Please consider being a dinner sponsor for $25.00 and RSVP to
  • Monday, October 21~ 3:45 – 5:00 pm ~ Kinder-Kafot for Kids! See flyer.
  • Tuesday, October 22 ~ Simchas Torah ~ Services 9:00 am
  • Shabbos, October 26 ~ New Member Shabbat ~ Meet our newest NHBZ members in a ‘give-and-take’ during Kiddush luncheon.
  • November 4 ~ 7:00 pm ~ “To the Source” with Rabbi Smason. An ongoing weekly class covering contemporary Torah topics using classic and modern English and Hebrew texts. For Men and Women.
  • Friday Night, November 8 ~ Shabbat Dinner at NHBZ ~ Program for adults and kids!
    RSVP by Monday, November 4. Adults $18 / Children $12.00. Please consider becoming a sponsor for $25.00. See Flyer.
  • Monday, November 11 ~ 7:30 pm ~ Home Discussion Group topic ‘Medical Methods and Halacha’ hosted by Jackie & Dr. Craig Berkin.
    RSVP to the office for address.
  • Shabbat, November 16 ~ Synaplex with speaker Greg Yawitz, and Rabbi Daniel Freund. Kiddush Luncheon to follow.
  • Sunday, November 17 ~ NHBZ Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

Shabbos Chol HaMoed Sukkos

On the Shabbos that falls during the Intermediate Days (Chol HaMoed) 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

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~ This Week’s Torah Trivia ~

Last Week’s Question: What happens to Moshe in this Portion- Ha’Avinu?

Answer: Moshe dies and is buried on Mount Navo, which is on the east side of the Jordan River. His exact burial place is unknown. Why do you think that? Discuss.

This Week’s Question: What does the word Succot Mean? Why is this parsha called by this name?

While it is still clear in your memory . . .

. . . let us know if you would like to change your High Holiday reserved seat for next year! Would you like to sit closer to the front? Closer to the Bima? Towards the back? Do you want to move closer to somebody . . . or further away? ☺

According to our By-Laws, each “Synagogue member shall be entitled to one seat for the High Holidays”. If you want to move your seat to a different location next year – front, back, side, near a friend or relative – please contact Jeff in the office, and we will try to accommodate your preference for next year.

Let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about High Holiday seating.

Don’t Forget…

  • 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