Nusach Hari B’nai Zion plans dedication for new shul in Olivette

An artist’s rendering of the new Nusach Hari B’nai Zion building at 650 N. Price Road in Olivette.

Nusach Hari Bnai Zion will hold a dedication celebration – Chanukat Habayit – at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. The community is invited to celebrate with NHBZ as it opens its new synagogue building, located at 650 N. Price Road.

Currently located in University City, NHBZ is relocating to Olivette and has constructed the first formal synagogue in the municipality. Built to be environmentally friendly, NHBZ’s new synagogue includes 36 geothermal wells to cool and heat the two-story, approximately 13,000 square foot building, in addition to 65 solar panels to provide energy to power the facility.

Robert Kaiser, president of NHBZ, emphasized at the ground-breaking ceremony that NHBZ sees the new building as an opportunity to confront “the challenge to each and every one of us to provide spiritual access that reaches out to every corner of the Jewish community, regardless of level of observance, knowledge level, denomination or prior involvement in the community.”

“Our goal is not simply the creation of another synagogue, as worthy as that goal might be, but a new kehilah (community) with an emphasis on Torah, tefillah (prayer) and chesed (acts of kindness), with a primary emphasis on kiruv (outreach),” said Rabbi Ze’ev Smason, spiritual leader of NHBZ.

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The dedication ceremony will feature a procession starting at the old location at 8630 Olive Boulevard that will go south on McKnight Road to Old Bonhomme Road, west on Old Bonhomme Road to Price Road and north on Price Road into the new location located at 650 N. Price Road in Olivette.

For more information about the grand opening celebration or NHBZ, visit www.nhbz.org.