Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Principles

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion is a Modern Orthodox congregation that welcomes Jews of all backgrounds and levels of observance. We are fully committed to Torah Judaism as well as engagement with the modern world. Our mission is to provide a religious community where one can search for transcendence and holiness in observances, prayers, and daily activities; endeavor to achieve a personal relationship with Gd; and learn and grow at one’s own pace. We strive to ensure that no Jew is left behind.

We are a House of Worship

Prayer, like any skill, takes practice, growth in understanding, and introspection.  We strive to make our services joyful and meaningful for the experienced, yet accessible to those who seek to grow in their own spirituality.

We are a House of Learning

For beginners and the experienced, on Shabbos, Holidays, weekdays, and evenings, in the shul, and in the homes of our members and friends — our goal is to make NHBZ your resource for learning and growing.

We are serious about our Children and our Sense of Community

Our children—from tots to teens— love the experience of belonging to a Jewish community, and our congregants enjoy each other’s company, lingering over Kiddush and sharing meals. Friendships are made and lasting relationships are created in our shul.    

We are Inclusive

Ahavat Yisrael-–love of fellow Jews—is the foundation upon which all of Judaism rests.   We reach out to all Jews regardless of their level of Jewish education, degree of observance, or affiliation.  We welcome and accept all fellow Jews with respect and warmth.  

We Encourage the Participation of Women

We believe that women and girls will participate in Jewish life, in learning, and in the governance and life of our synagogue on an equal basis with men. We are committed to creative and innovative ways, within the bounds of halachah (Jewish law), of involving women and ensuring that women—our mothers, daughters, and sisters—have access to a full and spiritual Jewish life.

We are Zionist

As a modern Orthodox shul, we are unabashedly Zionist.  We are spiritually and financially supportive of the State of Israel, and vitally interested in events affecting life there.

We are a Place of Chesed—Acts of Loving Kindness

Friendliness is a hallmark of NHBZ. True friendliness, however, does not stop at the synagogue door but requires a broader sense of community. We practice this value with our commitment to assume responsibility for each other, to the needy of our community, and to the aged and the infirm.