Congregation Beth Shalom ~ August 5, 2021 ~ ~ 573-499-4855

deadline for eShalom is Wednesday each week
Contact Rabbi Phil Cohen at or 716.481.7929
See the CBS calendar here:
Send calendar items to Mary at
Shabbat Services
Friday Night/Erev Shabbat
Debbie Kaplan and Emily Fuller lead Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:30 pm via Zoom.
Zoom: – Meeting ID: 841 2486 5329

Saturday Morning
NO Shabbat morning services or Torah study this week.

Parashat Re’eh/Shabbat Rosh Chodesh
Torah – Deuteronomy/Devarim 11:26-16:17; maftir Numbers/Bamidbar 28:9-15

Haftarah – Isaiah 49:14-51:3

Here are links to this week’s texts via Sefaria:

Coming Up
Golgotha August 18 @ 6:30 pm (below)
CBS Book Club Sunday, August 15 @ 3 pm
Loaves & Fishes Sunday, August 29
Deadline for Sisterhood honey orders Wednesday, September 1
Sisterhood honey project work day Sunday, September 5

Seminarion Mondays @ 7:30 pm –
Tefilah Tuesdays @ 7 pm –
Hebrew Bible with Howard Lidsky Sundays @ noon @ CBS
CBS Reopening
CBS is open! We continue to Zoom weekly Shabbat services, and we also are in-person every other week in the sanctuary for both Friday evening and Saturday morning services.

Shabbat services this Friday evening, August 6, will be held via Zoom.
No Shabbat morning services or Torah study this Saturday, August 7.

CBS Board Meeting
The CBS Board meets tonight, August 5, at 7 pm via Zoom.
Religious School
In-person learning begins on Sunday, August 29th at 9:30 am.  We’ll have a pizza social at noon on the first day to celebrate our return to the classrooms.  School registration forms will be sent soon electronically, using the CBS ShulCloud app.

The curriculum and calendar documents and the school calendar were e-mailed to school families.
The curriculum is available on the CBS web page:
Special school dates are here:
The complete school calendar is incorporated into the CBS master calendar:

I look forward to seeing everyone!

Debbie Kaplan

Join us on August 18 for a special performance of this one-act play, the proceeds of which will benefit Congregation Beth Shalom

Golgotha is a monodrama by Shmuel Refael, which centers on Albert Salvado, a Holocaust survivor from Thessalonica who, in the winter of 1943, was sent with his wife and two daughters to Auschwitz.  Albert was forced to serve as a sonderkommando [a member of a work unit in the camps, usually a Jew] while his wife and daughters were murdered.

Albert tells his story in this one-act play, which was first performed in Columbia at the Mizzou New Play Series in 2019 through the efforts of David Crespy.

Now, after a long delay due to the pandemic, the play is being performed at Talking Horse Productions, 210 St. James Street.  Aaron Krawitz plays Albert Salvado. Julie Rosenfeld and Lydia Redding provide musical accompaniment, adding greatly to the dramatic power of this story.

CBS has generously been given the performance taking place on Wednesday, August 18, as a fundraiser. The event will begin at 6:30 with refreshments. There will be a talk-back with the members of the cast and crew following the show.

Tickets are $50/person for this very special event. Reserve yours via the CBS website – link to follow.

It’s time for Sisterhood’s Rosh HaShana Honey Care Package fundraiser. Last year was our first for this project and it was very successful and well-received. This year it will be even more fun and will help us do even more great things for our community.

With the funds we raised last year we helped CBS with some big costs, such as:

  • Copies of Mishkan Tefilah, our primary prayerbook – $1000
  • The digital version of the prayerbook, used for Zoom services – $700

This year our packages will contain lots of local products, fresh local honey, tea, baked goods, and some surprises. The deadline for our community-delivered orders is Wednesday, September 1st so please order early.

Again this year we are offering the opportunity to send packages to out-of-town family and friends. These orders are due Monday, August 23rd so that the packages will arrive in time for Rosh HaShanah.

We’ll need assistance to put the packages together and deliver them, all in one big day. The workday will be Sunday, September 5th. If you can help with this program please let Laura Flacks-Narrol know – email her at or phone/text at 573.529.9578.

Three Ways to Order – Deadline: September 1
1. Online:               2. Phone: Laura @573.529.9578
3. Mail: Laura Flacks-Narrol, 2116 Bridgewater Dr, Columbia MO 65202
Checks payable to CBS Sisterhood
Honey Care Packages for Out-of-Town Family and Friends
Order Deadline: Monday, August 23 – No Exceptions!

Cost: $18 – includes pkg of local honey and herbal tea and shipping. Perishables won’t be mailed.  
CBS Book Club
On Sunday, August 15th, at 3 pm we will be discussing a book highly recommended for reading prior to the High Holy Days. It is This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared by Alan Lew.  Please note this book is not currently available at the Daniel Boone Regional Library. Judy Schermer has donated three copies of the book which you can arrange to borrow by calling her at 573.268.8910. Thank you, Judy!
Soup for Chesed
It’s not winter but we do have friends in our congregation who are ill, have had surgery or just are in need of a boost of chicken soup (or vegetarian soup).  The Chesed committee would like to restock the freezer with soup that we can deliver to members who are  in need of some TLC.  If you can make some chicken soup (or veggie soup) and have some to spare, please contact Sheri Radman-Iken.  Put it in containers of 2 or 3 servings and Sheri will store it in her freezer.  If you know of anyone who could use some, let Sheri know and it will be lovingly delivered.
Contact Sheri at
CBS Website
CBS Website Content Refresh:

As the online “face” of our synagogue, the CBS Board and Rabbinic Search Committee are going to be quickly updating our current website content.  It is woefully out of date and will likely be a fairly large effort.  We have asked some volunteers to reach out in this process to gather information from relevant subject matter experts.  All we ask is if someone contacts you, please do your best to respond quickly as we are trying to get this updated before potential rabbinic candidates start visiting virtually.  If you feel you are such an expert and want to be proactive in offering content changes, feel free to contact me directly ( and I will put you in touch with the members working on that section.   
Thank you for your help in getting this completed.
Seth Rosner
 Rainmakers Needed!
With the arrival of the hot summer temperatures, please help keep the memorial garden at CBS growing by help lending a hand with the watering. The memorial garden is the two flower beds by the entrance to the new building.

You can sign up to water on one or more days here:

If you have questions, please contact Tanya Christiansen at tj_christiansen@yahoo.comThanks for your help!

CBS Library
We’re excited to start gathering again, and making the library more accessible both in-person and online. In order to do that, we need … YOU! We have over 3,000 books in the library that need to be entered into our new online catalog – work that can be done at home on your own time. And the more volunteers we have, the less work each needs to do!

If you’re interested in doing some data entry work this summer, please email Jenn Book Haselswerdt at

Tell & Kvell!
Have you received an award or a promotion, welcomed a new child to your family, or otherwise have reason to kvell? Share your good news with your CBS friends. Send an email to Mary at to include in eShalom.
Interfaith Garden
The Interfaith Garden, located just past the CBS south parking lot, has started work on preparing the soil and planting spring crops. Each year CBS partners with members of the Newman Center to plant and harvest the garden, and the produce we grow is donated to the food bank. Last year we provided over 1500 pounds of fresh food.
We are wearing masks and working at a distance from one another to stay safe. There are no age requirements, nor is previous experience in gardening needed.
Currently we have workdays on Sundays from 10 am to noon.  There will also be a workday during the week – days and times will be published in eShalom once determined.  Some of our volunteers, once they are familiar with our operations, come out at other times, but not during Shabbat.
If you have interest in participating or questions, please contact any of the CBS coordinators: Michael Gold (,) Julie Deering (, or Brent Lowenberg (
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