Congregation Beth Shalom ~ August 12, 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
Rabbi Phil Cohen leads Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:30 pm. The service includes prayers, songs and a few words of Torah. Check in with friends and share Shabbat.
Zoom: – Meeting ID: 841 2486 5329
Note: Tot Shabbat is rescheduled for August 20th

Saturday Morning
Rabbi Cohen leads a 10 am Reform Shabbat morning service. Prayerbooks are not needed. B’nai mitzvah students and their families are encouraged to attend. We’ll sing, chant and read from the Torah.
Zoom to: ~ Meeting ID 839 0085 4580

Rabbi Cohen leads Zoom Torah study at 11 am.
Join via Zoom: ~ Meeting ID: 844 9116 7901


Parashat Shoftim
Torah – Deuteronomy/Devarim 16:18-21-9

Haftarah – Isaiah 51:12-52:12

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

Coming Up
Golgotha August 18 @ 6:30 pm
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

Tefilah Tuesdays @ 7 pm –
Hebrew Bible with Howard Lidsky Sundays @ noon @ CBS
CBS Reopening
CBS is open! We continue to Zoom weekly Shabbat services, but 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 13, will be held via Zoom
Shabbat morning services and Torah study this Saturday, August 14 will be held via Zoom.

from Rabbi Phil Cohen
Golgotha is the name given to the site in Jerusalem where Jesus is said to have been crucified.  Thus, the word suggests the enormity of the sacrifice that’s central to Christians and Christianity.  
“Golgotha” is also the name of a one-man play being performed next week at Talking Horse Productions.  The play concerns the plight of Albert Salvado, a Greek Jew from Thessalonica, who was sent to Auschwitz, and uses the site of Jesus’ sacrifice to highlight the sacrificial nature of what Jews suffered at the hands of the Nazis. “Golgotha” stars our own Aaron Krawitz with musical accompaniment by Julie Rosenfeld and Lydia Redding.
CBS has been given the performance of Wednesday, August 18 as a fundraiser, and there are still tickets available.  
This event supports our synagogue membership in at least three ways.  1) We have the opportunity to raise funds for our shul. 2) We get to honor our own, Aaron, Julie, and Lydia, who will bring this story to life. 3) We will learn something about the fate of Greek Jews during the Shoah, this through the play itself and as well through a question-and-answer period after the performance.  
As I said, tickets remain available.  Please see this issue of eShalom for more details.
I hope to see you there.
Since this upcoming performance has put the Shoah on the front of my mind (it’s always there somewhere), I’d like to mention that I’m in the midst of reading Robert Wistrich’s Hitler and the Holocaust.  This book is a thorough one-volume study of many of the aspects of the Shoah: The historical context, Hitler’s rise to power, the development of the Final Solution, the grisly numbers of those killed–both Jews and non-Jews, and a brief but effective study of Hitler and those in his inner circle. 
What will never fail to amaze and depress me is the extraordinary collaboration of events and personalities that led to the death of the Six Million, including both the cast of characters who colluded in bringing the Final Solution into being, and the weird systematic and vast cooperation necessary to manifest this complex process of mass death.  
We all live in the shadow of the Shoah, and our lives are quite different as a result. 
I hope to see you at next week’s play.

Rabbi Phil M. Cohen

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

Order tickets here

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. 

Refael tells Salvado’s story in this one-act play, 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 above. 

Religious School
We’re having an outdoor “returning to learning” pizza lunch social for families with children on Sunday, August 29 from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

This is going to be an exciting year to see our friends and make some new ones! Our first day of in person classes will be on Sunday, September 12the first Sunday after Rosh Hashanah.  Our youngest learners are in preschool, starting at age three.

Please plan to join us on Sunday the 29th.  Email with the number in your family coming or with questions.

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!
Loaves & Fishes
CBS is hosting the Loaves and Fishes dinner on Sunday, August 29th at Wilkes Blvd. Church.  We’ll be serving chicken, but we’ll need side dishes and other food items as listed below.  The meals are served outside in to-go boxes and we need containers as well.  
We’ll need setup, serving, and cleanup crew of about 6-8 individuals, from middle school ages to adults.
We need to provide enough food for at least 80-100 meals.  If you can commit to bring enough of a food item that can serve at least 40-50 people that would be great.  
We need these food items:

  • chicken: already provided
  • mac ‘n’ cheese or potato salad 
  • cole slaw
  • cheese sticks
  • desserts (pre-wrapped)
  • hard boiled eggs
  • apple juice or other 100% juice
  • snack crackers, apple sauce cups, granola bars
  • to-go boxes

If you can assist with any of the above please contact Brent Lowenberg at as soon as you can so we make sure we have enough food needed well before the meal.

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!
Volunteers needed beginning August 18

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!

Many thanks to our congregants who donated copies of Mishkan Hanefesh, the new High Holy Days prayerbooks. Because of the enthusiastic response we were able to order more copies while reducing the cost to CBS.

We’ll announce days and times to pick up personal copies soon.

Thanks to the Tolchin/Kupferer family for their donation of copies of the new machzors.

Tell & Kvell!
Alix Cossette was part of the legal team that successfully defended Medicaid Expansion at the Missouri Supreme Court.

Mazal Tov and Thank You, Alix!

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.

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
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 independently 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 (