Congregation Beth Shalom ~ August 19, 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
Tot Shabbat services at 5:30 pm, led by Emily Fuller and Amanda Rainey – in person and via Zoom. We will say blessings, sing and hear a story.
Zoom to – Meeting ID: 829 5814 1868

Rabbi Phil Cohen leads Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:30 pm – in person and via Zoom. The service includes prayers, songs and a few words of Torah. Check in with friends and share Shabbat.
Zoom: – Meeting ID: 841 2486 5329

Saturday Morning
Rabbi Cohen leads Conservative Shabbat morning services – in person and via Zoom at 10 am. We will also read and discuss the week’s Torah portion.
Zoom to ~ Meeting ID: 844 9116 7901

Parashat Ki Teitzei
Torah – Deuteronomy/Devarim 21:10-25:19

Haftarah – Isaiah 54:1-54:10

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

Coming Up
Religious School pizza picnic Sunday, August 29 @ 11:30 am
CBS Book Club Sunday, August 29 @ 3 pm
Loaves & Fishes Sunday, August 29
Deadline for Sisterhood honey orders Wednesday, September 1
Sisterhood honey project work day Sunday, September 5

Erev Rosh Hashanah Monday, September 6 @ 7:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah I Tuesday, September 7 @ 10 am
Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service Tuesday, September 7 @ 9:30 am
Rosh Hashanah II Wednesday, September 8 @ 10 am
Kol Nidre Wednesday, September 15
Yom Kippur Thursday, September 16

Religious School begins Sunday, September 12
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 20, will be held in person and via Zoom
Shabbat morning services this Saturday, August 21 will be held in person and via Zoom.

High Holy Days at CBS
The CBS Board of Directors and the Religious Practice Committee are working together to determine the safest way to conduct High Holy Days services this year. We are taking into consideration the latest recommendations from local and national health organizations.

Our web site,, will have the most current information for High Holy Days, so check it often.
We will offer both limited in-person services and live streaming via YouTube for these services:

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah – 7:30 pm Monday, September 6
  • Rosh Hashanah first day – 10 am Tuesday, September 7
  • Children’s service (outdoor, in-person) – 9:30 am Tuesday, September 7
  • Rosh Hashanah second day – 10 am Wednesday, September 8

Additionally, we will offer these services via Zoom only:

  • S’lichot – 7:30 pm Saturday, August 28
  • Maariv – 7 pm Thursday, September 9 and Sunday September 15
Information about Yom Kippur services will be provided after we evaluate the Rosh Hashanah experience.


 – There will be limited seating inside the building for 50 people at the most. Accordingly, we need to know who plans to attend indoors so we can set up chairs in groups.
If you plan to sit inside the building, contact Mary at
 – Since we’ll be live streaming the services, people are invited to bring lawn chairs/blankets and cell phones and sit on the lawn. We’ll be using the CBS wi-fi to broadcast services, so if you want to use a laptop or tablet please use your smart phone as a hot spot.
 – There will be a limited number of honors and lay readers this year. A podium will be set up for them away from the bima.
 – Rabbi Phil Cohen and Andy Curry will be the only people on the bima, and they will be appropriately distanced from each other and from the community.
 – The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ; we are affiliated with them) offers guidance about the ethics of vaccinations:
“When we think about Jewish ethical imperatives, the primary one, above all others, is pikuach nefesh – the commandment to preserve life. The obligation to fulfill this commandment permits the breaking of virtually every other Jewish commandment. We see the call to save a life not just as an obligation but as an imperative, and this is the primary Jewish reason for vaccinations.”

from Rabbi Phil Cohen
In ten days I’ll turn seventy.  It’s a number I’ve come to accept if not exactly embrace.  I remember in my teens contemplating the impossibility of reaching the year 2000, that it seemed like a preternaturally distant moment in my personal history. When it came and went, and I remained among the inhabitants of the planet, I realized that time is inevitable but what one does with one’s time has no inevitability whatsoever.

I was speaking with a friend on Zoom the other day about a potential project another friend has proposed that he and I work on.  My Zoom call friend pointed out that he’s nearly eighty, and still going strong, running a small business that includes a weekly podcast, with no intention of retiring.  Retirement killed his father, he said.

My dissertation advisor, Marvin Fox, had just been hired by Boston University upon reaching Brandeis University’s compulsory retirement age of seventy. Shortly before retirement he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and never lived to teach a class at BU.

My father was forced to retire from his job at Sprint just after age sixty-five.  It wasn’t what he’d planned. But he made his life with my mother in the adult community in Central New Jersey to which they’d moved, and it worked for him.  Poker, bridge, movies, restaurants. For him it turned out to be sufficient.  At seventy he suffered a serious heart attack with small strokes, and lived for another ten years.  

Me, I find myself entering the seventh decade of life more than a bit daunting to tell the truth.  But I’m relatively healthy, relatively filled with ideas that would more than occupy me productively, though I don’t think I’m going to be training for the Olympics.  Books, projects, family, and friends, tikkun olam, helping to bring God into the world. I have a friend who in his seventies was elected to the New Hampshire state legislature.  Perhaps. 

Still, that number is a clear indicator that my life has more years behind it than ahead of it. That realization, however, demands a renewed commitment to fill my remaining years with health, happiness, meaning, and at least two Nick Bones sequels.

Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Phil M. Cohen

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: extended to Friday, August 27

Cost: $18 – includes pkg of local honey and herbal tea and shipping. Perishables won’t be mailed.  
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. 

We still need 3 or 4 people for setup, serving, and cleaning up.
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 still need many of these food items:

  • chicken: provided
  • mac ‘n’ cheese or potato salad – need another 40-50 servings
  • cole slaw – provided 
  • cheese sticks – need about 4 dozen more
  • desserts (pre-wrapped)
  • bananas – need about 4 dozen more
  • hard boiled eggs – provided
  • apple juice or other 100% juice
  • snack crackers, apple sauce cups, granola bars
  • to-go boxes – provided

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 Book Club
On Sunday, August 29th 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!
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 22

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!

Donations to CBS are a good way to remember or honor people and special life events. Your gift can be directed to the CBS general fund, the rabbi’s discretionary fund (RDF), the library, the Sasha Yelon book fund or the school scholarship fund.
Send a check to CBS, 500 W Green Meadows Rd, Columbia 65203, with a note with details about honorees and where you’d like the notification sent. We’ll send a handwritten card as you direct.
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.
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 (