Congregation Beth Shalom ~ September 9, 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
Find 2021-22 pledge and school information on our ShulCloud site:

For ShulCloud help see Emily Fuller’s excellent tutorial:

Shabbat Services
Friday Night/Erev Shabbat
Tot Shabbat services at 5:30 pm, led by Emily Fuller and Amanda Rainey. We will say blessings, sing and hear a story. Rabbi Phil Cohen leads Kabbalat Shabbat services via Zoom at 6:30 pm. The service includes prayers, songs and a few words of Torah. Check in with friends and share Shabbat.
David Crespy will present a slide show and talk about his time in Saloniki as a Fulbright scholar.
Zoom: – Meeting ID: 841 2486 5329

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

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

Parashat Vayeilech

Torah – Deuteronomy/Devarim 31:1-31:30

Haftarah – Isaiah 55:6-56:8

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

Coming Up
Explore Yizkor Monday, September 13 @ 6 pm
Maariv 7 pm Thursday, 9/9 – Sunday, 9/12 – Monday, 9/13 – Tuesday, 9/14
Kol Nidre Wednesday, September 15 @ 7:30 pm
Yom Kippur Thursday, September 16 @ 10 am
Yom Kippur Children’s Service Thursday, September 16 @ 9 am

Yom Kippur Minchah Service Thursday, September 16 @ 4:45 pm
Yom Kippur Yizkor/Memorial Service Thursday, September 16 @ 5:45 pm, followed by Neilah/Concluding Service
CBS Fall Opener Saturday, September 18 @ 6 pm
Religious School begins Sunday, September 19
CBS Book Club Sunday, October 17 @ 3 pm
Tefilah Tuesdays @ 7 pm –
Hebrew Bible with Howard Lidsky Sundays @ noon @ CBS
High Holy Days at CBS
The CBS Board of Directors has determined that the safest way to conduct High Holy Days services this year is to offer in-person services outdoors only and via live streaming.

*** No indoor services will be offered for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur ***

We have set up our tent and will welcome you to sit beneath it as Rabbi Phil Cohen and cantorial soloist Andy Curry bring in the year 5782.

Feel free to bring lawn chairs/blankets and sit on the lawn. A limited number of chairs will be available under the tent.

We will offer outdoor in-person services and live streaming via YouTube  (link will be provided) for these services:

  • Kol Nidre – 7:30 pm Wednesday, September 15
  • Yom Kippur – 10 am Thursday, September 16
  • Yom Kippur Children’s Service – led by Langston & Jacob 9 am Thursday, September 16
  • Yom Kippur Mincha service – 4:45 pm Thursday, September 16
  • Yom Kippur Yizkor/Memorial Service @ 5:45 Thursday, September 16 @ 5:45 pm, followed immediately by Neilah/Concluding Service

 Join Rabbi Cohen for Maariv services at 7 pm on the dates below via Zoom only:

  • Thursday, September 9 – Teshuva
  • Sunday, September 12 – Forgiveness
  • Monday, September 13 – Atonement
  • Tuesday, September 14 – Tikkun


CBS Fall Opener

RSVP with number of guests to Sheri or Debbie:
Explore Yizkor with Rabbi Cohen
Our new mahzor, our book for the High Holy days, MIshkan HaNefesh is an interesting and I have to say revolutionary text in the Reform world. It contains new and engaging readings throughout. I’m particularly taken by the Yizkor service for Yom Kippur afternoon.  With its 65 pages, it contains many readings that ruminate on the death of our loved ones, far too many pages to use on YK afternoon.

I’d like then to offer a class for those interested in reading some of those texts in a study context.

Please join me on Monday evening, September 13 at 7:30 pm in person or on Zoom for an exploration of some of these Yizkor texts.

Here’s the link:

from Rabbi Phil Cohen
What’s the difference between repentance and atonement? These words are frequently used interchangeably, and are, of course prominent during the yamim noraim (the High Holy Days), but in the Jewish tradition, at least, they possess different though interconnected meanings. One, repentance, is active and external, while the other, atonement, is internal but nourished by the activity true repentance has provoked.

Repentance is the main topic of Rosh Hashanah, the day designated by the rabbis that marks the anniversary of the creation of the world.  That ancient rabbinic claim has a further connection wit  Rosh Hashanah. The tradition teaches to look inward to recall actions taken during the previous year that were hurtful to others, and, if we’re diligent, we resolve to make restitution to those we’ve wronged.  This we attempt to do between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. And if we achieve even a moderate level of success in resolving these difficulties, we renew ourselves, we re-create ourselves as it were. Just as Rosh Hashanah celebrates creation we use these days to find ourselves anew a new.  Thus, repentance is necessarily active.

We come to Yom Kippur hopefully having completed a process of repentance.  If so, the prayers of Yom Kippur provide us the opportunity to look inward, to find our unity both with ourselves as individuals, and between ourselves and God.  I like to think of that day as a solitary exercise experienced nonetheless (and necessarily) in community. It’s an irony of the day that we require community to experience a spiritual solitude.

At Neilah, at the close of Yom Kippur, we’ve tasted both repentance of atonement.  We leave the sanctuary– having partaken of a bagel and a schmear (in normal times, at least) – as complete as a human being can be, ready to begin the new year to face our new opportunities, challenges, and, yes, our many mistakes.  This fact of human existence, that it is spiritually healthy to face our mistakes and attempt to find a modus vivendi with the other, is precisely why we need High Holy Days every year.

Betsy and I both wish you a happy, healthy, and sweet new year.

Rabbi Phil M. Cohen

Religious School
Our first day of in-person classes will be on Sunday, September 19the first Sunday after Yom Kippur.  Our youngest learners are in preschool, starting at age three.

Find pledge and school information on our ShulCloud site:

For ShulCloud help see Emily Fuller’s excellent tutorial:

Project Isaiah
Our annual High Holy Days food drive, Project Isaiah, will run from Rosh Hashanah through Sukkot. This year, we will make the donation in honor of Ruben Hakimi, a passionate advocate for this cause and a mensch we all miss.

Both food and monetary donations are welcome and necessary. We will distribute grocery bags for non-perishable food items at all three HHD services and elsewhere. Please return these bags (or your own bags) with non-perishable items and place them in one of the Food Bank barrels, which will be outside during services and inside the sanctuary foyer at other times (through Sukkot).

You can also leave food donations in front of the sanctuary door if the building is closed and we will make sure they get into the barrels. Or send a check to CBS, 500 W. Green Meadows Rd., 65203, and write Project Isaiah on the memo line.

Our CBS youth group has organized a Facebook Project Isaiah fundraiser. If you have a Facebook account you can give money directly. Login to your account and cut-and-paste this number in the Search box: 402357121556321.

Please join us in raising money for The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $1.80, $18, or $180 – every chai helps!
This year, we hope to raise $1800 over the High Holy Days through Sukkot.

Thank you for your support and generosity!

CBS Playground
Hope you can join us for a spruce-up of the CBS playground on Sunday, September 12 from noon to 4 pm.  We’ll pull weeds, lay weed barrier and spread mulch over the playground.

The goal is to complete this all in one afternoon!  Sign up here:
We’ll get started pulling weeds at moon, but don’t feel like you need to arrive right on time or stay for the entirety of the effort.  Any help you can provide is enough and is highly appreciated!

Thank you!


CBS Book Club
The next CBS Book Club meeting will take place on October 17 at 3 pm.  We will be discussing The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner. The novel is based on true stories of Jewish children who were hidden during World War II.  Reviews describe it as a beautiful story that testifies to the strength of the mother-child bond and that celebrates hope in even the worst of times.
All are welcome to join.
 Rainmakers Needed!
Volunteers needed for the month of September

As we approach the last days of the hot summer, 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!

A speedy recovery for Leah Cohn
Leon Mendlowitz
Rick Diamant & Mary Hartigan (RDF)
In memory of Ruben Hakimi
Gregg Hollander
Andy & BelleAnn Curry
Olivia Hetzler
Ed & Kerry Hollander (L’Dor V’dor building fund)
Steven Sklar
Amy, Derek, Emily & Owen Cheuk
Judith Goodman (RDF)
Steve & Mary Weinstein
Rick Diamant & Mary Hartigan (RDF)

In honor of Aaron Krawitz’s production of Golgotha
Deborah & John Zemke

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.
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