Congregation Beth Shalom ~ October 14, 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:

To make or renew your pledge using ShulCloud and to pay by check,
please contact the office:

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 in-person and via Zoom at 6:30 pm.
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 read and discuss the week’s Torah portion.

Zoom: ~ Meeting ID: 844 9116 7901

Parashat Lech-Lecha

Torah – Genesis/Bereshit 12:1-17:27

Haftarah – Isaiah 40:27-41:16

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

Coming Up
CBS Book Club Sunday, October 17 @ 3 pm
Maayan Lazinger’s Bat Mitzvah Saturday, October 23 @ 10 am
Out of the Darkness Walk Sunday, October 24 @ 1:30 pm
Loaves & Fishes Dinner Sunday, October 31 @ 4 pm
Joel Narrol’s Bar Mitzvah Saturday, November 6 @ 10 am
Schlep for CBS Sunday, November 7 @ 1 pm
Seminarion Mondays @ 7 pm –
Tefilah Tuesdays @ 7 pm –
Hebrew Bible with Howard Lidsky Sunday @ noon @ CBS
Religious School & Youth Group
Religious school meets Sunday, October 17
Hebrew school meets Wednesday, October 20
Youth Group meets Sunday at 11:30 am
Religious School Helps in the Garden

On Sunday, October 10, students worked in the interfaith garden at CBS. They harvested persimmons, okra, green beans, tomatoes and mustard greens, and picked up buckets of walnuts too. All the produce from the garden goes to feed hungry Columbians.

Seminarion Returns
Rabbi Cohen’s Seminarion class has resumed on Mondays at 7 pm via Zoom.

We are discussing antisemitism, its history and how what historian Robert Wistrich called The Oldest Hatred is manifesting itself in the world today.
Rabbi Cohen shares some history and some thoughts on this always important topic.
Join in via Zoom:

Here’s a link to an article from Tablet Magazine by Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch about anti-Semitism. Rabbi Cohen will be interviewing him for Seminarion and will share a recording of the interview on October 25. He invites class participants (and anyone else) to read it.

Dinner for Loaves & Fishes
Every fifth Sunday, Congregation Beth Shalom provides a full dinner to our hungry neighbors through the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen based at Wilkes Blvd. Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd.
October 31st is our next assigned Sunday. We need food donations as well as volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up. Food items should arrive at the church (back entrance) between 4 pm and 4:15 pm. Volunteers should arrive by 4:30 pm. We expect to serve about 100 people.
Sign up to bring food and/or help with serving and cleanup here: Contact Noah Heringman at with any questions. January 30th will be our next opportunity to serve.
Sacred Music Shabbat

On Friday, October 8 ,the Schermer family hosted special guests Rebekka Goldsmith and Eitan Kantor, who beautified Kabbalat Shabbat services and graced us with a wonderful concert afterward.

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 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.
Out of the Darkness Walk
On Sunday, October 24th, a CBS team will join the 2021 Out of the Darkness walk, a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The walk is from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm at Stephens Lake Park, 2001 E Broadway. Registration begins at 11 am, but it’s also ok to just show up and walk with the group at 1:30 pm – the money raised by our team will go where it needs to go whether we register on-site or not. There will be some inspirational talks and opportunities to pick up t-shirts (for teams that raise $150 or more).
Here is the link for our team: With questions, contact Kelly Durante at
Schlep for CBS
We are excited to announce that the second annual Schlep for CBS is set for Sunday, November 7 at 1 pm
The Schlep for CBS is a run/walk/roll (5K or 1 mile) fundraiser. Our goals are to have fun and raise money to support our awesome Jewish community in mid-Missouri.

See the information about registration fee options and fundraising here:
Much is new about this year’s Schlep, including:

  • A marked course. Our Schleppers in Columbia will start out at the Twin Lakes Pavilion*, jaunt around the lake, go through the scenic Forum Nature Preserve (5K only), and finish back at Twin Lakes Pavilion.
  • A virtual option is also available.
  • Discounts for students: only $10 for all students through college.
  • Fundraising options: Schleppers can raise money beyond their registration fees. Raising money for CBS is as simple as sending out an email to friends and family.
  • Prizes: Prizes for those who raise funds and finish at the top.

Sign up today – it’ll be a blast! 
With questions, contact Paul and Kim at 314-435-3224 or

*Link to Twin Lakes map:,-92.3805473,15z/ /data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x2b163531baf4529b!8m2!3d38.9284148!4d- 92.3805473

Desserts for True North
CBS helps True North feed the women and children in their shelter by supplying desserts/snacks once a week. The residents make their own meals and this helps them greatly!
If you can help, plan for around 40-50 people. Drop off the goodies between 9 am and 7pm Thursday through Saturday for the week you sign up. Since they keep their address private (due to the nature of their services) please call ahead and let them know you are on your way: 573.875.1370. Ring the doorbell and tell the staff that you are from CBS, dropping off food for the residents.
Please label your treats with any allergens – dairy, nuts, etc., in case a resident has an allergy.
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Golden at 314.603.3087 or

Sign up here:!/showSignUp/10c0e4fa4aa23a7fc1-true/14044160

MU Choral Union
MU’s Choral Union, University Singers and the MU Philharmonic Orchestra present Comfort and Hope Thursday, November 18 at 7 pm in Jesse Auditorium. They will perform Fauré’s Requiem, remembering what we have lost during the pandemic. And recognizing hope and potential, they will present Ernst Bloch’s optimistic and energetic Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service).
More information and tickets are available here:
URJ Online Symposium
An opportunity for learning shared by the Union for Reform Judaism:

Temple Rodef Shalom of Falls Church, Virginia, is hosting The Israeli-Palestinian Dilemma: Moving Beyond Who’s Right and Who’s Wrong in collaboration with URJ and the Association of Reform Zionists of America.

This 3-part symposium takes place on three Sundays: October 17, 24 and 31, 2021.

More information
Rodef Shalom:

In memory of Al Oxenhandler
Lynn & Finny Aronson
Nikki & Aaron Krawitz

In memory of Ruben Hakimi
Lynn & Finny Aronson
Kevin & Sheila Granman
Nikki & Aaron Krawitz
Jerry & Judy Schermer (Project Isaiah)
Miguel & Mercedes Gelman
Stella & Rory Read
Maxine Romm
Dan Edidin & Tanya Christiansen
Behrooz, Essi, Sheida, Michael, Halleh and Jasmine Hakimian

In honor of new grandparents Leslie and Mike Miller
David & Ellen Gardner

In memory of Alyce Turner’s mother, Lea Turner
Judy & Jerry Schermer

In memory of Randee Shenkel’s sister, Leonore Weidenfeld
Jerry & Judy Schermer
Lynn & Finny Aronson
Stella & Rory Read

Speedy recovery for Leah Cohn
Jerry & Judy Schermer
Tanya Christiansen & Dan Edidin

In honor of Judy Schermer’s birthday (sacred music fund)
Aaron & Nikki Krawitz
David & Beth Winton
Susan Olderman
Jay Gernsbacher
Kim, Noah, Jack & Zoe
Bill & Harriet Yelon
Rich Iken & Sheri Radman-Iken

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, the school scholarship fund or the sacred music 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.

Through the sale of mah-jongg cards, CBS earned $612  from the national mah-jongg league. Proceeds are earmarked for tikkun olam. Thanks to DeeDee Strnad for coordinating this project.
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.