Congregation Beth Shalom ~ October 21, 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
Rabbi Phil Cohen leads Kabbalat Shabbat services in-person and via Zoom at 6:30 pm.
Zoom: – Meeting ID: 841 2486 5329

Saturday Morning
Bat Mitzvah of Maayan Lazinger at 10 am. Join the Lazinger family for Maayan’s special day. Services will be outside in the tent and virtual. A kiddush luncheon will follow.
Zoom: ~ Meeting ID: 844 9116 7901

Parashat Vayera

Torah – Genesis/Bereshit 18:1-22:24

Haftarah – II Kings 4:1-4:37

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

Coming Up
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 24
Hebrew school meets Wednesday, October 27
Youth Group meets Sunday at 11:30 am
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.

Seminarion Considers Antisemitism
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 playing the interview he conducted with Rabbi Hirsch on October 25. He invites class participants (and anyone else) to read it.

Schlep for CBS
The eagerly-anticipated Schlep II video is here!!

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.

See the information about registration fee options and fundraising here:

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

URJ Congregational Survey
Thank you for the outstanding number of responses we received from the congregational survey last August. And thank you for your patience awaiting a report based on the data obtained. Rabbi Cohen, Janna Lancaster and I met with our URJ mentor on October 13 and will be meeting with her again in November to develop recommendations and action items based on survey data. After that a presentation will be made to the Board, followed by a report to the entire congregation. Please bear with us for a few more months while we do a careful and thorough analysis of the information gathered.

Judy Schermer
Co-Chair, Search Committee

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

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

ADL Antisemitism Summit
The Anti-Defamation League offers its annual summit on antisemitism and hate, Never is Now, November 7-9. The summit is virtual and free to attend. Speakers include Yair Lapid, Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

For more information and to register, visit

In memory of Ruben Hakimi
Bonnie Margolis

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.

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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