Congregation Beth Shalom ~ June 3, 2021 ~ ~ 573-499-4855

deadline for eShalom is Wednesday each week
Contact Rabbi Phil Cohen at or 716.481.7929
Shabbat Services
Friday Night/Erev Shabbat
Rabbi Phil Cohen leads Kabbalat Shabbat services in-person and via Zoom at 6:30 pm.
Social Action Shabbat – with guests from the Newman Center

Zoom: – Meeting ID: 841 2486 5329

Shabbat Morning

Rabbi Cohen leads Shabbat morning services in the Conservative tradition 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 Sh’lach

Torah – Numbers/B’midbar 13:1-15:41
Haftarah – Joshua 2:1-24

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

Coming Up
Social Action Shabbat Friday, June 4 @ 6:30 pm
Mah-Jongg Instruction Sunday, June 13 @ 1 pm
Sisterhood Summer Programs begin Monday, June 14 @ 7 pm

CBS Book Club Sunday, June 27 @ 3 pm
Seminarion Mondays @ 7:30 pm –
Tefilah Tuesdays @ 7 pm –
CBS Reopening
CBS is open! We continue to Zoom weekly Shabbat services, and we also are in-person every other week in the sanctuary.

Shabbat services this weekend, June 4th and 5th, will be held in-person and via Zoom.

Friday, June 4 is Social Action Shabbat. Please join us as we honor those associated with CBS’s social action projects, including those involved in our interfaith garden. We will be joined that evening by Father Dan Merz of the Newman Center.

Just prior to services, Lily Chan of the Newman Center will lead a tour of the garden. Come see the many different kinds of raised beds and the vegetables and fruit trees we have.

Please note that masks and distancing requirements remain in place.

CBS Board Meeting
The board will meet via Zoom tonight, June 3, at 7 pm.

Zoom link:

Prayerbooks for Services
Thanks to generous donations from Sisterhood and Debbie and Carl Kaplan, we now have enough siddurim (prayerbooks) on hand to loan to those who prefer to attend services via Zoom.

Stop by the farmhouse Friday, June 4, between 11 am and 1 pm to pick up copies, or contact Mary at to arrange a different time.

Mishkan Tefilah is our Friday evening prayerbook
Sim Shalom is for Saturday morning

This last year has been long, isolating, and lonely for many. Like the rest of our society, we need to transition, safely, to programming that will bring us together and nurture our body and soul.

This summer we are planning some great programs:

Yoga * Meditation * Friendship
Monday, June 14 & July 12 – Yoga and Meditation
Let’s meet at CBS with our yoga mats and spend time taking care of body and soul. Stick around for refreshments and chat with friends.
Crafting * Food * Friendship
Monday, June 28 & July 26 – Crafting with Friends
Bring your craft projects or start a new one with your CBS sisters. Enjoy refreshments and get your creativity flowing.
* Beginning Mah-Jongg *
Sisterhood has a long tradition of Mah-Jongg matches and tournaments. Now it’s time to raise the next generation of players. Are you interested in learning? Now’s your chance!
Mandana Hakimi will offer instruction for beginners on Sunday, June 13th at 1 pm at CBS.
We’ll plan future instruction sessions and games at this first meeting.
* Covid Considerations *
Are masks required? Inside the building: yes. Outside: optional
Are the programs indoors? Depends on the weather; if indoors, masks are required.
Will we be social distancing? Yes, unless masks are worn.
Are vaccinations required to attend? No.
Lunch in the Park
The Voluntary Action Center is coordinating the Lunch in the Park program again this year, and CBS is invited to participate. Volunteers assemble and serve sack lunches to children in the Douglass Park shelter, and they are welcome to interact with the children as well.

We are signed up for these dates: July 6, 7, 14, 20, 21 and 27.

This year the lunches will be served from 12 noon to 1 pm, so volunteers should be at Douglass by 11:45 am and plan on staying no later than 1:15 pm.

Here’s the sign-up link:

CBS Book Club
We are meeting next on Sunday, June 27th, at 3 pm via Zoom. A zoom invitation for the meeting will be sent closer to the meeting. We are reading Bess Kalb’s ode to the memory of her grandmother, Nobody Will Tell You This But Me. This is a Bubbe you will not forget!

For those who like to read ahead, we have already chosen books for the August and October meetings. 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!

On Sunday, October 17th, at 3 pm we will return to World War II era fiction. The book is widely available in libraries and has ebook and audible versions which can be borrowed. It is the highly acclaimed novel, The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner.

Seminarion and Tefilah Tuesdays
Seminarion: Are you Reform? Conservative? Orthodox? Reconstructionist? Or … ?

We’re looking at the history and meaning of the movements in Judaism, and the interrelationships of the branches.

We meet at 7:30 pm on Monday evenings.
Join in on Zoom:

Tefilah Tuesdays: Rabbi Cohen offers a brief evening service at 7 pm Tuesday evenings. Join in for singing, Maariv service and schmoozing. Here’s the link:

In memory of Steve’s parents, Rose & Sidney Weinstein
Steve & Mary Weinstein

There is a long tradition to memorialize the life cycles of our families with an inscribed plaque mounted on the walls of our sanctuary. To honor a birth, wedding, anniversary, etc., and to remember a loved one who has passed allows our Jewish community to share in this event. This is also a helpful fundraiser. Please contact Rebecca Smith at 573-449-7391 for assistance.

Donations of $250 per plaque for the memorial and simcha boards can be sent to CBS at the address below.

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.

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 out 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 (
Tell & Kvell!
Parents: We’d like to include your child/ren’s post-high school plans in the eShalom. Send Mary a note at so we can kvell together!

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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