Congregation Beth Shalom ~ December 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
Don’t forget to get your 2021/22 pledge in. This can be done at the ShulCloud site:
or by mail and check. 
For assistance please contact the CBS office:
For ShulCloud help see Emily Fuller’s excellent tutorial:
Shabbat Services
Friday Night/Erev Shabbat
Second Shabbos services in-person and via Zoom at the special time of 5:30 pm. (note time change) Guest speaker is Jenn Book Haselswerdt, CBS librarian.

Saturday Morning
Rabbi Phil Cohen leads a service in the Conservative tradition in-person and via Zoom at 10 am. We will read and discuss the week’s Torah portion.

Parashat Vayigash

Torah – Genesis/Bereshit 44:18-47:27

Haftarah – Ezekiel 37:15-37:28

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

Coming Up
Second Shabbos with Jenn Book Haselswerdt Friday, December 10 @6 pm
Semi-Annual Meeting Sunday, December 12 @ 4 pm
Tefilah Tuesdays @ 7 pm –
Hebrew Bible with Howard Lidsky Sundays @ noon @ CBS
Religious School & Youth Group
Religious school & Youth Group will meet Sunday, December 12
Religious school & Hebrew school will be on winter break until Wednesday, January 19
CBS Semi-Annual Meeting
The CBS semi-annual meeting is scheduled for Sunday, December 12 at 4 pm.
As before, it will be held via Zoom. We have lots happening, so please join us for information and updates.

Second Shabbos
Second Shabbos is Friday, December 10 at the special time of 5:30 pm, in-person and via Zoom.  The early start time is so that families can attend together.

Our guest speaker will be Jenn Book Haselswerdt, our CBS librarian. Jenn’s topic is “Telling Our Traditions with Stories and Books,” and she’ll provide suggestions for family reading and storytelling.

Erev Shabbat at CBS

10th  @ 5:30 pm: Second Shabbos; Telling Our Traditions with Stories and Books with Jenn Book Haselswerdt (Zoom and in-person)

 17th @ 6:30 pm: Services with CBS post-b’nai mitzvah students (Zoom and in-person)

24th & 31st @ 6:30 pm:  Zoom-only services (winter holidays)

Goldie’s Bagels
Our own Amanda Rainey is about to move Goldie’s Bagels from inside the Pizza Tree to its own location in the old Harold’s Doughnuts’ downtown space at 114 S 9th St.

See the article in como magazine for the story behind Goldie’s Bagels:

A special feature of the new location will be a wall with framed Bar/Bat Mitzvah pictures from community members, family, and friends. If you have a photo from any era that you would like to share, please either scan the photo or take a picture of it with your phone with no glare, and email it to

Mazal Tov to Amanda, John, Rosie and Micah on the new venture!
Afghan Refugees
Mandana Hakimi is helping settle refugee families in Columbia, acting as translator and assessing individual families’ needs. One of her current families has an infant and pre-school girls. All are in need of warm winter clothes, among other things.

Mandana has compiled a list of the most urgent needs. She also invites anyone who’d like to actively help out to go with her on her visits with the families.

Contact her at or 573.268.5080.

Also – again this year, CBS is collecting coats, blankets, sleeping bags, gloves, scarves, and winter hats, to be distributed through several shelters.  A hanger box is in the foyer of the sanctuary. Please help fellow Columbians stay warm during the cold months.

Columbia Values Diversity Breakfast
Tickets for the 2022 Columbia Values Diversity breakfast are available now and selling fast.  This community event will be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center on Thursday morning, January 13, from 7am – 9 am.  A program promoting diversity through the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. will be presented along with the breakfast.

Because of continued COVID concerns, the overall seating capacity and the number of seats at each table will be reduced.  CBS is sponsoring a table as a “Friend” but this year we will not be reserving a table.

Tickets are $20/person. For more information and to order tickets visit the Columbia Cultural Affairs website:

To the sacred music fund
Hanna & David Klachko

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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