Congregation Beth Shalom ~ December 23, 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
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.

Saturday Morning
Rabbi Cohen leads Torah study via Zoom at 11 am.

Parashat Shemot

Torah – Exodus/Shemot 1:1-6:1

Haftarah – Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23

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

Coming Up
New Member Shabbat Friday, January 21st
Tefilah Tuesdays @ 7 pm –
Hebrew Bible with Howard Lidsky Sundays @ noon @ CBS
Religious School & Youth Group
Religious school, Hebrew school & Youth Group will be on winter break until Wednesday, January 19
Erev Shabbat at CBS

24 & 31 – Zoom-only services (winter holidays)

7 – Services with CBS post-b’nai mitzvah students (Zoom and in-person)
14 – 2nd Shabbos with Kurt Saxton, Baha’i community/MLK remembrance (Zoom and in-person)
21 – New Member Shabbat and Musical Shabbat with Andy and BelleAnne Curry (Zoom and in-person)
28 – Services led by religious school students (Zoom and in-person)

CBS Book Club
The CBS Book Group will meet again on Sunday, February 20 at 3:00.

We will be discussing The Last Kings of Shanghai by Jonathan Kaufman.  The book tells the story of two rival Jewish families, the Sassoons and the Kadoories, who had an enormous influence on business and politics in China, and especially in Shanghai, in the early 1800s and early-to-mid 1900s.

A decision will be made closer to the date as to whether we will meet in person or via Zoom.

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.

Mah-Jongg Cards
Dee Dee Strnad is collecting funds for next year’s mah-jongg cards. The price is $9 for the small card and $10 for the large one.

Please send either the exact amount in cash or a check made out to Dee Dee Strnad at 803 Cornell, Columbia 65203.

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:

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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