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. Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84124865329
Saturday Morning No Saturday morning services this week.
I wouldn’t normally write about a funeral for a publication like the eShalom, but I would like to make an exception.
On Tuesday we said our farewells to Professor Jane Lilienfeld. I’d gotten to know her a bit when last summer she was in a rehab center recovering from a shoulder injury. We chatted and I found out about her life as a professor of English at Lincoln University and her scholarly work on Virginia Woolf. She went home and for reasons that are unclear she didn’t return several phone calls and so we never continued our conversation over a cup of coffee or tea.
Then perhaps two weeks ago I was told she was in the hospital and wanted me to visit, a request I gladly accommodated. Unfortunately, in her weakened condition we could not talk about much, and in a shorter amount of time than the doctors thought, she left us. She left behind no children and a former husband.
I am writing about Jane because through this process I learned some things about her that I respected immensely.
First, she was not alone in this world. She has the great fortune to have a group of close friends who helped her in life, and who are helping her settle her affairs in her death.
Second, she loved her life as a teacher. Her mainly African American students learned from someone who came alive in the classroom. And, no doubt, over the years there were hundreds of students who had the privilege of sitting in her classroom.
Third, she was a longtime member of a sub-group of Overeaters Anonymous called greysheet. She not only benefited from the rigors of this particular discipline, but more, she sponsored many people throughout the years who owe their success to her counsel. People around the world owe their recovery to Jane Lilienfeld.
The more I came to know about Dr. Lilienfeld, the more I wished she’d returned my calls. This woman, diminutive in physical stature, was a giant, and the world is diminished by her absence.
Zichrona livracha, may her memory continue to be a blessing.
Happy New Year.
Rabbi Phil M. Cohen
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, and Rabbi Cohen discussing texts related to peace and justice (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)
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to include in eShalom.