Congregation Beth Shalom ~ January 13, 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
Shabbat Services
Friday Night/Erev Shabbat
Rabbi Phil Cohen leads Kabbalat Shabbat services via Zoom at 6:30 pm. Special guest will be Kurt Saxton of Columbia’s Baha’i community. Kurt and Rabbi Cohen will discuss texts in each of our traditions that are related to peace and justice.

Saturday Morning
Rabbi Cohen and community members lead services in the Conservative tradition via Zoom at 10 am.


Parashat B’shalach
Torah – Exodus/Shemot 13:17-17:16

Haftarah – Judges 4:4-5:31

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

Coming Up
Tu b’Sh’vat Tree Planting Sunday, January 23rd @ 12:30 pm
Loaves & Fishes Sunday, January 30 @ 4:15 pm
Trivia with the Tribe Saturday, February 19 @ 6:30 pm
Tefilah Tuesdays @ 7 pm –
Hebrew Bible with Howard Lidsky Sundays @ noon @ CBS
Religious School & Youth Group
Hebrew school resumes Wednesday, January 19
Religious school and Youth Group resume Sunday, January 23
Erev Shabbat at CBS
14 – Kurt Saxton, Baha’i community, and Rabbi Cohen will discuss texts related to peace and justice (Zoom only)
21 – * Musical Shabbat with Andy and BelleAnne Curry (Zoom only)
28 – Services led by religious school students

*New member Shabbat is postponed and will be rescheduled when in-person services can be resumed safely.

Tu b’Sh’vat

The Tikkun Olam committee, in conjunction with the CBS religious school, is planning a special program to launch a tree planting initiave on Sunday, January 23rd at 12:30 pm (after religious school). In honor of Tu b’Shvat we’ll be adding six fruit trees to our “food forest” on the CBS property: three pawpaws and three chestnuts.

The planting ceremony itself, in keeping with local climate, will take place in April, probably just after Passover, with a special liturgy devised by Rabbi Cohen.  We will also plant an oak tree to replace the large oak that had to be taken down in the front of the property.

Everyone is invited, so please come out on January 23rd to join the children in launching this green initiative on our property.

Contact Noah Heringman at for more information, and watch this space for future announcements about the spring planting ceremony. 

Print this illustration by Deborah Zemke and enjoy coloring trees of your own!

Loaves & Fishes
Every fifth Sunday, CBS provides a full dinner to those in need through the Loaves & Fishes program. This month we are serving on January 30th, and we need donations of food items as well as volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up.

Bring food items to Wilkes Blvd. Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd. (back entrance), before 4:15 pm that day, and volunteers should arrive by 4:30 pm. We expect to serve about 100 people. A SignUpGenius for food needs and servers will be posted next week.

With questions, contact Noah at or Brent at

Trivia with the Tribe

Join all of your friends – virtually – at CBS for Trivia with the Tribe – 2022! The fun starts Saturday, February 19 at 6:30 pm and you don’t want to miss a minute of it!

So … Pester your pal in Poughkeepsie. Call your cousin in California. Heck – holler at your haughty honey on Hitt Street. All are welcome!  

This is your chance to show off your knowledge of the obscure and useless during 6 rounds of trivia. For sign-up information please visit

Questions? Please contact Marc Alexander at

Don’t miss out on the fun! See you soon on Zoom!

Room at the Inn
Room at the Inn, which provides nighttime shelter to the homeless during the winter, has started operations. Several area churches are rotating hosting of guests through early March. Because of COVID, organizers had to increase the number of paid staff. The program relies on volunteers, many from the faith community, to prepare meals, do light cleanup, help with check-in and other tasks. 
CBS provides financial support for the program, but volunteer support is still vital to its success. To volunteer, donate, or just learn more about Room at the Inn, check their 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.
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:

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