Congregation Beth Shalom ~ January 27, 2021 ~ ~ 573-499-4855

deadline for eShalom is Wednesday each week
Shabbat Services
Friday Night/Erev Shabbat
Rabbi Phil Cohen leads Kabbalat Shabbat services via Zoom at 6:30 pm.

Saturday Morning
Rabbi Cohen leads a Reform Shabbat morning service via Zoom at 10 am. B’nai mitzvah students and their families are encouraged to attend. Note: If you don’t have a copy of Mishkan Tefilah and would like to borrow one, contact the office:
Zoom: ~ Meeting ID 839 0085 4580

Rabbi Cohen leads Torah study via Zoom at 11 am.


Parashat Mishpatim
Torah – Exodus/Shemot 21:1-24:18

Haftarah – Jeremiah 34:8-22

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

Coming Up
Loaves & Fishes Sunday, January 30 @ 4:15 pm
CBS Board Meeting Thursday, February 3 @ 7 pm
2nd Shabbos Friday, February 11 @ 6:30 pm
Trivia with the Tribe Saturday, February 19 @ 6:30 pm
CBS Book Club Sunday, February 20 @ 3 pm
Seminarion Mondays @ 7 pm
Tefilah Tuesdays @ 7 pm –
Hebrew Bible with Howard Lidsky Sundays @ noon @ CBS
See the CBS calendar here:
Send calendar items to Mary at
Religious School & Youth Group
Religious and Hebrew schools and youth group will not meet until Wednesday, February 2nd due to the surge in Covid cases in Columbia.

The two weeks will be made up at the end of the school year. Debbie Kaplan is sending emails with updated information to school and youth group families.

Erev Shabbat at CBS
4 – Services led by religious school students (Zoom only)

11 – 2nd Shabbos with guest speaker Dr. Chris Leighton, former executive director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies

Contact Rabbi Phil Cohen at or 716.481.7929
Trivia with the Tribe

With a little over three weeks to go, teams are forming for Trivia with the Tribe – 2022!  
How you form a table is up to you –

  • Sit at a cozy table with just you and your spouse?
  • Gather your colleagues from work?
  • Throw a bunch of teenagers together to see if they’re really as smart as they think they are?
  • Or do the multi-family-and-friend meetup across state lines?

However you choose to gather for the evening (on Zoom), we’ll have a great time!
So … show off your knowledge of the obscure and useless during 6 rounds of trivia. The fun starts Saturday, February 19 at 6:30 pm CST.
It was a great time last year – let’s do it again! Get started right now at
Questions? Please contact Marc Alexander at

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

We have begun a new course, Writing an Ethical Will.

Monday evening, January 31, is the second of four sessions. No matter if you missed the first session – feel free to join the group at 7 pm via Zoom.

What is an ethical will? It’s a brief document that offers a window into the soul of the author, a creative summary of the lessons the author has learned over the course of his/her life.  These “legacy letters” often become a “treasured part of a family’s history,” as it says on the back of the book Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them.

During this course we will look at several examples  composed throughout history, and then create our own. You will be invited to share your ethical will with the class, but it will not be a requirement, should you prefer to keep your writing private.


 Happy Campers!

Camp Ben Frankel is launching a series of online info sessions through late March. Meet our directors, see photos and videos, and get your questions answered. 
All sessions hosted via Zoom and sessions last about 45 minutes. Parents/guardians and potential campers are all welcome.


ONLINE SHABBAT every Friday at 6:15p cst –

Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) is a Reform Jewish camp located near Indianapolis IN. GUCI serves kids from age 4 through high school seniors with a variety of camp experiences. .
Registration for Summer 2022 is open now at

Also – check out GUCIpalooza for grades 9-12 March 25-27 at

The Siegal One Happy Camper Fund provides $1,000 incentive grants for first-time Jewish campers. Information and the application form are here:
Prayer Book Sale

Virtual Tour of Jewish Central Europe

Virtually explore Jewish sites in six cities in Central Europe with guide Gadi Ben-Dov. From the rich history of Krakow to the awe-inspiring architecture of Budapest, you’ll be immersed in the cultural legacies and history of Jewish communities in this iconic region.

Find more information and register:

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!
Jenn, Jake and Mickey Haselswerdt welcomed baby girl Eloise Beverly to their family this week.

Mazal Tov to all!

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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