Congregation Beth Shalom ~ February 10, 2022 ~ ~ 573-499-4855

deadline for eShalom is Wednesday each week
Contact Rabbi Phil Cohen at or 716.481.7929
Shabbat Services
Friday Night/Erev Shabbat
Tot Shabbat services at 5:30 pm, led by Emily Fuller and Amanda Rainey. We will say blessings, sing and hear a story.

Rabbi Phil Cohen leads Kabbalat Shabbat services via Zoom at 6:30 pm. Special guest speaker will be Dr. Chris Leighton former executive director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies.

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.

Rabbi Cohen leads Torah study via Zoom at 11 am.

Note: Beginning next Friday evening, February 18, in-person services will resume. We’ll continue Zooming services as well.

Parashat Tetzaveh
Torah – Exodus/Shemot 27:20-30:10

Haftarah – Ezekiel 43:10-27

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

Trivia with the Tribe
Trivia With the Tribe is almost here (it’s a week from Saturday to be exact)!!!
If you know useless information … then this is your chance to shine!
Tables are finalizing now – come join the fun and sign up today at
Questions? Please contact Marc Alexander at
Coming Up
2nd Shabbos Friday, February 11 @ 6:30 pm
Souper Sunday Sunday, February 13 @ 2 pm
Trivia with the Tribe Saturday, February 19 @ 6:30 pm
Tree Planting Sunday, February 20 @ 11:30 am
CBS Book Club Sunday, February 20 @ 3 pm
URJ Mindful Parenting Sunday, February 27
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 school and youth group will meet Sunday, February 13th
Hebrew school will meet Wednesday, February 16th
Souper Sunday
We are resuming our tradition of gathering before the Super Bowl to assemble several hundred packets of dry soup mix to deliver to the Russell Chapel Food Pantry.

We’re meeting this Sunday, February 13 at 2 pm at Hillel, 1107 University Ave. on the MU campus. Park in the lot behind Hillel and come into the kitchen through the back door. If we have 15-20 people, it shouldn’t take much more than an hour.

If you would like to help but can’t be there in person, consider a donation to the Tikkun Olam budget. About half the cost of the soup supplies comes from that budget and the other half came from help with donations and logistics from Jeanne and Dave Snodgrass.

With questions, contact Noah Heringman at or Dan Edidin at  We’ll observe masking and social distancing protocols.

This is a fun community event for most ages. Hope to see you there!

 Trees of Life    עץי  חיים
The Tikkun Olam committee, in conjunction with the CBS religious school, is planning a special program to launch a tree planting initiative on Sunday, February 20th at 11:30 am (after religious school). In honor of the Tu b’Shvat holiday last month, we plan to add six fruit trees to our “food forest” on the CBS property: three pawpaws and three chestnuts.

The planting ceremony itself will take place in April, probably just after Passover, with a special liturgy prepared 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.

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

Come join the children in launching this green initiative on our property. Print this illustration by Deborah Zemke and enjoy coloring trees of your own!

Aid for Afghan Refugees
CBS is looking into the possibility of sponsoring a family of Afghan refugees, a responsibility that would include a significant commitment of service and financial support. Among the things we would need to do is to form a committee of at least ten individuals. If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Cohen at

In the meantime, our members can assist local efforts to help Afghan refugees. Please read the information below and respond with an open heart.

Catholic Charities Refugee Services (CCRS) is the lead agency working to resettle Afghan refugees in Columbia. Since last October CCRS has resettled over 270 Afghans, and more are expected. CBS members have asked how we can help.

As many of us are aware, Mandana Hakimi is working closely with the new Columbians. She is our person most aware of immediate needs. Contact her at or 573.268.5080.

The Tikkun Olam committee has contributed financially to Mandana’s efforts, as have many CBS members and others. The committee has also donated to CCRS and to City of Refuge.

CCRS needs volunteers to help with housing, driving, employment and other needs. Apply online at

English language teachers are also needed. Contact Elaine Bryan at the Adult Learning Center at or 573.690.0379.

CCRS can make good use of cash, gift cards for grocery stores and retailers, and the following:

  • Food – canned tomatoes (diced or crushed), rice, unseasoned beans (preferably canned), lentils, flour (5 or 10 lb. bags), sugar, active yeast (shelf stable), tea (black or green), spices (turmeric, paprika, curry powder, ground cumin, ground cloves, black pepper, salt), honey, Werther’s Original caramel candies
  • Baby – diapers, pacifiers, bottles, baby wipes, formula
  • Household – tableware, dishes, pots & pans, mixing/serving bowls, cooking utensils, towels, bedding, toilet paper, loose leaf paper, spiral or composition notebooks, pens, paper towels, dish soap, bathroom/kitchen cleaner, laundry detergent, trash bags

Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm at Catholic Charities Refugee Services, 916 Bernadette Drive (near Joe Machens and Our Lady of Lourdes), phone 573.442.7568. For larger donations such as furniture, call ahead to arrange delivery.

CCRS has an Amazon Wish List for to purchasing needed items and having them delivered directly to them:

– compiled by Elizabeth Hornbeck and Rabbi Phil Cohen

URJ Mindful Parenting

Are you a parent of school-aged children?
Check out the Mindful Parenting course offered by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality

visit for more information
URJ Introduction to Judaism

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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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