Congregation Beth Shalom ~ February 17, 2022 ~ ~ 573-499-4855

deadline for eShalom is Wednesday each week
Contact Rabbi Phil Cohen at or 716.481.7929
Shabbat Services
Note: Beginning tomorrow evening, February 18 and weather permitting,  in-person services will resume. We’ll continue Zooming services as well.

Friday Night/Erev Shabbat
Rabbi Phil Cohen leads Kabbalat Shabbat services in-person and 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 a service in the Conservative tradition in-person and via Zoom at 10 am. We will read and discuss the week’s Torah portion.

Emily Fuller leads a youth service beginning at 10 am in the farmhouse. This service is geared toward elementary and pre-b’nai mitzvah-aged students.

Parashat Ki Tisa
Torah – Exodus/Shemot 30:11-34:35

Haftarah – I Kings 18:1-39

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

Coming Up
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 20th
Hebrew school will meet Wednesday, February 23rd
 Trivia with the Tribe

We are now only 2.5 days away – Trivia With the Tribe takes place THIS SATURDAY at 6:30 pm. Try your luck on everything from “Where Is That Place?” to “Advertising Slogans!”  Six categories of random, useless knowledge.  But if you don’t act fast, you’ll miss your chance to be part of the fun.  
Registration has been extended but firmly closes on Friday at 10 pm.  Sign up at
Email Marc at with any questions.  
Sign up now – see you on Saturday! 
 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. In a late celebration of Tu b’Shvat we will meet this Sunday, February 20th at 11:30 am (after religious school). When the weather warms up we will 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 our the children in launching this green initiative on our property.

CBS Book Club

The CBS Book Club will meet this coming Sunday, February 20, at 3 pm. We will be discussing The Last Kings of Shanghai by Jonathan Kaufman. The book tells the story of two rival Baghdadi Jewish families, the Sassoons and the Kadoories, who had an enormous influence on business and politics in China in the early 1800s and early-to-mid 1900s. It is also a story about the European Jews who managed to get to Shanghai and thus survive the Holocaust.
Please join us on Zoom:

Souper Sunday
Thanks to all who participated in our annual Souper Sunday event. We created and delivered 450 bean soup packets to the Russell Chapel Pantry for distribution to their clients. It was a fun afternoon!  

Special thanks to Jeanne Snodgrass for hosting us at Hillel and to Jeanne and Dave for ordering beans and donating many of the ingredients. Thanks also to Rick Diamant for printing our labels and inserts; to Brent Lowenberg and Dan Edidin for delivering to Russell Chapel; to Ben Edidin (in absentia) for putting the event on a firm mathematical footing; and to Elsa Fuller, our youngest and most active participant.

Thanks also to those who donated to offset the cost of the ingredients we purchased. We’re still accepting donations until the cost of the event is fully covered. Hope to see you next year on Souper Bowl Sunday! 

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.

Another organizational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 pm via Zoom. Contact Margie Sable at or Elizabeth Hornbeck at for the Zoom link or for more information.

Catholic Charities has a wealth of information about resettling refugees on their web page:

In memory of Ellen’s beloved dad, Sidney j. Zigel
David & Ellen Gardner

In memory of David’s beloved dad, David A. Gardner
David & Ellen Gardner

to the Tikkun Olam fund:
In memory of Beverly Kabrick-Horn
David & Hanna Klachko
In memory of Ruben Hakimi
David & Hanna Klachko
In memory of Shari Weinman’s father, Alvin Weinman                                         
David & Hanna Klachko
In memory of Bette Weiss
David & Hanna Klachko
In memory of Randee Shenkel’s sister, Leonore Weidenfeld
David & Hanna Klachko
Happy Birthday to Judy Schermer        
David & Hanna Klachko
Happy Birthday to Charles Tutt
David & Hanna Klachko
Best wishes for good health and a great year to Leah Cohn & Dewayne Davis
David & Hanna Klachko                                  

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!
MU’s College of Education & Human Development honored Emily Fuller with an Outstanding Host Teacher Award for hosting MU music education majors in her classroom at Parkade Elementary School during the fall semester.  She was nominated by the students who worked in her classroom for being an excellent role model and supportive mentor.
Mazal Tov, Emily!

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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