Congregation Beth Shalom ~ February 23, 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
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 Reform Shabbat morning service in-person and via Zoom at 10 am. B’nai mitzvah students and their families are encouraged to attend.

Rabbi Cohen leads Torah study in-person and via Zoom at 11 am.

Parashat Vayakhel/Shabbat Shekalim
Torah – Exodus/Shemot 35:1-38:20

Haftarah – II Kings 12:1-17

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

Coming Up
URJ Mindful Parenting Sunday, February 27
Purim orders due Monday, February 28
Afghan refugee meeting Tuesday, March 1 @ 7:30 pm
Purim bags delivery Sunday, March 13
Purim Spiel & Megilah Wednesday, March 16

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 27th
Hebrew school will meet Wednesday, March 2
Purim at CBS
By now you should have received a Purim bag order form in the mail. The form is also available on the CBS web page:

Orders are due next Monday, February 28
Bag assembly is Saturday, March 12th and delivery is Sunday, March 13th.

If you would like to help, please contact Debi Kupferer (assembly) at  or Rick Diamant (delivery) at

Purim spiel and megilah reading will be Wednesday, March 16. More detailed information will follow.

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 more information.

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

True/False Community Screening
The Show Me True/False community screening will take place on Saturday, March 5th at 4 pm at the Missouri Theatre. Tickets are $5 each on a first-come, first-served basis.

Purchase tickets here:
More information here:

CBS Book Club
The next meeting of the CBS Book Club will be on May 1 at 3 pm.  We will be discussing House on Endless Waters by Emuna Elon.  Please join us!
 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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