Congregation Beth Shalom ~ March 3, 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
Community members lead Kabbalat Shabbat services in-person and via Zoom at 6:30 pm.

Saturday Morning
Community members lead Shabbat morning services in the Conservative tradition in-person and via Zoom at 10 am.


Parashat Pekudei
Torah – Exodus/Shemot 38:21-40:38

Haftarah – I Kings 7:51-8:21

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

Coming Up
Rabbi Meeka Simerly educational presentation Sunday, March 6 @ 5:30 pm via Zoom:
Purim bag assembly Saturday, March 12 @ 3 pm
Purim bags delivery Sunday, March 13
Purim Megilah Reading Wednesday, March 16 @ 6 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, March 6th
Hebrew school will meet Wednesday, March 9th
Rabbinical Search
The Search Committee invites you to meet Rabbi Meeka Simerly, a candidate for the settled rabbi position.  

Rabbi Simerly will present an educational program via Zoom this coming Sunday, March 6 at 5:30 pm:

We hope you will attend this introduction to Rabbi Simerly.  Keep in mind that this is also an opportunity for her to interview us, and we would like to present our congregational family as the “hidden gem” of the Midwest, as Rabbi Cohen has described CBS. 

With questions, or with feedback after the program, contact
Seth at or Alix at

Rabbi Simerly’s resume:

Tu B’Sh’vat
Deborah Zemke recently led religious school students in making art relating to trees and springtime for Tu B’Shvat.
Todah Rabbah, Deborah!

CBS’s Purim megilah reading will be Wednesday, March 16 at 6 pm, live and via Zoom.

We’ll have creative readings of the megilah by CBS volunteers, a break for hamentaschen, then a Hebrew megilah reading. Come in costume and join the fun!

Purim bag assembly is Saturday, March 12th @ 3 pm and delivery is Sunday, March 13th.

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

Aid for Afghan Refugees
Mandana Hakimi is providing translation services and direct aid to Columbia’s newest residents, Afghan refugee families.

She asks that anyone who wants to help her with some necessary purchases or cash assistance contact her directly: or 573. 442.6258.

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:

Goodman Memorial Garden
Spring is in the air, but there is at least one garden-related item from last growing season to think about. In the 2021 gardening season Julie Deering, Rick Diamant, Ben Edidin, Svetlana Grobman and Rebecca Smith helped take care of the plants near the entrance of the sanctuary building. With all the outside services and events we had, the congregation had more opportunities than usual to appreciate the flowers. 

Thanks to all who have helped to keep the memorial garden looking good!  

In memory of Bette Weiss
Mary Smith

Donations to Tikkun Olam and the general fund
David & Ellen Gardner

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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