Friday, January 26

Beshalach/Shabbat Shira

A History of Israel Through Song

7:30 pm Shabbat evening services

Candle lighting 4:38 pm

Saturday, January 27

9:00 am Torah study

10:00 am Shabbat morning services

Most Worship Services are offered both in-person and online.

Click here for Weekly Worship Service Times, Zoom Links and Resources


It's KABBALAT SHABBAT,  Shabbat Shira, the Sabbath of Song, plus ISRAEL!  

As part of Friday night services, Cantor Hasha will lead the congregation through a 30-minute history of Israel through song, featuring video clips from the 1940's up to December 28, 2023, in addition to our joyous Shabbat service! Find a list of Shabbat Shira Israeli Composers 2024 here. Join us!

CBS Conversion to Judaism Course

Feb. 21st, 2024 - Dec. 27, 2024 

(See Syllabus for full schedule and breaks)

Free to Members, $360 for non-Members 

Are you interested in or considering conversion to Judaism? We welcome anyone looking to make Judaism their spiritual home. Whether you're already sure that you want to convert, or you're still exploring if conversion is right for you, this course is designed for you! Join Rabbi David and other conversion candidates on this 25 session program that will cover a wide variety of Jewish topics and will also guide participants through their own personal reflection about theology and Jewish practice in their own lives. See the full syllabus below for all the dates and how to register. 

Ruach Renewal: Seeds of Change

NEW DATE! Thurs, Feb 1 - Sat, Feb 3

At Congregation Beth Shalom

We welcome you to attend as many of the activities as you are able to, beginning with a unique crafting experience Thursday night, a memorable Candlelight Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday, and a full day of activities and experiences on Saturday beginning with morning Shacharit! Please sign up again.

Jekabpils Jewish community

CBS has re-established contact with the Jekabpils Jewish community.  Jekabpils is a town in Latvia and CBS provided assistance to the Jewish community there from 2009 until 2017.  Currently, there are 15 members of the Jewish community there.  Four members are Holocaust survivors and the remaining eleven people are in their 70s.  The Jewish community of Jekabpils are maintaining two Jewish cemeteries to the extent possible given their ages and limited resources.  Assistance is needed by the community to pay for its’ members utilities .  We are excited to be able to help the Jekabpils community and implore you to consider this fund when donating to the synagogue.  Thank you. Rikki Amesquita, CBS Liaison

Beginner's Israeli Dance on Sundays!

While waiting for your children, come and join us for Beginner's Israeli dance in the social hall!! At the request of some CBS parents/teachers we will have instruction sessions at 10:30 am on: 

Sunday, February 11 , Sunday, March 10, Sunday, April 7

If you can walk, clap, and turn, you can do these dances!! It’s great exercise to beautiful music, and it will warm you during this cold weather!! We’ll provide snacks. Dance leader: Diane Toby/Music and sound: Brian Toby

Prime Timers! Join us for Game Night 2.0

Come for an evening of playing board games with your friends… and make some new friends!

Compete for the coveted trophy! We will supply the games- feel free to bring a snack to share. 

When: Saturday, February 17 at 6:30 PM

Where: CBS

Hosted by Mike and Ann Rabin 

Please RSVP by Wednesday, Feb 14 to

Cantor Hasha's Farewell Concert

Join us on Saturday, May 4 at 7pm for Cantor's Hasha's Farewell Concert. The evening will be filled with great entertainment, uplifting Jewish soul music and community celebration. Wines for l'khayim and delicious desserts will be served. The concert is a wonderful fundraising opportunity for our community. Please consider donating in hour of our beloved Cantor Hasha: Angels $54; Malachim $180; Seraphim $360; Bonim $720 and Shomrim $1800. Ticket prices for the concert at $18 for individuals and families! Sign up here!

Do you have a child in college?

If yes and you would like for them to receive letters of support from congregants please send their name and address to Elizabeth Sigale for an upcoming outreach activity during Ruach Renewal. Please send all information by 1/30. Contact:

Clergy Evaluation Committee welcomes our members' input

As part of its mandate to provide feedback to Rabbi David, the Clergy Evaluation Committee welcomes our members' input. We are working on a review of the rabbi’s performance during his first sixth months. If you have anything you would like to share about his successes or areas for improvement, please contact the committee's chair, Vicki Robinson, at You can share comments via email or request a phone call. Your responses will remain confidential.

Vote for Ms. Wendy for the Sue Pinsky Award for Excellence in Jewish Education

At CBS, we have the opportunity between now and February 2 to nominate an early childhood educator for Chicago's prestigious Sue Pinsky Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Our very own Ms. Wendy Adler is eligible to be nominated. The process takes just a few minutes, and the winner receives $4,000, while the school receives $1,000. Click here to nominate: Wendy's email is

CBS Blood Drive, January 28, 2024, From 9a-1:30p

We need at least 3 more people to sign up for the CBS Blood Drive to reach our goal. To schedule your appointment, go to, load the Versiti Donor app, call (800) 7TO-GIVE. Sign Up Here!

Make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating. PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED. EVERY DONOR WILL SAVE UP TO 3 LIVES!

Giving warms the heart! Donate and keep warm this winter with a limited-edition Versiti beanie, while supplies last. Anyone not able to give blood but who wants to help…we would love to offer fresh baked goods to the donors at CBS…of course, NO NUTS!

Chesed and Tikun Olam

Our Tikun Olam heroes of the week are all the congregants who participated in our Shabbat of Love with Supportive Neighbors. Four of our families hosted Shabbat dinners for Christians who support Israel and want to know more about Judaism. This project was organized by Jewish Federation’s Outreach Partners. April Haskell and Mickey Passman as well as their spouses and children hosted four adults and four children. A wonderful time was had by all. Paulette and Nat Goodman hosted three young professionals who thoroughly enjoyed their experience at dinner and at services. Rita and Ken Kramen hosted a couple who not only enjoyed experiencing Shabbat dinner, but who wanted to come to services. The organizer, Serene Hudson, is eager with Rita to meet to cultivate and improve this experience. It is a gift to welcome support from our wider community and cultivate relationships not only within or

synagogue but beyond. Many thanks to the Haskell’s, the Passman’s, the Goodman’s and the Kramen’s who hosted our Christian neighbors. If you would like to nominate a person or persons for Tikun Olam heroes, please email

Ongoing Social/Education Programs

Thursday Text Study with Rabbi David

Join us next on Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, for the Thursday Study Group, led by Rabbi David. Join Rabbi David and others in person at the synagogue in the Social Hall, or join us via Zoom.