News & Events

B'not Mitzvah: Ava & Lilah Novorr
September 10
Lilah Novorr, the daughter of Scott and Jennifer Novorr, will become a Bat Mitzvah on September 10. Lilah is an 8th grader at Pleasant Ridge Middle School. Outside of school, Lilah dances competitively for Denise's Dance Academy. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends. For her Mitzvah Project, Lilah will be working with Gift of Life Marrow Registry to recruit donors for life-saving bone marrow transplants.

Ava Novorr, the daughter of Craig and Alyson Novorr, will become a Bat Mitzvah on September 10. Ava is an 8th grader at Pleasant Ridge Middle School. Ava has two older brothers, Tyler and Nicholas and a younger sister Ellaina. Outside of
school, Ava coaches competitive gymnastics after competing for many years and plays volleyball. Ava enjoys swimming and spending time with friends and family. For her Mitzvah Project, Ava will be participating with Lilah working with Gift of Life Marrow Registry to recruit
donors for life-saving bone marrow transplants.
High Holy Days are on the way and we are busy preparing for another year of meaningful experiences allowing us to connect to our spirituality and to one another in our community. We invite you to make your plans to join to infuse the Days of Awe with meaning, inspiration and comfort for you and your family.

All of our services will be available in-person and virtual except for Shofar in the Park and the Rose Hill Memorial Service, which will be in-person only. We will not issue tickets this year, please register if you are joining us in person so we may check you in when you arrive.
Volunteer During the High Holy Days!
Volunteering takes so many forms at B'nai Jehudah, and this year, you can make the High Holy Days even more meaningful by giving just a little extra time:

  1. High Holy Days Services: Seeking door greeters and ushers! Select your preferred service(s) and get ready to welcome new and old friends! Click here to volunteer.
  2. Shofar in the Park: With a new indoor/outdoor location, Shofar in the Park is something to look forward to for all ages! Click here to volunteer to run a Shofar in the Park activity.
  3. Puppeteer: Put your performance skills in action with our fabulous cast of puppeteers during Shofar in the Park and the Yom Kippur Family Service. Contact Abby Magariel to learn more!
Celebrate Your Newest Family Members this Rosh Hashanah
Rabbi Kramer would like to celebrate all the babies and grand-babies born to our congregation in the last year. Please send the name(s) of your baby, grandchild or great-grandchild that was born in the year 5782 to Leea Clark at rabbiadmin@bnaijehudah.org. We will add them to the list to celebrate during the Rosh Hashanah service! 
Shofar in the Park
Sept. 26 | 4:00-6:00 pm | Ironwoods Park Lodge 14701 Mission Road, Leawood, KS
Welcome in a great new year together with our friends from Mesner Puppet Theater for a fun and festive Rosh Hashanah experience, complete with Shofar and Tashlich! Get your sweet tooth fix for FREE and invite your friends. Shofar in the Park is open to everyone in the community.
  • 4:00-5:30 pm | Activities for all ages, Dessert Trucks and Tashlich
  • 5:30-6:00 pm | Mesner Puppet Shofar Experience
Sweet & Sacred Series
Through September 21

The month of Elul gives us a time for self-reflection, forgiveness, and exploration. Join our incredible B’nai Jehudah team for a month of in-person learning, hands-on experiences, and spiritual offerings that will help us all reflect, explore, and contemplate as we head into Jewish New Year 5783. This year's series includes a Scholar-in-Residence weekend with Dr. Alan Morinis, founder of The Mussar Institute.
Challahs & Honey from Sisterhood
Now on sale | Orders due Sep. 15
Sisterhood of B'nai Jehudah & Mitzvah Garden KC are teaming up once again to provide wonderful treats for your holiday meal! Delicious plain or raisin round challahs baked by McClains Bakery and/or honey harvested by Mitzvah Garden KC. Buy for yourself, as a gift for others, or donate to Jewish families in need through Jewish Family Services. Proceeds benefit Sisterhood and Mitzvah Garden KC.
Religious School Begins THIS Week!
Start Dates for 2022-23:
  • Wed., Sept. 7: Kesher begins! Come at 6:30 pm to hang out and eat pizza; learning time is 7:00-8:15 pm   
  • Sun., Sept. 11: Yalla! begins; Join us starting at 8:30 am for Brotherhood Breakfast Cafe; learning time is 9:00 am - noon.
  • Wed., Sept. 14: Confirmation begins; Check your email for details
First day of Yalla! What to Expect
  • 8:30-9:00 am: Pastries & Parfaits for breakfast, sponsored by Sisterhood and Brotherhood
  • 9:00 am:
  • Drop off children in their classrooms. There will be signs and people with clipboards to direct you. 
  • After drop off, parents/guardians head to the Community Commons for a meet and greet with the rabbis. 
  • Noon: Pick up children from their classrooms and hear all about their first day! 
Shabbat Happenings
September 9
5:00 pm: Share Shabbat at B'nai Jehudah
6:00 pm: Erev Shabbat Service

September 10
10:30 am: Shabbat Morning service celebrating the B'not Mitzvah of Ava & Lilah Novorr

Please join us in worship in the building or virtually on Facebook Live or on Vimeo
Share Shabbat
It's another fun Shabbat experience for the young and young-at-heart! This month's Share Shabbat happens at B'nai Jehudah.
Community News
Community-Wide Selichot Program
September 17
Alan Morinis, B'nai Jehudah's Scholar-in-Residence, will be the featured speaker at the community-wide Selichot Program. The Jewish community will gather on Saturday, September 17 to prepare for the High Holy Days at the annual community Selichot program and service. The program will take place at host Congregation Beth Torah and there will be opportunities for both in person and virtual participation. Please visit kcrabbi.org for more information or register at https://forms.gle/eGw4q635ey9pda858
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