News & Events

Important Updates
Office Closed for Yom Kippur
In observance of Yom Kippur, B'nai Jehudah's office will close at 3:30pm on September 15 and will be closed all day on September 16. Non emergent emails and phone calls will be returned on September 17.

Sunday Minyan Time Change
Our Sunday morning minyan moved to a new time - 10:20 am - on Facebook live. The minyan will be a learner’s service with the 4th-6th grade Yalla! students, and will include the Mourner's Kaddish and reading the names of those who are recently deceased, and those whose yahrtzeit falls on that Sunday

Bat Mitzvah: Taryn Sydnee Arlotti
September 18
Jackie and Keith Arlotti are pleased to announce that their daughter, Taryn Arlotti, will become a Bat Mitzvah during the morning service on Saturday, September 18, 2021. An 8th grader at Frontier Trail Middle School, Taryn participates in BBYO Connect, Kesher, and is a Madricha at B'nai Jehudah Religious School. She plays baseball, basketball, is in cross country and track, and is a web leader at her school. She plays the trumpet and shofar, and loves to read Stephen King novels and play Fortnight on Xbox. For her mitzvah project, Taryn raised $500 to assemble "Happy Kits" for Children's Mercy Hospital. The kits have books, games, and other fun items to help young patients enjoy a little happiness while in the hospital.

Join Taryn and her family in person (register here) or virtually on Facebook Live or Vimeo.

Yom Kippur At-a-Glance
All virtual services will be available on Facebook or Vimeo. Watch live at the start time, or later at your convenience.
Yom Kippur
September 15
Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidrei) | 6:00 pm | virtual
September 16
  • Outdoor Family Puppet Service | 8:30 am | in person/outside at B'nai Jehudah
  • Yom Kippur Morning Service | 10:30 am | virtual 
  • Afternoon Torah Service: 2:00 pm | virtual
  • Yizkor/Neilah Service: 4:30 pm | virtual

Yom Kippur Family Service
8:30 am | B'nai Jehudah lawn (near parking lot)
Join our Mesner Puppet friends one more time for a special outdoor Yom Kippur morning service for all ages. Please register so we can have enough chairs!
Sunday, September 19 | 12:00-1:30 pm | B’nai Jehudah
Join B’nai Jehudah as we celebrate Sukkahpaloozah! This all-ages event includes food, live music, tours of the Mitzvah Garden, and activities for everyone! A free Brotherhood Hot Dog Lunch with gluten free and vegetarian options is available. Please register by Friday, September 17, so we can have enough food and activity supplies.

New! Highlights for adults:
  • Craft your own cocktails (or mocktails) using mixers that represent the Etrog
  • Build a playhouse for a family in need through Habitat for Humanity
  • Donate gently used coats, jackets, and blankets for the SukCOAT drive
Highlights for kids (of all ages):
  • Decorating the sukkah
  • Getting airbrush tattoos
  • Running through the inflatable obstacle course
  • Learning about the values and themes of Sukkot
More Sukkot Festivities

Erev Sukkot Daily Minyan
Monday, September 20 | 5:45 pm | virtual
Virtually join us on Facebook for our daily minyan service that will also celebrate the beginning of Sukkot.

Sukkot Morning Festival Service
Tuesday, September 21 | 10:30 am | B’nai Jehudah/virtual
Join Michelle Cox, Rabbi Smiley and Rabbi Kramer in person at our B’nai Jehudah Sukkah or virtually for a festival Sukkot service with discussion, light nosh and an opportunity to shake the lulav and etrog. 

Collection Connection: Etrog Boxes from the Klein Collection
Wednesday, September 22 | 10:30 am | B’nai Jehudah
Join Educator/Curator Abby Magariel for an up close, in person look at Etrog boxes from the collection with a citrus-themed nosh and sip! Takes the place of this week's Wednesday Torah Study session.

Kesher Connection in the Sukkah
Wednesday, September 22 | 6:30 pm | B’nai Jehudah
Come for the pizza, stay for the fun! All B’nai Jehudah members in grades 7-12 are invited for an evening in the sukkah! We’ll have a little learning and a lot of social time.

Wine & Cheese in the Sukkah
Friday, September 24 | 5:00 pm | B’nai Jehudah
Come for a pre-Shabbat wine and cheese event in our Sukkah, then join us for the Erev Shabbat service at 6:00 pm. Everyone will have a chance to shake the lulav and etrog. 

Yalla! To the Sukkah!
Sunday, September 26 | during Sunday morning Yalla! hours | B’nai Jehudah
Sunday morning Yalla! students will learn and explore the sukkah – and celebrate Sukkot! – during their time at religious school. 
Collection Connection
High Holy Days with the Klein Collection
Monday, September 20 | 1:00 pm | virtual
Explore objects and artwork for the High Holy Days in this virtual tour led by Educator/Curator Abby Magariel.

Meeting ID: 813 8073 4136
Passcode: 602820
Prayer Booklets
Thanks to our incredible Tefilah team, each Rosh Hashanah service has a specially created prayer booklet.
How to access the prayer booklets:
  • Hard copies can be picked up during regular office hours, OR
  • Online copies of the Yom Kippur booklets are also available
Food Collection
We will collect food throughout the Holy Days - between Rosh Hashanah and September 19 (Sukkahpalooza). Please bring food to any in-person B'nai Jehudah event during that time, or leave your generous donations in the food barrels located at B'nai Jehudah's main entrance. Food donations will be given to JFS Food Pantry and Harvesters.
Sisterhood News
There are so many great things happening with B'nai Jehudah Sisterhood these days!
  • an outdoor Membership Appreciation lunch Sept. 26, with Rabbi Kramer as the featured speaker and Jody Cosner as Shoshana Award Winner for her outstanding commitment to Sisterhood
  • Somerset Winery tour and tasting event, Oct. 10, and
  • Auschwitz exhibit tour (at Union Station), Oct. 17
Thank You!
We have so many people to thank for creating another amazing, COVID-friendly Rosh Hashanah worship experience. Thanks to the many incredible volunteers, donors and staff members who brought to life our virtual services and Shofar in the Park! A special thanks to our Shofar in the Park raffle donors:
  • Joseph Zwillenberg for a $25 Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill gift card 
  • Josh Kurzban for dinner for 4 at Burger Fi, and 
  • Keith Arlotti for a Family 4 Pack from AMC Theatres

We also thank Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and PJ Library for co-sponsoring Shofar in the Park.
Shabbat Happenings
September 17
6:00 pm: Erev Shabbat Service

September 18
10:30 am: Shabbat Morning service celebrating Taryn Arlotti becoming a Bar Mitzvah.

B'nai Jehudah will continue to offer a multi-access approach to services for the foreseeable future. Please join us in worship in the building (register here) or virtually on Facebook Live or on Vimeo
Final Notes
Outdoor worship opportunities will be in-person only; in case of inclement weather, we will announce postponed or canceled outdoor events via text, social media, and on our website.

Please be aware that our Covid safety practices will continue to evolve with the ever-changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic. For now, Shabbat services and all other events will remain in person; masks are required for all individuals in the building, and physical distancing is strongly encouraged.
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