News & Events

Office Closed Sept. 28
In observance of Simchat Torah/Sh'mini Atzeret, B'nai Jehudah's office will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 28
Non-emergent emails and phone calls will be returned after those dates. Thank you!
B'nai Mitzvah: Celia & Eli Cohen
October 2
Adam Cohen and Kathy Bigelow are pleased to announce that their twin children Ceila and Eli Cohen will be called to the Torah as B'nai Mitzvah during the morning service on October 2, 2021. Eli and Celia are seventh graders at Trailridge Middle School and are active in Kesher at B'nai Jehudah Religious School. Celia is active in gymnastics, enjoys painting, and plays the ukulele. Eli enjoys playing tennis, riding his bike, and likes focusing on his math skills at school. For their Mitzvah Project, Eli and Celia will fundraise to provide supplies for Sunflower House, a shelter that supports and advocates for children who have been abused or neglected. 

Join Celia, Eli and their family in person (register here) or virtually on Facebook Live or Vimeo.
Introducing New B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator!
We are excited to officially welcome Michelle Adler-Wexler to our professional team as a part time B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator! In this new role, Michelle will be the go-to person for all B’nai Mitzvah questions and concerns. She will be in direct communication with our families and help guide everyone throughout the process. We are blessed to have a very full B’nai Mitzvah calendar with so many participating in this step along their journey and we strive to make the process as smooth as possible.

A few words from Michelle...
I am so excited to take on the role of B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator. I am a third-generation congregant who grew up in the synagogue. B'nai Jehudah has a special place in my heart and feels like home. My grandfather was the Executive Director of B’nai Jehudah for many years and literally wrote a history book about the temple. My step-mom Jeannie Adler served as Executive Director until her retirement in 2019.
I am looking forward to working with all of our families in the process of becoming a B'nai Mitzvah. As a parent of a child who just a few short years ago had their Bat Mitzvah, I know this can feel stressful and overwhelming at times, but I promise to be there for you and your family and assist you during this special time.
Simchat Torah
September 27 | 6:00 pm | B'nai Jehudah
Erev Simchat Torah will be outside, and includes Consecration for our Kindergarten and 1st grade students, who will be accompanied by our Confirmation classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022. We are also excited to bring back the ice cream social, immediately following the service! Please register to join us in person.

September 28 | 10:30 am | B'nai Jehudah
On Sept. 28, B'nai Jehudah member Saul Gitomer will chant Torah during our Tuesday morning Festival Service & Yizkor, in honor of the 70th anniversary of his bar mitzvah. Join us for all of these special moments this Simchat Torah!
Celebrate Simchat Torah from Home!
TONIGHT, September 27 | 6:00 pm Central
Can't be with us for tonight's outdoor celebration? Celebrate the joy of Simchat Torah with song and story, joining our voices together with Reform Jews Across North America. Featuring Noah Aronson, Cantor Ross Wolman, and many other beautiful voices from across the United States. To access the concert on Facebook Live at 6 pm or later, click below.
Virtual Torah Study Resumes
Virtual Torah Study is back! Join us weekly on Wednesdays, starting September 29, from 10:00-11:30 am and engage your mind, heart and soul in these robust conversations.

To participate, please contact for a link and access to the Zoom meeting.

Joshua Nelson at B'nai Jehudah
Friday, October 1
Joshua Nelson will join us for our Erev Shabbat service on October 1, along with his unique brand of Jewish gospel music! Shabbat service registration will be available soon! A special thanks to the 150th Anniversary Committee for sponsoring that evening's Oneg Shabbat, in honor of our congregation's anniversary. Registration is still required if you wish to attend Shabbat services in person.
Share Shabbat
Friday, October 1 | 5:00 pm
Join us at Share Shabbat! Rabbi Josh Leighton will lead a family-friendly service with fun stories and we will sing with Laura Payne. We will also share a pumpkin spice challah and paint mini pumpkins. This month's Share Shabbat is at The J KC. Share Shabbat is (typically) held the first Friday of the month. RSVPs appreciated, but not required.
Come Play with PBnJ*
October 3 | 12:15-1:45 pm | B’nai Jehudah Youth Lounge
Kindergarten and 1st graders at B'nai Jehudah are invited for some Youth Group fun with your friends and our youth team! ​Join us for food, fun, and friendship in our renovated youth lounge! We'll have more dates to come play with PBnJ for K-6th graders, coming soon - stay tuned!
*PBnJ is People of B’nai Jehudah

Email Emily Williams to RSVP
Learn to Read Hebrew for Adults
Wednesdays beginning October 6 (through January 5) | 6:45-7:45 pm | B’nai Jehudah Classroom #5 
Interested in learning how to read Hebrew? This class will offer an introduction to the basic sounds of the Hebrew letters, how to sound out Hebrew words, and a limited vocabulary on essential words found in our prayers and common sayings.

Registration is $100 and includes all books and materials, plus an incredible instructor, Deb Rock! A minimum 10 students is required for this class. Open to Members and Non-Members
Klein Collection Events
Klein Collection Learning Group
Oct 13 | 11:30 am-12:30 pm | B’nai Jehudah’s Kikar
Monthly sessions featuring different groups of objects from the Klein Collection. Open to all learners. 

Smartify Sessions with the Klein Collection:
Oct 10 | 10:00-11:00 am | B'nai Jehudah Kikar Learn about the Klein Collection from anywhere, on your own time with our Smartify app! At these drop-in tutorial sessions we’ll show you how to download the app and help you get started using Smartify. No registration necessary; drop-in 10 minute tutorials and bring your smartphone and your Apple or Google password!
Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.
Presented by Sisterhood
Sunday, October 17 | 10:45 am–1:15 pm
Union Station Kansas City
Join Sisterhood for a discounted group rate, for a tour of this renowned international exhibit, just $16.50 payable online.
Registration required. For questions, please contact Hilary Fried,
Featured Judaica Item
More unique Judaica to help celebrate Shabbat and other holidays! This week's Sisterhood Judaica Shop featured item is a beautiful pair of Twisted Blown Glass Candlesticks (9.5"). More colors available by special order. Click the Shop Now! button below for more information about this and other products available from the Judaica Shop.
Looking for a Great Team Member!
B'nai Jehudah is looking for an additional, full time team member, and we thought - where better to start the search than with our own members! If you, or someone you know, would be a good fit, please read on:

The new Office/Administrative Assistant will enhance the experience of congregants and guests by becoming an integral part of our team in an administrative assistant role.
Job duties include, but are not limited to, data entry, working with and welcoming guests, donation processing and correspondence, assisting in filing, preparing weekly and monthly mailings, and more.

Submit your resume to
Shabbat Happenings
October 1
5:00 pm: Share Shabbat, RSVP here
6:00 pm: Erev Shabbat Service, featuring Joshua Nelson

October 2
10:30 am: Shabbat Morning service celebrating Celia & Eli Cohen becoming B'nai 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
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