News & Events
Message from Our President

B'nai Jehudah President Jocelyn Fry delivers a whole lot of gratitude this Thanksgiving, along with a reminder that B'nai Jehudah is here for each and every one of you. If you need us, we are here: Call us at 913-663-4050, or connect to us via email.
Rabbinic Search Updates
This week we received another great resume, which brings B’nai Jehudah to 12 applicants to date. We have had the initial interview and will progress through the same steps with this candidate as previously outlined. We will continue to review new applicants until we find and hire a Senior Rabbi.

In the meantime, our current semi-finalists have entered the next round of the search process. These steps include:
  • a question and answer element, which gives us a sense of their writing ability, as well as their ability to communicate - in a limited space - their views on leadership, their role as the rabbi, their view of G-d and their approach to prayer,
  • discussions with the President and President-Elect,
  • discussions with Rabbi Smiley and our Executive Director, Jennifer Green Baer, and
  • reference checks of the candidates, conducted by the Task Force.

We look forward to sharing more information in the coming weeks, as our interview process enables the task force to thoroughly vet each candidate.
Celebrating B'nai Jehudah at 150!
Learn all about Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf, who became B'nai Jehudah's rabbi upon graduation from the first rabbinical class of Hebrew Union College, in 1883. In this week's installation of A Moment in our History, adapted by 150th Committee Chairs, Dan and Jennie Stolper.

Disagreeing For the Sake of Heaven
Nov. 23, 30, & Dec. 9 | 7:00 pm | via Zoom 
In the wake of the election we know that our country and our society is still greatly divided. Much of that division comes from our declining ability to engage with each other in civil, constructive discourse. In this 3-part class we will explore what Judaism teaches us about Civil Discourse and learn practical tools for making all of our disagreements “For the Sake of Heaven.”

Chanukah 2020!
There are so many fun, engaging and educational ways to celebrate Chanukah 2020 at B’nai Jehudah! We offer something for everyone – from our virtual version of 180 Menorahs (complete with a fun celebration and delicious catered dinner with curbside pickup), to trivia games, to our first ever Light Up the 8th Night parking lot event.

Sisterhood and Brotherhood are also in the act, with homemade latkes for sale, and the annual Brotherhood Menorah Making Contest.

Buy Latkes for Chanukah
Bring Chanukah happiness to your family & friends with delicious latkes from Sisterhood and Brotherhood! Each dozen will be decorated with a dreidel, gift tag, reheating instructions and ingredients. Perfect to present as a gift and brighten up everyone's Chanukah. Remember to order plenty for yourself for anytime. If you need candles or gelt, they are available to order, too. 
$12/dozen; order deadline is Friday, Nov. 27.

Shabbat Happenings
6:00 pm: Erev Shabbat Service

10:30 am: Shabbat Morning service, featuring Shabbat Star & child of B'nai Jehudah, Rabbi Jerry Davidson

Watch livestreamed services on Facebook Live or on Vimeo
The Bible Players Come to KC!
December 6 | 10:00 am | via Zoom
Join B'nai Jehudah Religious School for a unique virtual interactive and engaging community Chanukah educational experience, in place of regular religious school morning sessions. The whole family is welcome, and encouraged to join the fun (grandparents too!).

This city-wide Religious School event features The Bible Players, a NYC-based comedy team that teaches Jewish values using theater and improvisation to infuse comedy and laughs into tales from the Torah and beyond. This event is free and open to the entire community.

A Zoom link will be sent prior to the program to all who have registered.
Make a Difference
Help us bring Jewish-themed snacks to our B’nai Jehudah families through the Simcha Snacks program! Every Friday through December, treats will be delivered to various members. You can help by baking sweet treats, or spending an hour of your Friday delivering the treats.
Thank You!
Thanks to everyone who stepped up to volunteer for this year's Holiday Gift Drive! Your generosity means that we will be able to help 20 families (consisting of 52 individuals) who would otherwise do without this holiday season. All gifts will be distributed through Jewish Family Services and University Academy.

Rose Hill Cemetery Rate Change
The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah’s cemetery, Rose Hill, is increasing plot and marker costs beginning 2021. The operating and material costs to maintain the cemetery have increased and rates have been the same for more than a decade.
The new rates for plots at Rose Hill Cemetery will increase on January 1, 2021:
  • $2,500 for B’nai Jehudah members (current cost is $1,700), and
  • $5,000 for non-members (current cost is $3,400)

Marker costs – which may only be purchased at the time of someone’s passing – will be $1,500.00 for members and $1,700.00 for non-members.
To purchase your plot(s) before the rates increase, please contact us at 913-663-4050 or

Rose Hill cemetery is for B’nai Jehudah members or non-members who are first degree family to someone already buried at the cemetery.
Give the Gift of Israel!
Invest in your child's or grandchild's heritage by creating a Passport to Israel fund! This local fund, which is made available by the Jewish Federation and overseen by the Jewish Community Foundation, is a savings incentive program designed to help families save for their child's high school or college trip to Israel. For an annual $200/year contribution to your 3rd-8th graders' fund, you will receive $100 in matching funds from the Flo Harris Supporting Foundation.

More information can be found in the Rules of Participation.

Questions? Contact Sheryl Poole, 913-663-4050.
To participate, simply return your check ($200 minimum) to the B'nai Jehudah office with the
on or before December 9, 2020. Please write Passport to Israel on the envelope, and make checks payable to The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah.

Thank You Generous Supporters
We simply could not do provide the services and programs we offer without the generous support of our congregation.

Thanks to these donors, who have so generously given over the past several months. Please know your support is always appreciated!

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