News & Events
Bat Mitzvah: Julia Luetje
April 10
Susan Bernstein and Chuck Luetje are pleased to announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Julia Helena Luetje, will take place during the Saturday morning Shabbat service on April 10, 2021, beginning at 10:30 a.m. An eighth grader at The Barstow School, Julia enjoys competitive gymnastics, art, baking and traveling. Julia is active in Kesher, and she used part of her prize winnings from The Storm Sleeper (a device she developed to manage stress and anxiety) to create a Donor Advised Fund through the Jewish Community Foundation. The fund supports children’s hospitals, the Autism community, and pet rescues. For her Mitzvah Project, Julia is collecting arts and crafts supplies to donate to Children’s Mercy.
Celebrating B'nai Jehudah at 150!

Israel Independence Day is just around the corner, so there's no better time to read about B'nai Jehudah member Eddie Jacobson's critical role in helping establish the state of Israel in 1948. You won't want to miss the latest installation of A Moment in our History, adapted by 150th Committee Chairs, Dan and Jennie Stolper!  

Of Blessed Memory
In loving remembrance of B'nai Jehudah members and loved ones of our members who have departed this life since March 5, 2021. May their memory remain alive within us.
  • Ruth Abend Krigel Tivol
  • Marvin Wilbur Goodman
  • Jerry Cosner
  • Dorothy Bronfman
  • Donald Morton Boresow
  • David Gerson
  • Charles Tigerman

Please contact us at 913.663.4050 if you wish to notify the congregation of the passing of a loved one who is not a B'nai Jehudah member.
Saying Farewell to the Nemitoffs

It's hard to share a personal message when we can't be together. However, thanks to our incredible Transition Committee, there are now 2 ways to share a meaningful goodbye message with the Nemitoffs:
  1. Tribute video: Watch Max and Aden to learn how you can contribute to Rabbi and Leslie Nemitoff's farewell video! Please submit your video by May 1.
  2. Written tributes: Write a note to Rabbi and Leslie and place it in the box in the vestibule at B'nai Jehudah. The vestibule is accessible during business hours.

Get to Know Rabbi Kramer

B'nai Jehudah members are invited to spend an hour getting to know Rabbi Stephanie Kramer, at an upcoming Nosh and Know. To sign up for one of these sessions, just click here.

As you can see from the photo of the first virtual Nosh and Know above, sessions have already begun, and spots are filling up quickly. We encourage you to pick a session today!

Please, sign up for only ONE session. We’ll have a special nosh for you to enjoy during your virtual visit!

Save the Date for Mitzvah Day 2021
We are excited to announce an in-person Mitzvah Day 2021 on Sunday, May 2! We are in the planning stages to make it both safe and meaningful for all. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon.
Upcoming Events
There are so many new experiences to explore and enjoy with B'nai Jehudah! Here's a quick review of what's happening in the coming weeks:

New Small Groups Forming
Are you striving for new and ongoing connections within our B’nai Jehudah community? Look no further! Form your own, or join one of these small groups:
Interested? Contact Rabbi Leighton at
Religious School Going Strong!
B'nai Jehudah Religious School is having fun with grade-level, COVID-safe in-person events! Upcoming in-person events include:
  • April 11: 6th grade, 1:00 pm
  • April 18:
  • 1st grade, 1:00 pm
  • 4th grade, 2:00 pm
  • April 25:
  • Religious School Round Up, 1:00 pm
  • 2nd grade, 2:30 pm

Virtual classes are still going strong as well. Thanks to our teachers, families and students for making the most of what has turned out to be an unforgettable school year!
Sisterhood Judaica Shop

Make someone's B'nai Mitzvah moment that much more special! Check out the Sisterhood Judaica Shop for all your upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah needs, or gift ideas. All orders may be purchased online, or in person by appointment. And remember, all proceeds from the Judaica Shop go to support our congregation!

Klein Collection on Display at Johnson County Museum
The Johnson County Museum will display Klein Collection objects for Passover through May 1. Learn more about Johnson County's Jewish history through the exhibit, which is featured in the 1950s All-Electric House. The Klein Collection exhibit is included in the price of regular museum admission.

Photo courtesy of Shawnee Mission Post.
Kehillah Concert
April 12 | 7:00 pm on Congregation Beth Torah's Virtual Sanctuary
Join Michelle Cox, Lezlie Zucker and Randy Deutch for the next Kehillah Concert! In addition to sharing some of our favorites, the team will offer songs in Yiddish, Ladino, and Hebrew, including a handful of songs in honor of Yom HaAtzmaut.

Volunteers Needed!
Chesed Meals are a great way to help others in a COVID-safe way! It's simple: Deliver a meal when one of our members most needs it. Please consider being 'on call' with some of your friends: Meals can be prepped, purchased or picked up at the Temple. Delivery is all non-contact.

Or learn more/register for Machane Jehudah 2021 right here!
Shabbat Happenings
April 2
5:00 pm: Share Shabbat
6:00 pm: Erev Shabbat Service

April 3
10:30 am: Shabbat and Passover Morning service with Yizkor

April 9
6:00 pm: Erev Shabbat Service, featuring Shabbat Star Rabbi Elana Nemitoff-Bresler

April 10
10:30 am: Shabbat Morning service, and celebrating Julia Luetje becoming a Bat Mitzvah (90-minute service on Facebook Live only) Click here for the prayerbook

Watch livestreamed services on Facebook Live or on Vimeo
Make a Ripple with SevenDays

SevenDays® Make a Ripple, Change the World is gearing up for another week of interfaith activities April 13-25, 2021, as we remember the three lives lost in the April 13, 2014 tragedy at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom.

B'nai Jehudah proudly announces that Rabbi Nemitoff and Rabbi Smiley are both going to be a part of this year's virtual activities:
April 19: Rabbi Smiley will be part of an interfaith workshop and panel on GO day.
April 22: Rabbi Nemitoff will be part of a panel on OTHERS day.

More information, or register for a variety of virtual SevenDays events at
Prayerbook Links
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