News & Events
Bat Mitzvah: Miriam Cortes
May 1

Marc and Emily Cortes are pleased to announce that their daughter, Miriam Ava Cortes, will become a Bat Mitzvah during the Saturday morning service on May 1, 2021, beginning at 10:30 am. A 7th grade student at Pembroke Hill, Miriam enjoys equestrian sports, is a member of the Science Olympiad team, and won a presidential award for volunteer work. She has been involved in Kesher and Camp Sabra, and volunteers at Village Shalom. For her Mitzvah Project, Miriam partnered with the African Library Project: She organized a book drive and sorted and shipped more than 500 books to help establish libraries in rural African communities.
Mitzvah Day: Register TODAY
There's still time to join the fun and give back to the community at Mitzvah Day 2021! There are so many ways to get involved ... however you wish to participate, we are excited to see you!! Scroll down for registration links, or get more Mitzvah Day information here.

Volunteer for on-site Mitzvah Day projects, donate items, or register today for a take home project! We also have the Community Blood Drive, Mitzvah Garden, and Rose Hill volunteer options!

Locations, Times and Registration Links
(click on links below to sign up):

Blood Drive
Our list of projects is growing, and we can't wait to share those with you soon! In the meantime, you can sign up today for the Mitzvah Day Blood Drive. The Blood Drive is open to anyone in the community, so invite your friends and save a life on May 2!!! More info at!

Or book your appointment today at, enter Group Code: UP.
B'nai Jehudah History: Esther Brown
Did you know that a past B'nai Jehudah member's activism led to desegregation of schools in Kansas - and eventually nationwide? The latest installation of A Moment in our History, adapted by 150th Committee Chairs, Dan and Jennie Stolper, focuses on Esther Brown, Civil Rights activist.

Saying Farewell to the Nemitoffs

Two ways to send a meaningful farewell to the Nemitoffs:
  1. Point, click, submit: It's that easy to submit your own tribute video! Watch the video (right) for more info, and submit your video by tomorrow, May 1.
  2. Send a note: Prefer a hand-written message? Simply drop off your note in the special box in the vestibule at B'nai Jehudah during business hours.
Get to Know Rabbi Kramer
Get to know Rabbi Kramer! Sign up for an hour-long Nosh and Know for a fun, informal virtual group chat. Sign up here; session space is limited and filling quickly, so please sign up for ONE session.

Post Your Photo in ShulCloud!
Another great way to help Rabbi Kramer and other members get to know each other is by uploading a photo of you and your household members into ShulCloud. It is simple to do!
  • Login to Shulcloud
  • Click on "View Directory"
  • Find your directory listing 
  • Upload a photo

Upcoming Events
  • May 1: Last day to view the Passover Seder display at Johnson County Museum
  • May 2: Mitzvah Day!
  • May 7: Share Shabbat
  • May 13: BYOD, Q&A w/ Rabbi Nemitoff
  • May 16: Shavuot Evening Service and Confirmation
  • May 17: Shavuot Morning Service with Yizkor

Welcoming New Students
While parents learned about all that B'nai Jehudah Religious School has to offer at last week's Religious School Round Up, nearly 2 dozen rising pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade students had tons of fun singing and dancing with Laura Payne, playing games, and getting to know each other! If you missed round up and want to learn more/register your child(ren) for the 2021-22 Religious School year, please contact Dayna Gershon.
Last Day of Religious School May 2
Sunday May 2:
  • Last SMP classes (all virtual at regular times)
  • Last 9:30 am Hebrew for 4th and 6th
  • Last 12:30 Hebrew for 4th-6th grades. 
Tuesday, May 4: Last Tuesday Hebrew classes
Wednesday, May 5:
  • Last Wednesday Hebrew classes
  • Re-scheduled in-person Kesher
Two Great Ways to Support Sisterhood!
B'nai Jehudah Sisterhood makes it so easy to show your support with these two great fundraisers!

Buy cheesecakes or a variety pack of squares for Shavuot - for yourself or to donate to JFS Food Pantry. This is a most delicious way to celebrate Shavuot! Order deadline is May 7. Cheesecakes are baked by Cathy Levin of Kosher Connection Inc.

Mother's Day/Father's Day cards
Honor or memorialize the special women and men in your life this Mother’s Day and Father’s Day! Sisterhood will send a meaningful card to your honoree, prior to Mother's Day or Father's Day. If you are donating in memory of someone, we will send a special card to anyone you request or a note to you acknowledging your donation. Questions? Contact Carol Schwartz at

To find out about the latest Sisterhood happenings, read Sisterhood Connections
Share Your Thoughts!
We are planning to hold our first in-person Erev Shabbat on Friday, May 28. To help us figure out which prayer space to use (Chapel or Social Hall), we hope you will take a brief survey. Your response will help guide us as we plan to welcome you back into our spiritual home. Please note that your response is anonymous and is not a reservation to join us for services.

Or learn more/register for Machane Jehudah 2021 right here!
Shabbat Happenings
April 30
6:00 pm: Erev Shabbat Service, celebrating the Confirmation Class of 2019-20

May 1
10:30 am: Shabbat Morning service, and celebrating Miriam Cortes becoming a Bat Mitzvah; Click here for the prayerbook

May 7
5:00 pm: Share Shabbat
6:00 pm: Erev Shabbat Service

May 8
10:30 am: Shabbat Morning service, and celebrating Lila Rollins becoming a Bat Mitzvah; Click here for the prayerbook

Watch livestreamed services on Facebook Live or on Vimeo
Mark your calendars for Shabbat in Loose Park, 6pm on May 21!
Prayerbook Links
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