News & Events

Earlier today, we shared an incorrect date for Summer Tyler's Bat Mitzvah. Summer will celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah next Saturday, January 29.

Mazel tov Summer and family; we apologize for the mix up!
Bat Mitzvah: Summer Tyler
January 29
Dara and Jason Tyler announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Summer Ryann Tyler, on January 29, 2022. Summer is a 7th grader at Blue Valley Middle School. She enjoys competitive dance, crafts, baking and the beach. Summer chose the Jewish Family Services food pantry for her mitzvah project. She feels passionate about no one going hungry. She was able to collect 281 pounds of donated goods plus monetary donations to purchase food.

Join Summer and her family in person or virtually on Facebook Live or Vimeo.
Passover Art Contest
Practice hiddur mitzvah, beautify the commandments! Make and submit a work of art celebrating Passover: a Seder plate, a painting of Moses parting the Red Sea, an illustration of the Four Children in the Haggadah, or anything else you can imagine! The winning piece will be reproduced on a B'nai Jehudah greeting card. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and these pieces from the Klein Collection are here to get you started.

This contest is open to all congregants. Submit your art on or before February 11 at the link below.
You're Invited: Rabbi Kramer's Installation
February 4 | 6:00 pm | B'nai Jehudah
The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah cordially invites you to the Installation of Rabbi Stephanie Kramer, as our congregation's 15th Senior Rabbi. This momentous event includes an Erev Shabbat Service and Installation Ceremony, followed by a community dinner at 7:30 pm. Our congregation will be joined by guest clergy: Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Rabbi Dan Levin and Pastor Adam Hamilton.

Please RSVP by noon on January 28 for the Installation and the dinner. RSVPs are required so we may have enough seats and food available.
Yalla! Family Service
February 6 | 9:15 am | B'nai Jehudah
We also invite Yalla! students, parents, siblings and friends to a special family service to welcome Rabbi Kramer to our Religious School Community. **This is one of only two Yalla! family services this year!** Former B'nai Jehudah member and guest Rabbi Sarah Bassin will join us for this special service. No RSVPs needed for the Yalla! service.
Critical Conversations
1st Tuesdays, Feb-June | 11:30 am-1:00 pm | Zoom (to start)
Members from B'nai Jehudah and Congregation Beth Torah will come together monthly to explore and discuss the following topics:
  • What is Modern Day Idolatry? (Lies About Power)
  • How Do We Reconcile Faith in the Presence of Evil?
  • Why Have Faith and Why Pray?
  • Can Science and God Coexist?
  • Is the Bible Real or Bogus?
Each session will be facilitated by a staff member and will be a great opportunity to share ideas, gain new insights, and understand differing perspectives.
The first session will be on Zoom with the nature of future sessions determined by the group. This 5-part curriculum is based on the book In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism by Scott A. Shay.
Judaism and the Afterlife
From the Bible to today
Tuesday, February 15 | 11:30 am-1:00 pm | Zoom
Rabbi Stephen Karol will trace the development of Jewish beliefs about the afterlife from Biblical times to modern day Judaism. We will find answers to the many questions Jews have about life after death and the questions Christians ask Jews about what we believe.
Winter Chavurah
February 19-22 | St. Louis
Start 2022 off with some fun! Hang out with high schoolers from around the Midwest over President's Day weekend. Our weekend includes teen-led programs, socials, lots of snacks, and connecting with new and old friends. Teens and a KC advisor will spend two nights in a hotel close to the hosting synagogue.

Register before Jan. 24 and pay $180. Registration through Feb. 14 is $200. Space is limited! Contact Emily for scholarship needs. All participants must be vaccinated and take a COVID test before arrival.
SAVE THE DATE! Pour'em for Passover
Saturday, March 12 | 6:00-9:00 pm | B’nai Jehudah
NEW from Brotherhood and Sisterhood: Celebrate Purim while Wine Tasting (and ordering) your Passover Vino!

It's a spiel like none you’ve seen before! Michelle Cox and a cast of B'nai Jehudah members will treat us to a fabulous Purim spiel, complete with music from the ABBA Broadway musical hit, Mamma Mia! Experts will be on site to answer wine-related questions, as we taste various wine offerings and have the opportunity to place Passover wine orders from local purveyors. Stay tuned for registration information.
Techies Wanted!
All Ages Welcome to Inquire
Are you interested in audio/visual stuff? Want to contribute to our tefillah team in a different way? Are YOU the person your parents or grandparents call when they can’t figure out their internet? Then join our new Tech Tefillah Team!

Volunteer a few hours each week to help run cameras or audio for Erev Shabbat or Shabbat morning services or at special events. It is a very rewarding way to be a part of our community, and we will train you! Time commitments are usually Fridays, 5:00-7:30 pm & Saturdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm. If you are interested, email tech@bnaijehudah.org and let us know! Looking forward to building our team together.
Youth Jewish Jamz
Instrumental and vocal ensemble
Sundays, beginning Feb. 6 | 2-3 pm | B'nai Jehudah
Calling all students in 4th grade and up who sing or play a musical instrument: We want YOU for Youth Jewish Jamz!

We'll learn some jams from our music director, Michelle Cox, and finish off the learning with a mini-concert for our last day of Yalla! We hope to grow this into an ongoing ensemble and keep sharing our gifts with our community!

Register by January 21: Email Michelle Cox at music@bnaijehudah.org to register and for the full practice schedule; music is provided; cost for materials is $15/person. Students must bring their own instrument(s) & choose an area of focus of instrumental OR voice. Minimum of 8 participants per ensemble.
Vocal ensemble is for 4th grade & up. Instrumental ensemble is for 5th grade and up & student must have experience with their chosen instrument. 
Mazel tov to these couples on their milestone December anniversaries!

Kae and Neil Segal (20)
  Lenny and Leah Bassin (45)
 Sheryl and Mike Porter (55)
 Tatyana and Anatoly Rubchinsky (62)
 Hope and Marshall Talbot (63)
  Adriane and Ronny Greenberg (72)

We love celebrating anniversaries! Due to limited space, we list milestone anniversaries only. This includes every 5 years through 60; then, after 60, every year. We can't wait to list your next milestone anniversary!
Shabbat Happenings
January 21
6:00 pm: Erev Shabbat Service

January 22
10:30 am: Shabbat Morning service

Please join us in worship in the building or virtually on Facebook Live or on Vimeo

Community News
The Contemporary Meaning of Auschwitz: Why Is Understanding Auschwitz Relevant in the 21st Century?
AJC CEO David Harris will speak at Union Station on January 19 at 6:30 pm. Harris, referred to by the late Israeli President Shimon Peres as the “foreign minister of the Jewish people,” will discuss the rise in antisemitism globally, the receding memory of the Holocaust, and the enduring lessons of Auschwitz for our world. This is the final opportunity to hear him speak in Kansas City before he retires after more than 30 years leading AJC. Reserve your seat soon!
HBHA Tours and Taste of Kindergarten are Here!
Tours are happening now at HBHA, and Taste of Kindergarten - an introduction to the wonderful education that awaits your rising Kindergartener - happens January 18. At HBHA, students benefit from individualized attention, dual-language curriculum, strong academics and a pluralistic Jewish education - all in a warm and welcoming environment that nurtures students. Learn more about the joy of an HBHA education and book your tour today!
HBHA Community Blood Drive
Save a life! Join HBHA January 28, between 10 am-2 pm in the Jewish Community Campus Social Hall to donate blood. It's easy to book your appointment: Go to savealifenow.org and use Group Code CBKH to register. Masks are required for all donors.
 
MeltonKC
MeltonKC offers a pluralistic adult Jewish education, complete with excellent teachers and a world-class curriculum. Melton informs and inspires adult learners from all knowledge levels and backgrounds. Spring courses include:

Travel Seminar Experience with Alan Edelman
Wednesdays, February 2-23 | 1:30-2:30 pm | Village Shalom Social Hall
Love, Loss and Wisdom with Rabbi Amy Wallk
Mondays, March 7-April 11 | 6:45-8:15 pm | Zoom
For the full schedule, go to thejkc.org/melton or contact Megan Pener, MeltonKC program director, meganp@thejkc.org or 913-327-8163
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