Congregation Beth Torah E-News
October 25, 2019 - November 7, 2019
26 Tishri - 9 Cheshvan 5780
6100 West 127th Street • Overland Park, Kansas 66209
 Phone: 913-498-2212

Intfens' Farewell Erev Shabbat Service, Friday, October 25th
Nosh 6:00 p.m.
Worship 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat, Saturday, October 26th
Sichat Shabbat Group 9 : 00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 27th
Camp Fair 9:00 a.m.
Family T'filah 9:30 a.m.
Mourner's Kaddish 10:00 a.m.

Erev Shabbat, Friday, November 1st
Nosh 6:00 p.m.
Worship 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat, Saturday, November 2nd
Sichat Shabbat Group 9 : 00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
Come join us as we welcome The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah celebrating a Bar Mitzvah!

Sunday, November 3rd
Family T'filah 9:30 a.m.
Mourner's Kaddish 10:00 a.m.
Intfens' Farewell Shabbat Service
Come join our congregation as we thank our Director of Operations, Laura Intfen, and her husband Tim and wish them well on their new transition to Denver, Colorado. Laura and Tim, for over two decades, have been an integral part of our congregation and worship service. If you’ve ever come to pray with us, you’ve been greeted by Laura with a siddur and a smile, and heard Tim’s voice and, maybe, one of his many liturgical compositions. We will say "thank you" and "goodbye" during our Erev Shabbat service on Oct. 25 th
Thank you to all of those who responded to our High Holy Day Appeal with your generosity at Yom Kippur. If you would like to respond to the call to action presented by our President, Scott Franklin but didn’t get the chance on Yom Kippur, click here to donate now. Say “yes” to Beth Torah.  
HHD Sermons
Click  to read Rabbi Cattapan's message, “29 September 2019 / “A New Year, A New Connection”

Click  to read Rabbi Kleinman's message, "Expelling the "It" from our midst"

Click  to read the Rabbi Cattapan's message from Kol Nidre 5780 - "A Matter of Ultimate Importance: Time for Relationships"
Small Groups
W e are still looking for ideas. Please submit your ideas for a small group using the GoogleDoc below. Due date for submitting proposals is Oct. 31st. 

Intro to Judaism and Hebrew 101
There is still time for you to join our Thursday night Adult Ed classes: Introduction to Judaism and Hebrew 101. Contact Rabbi Kleinman at or Rabbi Cattapan at for more information.
Lunch and Learn
Come have lunch with Rabbi Cattapan and share a thought or two at the November Lunch and Learn held in our Library on Thursday, November 14 th  at 12:00 p.m. You can either call the office on Wednesday the 13 th  to order a sandwich or bring your own lunch.
A Special Invitation from the Yiddish Group
“We would like to invite the Beth Torah Congregation to a special Yiddish group program on Friday, November 15 th . Rabbi Cattapan will be our special guest speaker and will give a wonderful sermon on Yiddish song and Jewish experience in Eastern Europe. This begins at 12 noon at Beth Torah and you can bring your own lunch if desired. See you then!” 
Save the date for November 17th
Plan on spending some time at Beth Torah as we:
·          open up the Gift Shop doors so wide that the merchandise will be spilling into the foyer. Prices will be slashed just in time for you to stock up on Hanukkah supplies and gifts.
·          open up a difficult discussion as Mt. Moriah Cemetery joins us in the library for Plaques, Plots, Planned Giving and Punch . This is your time to receive a free plaque in our Memorial Room for each plot purchased in our cemetery. There will be information on end of life planning and how you can donate to Beth Torah using Planned Giving.
·          open up your connectors! You have been hearing about Small Groups from Rabbi Cattapan for over a year and today is the day to join us for lunch and actualize your passions with Relational Judaism. Try something new, or find a new friend who loves doing what you love to do. Details to follow. 
Have A Heart...Save A Life
Join the Beth Torah community for the next Blood Drive on Wednesday, November 20th, from 2:30 to 6:30 pm. As always, there will be homemade snacks for you!

Why Give Blood?   Community Blood Center must collect almost 600 units of blood daily to meet the needs of area hospital patients. As there is no substitute for blood, we rely on volunteer donors like you to supply the life-saving blood and blood components to hospitals in Kansas and Missouri.

Schedule your donation online today at  and enter sponsor code “bethtorah,” or call Scott Franklin at 913-645-1036 or email him at .
You may also contact Jeff Altman at 913-530-2687 or email him at  j .
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Sunflower House Presentation for Parents & Caregivers
November 3 rd during Religious School – we are welcoming Christina Sell from Sunflower House ( ) for a session on their Child Protection Project (for parents and caregivers) This presentation is for parents and caregivers on child sexual abuse awareness in our community, safety tips and effective methods to take with children about personal safety. Information is presented by Sunflower House educators and includes video testimonies from a survivor and parents of survivors of child sexual abuse. 
Save the date!
CBT's annual Camp Fair is on October 27th at 9:00 am. Come hear about Jewish camping opportunities straight from campers and their families.
Please visit the WRS Facebook page for all the details and the sign-up links.
Shalom Squad
Your welcoming face is needed on Friday nights. Sign up to be part of our Shalom Squad and personify the warm and welcoming feel that Beth Torah creates. Since two people are needed every week, why not sign up with a friend? Thank you to our member Jeff Antoniewicz for saying "Yes" to CBT and coordinating the Squad. You can choose your dates by clicking  here  or heading to our web site and clicking on the Shalom Squad link. 

Do You Want to Get Involved?
Visit our website to view all volunteer opportunities at Beth Torah.

 Ray Davidson Yiddish Group
Come study Yiddish! This group meets at Beth Torah at noon on Fridays and all are welcome.

Beth Torah is on YouTube 
Have you heard music performed at Beth Torah that has stirred your emotions? Do you wish you could listen to it again? There is a way to do that! Beth Torah has a YouTube channel  where videos are available to view over and over again. Music from Hanukkah Program, Shabbat Shirah, Spring Session, Purim, Beth Torah's Got Talent, and more!

Sichat Shabbat Group 
Join the community in discussion ( sicha ) on Shabbat morning, 9:00 to 10:15 am in the library.

Mi Shebeirach List
Prayers for loved ones in need of healing are beneficial for those who are ill and those who love them. If you have someone in your family who is currently ill, whose name you would like to appear on our Mi Shebeirach list, please send an email to Alyssa  and put in the message line: Mi Shebeirach list, or call the Beth Torah office and let us know. Thank you.

The Mitzvah Garden
The Kansas City Mitzvah Garden has opportunities blooming for volunteering by any groups/chavurahs or individuals. The garden provides produce to local food pantries. Volunteers are needed for planting, weeding, harvesting, and deliveries. Our usual work day is Sunday, but volunteers are needed Monday–Friday as well. For teens looking to accumulate community service hours, the garden is perfect. Email the Mitzvah Garden Volunteer Coordinator, Gabrielle Rhodes Handler or call 913-345-1118.
Avi Jorisch: Thou Shalt Innovate
Tuesday, October 29 | 7 pm | JCC | Cost: $12
Reception follows Mr. Jorisch’s presentation featuring book sale & signing, light refreshments.

Innovation, suggests author Avi Jorisch, is the sacred calling of modern Israel. But while many have written about Israel's grand success in developing problem-solving technologies, this is the first study to focus primarily on Israeli innovations that extend, improve, and save lives. Presenting uplifting profiles of fifteen innovations... Jorisch argues that the commitment to tikkun olam, repairing the world, is a characteristic written in Judaism’s spiritual DNA. " - Philip K. Jason, Jewish Book Council

Mr. Jorisch’s presentation is made possible by a generous contribution from the Sam M. Schultz Jewish Book Fair Fund.
Nomi Eve: Henna House
Thursday, December 12 | JCC | 7pm | Cost: $16
Reception features book sale & signing, Henna demonstration*, North African tea and sweets

Set in the exotic and little-known world of Yemen’s Jewish community from the 1920’s to its wholesale exodus to Israel in 1949-50, this coming of age story is woven with ritual and intrigue.

This was a book I had to read twice: the find out what will ultimately happens to the characters, and the second time to savor...descriptions of the marvelous exotic people and locales. Nomi Eve captivated me .” - Author Maggie Anton