Congregation Beth Torah E-News
April 5, 2019 - April 18, 2019
29 Adar II - 13 Nisan 5779
6100 West 127th Street • Overland Park, Kansas 66209
 Phone: 913-498-2212
Erev Shabbat, Friday, April 5th
Nosh 6:00 p.m.
Worship 6:30 p.m.
TWYG Lounge Night Following Worship

Shabbat, Saturday, April 6th
Sichat Shabbat Group 9  :00 a.m
Shabbat Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 7th
Family T'filah 9:30 a.m.
Mourner's Kaddish 10:00 a.m.

Erev Shabbat, Friday, April 12th
Nosh 6:00 p.m.
Worship 6:30 p.m.
Join us this evening as we celebrate our appreciation of Emily Tummons for her contributions to Beth Torah over the last five years.  

Shabbat, Saturday, April 13th
Sichat Shabbat Group 9  :00 a.m
Shabbat Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 14th
Family T'filah 9:30 a.m.
Mourner's Kaddish 10:00 a.m.

Spring Session
Come out to the 4th annual spring concert, hosted by Beth Torah! This event features 100% original Jewish songs, written by local composers. Here are our featured composers for 2019: Jim Appelbaum, Rachel Black, Michelle Cox, Carmen Dieker, Jill Fine, Mike Fine, Tim Intfen, Stu Lewis, Jonathan Rudnick, Linda Salvay, Warren Sickel, Emily Tummons, Scott White, and Lezlie Zucker. The concert showcases 75 performers from the region, including soloist Hazzan Tahl Ben-Yehuda, our house band, emcee Rabbi Doug Alpert, conductor Warren Sickel & the Spring Session Chorus, and cellist Lawrence Figg. Sunday, April 7th, 3pm . Please help us spread the word!
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Congregation Beth Torah!
April 13, 2019 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tickets are $30.00 per person. Less than 70 tickets remain.
Don't miss this fun event.
More information available here .
Delet P'tuchah
Passover is almost here. First night Seder is Friday night, April 19th. Did you read Rabbi Cattapan's article in the April Tekiah? 
This year, why not offer a Delet P'tuchah (an open door)? Do you have space at your Seder table? If so, post here and if you are looking for a place, then check this page out and together, let's share information, share a Seder and build a tradition. 
Delet P'tuchah. Is YOUR door open?
Passover Worship Schedule

Friday night April 19 th
First Seder night. There will be NO Erev Shabbat services.

10:30 a.m. Saturday morning April 20 th :
Shab bat and 1 st  day Passover worship services.
No Sichat Shabbat

10:30 a.m. Friday morning April 26 th
Office Closed
Last day of Passover with Yizkor service.
We welcome our sister congregation, The Temple Congregation B’nai Jehudah to join us.

6:00 p.m. Friday night April 26 th    
Chametz filled Nosh sponsored by the CBT Ethical Food Committee.

6:30 p.m. Friday night April 26 th
Erev Shabbat services.
Music Transition
Last October we announced that Emily Tummons would not be renewing her contract with Beth Torah when it expires later this year. Since then we have been working together to create a plan to achieve a smooth music transition. Per that plan we have agreed that Emily will lead the worship music team for the last time on Erev Shabbat, April 5 th , bringing her five years of service to Beth Torah full circle in an amazingly fitting and satisfying way. The date of Emily's very first Shabbat on the bimah at Beth Torah, coincidentally or not, was also April 5 — in 2014.  
Emily's last day of working at Beth Torah will be on Friday, April 12 th . That evening she will join us at Erev Shabbat services where we will more formally thank her for her ongoing contributions to Beth Torah over the last five years. 
And don’t forget the Spring Session, created and produced by Emily, to take place on Sunday, April 7 th .  That will be the last event she leads for us and will allow her to finish up on a truly high note. 
Upon Emily's departure, and until her successor is found, Rabbi Cattapan will be coordinating the musical aspects of our worship and utilizing the roster of talented musicians and singers that you are used to seeing on our bimah and leading our prayers.
Beth Torah Bash: April 13, 2019!
Our yearlong 30th Anniversary celebration will be drawing to a close, but not without one last party.

How better to conclude this 30th year of celebration than with an ADULT ONLY evening of FUN! FUN! FUN!

Please Join Us For:
  • Havdalah
  • Great Appetizers & Adult Beverages
  • A Silent Auction
  • Entertainment and Dance Music by the Jewbie Brothers, with both a Special Guest and a Surprise Guest
  • And, a parody written by our own, Estelle Edelbaum and Vic Finkelstein. 

We are seeking items for our silent auction. Proceeds will help support the Weiner Religious School and our Beth Torah community. For more information, please contact Susie & Jerry Klinock (Silent Auction Chairmen) at (913-663-5446) or

 Mark your calendars now and join us at CBT on April 13, 2019 for this celebration! With under 70 tickets remaining, purchase yours today.
Lunch and Learn
Come have lunch with Rabbi Cattapan and share a thought or two at the April Lunch and Learn held in our Library on Thursday, April 11 th at 12:00 p.m. You can either call the office on Wednesday the 10 th to order a sandwich or bring your own lunch.
Annual Meeting and Budget Informational Sessions
We need your vote to approve our 2019-2020 Board of Trustees and budget .
During the year, there are always questions about our budget. CBT Board of Trustees Treasurer Howard Pitler would love to meet you at Beth Torah during either of these Budget Informational Sessions: Wednesday, April 17 th 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 28th 10:15-11:30 a.m. Howard will be in the ulam during these sessions to answer any questions you may have and listen to your feedback.

Keep an eye out for your informational packet in mid-April either by mail or electronically (however you receive the Tekiah), and mark Sunday, May 5 th  at 10:15 a.m. on your calendars as the date for our Annual Membership meeting.

Be present at the Annual Meeting and be in the know.
Keep up with the latest WRS news on Facebook!
Jewish Jumpers Schedule Change
The Jewish Jumpers will not be meeting on April 7th or April 14th. We will gather with all of our Jewish Jumping friends on April 28th to wrap up our year together.  
TWYG Lounge Night
Join Zach and friends for a lounge night after Friday evening services! There will be pizza, games, and fun for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders! Click here to view all the details on the Facebook event page.
WRS Sponsored Breakfast
Have a simcha to share with the community? Birthday, anniversary, amazing accomplishment? Please consider sponsoring an "upgrade" in someone's honor for a future Sunday morning! Visit https;// to access the Signup Genius!
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. Please note: No Sichat Shabbat on April 20 th .

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 April 9 th “LOVE” event will include Rabbi Cattapan discussing Love in Judaism. The evening will hold unique and wonderful opportunities. Please join us. Registration is available at  

SevenDays Make a Ripple, Change the World is gearing up for another week of interfaith activities April 9-April 15, 2019, as we remember the three lives lost in the April 13, 2014 tragedy at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas- William Corporon, Reat Underwood, and Terri Lamanno. SevenDays is a challenge for young and old, to embrace diversity across race, religion and culture. Join us in our mission to promote interfaith dialogue by engaging all people to discover commonalities and overcome evil with acts of kindness. For more information, or to register or volunteer for a variety of events, visit  
Passover Food Drive
Hunger never takes a holiday. As we approach the season of Passover, there will be hundreds among us who will struggle to put food on the table let alone those special items to celebrate a Seder. Our congregation has chosen to collect do nations of Matzah meal and/or grape juice ; packaged items should be labeled “kosher for Passover”. Donations may be dropped off at CBT through April 12 th .

Monetary donations are also being accepted by check or online through the JFS site ; funds are used to purchase food items to include in the holiday food packages. By participating in the Passover Food Drive you are putting into action the traditional words of the Haggadah, ‘let all who are hungry come and eat”. For more information about the Food Pantry, please contact Jo Hickey, JFS Food Pantry Director at (913) 327-8257 or email her at .

Community Second Night of Passover Seder
A community second night of Passover Seder will be offered on Saturday, April 20, 2019, hosted at Congregation Ohev Sholom beginning at 6:30 p.m. Family and friends come together as a community for the telling of the Passover story and to enjoy a traditional Seder meal. Information and mail in registration forms are available at . Register online . Reservation deadline is April 10 th . Questions: or call 913-327-4622. 
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.

JFS Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for ways to get involved in the community? When you volunteer at JFS, you are helping strengthen and improve the lives of thousands of people throughout Kansas City. Volunteers play a vital role in our programs, providing a helping hand, compassionate smile or meaningful connection. There are many ways to use your time and talents as a volunteer with JFS: Click here to check out the opportunities .