Congregation Beth Torah E-News
June 14, 2019 - June 27, 2019
11 Sivan - 24 Sivan 5779
6100 West 127th Street • Overland Park, Kansas 66209
 Phone: 913-498-2212

Erev Shabbat, Friday, June 14th
Nosh 6:00 p.m.
Worship 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat, Saturday, June 15th
Sichat Shabbat Group 9 : 00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
Bar Mitzvah of Skyler Penner

Erev Shabbat, Friday, June 21st
Nosh 6:00 p.m.
Worship 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat, Saturday, June 22nd
Sichat Shabbat Group 9 : 00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

Fiscal Responsibility is one of the goals of this year’s Board of Trustees .
In order to achieve that goal we need your help. If you have not done so, please return your 2019-2020 Commitment form to the Beth Torah office. You can fax it to (913) 498-1071, scan it and email it to  , mail it or drop it off in the basket located in our office. This process is critical to our financial health as it provides the vast majority of our revenue and is what allows us to continue offering a warm, welcoming home for modern Reform Judaism. If you have any questions, or need another copy of your Commitment form, please contact the Beth Torah office at (913) 498-2212 or . Thank you to all of you who have already returned your form. 
We Need Your Help
Music is an integral part of sustaining, growing, and engaging our synagogue family in the context of Judaism. Beth Torah is looking for a Choir Director that will collaborate with our Music Coordinator and the Senior Rabbi, tending to the spiritual and communal life of Congregation Beth Torah through coordinating ensembles of volunteers and directing youth and adult choirs as they participate in our regularly scheduled Shabbat worship services and at High Holy Days, and other holidays. Do you know someone who would be perfect for this job? Please share the Choir Director job posting often and widely: Choir Director Job Posting
HHS Music Survey
Hello Singers! I’m so excited to be reaching out to you all about the upcoming High Holy Days. (I know! How is it possible they are already so close?) Have you always wanted to sing in the HHD choir but were just waiting for the right time? Are you new to Beth Torah and interested in singing with the choir? Are you a Holiday veteran ready for another round? We want you all!

Please go to this Survey Monkey link and let me know:
  • that you’re planning to sing,
  • your preferred rehearsal time frame
  • which group(s) you’re comfortable/hoping to sing with
  • if you’re interested in singing with the Selichot community chorus
  • about any instruments you play

Please respond to the Survey by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 th . Whatever responses are in by then are what I’ll use to create our parameters for moving forward. Thank you! And stay tuned for more details!

Lezlie Zucker, Music Coordinator
Office Hours
Starting Monday, June 3rd, the office switched to new office hours. This change only affected office hours, there will be no change to the worship schedule.

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9 am to 6pm
Wednesday - 9am to 6pm
Thursday - 9am to 6pm
Friday - 9am to 3pm
From the CBT Board of Trustees
Our congregation values inclusivity. That includes warmly welcoming our young children to attend and participate in services. Our community encourages families to worship together, rather than diverting children away from the sanctuary. In the interest of acting on our values, at our Annual Meeting in May, the Beth Torah community passed a budget presented by the Board of Trustees. To reflect this dedication to inclusivity, and to reduce expenses, Shabbat child care costs were taken out of the 2019-2020 budget. The last evening of Friday night child care will be June 28th.
We appreciate our long-time babysitters, Karen Boardman and Joyce Hafner who have lovingly cared for our children for over 20 years. In their honor, a Nosh will be sponsored the evening of June 28th. During the next couple of weeks, take the time to stop by the babysitting room on a Friday night and express your appreciation to these amazing women.
Introduction to Judaism and Hebrew 101
Introduction to Judaism and Hebrew 101 being offered at Beth Torah this Fall. Whether you were born Jewish, are interested in choosing Judaism, or love someone who is Jewish, join us for a year of learning and exploring together. Classes will begin after High Holy Days. Contact Rabbi Cattapan or Rabbi Kleinman in the Beth Torah office for more information and to let them know you are interested.
Beth Torah Park Clean-Up
On Sunday, June 23rd at 10:00 am , we be cutting up the brush we took down in May and we will be packing the bordering edging with dirt.

Please bring:
-cutters to cut up all the downed branches/brush
-knee pads for you knees for setting the border edges
-any extra weed kill
-small hand size picks (for digging around the border edging)
Please note that CBT will be closed on this day and we will not have access to the building.
Contact Greg at with any questions.
Join us for a Double Simcha Shabbat
We will welcome Lezlie Zucker as our CBT Music Coordinator and Install our 2019-2020 Board of Trustees on  Erev Shabbat, July 12 th . We will have a special Nosh at 6:00, followed by a joyful Erev Shabbat service. After worship we will gather in the Ulam for Kiddush, motzi and special treats to honor these new beginnings.
Tikkun KC - Make our Mitzvah House a Mitzvah Home!
Beth Torah is proud to partner with Tikkun KC to help welcome a refugee family to their permanent home! We are looking for items to help fill the house so it's move-in ready for them this spring. Please consider donating one or more household items. More details and a complete list of needed items can be found at
Mitzvah Garden Volunteer Groups Forming
Each year, Kansas City’s Mitzvah Garden produces 10,000 pounds of fresh organic produce for Kansas City food pantries. If you’ve never seen it, you must! If you haven’t visited in a while, you may be surprised to see some of the great things added in recent years. There are now beehives to contribute honey, an orchard and a blackberry patch. The garden’s 6,000-gallon water capture facility waters the garden through drip irrigation. A solar array powers all of the garden’s electrical needs.
Located around the corner on the grounds of Congregation B’nai Jehudah, the Mitzvah Garden is truly a community garden. With no employed staff, the garden relies on volunteers. Civic, social, philanthropic, religious and social service organizations from all over the Kansas Area participate.
CBT is building a team to help. Guided by the principles of Tikkun Olam, we will be volunteering at the garden one Sunday morning each month. Families attending religious school can join a group volunteering one weekday evening each month. More weeks may be added. All ages and skill levels are invited! If you are interested, please contact Jim Decker at or 913-461-6371, and let him know your schedule preferences. He’ll work to put together a schedule based upon the community’s choices.
Learn about the Mitzvah Garden at
Voter to Voter is an Innovative Project in Peer-to-Peer Advocacy
This project measurably increased voter turnout in 2018. Sign up for CBT’s Voter to Voter team and help fellow Kansans make their voices heard! Be on CBT’s Voter to Voter team! Contact Marcia Rittmaster at for more information and to hear how easy it is to make a difference.
Keep up with the latest WRS news on Facebook!
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.
Community Tisha B’AV Observance
Saturday, August 10, Congregation Beth Shalom TBA
The evening includes a  Tisha B'av Ma’Ariv  service and will be followed by a D’var Torah and reading of Eicha.  This is a meaningful service with beautiful, mournful melodies, some engaging teaching, and a time for communal reflection on both painful times of our past and hope for our future.

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 .

SASS-MoKan Remembrance Walk
The 16th Annual Remembrance Walk sponsored by SASS-MoKan (Suicide Awareness Survivor Support MO and KS) will take place on September 8, 2019 at Loose Park. The walk is for anyone who has lost a loved one by suicide or supporting those who have. Also, included is homicide or other traumatic loss. Registration is $25 in advance at  or $30 that day. The walk includes a t-shirt, bag, and other items. All monies collected aid area support loss groups and prevention. Included in the walk is a name remembrance, song, and flowers. If you have questions, please contact .

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 Food Drive
Jewish Family Services, in partnership with the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City, has teamed up with area congregations in response to the ever-growing need for food assistance in Kansas City. Our congregation has been asked to collect donations  of granola, fiber and snack bars and toilet paper during June, July and August. These items will be stocked in the JFS Food pantries and will provide food for more than 200 households in our community.