Congregation Beth Torah E-News
March 8, 2019 - March 21, 2019
1 Adar II - 14 Adar II 5779
6100 West 127th Street • Overland Park, Kansas 66209
 Phone: 913-498-2212
Erev Shabbat, Friday, March 8th
Nosh 6:00 p.m.
Worship 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat, Saturday, March 9th
Sichat Shabbat Group 9  :00 a.m
Guest facilitator Rabbi Stephen Karol will lead a discussion on David & Bethsheba.
Shabbat Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

Erev Shabbat - Friday, March 15th
Nosh 6:00 p.m.
Worship 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat, Saturday, March 16th
Sichat Shabbat Group 9  :00 a.m
Shabbat Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
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. Only 200 tickets are available.
Don't miss this fun event.
More information available here .
Lunch and Learn
Come have lunch with Rabbi Cattapan and share a thought or two at the March Lunch and Learn held in our Library on Thursday, March 14th 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.
Consultation on Conscience 2019
There has never been a better time to repair the world.
There has never been a better time to strengthen our congregation and community.
There has never been a better time to invest in your ability to lead.
There has never been a better time for you to be part of a life changing experience at the URJ Consultation on Conscience. 

Contact Rabbi Cattapan at to find out how 4 days in May can change social justice work in your life, and the life of Beth Torah.
Wednesday, March 20 th is Purim! 
Join us as Beth Torah offers a Pottershpiel of an evening:
6:00 p.m. Pottershpiel pre-party including pizza, a photo booth, balloon artists and hamantaschen
6:45 p.m. Come hear the story of Esther and the city of Shushan, topped with a sorting hat of Hogwarts!
Coordinator of Music Engagement
The Congregation Beth Torah is now accepting applications for the Coordinator of Music Engagement position. The search committee is overseeing the posting via several vehicles, but please feel free to share it with any individuals who may be interested in applying. The job posting can be viewed here .
100 Days of Giving - The Big 12 Tourney Starts March 13th!
This is the third year of the FUNdraiser that CBT enjoys so much. There is so much to celebrate. We invite you to join our 100 Days of Giving campaign to raise $10,000 that supports excellence in programming: our music program, adult education, weekly nosh,
oneg, Sunday breakfast and more. In the spirit of being a great sports town, we hereby declare a 100 Days OVERTIME!!

Get in the March Madness spirit as we extend this slam dunk campaign until the NCAA Championship on April 8th! So grab your calendar and your bracket and choose a day to support your favorite team, or for a spring birthday, or for Spring Session, which is April 7th. Pick a day and email Sharon Altman, at or call the office at 913-498-2212 and hear the roar of the crowd as your day comes and everyone admires your decorated day on our giant foyer calendar and “likes, loves and shares” the Facebook post that appears on the Beth Torah Facebook page in your honor.

So, let’s close this campaign out with a full court press. You can be the key as you alley-oop us toward our $10,000 goal for this campaign.
Did You Miss Our Initial Pick-a-Party Sign-Ups?
The variety of activities and creativity of our members who are hosting the Pick-a-Party events are amazing. You won’t want to MISS OUT! So, go to the following link: to sign up TODAY. You’ll enjoy meeting congregational members, involving a fun activity and FOOD, and have the opportunity to donate to Congregation Beth Torah. All parties are underwritten by our fabulous hosts. As a party participant, a portion of your ticket price will be considered a donation to CBT.
Here are some upcoming parties that you won’t want to miss
March 23 rd - Enjoy Lunch and Learn to Play Mahjong; or Refresh your Skills; or Play like a pro!
March 30 th - For kids 6-12, it is a Harry Potter party! They will have a chance to sample a few classes and make your own butterbeer.
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 Brother, 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. The deadline for accepting auction items is March 31 st . 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!
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Spring Break
Remember there will be no Religious School or TAG on March 10th - 17th.
Harry Potter Purim
Mark your calendars for Purim! Wednesday evening, March 20 th will be a Harry Potter Purim – beginning at 6:00 we will party Hogwarts style and at 6:45 be transported to Hogwarts for a new twist on a classic tale! This counts as a TAG class session, so please be there to celebrate together!
BTTY and JYG Visit Prairiefire
On March 24th, BTTY and JYG are going to go grab lunch at Prairiefire right after Sunday School. After lunch they will then go to the Museum at Prairiefire until 5:00 p.m., when we will return to Beth Torah for pickup. The current exhibit is about dinosaurs and their connection to modern birds. Admission is $5.00 but also bring money for lunch (restaurant tbd).
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!
Educating Our Future: A Campaign to Sustain Chai (Life) at CBT and in Our
Jewish Community through Education:
 Three Years Strong and Running
WE need your dedication and your dollars again for the 2018/2019 school year.
Our Accomplishments so far:
Thanks to a challenge grant and some generous donors, we came very close to our $53,000.00 goal for the 2017-2018 school year and are already well on our way to our 2018-2019 goal. Religious School is considered a benefit of membership to CBT members. 

The future of our children and the community depends on you.

The ABCDs to keep the momentum strong!
  • Advocate the school to people you know are looking for a religious school
  • Become a volunteer to help with a fundraising event
  • Call the office at 913-498-2212 or go to the website to donate to Educating Our Future
  • Donate your time and expertise to secure grant funds

You will be performing a Mitzvah that can help a lot of children. Donate Today! 
Special thanks to Molly Levinson, a sterling result of the religious school and confirmation student at CBT, for designing the beautiful logo for the Educating our Future campaign.
Feel free to contact the Beth Torah office for any questions you may have about Educating Our Future.
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 at 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-wide Purim Day Seudah Jewish community members of all ages will join together on Thursday, March 21st for a Purim “Seudah” (a festive meal on Purim day) beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Village Shalom. The Purim celebration will include a Purim-sing-along, Purim BINGO, an engaging and interactive reading of the megillah, light festival lunch meal, assembling Shalach Manot gift bags and an optional traditional Megillah reading after lunch.

There is no charge to attend the program but attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good for the JFS Food Pantry. Participants are welcome to wear a costume! The Purim Seudah is sponsored by the Rabbinical Association in collaboration with Village Shalom and generously supported by the Flo Harris Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Advance reservations are required by Wednesday, March 13th. Space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come basis. If planning to attend, please register online here or send an email to or call 913-327-4622. Indicate the number of people attending, including number and ages of children and the name of each person. For additional information, 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 early April.

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 is also available here .
Questions: or call 913-327-4622. 
Raising Charitable Children
At this special event for adults who have children up to age 18, Jenny Friedman, an
authority on family philanthropy and founder/executive director of Doing Good
Together, will share creative and practical tips for making empathy and "giving back"
a natural part of your child's life. Stay tuned - registration will be open soon!
This event will take place on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 10:00 am in the Jewish Community Campus MAC Room. This event is complimentary and includes babysitting and a Vaad-supervised brunch. If you have any questions, please contact Brooke Hardy at 913-327-8122 or by email .

 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 .