Congregation Beth Torah E-News
September 6th, 2019 - September 19, 2019
6 Elul - 19 Elul 5779
6100 West 127th Street • Overland Park, Kansas 66209
 Phone: 913-498-2212

Erev Shabbat, Friday, September 6th
Nosh 6:00 p.m.
HHD Song Session 6:15 p.m.
Worship 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat, Saturday, September 7th
Sichat Shabbat Group 9 : 00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

Erev Shabbat, Friday, September 13th
Nosh 6:00 p.m.
HHD Song Session 6:15 p.m.
Worship 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat, Saturday, September 14th
Sichat Shabbat Group 9 : 00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

High Holy Day Information at Your Fingertips
Click here for signups for child care, extra tickets and worship service participation. Our web site also contains information on the schedule and ticket policy. 

Musical Notes
Elul is here, and with it a host of melodies we tend to sing only at this time of year. If you’d like to refresh your memory of HHD melodies we use at Beth Torah, join Rabbi Cattapan and Lezlie Zucker in the sanctuary on September 6, 13, and 20, at 6:15pm before Friday night services. 

Relational Judaism: You’ve heard the talk, now get ready to walk the walk
Deepen your connections to the Beth Torah community by starting a small group. Everything you need to know is right here:   
Be a part of the start of something relational this High Holy Day season. 
connecTorah YP
Are you or do you know someone in their 20's and 30's who would like to connect with their Judaism before the holidays? Let them know about our first connecTorah YP event! Visit  or email for more information!
Lunch with the Rabbi, Thursday September 12 th   
Lunch will take place at  12:00 p.m.  in the Library. RSVP by Wednesday, September 11 th  to order a sandwich. See you there!
Calling all green thumbs! 
Your help is needed on Sunday, September 15 th at 1:00 pm here at Beth Torah to transform our front flower bed into a fabulous Fall bed of flowers. We will be preparing the bed with soil and planting some chrysanthemums for all to enjoy when they come for High Holy Days in just a few weeks. 

Thank you to our five Flower Funders who supported the beauty of Beth Torah with donations that were used to purchase mums and planting materials.
Boyd and Laura Bolter
Chuck Gensler
Susan Cohen and Mitchell Krasnopoler
Phil Meltzer and Lauren Aaronson
Betsy Wanger
So, what’s nu? 
In response to the feedback received from our Annual Meeting last spring, the September 22 nd Congregational Forum (at 10:15 a.m., in the library ) will focus on: upcoming big events here at Beth Torah, news about small groups and our Young Professionals initiative, High Holy Day highlights and information on what our lay leadership is cooking up so Jews in our community can take a Fresh Look at CBT. Don’t miss this chance for you to hear all the news fit to share. See you at the Forum!
Introduction to Judaism and Hebrew 101
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.
Email either Rabbi Cattapan ( ) or Rabbi Kleinman ( ) or click here for more information.
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
Keep up with the latest WRS news on Facebook!
Mark Your Calendars!
Sunday school starts September 8th and TAG starts September 11th.

Please share this link with a friend, as the Weiner Religious School welcomes Jewish learners even if their families are not affiliated with Beth Torah.

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-wide Selichot Program and Service
As we prepare for the Beginning of the High Holy Days
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Congregation Beth Torah
Selichot is an opportunity to examine one’s deeds of the past year, directing one’s heart and mind to the process of teshuvah (repentance), and seeking forgiveness. 
Following a dessert reception at 8:00, Havdalah will follow at 8:45 p.m.. Five spiritual preparation sessions will be offered by rabbis at 9:00 p.m. Participants are asked to register in advance online and indicate the program session they would like to attend. Registrants can get to the registration website by clicking or going to .
The Selichot service begins at 10:10 p.m. and is designed to help worshipers spiritually prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The service will be led by area clergy and musicians.
The Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City sponsors the Selichot program in collaboration with area congregations and generous support from The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City.
Selichot services also take place at midnight at Kehilath Israel,and 1:05 am. at Beth Israel Abraham and Voliner.
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 .

Family Event: The Mama Doni Experience
Sunday, September 15, starting at 3:00 p.m., the Jewish Community Center is excited to present a family-friendly event from Nefesh Mountain. Doni Zasloff (Mama Doni) and her husband Eric Lindberg create family-oriented shows that infuse music with Jewish heritage and tradition. Their tunes will have us all singing and dancing with our inner child by the end of the night. Plus, come early for the pre-show event and get the best seats! Tickets for all parts of this fun afternoon are available at . Generously sponsored by the Norman & Elaine Polsky Family Charitable Foundation

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.

Break the Silence! 
Help raise awareness of mental illness while reducing its stigma. The 4 th  Annual Speak Up walk will be on Sunday, September 15 th  at the Garmin Pavilion in Olathe. Help start this important conversation by registering or donating here: