News & Events

Bat Mitzvah: Maya Finkle

January 28

Maya Nancy Finkle, daughter of Johanna and David Finkle, will become a Bat Mitzvah January 28. Maya is a 7th grader at Leawood Middle School. Outside of school Maya plays piano, soccer, and competitive tennis. She plays cello in her school orchestra. She enjoys reading historical fiction, rock climbing, and playing with her dog, Penny.

For Maya’s bat mitzvah project, she volunteered at KC for Refugees and started a hygiene kit drive at her school to benefit newly arrived Afghan refugees.

At-a-Glance Calendar

Welcoming Our Newest Member

We are thrilled to announce our newest member, Ace James Rossman! Ace's bris took place yesterday, and he is shown with his parents Brooks and Elizabeth Rossman, as well as big sister Addison during his bris yesterday.

To share your simcha in enews (new addition to the family, winning a special award, etc) please click here to submit your information.

Program Guide

If it hasn't hit your mailbox already, be on the lookout for our newest program guide, full of events from February-July! Or click on the button below to view our program guide online.

View Program Guide

Tu B'Shvat Featured Events

Art Installation 

through February

We welcome regional artist Jean Schmitt for a temporary installation of two works inspired by the renewable nature of our earth—made possible by worms! During the month of February, stop in to see a worm composting unit, and a large-scale work of visual art inspired by worms’ movements. 

Share Shabbat

Feb. 3 | 5:00 pm | B'nai Jehudah

This family-friendly service will be all about Tu B'Shvat, with worm-themed activities, music and more. Click here to register.

In the Kitchen with Kramer

Feb. 5 | 9:15 am | B'nai Jehudah

Join Rabbi Kramer to celebrate the birthday of the trees with a charcuterie board workshop that includes fruit and nuts! $15/person; register by Feb. 1.

Click here to register

Tu B'Shvat Seder

Feb. 5 | 3:00 pm | Village Shalom

This annual event celebrates the arrival of spring in Israel and is celebrated with a festive meal of fruits, nuts, and other treats. Help us celebrate this unique holiday featuring special musical guest Shireinu and be there for the annual presentation of the Mitzvah Garden KC “Golden Trowel” Awards. Brought to you in partnership with Village Shalom, Mitzvah Garden KC, The Michael Klein Collection

Click here to register

Artist Talk

Feb. 7 | 7:00 pm | via Zoom

'Worms' artist Jean Schmitt will discuss her process and inspiration for crating the worm art installation on display at B'nai Jehudah. She will lead a conversation about the cycle of renewal our earth depends on. Click here to join the Zoom event.

The Art Installation and Artist Talk are brought to B'nai Jehudah thanks to the generous support of The Michael Klein Collection. The Mitzvah Garden KC is also co-sponsoring the art installation.

Stargazing Pop-Up Interest Group

tentatively beginning Jan. 26 | 7:00 pm | B'nai Jehudah's north parking lot

Are you interested in the greater galaxy? Join member Chuck Luchen for pop-up stargazing opportunities. All dates listed are tentative; the ability to observe will depend on a number of factors. This group is for all levels (beginner to expert) and is for stargazers 16 & up.

Sign up for the email list, below. You will receive email notifications about specific stargazing dates throughout the winter and spring. All dates listed in the sign up form are tentative.

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Seeking: Purim Spiel Actors & Singers!

Calling all adult singers, actors, and Megillah readers to be a part of our Totally RAD '80's themed Purim Spiel on March 4! Please reach out to Laura Payne at to be a part of this fun and fabulous Spiel in singing, non-singing, and Megillah chanting roles! Rehearsal dates are:

  • Feb. 12 at 12:15 (lunch provided)
  • Feb. 19 at 1:30, and
  • Feb. 26 at 1:30. 

Mazel tov to these couples on their milestone January anniversaries!

Jennifer & Chad Markey (20)

Gwen & Craig Aronson (40)

Erlene & Sanford Krigel (45)

Kathe & Louis Stekoll (50)

Sandra & Joel Leibsohn (55)

Adrianne & Ronald Greenberg (73)

We love celebrating anniversaries! Due to limited space, we list milestone anniversaries only. This includes every 5 years through 60; then, after 60, every year. We can't wait to list your next milestone anniversary!

Shabbat Happenings

January 27

6:00 pm: Erev Shabbat Service: Repro(ductive Rights) Shabbat

January 28

10:30 am: Shabbat Morning service celebrating the Bat Mitzvah of Maya Finkle

Please join us in worship in the building or virtually on Facebook Live or on Vimeo

Share Shabbat

Join us for Share Shabbat at B'nai Jehudah on Friday, Feb. 3. We'll celebrate Tu B'Shvat with Ms. Laura, Rabbi Brazner and all of our friends! Register here, walk-ins welcome.

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