Mazel Tov to our Newest Bat Mitzvah: Emma Furey

November 18

Brian Furey and Amy Ravis Furey announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Emma Clair Furey on November 18.

Emma is the granddaughter of Diane Ravis and Michael Ravis (of blessed memory); Glynis Furey (of blessed memory); and Richard and Pat Furey of Spring Lake, New Jersey. Emma has a brother, Michael Furey, age 15. 

Emma is a 7th grade student at Prairie Star Middle School where she runs on the cross-country team. Emma participates in competitive gymnastics and loves spending summers at Camp Sabra. For her mitzvah project, Emma collected pet food for the Jewish Family Services food pantry, one of the few in the area that offers pet food so families in need can adequately care for their pets or their pets. 

Introducing Our New Music Director,

Laura Payne!

We are overjoyed to announce that Laura Payne has accepted the settled position of Music Director. Laura has been providing music here at B’nai Jehudah for over ten years. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a fine arts degree in Opera and Musical Theatre and has been singing professionally for more than 25 years. She has had the incredible opportunity to regularly sing and pray with every age group and enjoys creating meaningful and connected experiences for all. Laura began teaching early childhood music at B’nai Jehudah 10 years ago, which expanded to leading early childhood music for much of the Kansas City Jewish community.

Laura has also spent many years as the music specialist for B’nai Jehudah’s Religious School and Machane Jehudah summer camp, as well as singing for Shabbat services, High Holy Day services, and other holiday and life cycle events. Laura is excited to help grow the musical experience at B’nai Jehudah and to work with our fantastic clergy team and staff. She lives in Prairie Village with her husband Elliot, and daughters Lily and Stella. 

News & Events

Week of November 13

At-a-Glance Calendar: Week of November 13

Tuesday, November 14

7:00pm Responsa Class (Cremation)

Wednesday, November 15

6:30pm Pizza before Confirmation Class

7:00pm Kesher on the Go - Meet at Golden Scoop!

Must complete the Kesher on the Go Excursion and Permission form to attend

Thursday, November 16

1:00pm Coffee with Kramer

7:00pm Rosh Chodesh Discussion Group with Jill Maidhoff (at TTCBJ). Email to register.

Friday, November 17

5:00pm Share Shabbat at TTCBJ

6:00pm Erev Shabbat Service

6:00pm 5th/6th Grade Yalla Shabbat & Dinner

Saturday, November 18

10:30am Shabbat Service (Mazel tov to the Furey family as Emma is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah!)

4:00pm IMOT Painting Pottery

*This event if open to Independent Moms of the Tribe, IMOT.

Sunday, November 19

9:30am Sisterhood General Board Meeting

Save the Dates


Tuesday, November 21

7:00pm Responsa Class (Tattoos)

Friday, November 24

6:00pm Gratitude Shabbat Service


Thursday, December 7

1:00pm Gen"ies": Social Action Tie-Dye Socks

Office Closures this Month

Wednesday, November 22

Office closes at noon

Thursday, November 23

Office closed for Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 25

Virtual-only services

Join us for Shabbat Dinner IMOT

December 1 at 7:00pm

Location TBD

Get together with other independent mothers of the Tribe for a potluck-style Shabbat dinner. Register on our website.

Next up: Hanukkah!

Click here for Hanukkah events at B'nai Jehudah

B'nai Jehudah Holiday Gift Drive

This year, the synagogue is spreading the holiday light in partnership with Jewish Family Services and University Academy. If you are interested in taking part in spreading the light, please sign up for one of the opportunities below by selecting the underlined link in blue. If you have questions, please email Lori Barnett

JFS Hanukkah Project

This is an opportunity for individuals to support the B'nai Jehudah Holiday Gift Drive and spread the light of Hanukkah. Each client on the JFS Hanukkah wish list over the age of 18 will receive a $25 gift card this year. Gift cards allow individuals and families to choose correct sizes and styles, shop for groceries, or surprise a family member.

Please consider donating either a $25 Target or Walmart Gift Card.


I want to Spread the Light of Hanukkah!!! Please deliver your $25 Target or Walmart Gift Card(s) to Amy Potts at Temple no later than Wednesday, November 15.

Spread the Light

Adopt a University Academy Family

University Academy is a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th-grade college-preparatory charter public school located at B'nai Jehudah's old home at 69th & Holmes. Last year, the Temple adopted ten families from University Academy and we hope to exceed that number this year. We are asking a group of people (havurot, multi-generational families, friends) to adopt an entire family unit. Each adopted family unit consists of 2-4 children and 1-2 adults. Each adopted household member will receive at least one gift (minimum value of $50). In addition, we request that your group purchase at least one item from their household needs list.

I want to Adopt a University Academy Family.

You will receive your adopted family's profile and holiday wish list by email on Monday, November 13. All gifts need to be wrapped and delivered to the Temple no later than Sunday, December 10.

Adopt a Family

Strengthening Our Roots: Annual Campaign

There are many ways to give to B'nai Jehudah, and this year we ask you to consider our Strengthening Our Roots annual campaign. Your financial support is critical to ensuring we can continue achieving excellence in programming, education and spiritual life, while helping B'nai Jehudah families dealing with illness, job loss and personal crises. Please help us reach new heights in meeting the needs of our congregation.

Donate Today

180 Menorahs

December 8 | 6:00pm

featuring Coleen Dieker and Shabbat Simcha

Wear your wackiest Hanukkah gear, bring your menorahs from home, and help us light up the night!

Get ready for the fun with Sisterhood’s and Brotherhood’s guessing contests, an official menorah count, and Hanukkah dinner following the service from Johnny’s BBQ!

Cost is $15/adult and $10/child (ages 12 and under).

Register for dinner by December 1.

180 Menorahs

Featured Events

Adult B'nai Mitzvah

Join our Adult B'nai Mitzvah class and work towards this meaningful milestone alongside your B'nai Jehudah friends and family! Sign up with someone you know, or make new friends amongst our class cohort. We will study together for a year before we hold our class B'nai Mitzvah Service in February 2025. No Hebrew knowledge is required. Contact Rabbi Brazner with questions! A minimum of 12 participants needed to run the course; registration deadline January 26, 2024. Course fee: $360. Meets: 2-3/month on Saturdays, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, starting February 2024.

Register Here

Responsa Class

November 14, 21 & 28

Join Rabbi Brazner for another round of one-off classes on Reform Movement Responsa. The Reform Movement‘s rabbinic Responsa Committee provides answers to questions that are submitted concerning contemporary issues in Jewish life and living, applying Jewish scholarship and tradition to modern inquiries. The Responsa Committee has tackled topics ranging from nuclear proliferation to abortion rights; the issues are broad and can spark fierce debate! In our sessions we will cover: November 14: Cremation, November 21: Tattoos; Rabbis with Non-Jewish Partners, November 28: Compulsory Immunizations.

Register Here

Song Circle

with Coleen Dieker

December 9 | 2:00pm

Join Coleen Dieker for an intimate yet lively song circle!

Hosted by Bill & Robin Carr.

Space is limited. Please register today to reserve your spot. Registered participants will receive the address one week before the event. 

Register Here

GloWild Havdalah & Concert

with Coleen Dieker

December 9 | 6:00pm

Celebrate the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, with a walk through the Kansas City Zoo's Holiday GloWild lights exhibit with your B'nai Jehudah friends and family, and Artist in Residence Coleen Dieker! This lantern festival includes animals, local landmarks, botanicals, and Asian cultural creations all made out of lights, silk, and steel.

Cost is $19/person.

6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City

Register Here

Mitzvah Moments

Do a mitzvah at B'nai Jehudah and benefit the entire community!

November 20: Monday Mitzvah Moments

Lunch with Bill

NEW Closed Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

When: Wednesdays at 12:00pm

Where: Jewish Community Campus

Questions? Email

  • Enter the Jewish Community Center main entrance.
  • Check-in with Security. You are here to have "Lunch with Bill." A member of the group or security will help you sign in.
  • Take elevator to the 3rd floor (the main entrance is on the 2nd floor).
  • Follow "Coffee Pot" to the room!

***Not affiliated with the Jewish Community Campus or any organization within the Campus.

Find us on Facebook!

Sisterhood Judaica Shop

Hanukkah starts on December 7


15% off your entire purchase

Sunday, November 12 - Sunday, December 3

*Some exclusions apply.

Come Shop for all your wants and needs. We have new and one-of-a-kind items plus Hanukkah home décor, clothing, craft items and so much more!

We appreciate your support!


Wednesday - Friday | 11:00am - 2:00pm

Sunday | 9:00am - 12:00pm

(when Yalla is in session)

Or you can visit our website and shop online.

Shop 24/7 online

We are also available for appointments.

Email Pam Auerbach or Marcia Soltz to schedule.

Sisterhood members always receive 10% off purchases.

Use the passcode TENOFF for online purchases.

Blood Drive Results

Lives Saved and Funds Raised!

Forty-two (42) people came to our drive on Sunday, October 29. We collected 34 pints of blood. At $50 each, that came to $1,700. Our anonymous donor decided that $1,800 was a better number, and donated that amount to Magen David Adom! Thank you to all who came out to support saving lives, both in Kansas City and Israel!

A very special thank you to Stacy Wright for organizing and executing this phenomenal morning.

Stay up to date with The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah on social media!

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram