A community Tisha B’Av observance will take place on Saturday, July 21, at Congregation Beth Shalom. The evening begins at 9:45 p.m. with 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. The fast will end at 9:25 p.m. Sunday evening.
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Please join us for our Annual Congregational Meeting
The Annual Meeting of The New Reform Temple will be held on Friday evening, May 18 at 6:00 pm at the Temple following the Shabbat Service.
You should be receiving your Proxy ballot in the mail. If you cannot be present at this Annual Meeting, you are respectfully urged to sign and return your Proxy which will be voted in accord with your wishes as expressed on the Proxy ballot. You may return your Proxy by mail, fax (816-523-2454), email email@example.com, or a phone call to the Temple office (816-523-7809).
Shavuot is the Jewish Festival for the celebration of “Matan Torah,” the giving of Torah by revelation at Sinai. We are responsible for “Kabbalat Torah,” receiving Torah and putting it into action in our daily lives. Join with us as we observe:
3rd Annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot:
A Special Night of Torah Study
Saturday, May 19
Traditionally, Jews begin the festival by studying topics of Torah on Erev Shavuot in a format known as Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a gathering to study and learn into the night.
6:00 p.m. Erev Shavuot Service
6:30 p.m. Italian Dairy Supper
7:00 p.m. Study Session: Are the Ten Commandments Still Relevant
7:30 p.m. Cheesecake
The entire evening including the meal is free of charge. However, reservations are required by Tuesday, May 15 in order to attend the dinner. RSVP to the Temple office at: 816-523-7809 or NRT7100@aol.com. Reservations are required for dinner.
Our entire congregation is invited to attend our annual Confirmation Ceremony on Sunday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. The New Reform Temple was built on the notion that Confirmation, the celebration of 11 years of Jewish education, was to be a high point in the religious life of the synagogue. Five outstanding young people will each share with the congregation a brief reflection on important topics facing the Jewish Community. Let us support these fine young people by our presence.
ALLIE ERDNER | JONATHAN GREENWALD | SAMANTHA MASISAK | PHINNEY SACHS | ZANDY SWARTZMAN
The Marion and Henry Bloch Religious School invites you to come enjoy great pancakes while celebrating moms and the last day of Sunday school on Sunday, May 13!
This will be our last day of Sunday School and it is Mother’s Day, so we plan to celebrate both with a family pancake breakfast! We are so excited to end the year with a bang, honoring our amazing mothers, and eating lots of pancakes. The Torah Tots are invited to attend for their final session of the year. We look forward to the entire school being together for the last time until September. See you there!
The New Reform Temple launches the sixth season of its monthly film series for adults which brings to our community cutting edge, award winning films that will explore the Modern Jewish Experience.
Join us for a screening of:
Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 pm
Theater at the Sulgrave Regency, 200 West 49th Street Kansas City, MO
RSVP to the Temple office at: 816-523-7809 or NRT7100@aol.com. Reservations are required – SPACE IS LIMITED!
An old Jewish baker takes on a young Muslim apprentice to save his failing kosher bakery. When his apprentice’s marijuana stash accidently falls in the mixing dough, the challah starts flying off the shelves! Dough is a warmhearted and humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places.
The 2018 community Yom HaShoah service commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and the 55th anniversary of the dedication of Kansas City’s Memorial to the Six Million. The service will be held on Sunday, April 15 at 1:30 pm in the White Theater of the Jewish Community Campus.
The program features the traditional lighting of six candles in memory of the six million Jewish victims. The program also will include a history of the Treblinka revolt of 75 years ago, one of many examples of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust.
Following the April 13, 2014 tragedy at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas, a group of caring individuals decided that we, as a community, have the power to outshine and overcome such senseless acts of hate. SevenDays® is a challenge for young and old, to embrace diversity across race, religion and culture. Through a variety of events hosted each day of SevenDays® Make a Ripple, Change the World you will be engaged, enriched and enlightened. Join us in our mission to promote interfaith dialogue by engaging all people to discover commonalities and overcome evil with acts of kindness.
A community second night of Passover Seder will be offered on Saturday, March 31 and hosted by The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. The Seder is an opportunity for family and friends to come together as a community for the telling of the Passover story – to reflect on our past and look forward to a future of freedom and liberation for all people throughout the world.
The Seder will be led by Rabbis Monica Kleinman and Jon Kleinman with music will be led by Rachel Black. Through engaging stories, song and discussion, we will retell the story of the Exodus, Crossing the Sea, the story of our people’s journey from slavery to freedom and remember those around the world who struggle with injustice every day.
A traditional kosher-for-Passover Seder meal will be prepared under supervision of the Vaad Hakashrut of Kansas City and served under the supervision of the participating rabbis.
The community Seder is sponsored by the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City, funded in part by the Community Legacy Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City and supported by Congregations.
Advance reservations are mandatory and must be received by Wednesday, March 21; fees increase after that date. Registration forms are available online at www.kcrabbis.org, picked up at area congregations or click to downloaded Passover Seder RSVP Form. For information or to inquire about confidential financial assistance, contact Annette Fish, Administrator/Program Director, Rabbinical Association by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 913-327-4622.
Congratulations to New Reform Temple members Tom Isenberg and Carol Barnett for being named Philanthropists of the Year along with John Isenberg by Nonprofit Connect. Nonprofit Connect, a Kansas City organization that links the nonprofit community to education, resources and networking, will honor Tom and Carol along with John Isenberg during an awards luncheon on May 16.
Collectively, Tom, John and Carol have improved the lives of countless men, women and children in the metro area. Each individually provides outstanding leadership, countless hours of volunteer time, and significant financial resources to major organizations within the community; Tom to Synergy Services, Inc., John to the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City; and Carol to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. They have given and raised millions of dollars collectively throughout their philanthropic careers.
According to Nonprofit Connect, the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is Kansas City’s oldest and largest celebration of giving. The funds raised at the luncheon on May 16 will allow Nonprofit Connect to continue to offer education, resources and networking so that area nonprofit organizations can more effectively achieve their missions.
Please join Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) and their chairs, Anab Abdulahi, Gail James and Lynn Poskin, for the 6th Annual Global Table. Celebrate and support the diversity that refugees contribute to Kansas City with a night of internationally themed appetizers, drinks and music. Become a sponsor or purchase tickets today! If you cannot join us, please consider making a donation to support this important work.