Tom Isenberg and Carol Barnett, long time members and leaders of The New Reform Temple and their brother, John Isenberg, were recently honored as Nonprofit Connect’s 2018 Philanthropists of the Year. Awarded to Kansas Citians who embody the spirit of giving, Tom, Carol and John have excelled in their dedication to service of our community.
They have all donated their time, leadership skills and financial resources to multiple organizations within the community – Tom to Synergy Services, Inc., Carol to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, and John has dedicated countless hours to Jewish Federation.
The New Reform Temple family is especially proud that Tom and Carol have dedicated so much time and love to the congregation. Both have deep roots in the history of the congregation. Tom is the current treasurer at the temple, and Carol is a past president.
The entire community thanks Tom, Carol, and John for being such wonderful models for tzedakah (giving) and gemilut chasadim (deeds of lovingkindness). May they continue their sacred work for many years to come.
The Day of Discovery is a unique opportunity for adults to discover the richness and diversity of Jewish learning available in Kansas City from Rabbis, Cantors and educators who lead sessions on a wide range of topics. Classes will be offered throughout the day on Sunday August 26 at the JCC. Registration and a continental breakfast take place from 8:45 – 9:30 a.m., study sessions begin at 9:30 and lunch will be served from 12:15 -1:05 p.m. A dessert reception with door prizes will conclude the day. Registration will begin in early August. Registration fee is $20 and includes classes, continental breakfast, kosher box lunch and dessert reception. For more information, contact Annette Fish, Administrator/Program Director, Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City, by email email@example.com or by phone at (913) 327-4622.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.