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Installation of Rabbi Cattapan

4/28/2017 - 4/30/2017

Installation Celebration for Rabbi Cattapan

The Installation of Senior Rabbi Javier E. Cattapan will be celebrated April 28-30, 2017 with a variety of activities and featuring Scholar In Residence Rabbi Rami Shapiro.

Due to a forecast of cold, driving rain, the Bagel Walk N Talk scheduled for Sunday morning, April 30th is postponed. Mark your calendar now for Sunday, September 10th, the 1st day of Religious School for a morning of walking, talking, bagels and flapjacks! More details to come soon. But nothing else in the schedule has changed: Join us at 4:30 this afternoon for a workshop led by our Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Rami Shapiro: The Sacred Art of Loving Kindness. Then stay for a Nosh of some wine and heavy appetizers Then join us at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary for the official Installation Ceremony for Rabbi Javier E. Cattapan. There is free babysitting available from 5:30-8:30 pm Sunday morning come on in and join us for a conversation led by Rabbis Rami and Cattapan on: B’rachot, expressing gratitude for life’s gifts and wonder.

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As part of the Installation Celebration for Rabbi Javier E. Cattapan, we encourage you to: 

Be Mindful. Be Generous. Be Here! 

 Be mindful.

  • "Rami Shapiro is brilliant, heartful and full of reverence (and irreverence!) A great pluralistic soul with a fabulous sense of humor. You will love him.” –Rabbi Tirzah Firestone.  Take advantage of the opportunity to learn and laugh with our special scholar-in-residence. 

Be generous. 

  • Given our long-standing tradition of social justice and feeding the hungry, the Installation Celebration would not be complete without pausing to continue our fight against food insecurity! Our neighbors should not go hungry while we are celebrating this joyous occasion.
  • At the same time, take this opportunity to make a gift to the congregation of the new Reform Movement Machzor, Mishkan Hanefesh in honor of Rabbi Cattapan’s Installation. 

Generosity opportunities:

  • $54.00 — A two book set of Mishkan Hanefesh* including a personal nameplate commemorating your gift. (see below)  
  • 46.00 — Help buy one month’s groceries for the 7 county area through the Jewish Family Services food pantry. 
  • $100.00 — Double Mitzvah - do both! 

Click here to donate for any of the above

Be here!

  • There’s something for everyone at the Installation Celebration – from the opening nosh through the closing party. Make plans now to attend!


Any questions or wanting to make a gift?

                                    Contact the Congregation Beth Torah office at (913) 498-2212

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Rabbi Cattapan

Rabbi Cattapan is a native of Argentina. In Argentina, his education included the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (Conservative) and the University of Buenos Aires, where he studied Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and was teaching assistant in General Linguistics.

He came to the U.S in 1994 to attend Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Cattapan received his M. A. in Hebrew Letters in 1997, and 1998 was ordained as rabbi at the HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. In 2004, Rabbi Cattapan earned his M. Phil. in Hebraic and Cognate Studies. After ordination, he taught Modern Hebrew at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Before coming to Beth Torah, Rabbi Cattapan served synagogues in Indiana and Ohio. On July 1st, 2016 he became the spiritual leader as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, Kansas.

Rabbi Cattapan has been active on the boards of SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect), the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne when he lived in Indiana and is looking forward to becoming involved and present in organizations here in the Kansas City metro. He regularly participates in interfaith panel discussions and other outreach programs representing the Jewish point of view on a variety of issues. He is member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the local rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City. He is married to Mr. Kris D. Gray.


Rabbi Rami

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award winning author, poet, essayist, and educator whose poems have been anthologized in over a dozen volumes, and whose prayers are used in prayer books around the world.

Rami received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and holds both Ph.d. and D.D. degrees. A congregational rabbi for 20 years, Rabbi Rami is currently Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to writing books, Rami writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine called “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler” and he has a blog. His most recent book is Recovery–the Sacred Art (Skylight Paths).

Schedule of Events

Congregation Beth Torah celebrates The Installation of Senior Rabbi Javier E. Cattapan

April 28-30 2017 with the following events:

Friday, evening

6:00……….Celebratory Nosh


7:45……….Festive Oneg with Rabbi Rami’s message:
Judaism as an End Spells the End of Judaism; Why we need to move beyond identity focused Judaism.

Saturday, all day

9:00……….Rabbi Rami and Rabbi Mark Levin discuss: Questions Over Answers:
“Lo BaShamayim He—It Is Not In Heaven

10:30………Worship and Expanded Kiddush

4:30……….Rabbi Rami will lead a workshop: The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness

5:30……….Nosh (wine, cheese & heavy appetizers)

6:30……….Havdalah & Installation


Sunday, morning

8:00……….Bagel Walk ‘N’ Talk
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10:15……..A Conversation with Rabbi Rami: B’rachot, expressing gratitude for life’s gifts and wonder

SHABBAT MORNING STUDY SESSION WITH THE RABBIS "Questions Over Answers;" "Lo BaShamayim He -- It Is Not In Heaven."
Judaism may well be unique among the religions of the world in that it values questions over answers, and human reason over divine revelation. Rabbis Rami Shapiro and Mark Levin will discuss how the ancient Rabbis (hazal) established a unique system of study and interpretation that has kept Judaism alive and vital for 2,000 years.  Click here to download the study session sheet.

“We are all born in the image of God, but living out the likeness of God is a choice.”
Lovingkindness is one of Rabbi Rami’s flagships. He has spoken at conferences, lead retreats, and written a book on the subject. Join Rabbi Rami for an exploration of the meaning of lovingkindness and how we can infuse our lives with this transformative practice.

SUNDAY MORNING SESSION WITH THE RABBIS ~~ A Conversation with Rabbi Rami: B'rachot, expressing gratitude for life's gifts and wonders ~~
“Judaism calls for revolution or it calls for nothing at all.” (R. Rami) Join Rabbi’s Rami and Cattapan for a discussion of one of Judaism’s most powerful and enigmatic tools of revolution: the concept of B’rachot.

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