April 14 - 20, 2014
14 Nisan 5774
Parashat Chol HaMoed Pesach

Erev Shabbat

Kabbalah Study 5:30 p.m.
Nosh at 6:00 p.m.
Erev Worship at 6:30 p.m.
Rabbi's Tisch 7:00 p.m.
Oneg Shabbat 7:30 p.m.


Rabbi Levin’s Shabbat Study Class at 9:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Shabbat Calendar: Listen to the Passover Story Anew

April 18-19, 2014 Shabbat announcements

Rabbi Levin's Shabbat Study Class Materials

Click here to read Rabbi Mark Levin's latest blog

Friday Night Opportunities

After the tragic events of this last week, coming together as a community can provide a sense of wholeness.  There are two community options for you this Friday night, April 18th:

Friday night worship at Congregation Beth Torah will feature a dialog about the impact of violence in greater Kansas City between Rabbi Levin and the Honorable Alvin Brooks, founder of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime and former Mayor Pro Tem of Kansas City.  Worship begins at 6:30 p.m.; there is always a light nosh.  All are welcome.

Representatives of area Jewish youth groups, BBYO, NCSY, USY, and NFTY, have arranged a Candle Light Vigil Walk for Friday night.  A Shabbat service will be helped at the Jewish COmmunity Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. to remember those most affected by this tragedy.  At 7:00 p.m., participants will walk from the JCC to Village Shalom with candles and signs to honor the families and the lives of the victims.

We encourage you to participate in these events.

 Our Congregation Beth Torah annual meeting is the time for you to find out all the news happening within our walls.  Come together with your community to hear about leadership, volunteerism, finances and or course, our community.  This year’s annual meeting will be Sunday, April 27th at 10:00 in the Sanctuary.  Look for your packet in the mail soon with more information.


Tekiah April 2014

From Rabbi Mark Levin:

As Jews prepare for Passover, our community has been hauled into the violence that plagues our nation. At this moment we don't know for certain if today's murders were aimed exclusively at Jews, but it certainly feels that way.  But in a larger sense, we have been victimized by the random, hate-filled violence that steals lives and futures in this country daily.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that this hateful attack occurs at Passover. It certainly threatens our sense of security and multiples the fear that we are persecuted.  I wish, however, that you could receive the loving calls I am receiving from friends and clergy all over the wider metropolitan area and indeed around the world.  Our neighbors: Jews, Christians and Muslims are outraged that senseless murder would be aimed at our community.  We live among friends, and that is very different from Pharaoh's Egypt, Nazi Germany, or any other place in which Jews have suffered persecution.  We are being singled out, but in a larger sense we are not, because this is no longer a unique act of terror.  Rather, the scourge of wanton violence threatens us all; and those who hate as a way of life must be rooted out, isolated and punished.

Our prayers are with the victims and their families. They must be our main concern; as well as those who feel threatened by random violence. Today demonstrates that any of us could be singled out, and therefore we are a single people that should be united in our conviction that we will not tolerate the hatred that murders innocent people and tears at the body of our nation.

--Rabbi Mark H. Levin, DHL

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Worship Schedule

Erev Shabbat, 6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Morning, 10:30 a.m.
*Sunday,  9:30 a.m.
*Wednesday, 5:50 p.m.

*When religious school is in session.

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