Installation Celebration for Rabbi Cattapan
As part of the Installation Celebration for Rabbi Javier E. Cattapan, we encourage you to:
Be Mindful. Be Generous. Be Here!
- "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.
- 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.
- $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!
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 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 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).