New Moon Lab

The next New Moon Lab will be held on Saturday, February 4th, at 6:30 p.m. Babysitting, Moon Pies, and hot apple cider are provided. We do havdalah, sing, talk, learn together, and go outside to say the birkat halevana, the blessing of the new moon. Come join this innovative group in the sanctuary, as we experiment each season with different musical modalities, prayer formats, and diverse Jewish experiences.

Next Contemplation Program

We’ll hold our next contemplation night on Sunday evening, February 19th, at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. If you haven’t been to one before and you’re curious, here’s what to expect:

We subtract the social element of the gathering and add layers of inner prayer and reflection. When you come in, you can pick up a handout and find a place to sit anywhere in the sanctuary. Carmen and I lead the songs and readings from the front pew, facing the ark just like everyone else is facing the ark. There’s long stretches of silence, piano meditations, and sitting in solitude with candles and low lighting. The whole program lasts about an hour. Carmen and I weave in songs that we don’t sing anywhere else in the fabric of the music program. Recent songs include Leonard Cohen’s “If It Be Your Will,” Carmen Dieker’s “El Na R’fa Na La,” and Basya Schechter’s “Dumiyah.”

Shabbat Huddle, featuring original music

We have cooked up something unusual for February’s Shabbat Huddle on Friday, February 24th (5:45pm—6:15pm.) That evening we will welcome Tim Intfen and Lezlie Zucker to co-host the gathering in the Well of the sanctuary, just a pebble’s toss from where we usually meet (in the space behind the ark). They will take turns sharing Shabbat-related songs that they have composed. This is a marvelous opportunity to hear songs that are hot off the press, original songs by these musical leaders we appreciate so much. Randy Deutch, Carmen Dieker, Weber Ingersoll, and Emily Tummons will also be singing along, playing along, to their songs. Please help spread the word! And let’s all be inspired by Tim and Lezlie’s newest compositions.


Spring Session: Sunday Afternoon, April 2nd

Mark your calendars now, and invite your friends to this year’s “Spring Session,” a concert featuring area composers and their original Jewish songs. There are fifteen composers signed up so far to share one or two original Jewish pieces at this event. Besides our Beth Torah crew, we’ll hear again from people like Rabbi Scott White, Rabbi Jonathan Rudnick, Cantor Sharon Kohn, Linda Salvay, Rachel Black, and Lara Steinel. We’ll also be inviting other guests to the spotlight: Howard Iceberg, a legend of the Kansas City music scene, and Warren Sickel, co-music director at Temple Beth Sholom in Topeka.

The Spring Session also features our large and small CBT ensembles. If you’d like to perform in this event, volunteer at this event to be a greeter or help with other tasks, or join the Supporters Circle funding group, please email Emily Tummons: