High Holidays 2013

Rosh Hashanah Wednesday evening, 8 p.m. September 4 Thursday, September 5 Morning service, 10 a.m. Children’s service, then Tashlich, 2 p.m. Kol Nidrei Friday evening, 8 p.m. September 13 Yom Kippur Saturday morning, 10 a.m. September 14 Saturday afternoon Children’s service, 1 p.m. Study session, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Afternoon service, 3 p.m. Memorial service and Nehila, 4 p.m. All services will be in the Kehilath Israel Chapel, 10501 Conser, Overland Park KS Non-members interested in attending should contact Marcie Pell at 913-634-0432 or Marcie.pell@gmail.com to see if tickets are still...

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Hollywood and the Holocaust — Tuesday, June 11...

One film remains in the series honoring the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education’s 20th anniversary: On June 11, “Enemies: A Love Story” (1989), about survivors who question religion and a God who could let the Holocaust occur. Begins at 7 p.m. in the JCC’s White Theatre. Tickets are...

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Havdalah in the Home: the Sequel – Saturday, June 1...

TI’s first Havdalah observance in February was a success, and this one should be just as much fun. Gather at 6 p.m. at the Shawnee home of Joyce Rosenberg and Charles Marvine to bid farewell to Shabbat, then enjoy a potluck dinner and an evening of games and good company. Save the date — more details coming...

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Be happy with what you have: lessons learned from the Manna...

Rabbi Cukierkorn comments on Torah portion Beha’alotcha, Numbers 8:1-12:15: Be happy with what you have: lessons learned from the...

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The Priestly benediction: a lesson from Naso...

Rabbi Cukierkorn comments on Torah portion Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89. He discusses why the cohanim face the congregation rather than the Ark while blessing the...

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Rabbi Cukierkorn Published in Jewish Daily Forward...

Rabbi Cukierkorn has published an article in the Jewish Daily Forward: In Kansas City, Backyard Issues Higher on Agenda Than...

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Day 7 – Passover 2012: Ancient Story, Modern Lessons...

God – Adult Reflections I am sure that for God, dealing with the Israelites must have been quite frustrating.  God performed wonders and miracles for them through Moses, and the only thing God seemed to want was some loyalty and allegiance. Yet, those were not easy to obtain from the Israelites. God was clearly very frustrated, so much so, that God offered Moses to destroy the Israelites and start a new people only out of Moses, his faithful servant.  Moses succeeded in convincing God not to do it.  Somehow God moves on and keep the special covenant with the Israelites, one that we still uphold today. The lesson that I gather from this is that even when you help people, it doesn’t buy allegiance.  In as much as we are commanded to be Godly...

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Day 6 – Passover 2012: Ancient Story, Modern Lessons...

Egyptians – Adult Reflections On the surface it seems quite unfair that the whole nation of Egypt is punished for the actions of a single man: Pharaoh.  Yet the Bible seems to teach us a lesson about civic involvement.  Joseph De Maistre, a 17th-century French diplomat, said the famous and much-paraphrased words: “Every Nation has the government it deserves.”  Clearly the Egyptians stood by while all kind of evil things were perpetrated upon the Israelites.  The Egyptians were victims of their own passivity.  The plagues visited upon all Egypt were collective punishment for their collective inaction, if not cooperation, with Pharaoh. One cannot claim innocence just because one stands by and is not directly involved in wrong doing.  We have an obligation to try to make a difference.  The Torah already teaches us: Do...

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Day 5 – Passover 2012: Ancient Story, Modern Lessons...

Israelites – Adult Reflections In the Exodus story, the Israelites are a royal pain in the neck!  Even though they see awesome miracles, never done before, performed on their behalf, they only complain and never seem to want to take personal responsibility in trying to make things right. They also seem to never support their leader, Moses. How often do we behave like this? I am reminded of a quote from the prayerbook Gates of Prayer: “Days pass and the years vanish, and we walk sightless among miracles. Lord, fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing; let there be moments when Your Presence, like lightning, illumines the darkness in which we walk.” For me, the essence of being “religious” is to show thankfulness. The ancient Hebrew religion was based on sacrifices....

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