Celebrations

From the beginning of life to all the exciting changes that follow, Rabbi Cukierkorn and our staff will work with you to create an event that reflects your family’s uniqueness. Brit Milah (Circumcision) and Baby Naming A new baby marks a significant transition for the entire family – you’re not just welcoming a new family member but also bringing him or her into the Covenant. Temple Israel is honored to be part of this celebration. We hold naming ceremonies for boys and girls. For brit milah, we work with several mohalim (ritual circumcisers, some of whom are physicians) in the area. We ask that you contact Temple Israel a few months before the expected birth in order to begin planning. The service is better done in your home, but it could take place at the temple as...

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End of Life and Mourning

Our Caring committee reaches out to be supportive in times of illness and injury, which can be as traumatic and life-altering as any death. Rabbi Cukierkorn will conduct funeral and memorial services, both at the Temple and at the grave site. He will work with you to plan a service that is meaningful to you and your family. To reach us on a weekend for an immediate need, you may call the Rabbi at 913-940-1011. If you are dealing with grief, no matter how recent – the first year of mourning to years after the loss of a loved one – we have resources to support you. Contact us and we will get back in touch with you right...

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Considering Converting to Judaism?...

Overview of the Conversion Process From your first meeting with the Rabbi to the ceremony at the synagogue celebrating your conversion, the process typically takes a year. However, some people complete the requirements in just a few months, while others take several years. How long it takes will depend on you and what you are seeking from the process. Meeting With the Rabbi The Rabbi will explain the path to conversion and provide you with books and articles to read. If you have already been reading about Judaism on your own, you can discuss your ideas and questions with the Rabbi. No questions are off-limits in Judaism.  You can always contact the Rabbi. Joining Jewish Activities You should begin attending services at a synagogue on a regular basis. You are welcome at Temple Israel on Friday...

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Path to Conversion

Step One: Choosing a Hebrew Name After you decide to convert, your first step on the path to conversion is to choose a Hebrew name. When Abram and Sarai were reborn in a new relationship with God, their names changed and they became Abraham and Sarah. Similarly, your choice of a Hebrew name signifies a new life and identity. The name can be from the Bible or Jewish history, or from a person you admire or identify with. Rabbi Cukierkorn can help you find a name particularly meaningful to you. Undergoing Milah (for men) Before your conversion ceremony, if you are a man, you may choose to perform atafat dam brit. Appearing Before the Beit Din Your conversion process culminates in a conversion ceremony. In Kansas City, this ceremony takes place at the Kansas City Community Mikvah,...

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With Temple Israel At Your Side...

Help and Support At Temple Israel, we believe whatever brings you to Judaism, will be underpinned with love. You may be thinking about converting because a partner you love is Jewish, you have a child who is Jewish, or you have an inexplicable affection for things Jewish – spiritual, cultural or philosophical. Whatever your reason, if you have started down the path to converting to Judaism, we can help and support you in the journey. Community You may simply want to learn more about Judaism in a warm, accepting environment.  We encourage you to ask questions and discuss your doubts, concerns and hopes. You may be far enough along in your embrace of Judaism that you want to become more involved in our community, as you continue to study and learn. As a part of our community,...

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Recommended Reading for Conversion...

This is short list of books about Judaism in general and conversion to Judaism. The Rabbi will be able to direct you to further reading, depending on your interests. About Judaism Accessible Judaism: A Concise Guide, Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn Living a Jewish Life, Anita Diamant Jews, God and History, Max I. Dimont Every Person’s Guide to Judaism, Stephen J. Einstein The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel A Handbook for the Jewish Home, Alfred J. Kolatch A Concise History of the Jewish People, Naomi Pasachoff and Robert J. Littman The Shaping of Jewish History, Ellis Rivkin Where Judaism Differs: An Inquiry Into the Distinctiveness of Judaism, Abba Hillel Silver The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary, Michael Strassfeld The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living, Daniel B. Syme Jewish Literacy, Joseph Telushkin About Conversion to...

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Online Resources about Converting to Judaism...

Rabbi Cukierkorn’s Reflections Mission for Conversion in Spain Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn on Conversion to Judaism Conversion Experiences My Jewish Conversion Story Rewards, Challenges Of Converting To Judaism Guatemala’s Jewish converts struggle Is Conversion Necessary for Acceptance? Choosing to Participate in an Interfaith Havurah Philippines: Israel and a much older connection Other Para informaccion sobre Conversion al Judaismo en Espanol visite www.britbraja.org The Union of Reform Judaism has a wealth of documents and resources online: visit urj.org/life/conversion Shiksa in the Kitchen Calling All Converts: Blogging the Burdens and Blessings of Conversion Chicago Carless: A Jew-By-Choice Blog about...

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