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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 3rd 9:00 a.m. "Discussion on the Writings of the Torah" 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Worship Sunday, December 4th 9:30 a.m. Religious School, Pre-K-6 grade 10:00 a.m. Adult Hebrew Class 11:00 a.m. Adult Education: Hannukah Cooking: Oil Vay: The Eight Days of Oil Noon Madrichim Workshop Noon GUCI Camp Recruitment Visit 12:30 p.m. D'var Torah Workshop Monday, December 5th 6:00 p.m. Weekday Worship 6:30 p.m. Al Anon Meeting 7:00 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting 7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal Tuesday, December 6th Building Closed Wednesday, December 7th Noon Wisdom on Wednesdays 4:30 p.m. Keshet Classes 6:30 p.m. Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class 7:00 p.m. Intergenerational Ensemble Rehearsal 7:00 p.m. TAG Classes Thursday, December 8th 10:00 a.m. Music with Mar 6:00 p.m. Weekday Worship 6:30 p.m. Community Conversion Class 7:00 p.m. DBSA Meeting Friday, December 9th Noon Yiddish Circle 6:00 p.m. Nosh 6:00 p.m. Tot Shabbat 6:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat Worship with Sermon in Song Saturday, December 10th 9:00 a.m. "Discussion on the Writings of the Torah" 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Worship Sunday, December 11th 9:30 a.m. Religious School, K-6 grade 10:00 a.m. ReLox and Enjoy the Lox 10:00 a.m. Adult Hebrew Class 10:00 a.m. Melton 11:00 a.m. Adult Education: Journaling: Reflections on Self-Care in the New Year Noon Faculty Appreciation & Professional Development Noon Camp Shwayder Presentation 4:00 p.m. Men's Group at the home of Steve Becker

Shabbat Songs

Vaanachnu N'vareich Yah (Debbie Friedman) Vaanachnu n'vareich Yah Meiata v'ad olam (3xs) Hal'luyah Hal'luyah... (But we will bless Adonai now and forever, Halleluyah!)

Hallelu based on a Sufi chant (Arr. Maseng/Finn) Halleluyah... Praise the One in our holy place Praise the One whose strength heavens praise Praise the One for mighty deeds Praise the One whose greatness exceeds Halleluyah... Praise the One with the shofar blast; Praise the One with the harp and the lute; Praise the One with drum and dance; Praise the One with strings and flute Halleluyah...

Welcome to Shabbat Services

Weekly Torah Portion--Vayetze Genesis 28:10-32:3 (Plaut Chumash pp. 194-213) Hosea 12:13-14:10 (Plaut Chumash pp. 344-348) Erev Shabbat and Shabbat morning worship are in the Mishkan T'filah Prayerbook.

Hallelu, Hallelu... Kol han'shama t'haleil Yah Hallelu, Halleluyah Kol han'shama t'haleil Yah Hallelu, Halleluyah

Mi Shebeirach (Debbie Friedman) Mi she-bei-rach a-vo-tei-nu, m'kor ha-b'ra-cha l'i-mo-tei-nu May the Source of strength who blessed the ones before us help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing and let us say "Amen". Mi she-bei-rach i-mo-tei-nu, m'kor ha-b'ra-cha l'a-vo-tei-nu Bless those in need of healing with r'fu-ah sh'lei-mah, the renewal of body, the renewal of spirit and let us say "Amen". Adonai Li (the last lines of Adon Olam) A-do-nai li, ve-lo-i-ra Be-ya do af-kid ru-chi Be-eit i-shan ve-a-i-ra, Ve-im ru-chi ge-vi-ya-ti: A-do-nai li, ve-lo-i-ra

Join us every Erev Shabbat at 6:00 p.m. for a little nosh before worship which begins at 6:30 p.m. Free child care is always available in Classroom 1 on Erev Shabbat and Shabbat morning during services. Thank you to our Shalom Squad members Ray Davidson and Bonnie and Mickey Swade for welcoming everyone on Erev Shabbat. Thank you to Lezlie Zucker and Vic Finkelstein for our music on Friday night. Pulpit flowers sponsored by Carol Ducak in honor of her two year anniversary of being cancer free. Thank you to the December Hospitality Committee for providing the sweets for the Oneg Shabbat Friday night.

Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom

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In consideration of the people around you, should your young child become restless during worship, please feel free to worship from the ulam (foyer) where the worship is audible, or take advantage of free child care.

Telephone (913) 498-2212 6100 W. 127th St. Overland Park, KS 66209 Contact us at: [email protected]

Michelle Cole, President Rabbi Mark H. Levin, DHL, D.D. Rabbi Vered Harris, RJE, Education Rabbi Jack J. Feldman, Executive Director Linda Matorin Sweenie, Music Director Laura Intfen, Member Services Coordinator Marcia Rittmaster, Religious School & Youth Groups Director Sara Glass, Communications Associate Farrah Green, Social Justice & Friends Next Dor Coordinator Robin O'Bryan, Office Manager

December 2nd/3rd, 2011/Kislev 7, 5772

In Our Thoughts

Recent Deaths

LAID TO REST THIS PAST WEEK: RECENTLY LAID TO REST: Izaak Towster (husband of Helen Towster) Norma Altman (mother of Mike Altman and grandmother of Josh Altman and Jessica Altman) Jack W. Mazzier (uncle of Susie Carter)


Upcoming Beth Torah & Community Events

What IS Jewish Music Anyway? What do Georg Frederick Handel, Kurt Weill and the musical "South Pacific" have in common? Join us for a Sermon in Song on Erev Shabbat, Friday, December 9th at 6:30 p.m. as we answer the musical question, "what makes it Jewish?" and preview what's in store when Beth Torah hosts the American Library Association exhibit A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs beginning January 11th. Men's Club Our next meeting will be a potluck dinner at the home of Steve Becker on Sunday, December 11th at 5:00 p.m. Please call the office to RSVP. There is a charge of $10 to cover the cost of the main course from Jack Stack BBQ. All men are welcome. If you have friends that have not yet attended a Men's Club meeting, please invite them to come along. After you RSVP you will hear from Mickey Swade or Steve Becker with more information. Call Mickey Swade with questions at (913) 681-3050. Pleasant Green Baptist Church Holiday Meals Join other Beth Torah members to help to feed the hungry on Christmas through the Pleasant Green ministry. They especially need help delivering meals on Christmas Day. Contact Farrah Green at (913) 498-2212 to sign up. Adult Education Join us for Oil Vey! on Sunday, December 4th with Sylvie Radvinsky, Nina Shik and Bonnie Swade to learn about the benefits of using different oils in your Hanukkah cooking. On Sunday, December 11th, Bonnie Swade will guide us through journaling practices for Reflections on Self-Care in the New Year. Both sessions are at 11:00 a.m. the Bride's Room reLox During Religious School on Sunday, December 11th, we will celebrate with reLox! Come and "relox" at Beth Torah, when we add lox, tomatoes and onions to our regular Schmooze and News breakfast after the students go to class! Summer Israel Trip 2012 Join Rabbi Levin for a 12 day tour of Israel, leaving KC International Airport on Thursday, June 7th and returning to KC on Monday, June 18th. We will visit major sites in Tel Aviv, the Galilee, the Golan, and Jerusalem, including Masada and the Dead Sea. For more information, call Rabbi Levin at (913) 498-2212. Several families have already signed up. If you've never been to Israel, this is your opportunity. January at reStart Gather your friends and family to prepare meals at reStart on Saturday and Sunday or at Beth Torah during the week. Contact Farrah Green to at (913) 498-2212 to sign up. A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs This American Library Association touring exhibit highlighting the lives and works of Jewish American popular music composers from 1910-1965 will be on display at Congregation Beth Torah from January 11-February 23, 2012. It is open to the public. For more information, contact Linda Matorin Sweenie at (913) 498-2212 or email [email protected] Bagel Bash 2011 Join us on Saturday, December 24th, 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. for an Open Bar, Great Food and Live Music by 90 Minutes at the Record Bar (1020 Westport Road). $20 by noon on December 23rd, $30 at the door. This event is sponsored by Jewish Federation. Register online at Mitzvah Couponing Do good for less! Lisa Payne will be in the ulam during Religious School on Sunday, December 4th, demonstrating how to utilize coupons to help those in need. Please bring expired coupons to donate to military families. Adopt a Family for Hanukkah Support the JFS Hanukkah Baskets Program and fulfill the wishes of a Jewish family in need. Contact Farrah Green at Beth Torah (913) 498-2212 to sign up. Inaugural Concert of Kinnor Philharmonic "A New Year's Tradition" The community is invited on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Congregation Beth Torah. General admission is $18, under 12 or over 60 is $12. Celebratory Reception to follow.

Upcoming Events continued.

Tot Shabbat Children ages 5 and under celebrate Shabbat with adults who love them in musical, age appropriate services. The second Friday of every month at Beth Torah Rabbi Harris leads with Bridey Stangler or Lezlie Zucker. On the first Friday of every month we gather at B'nai Jehudah and on the third Saturday we gather at Beth Shalom for a service led by their volunteers. Older siblings are always welcome. Check the CBT website for details and times. Aipac On the Battlefield: Israel's Legacy of Morality is the title of the 4th annual Kansas City Israel Action Forum. The forum will be held on Sunday, December 4th, from 1:30 p.m.5:00 p.m. at The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah. Advance reservations are preferred. To register, get more information on the program or the cost, please visit kcforum2011 or call Tali Jubelirer at (312) 253-8984. Tuesday with Morey...Much more than Sotah! Study 5 highly controversial and seemingly irrelevant torah rituals, including the suspected adulterous wife, the rebellious adolescent, and the war bride. Intelligent, pluralistic Melton learning. Begins this Tuesday, December 6th, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at Village Shalom. Contact Jill Maidhof at (913) 327.8077 for details and to register. Return to Maccabee Town: The Quest for the Missing Menorah! A Fantastic Family Festival of Lights and Adventure on Sunday, December 11th, 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the JCC. More Melton Are you ready to begin the pluralistic adult study of your own Jewish heritage? Enroll today in the Melton Mini-School's 10-week module, "Celebrations", which will meet weekly on Tuesday mornings or Tuesday evenings between now and January 31st at the JCC. The cost, including textbook, is $230. A minimum of eight registered students is required to hold this class. For more information or to register, call Jill Maidhof (913) 327-8077.


Hilda Ascher (grandmother of Jeffrey Kitt) Edyth Ginsberg Bloomgarten (aunt of Bill Ginsberg) David A. Childers (father of Jo Ann Ginson) Doris Cohen (aunt of Vicki Belzer) Bess Fine (grandmother of Michael Fine) Ruth G. Friedman (grandmother of Vered Harris) Sylvia Ginsberg (aunt of Bill Ginsberg) Leah Gladstone (loved one of Lorie Philips) Louis Golad (uncle of Joyce Hess) Manuel Goldman (father of Stanley Goldman) Isabelle Bass Goldstein (mother of Scott Goldstein) Alan Grimsky (father of Melissa Dubinsky) Ida Hellerstein (grandmother of Andy Hilvitz) Joseph Hershman (father of Tillie Goodman) Samuel Hurwitz (father of Eugene Hurwitz) Nicole Jerwick (daughter of Jeff and Ilene Jerwick) Sol Kaplan (grandfather of Eric Kaplan and father of Michael Kaplan) Frances Klein (grandmother of Stephanie Elyachar and mother of Lesly Ozar) Max Klinock (grandfather of Larry Rittmaster) Dorothy Lammers (mother of Glenn Esser) Walter Lammers (stepfather of Glenn Esser) Sol Landsman (great uncle of Lisa Wilcox) Celia Lieberman (grandmother of Marty Lustig) Morris Mattleman (uncle of Lauren Hoopes) Margaret Nygren (mother of Chris Nygren) Beatrice Pakarow (grandmother of Deena Jenab) Myer Pearlman (father of Bernice Fromm) Hazel Rosen (grandmother of Teala Engle) Jack Shapiro (grandfather of Steven Shapiro) Julia Steinberg (grandmother of Scott Franklin) Sam Steinberg (uncle of Alyson Spector) Thelma E. Strong (grandmother of Randal Strong-Wallace) Pauline Zackler (mother-in-law of Mel Solomon) Isadore Zeskind (father of Stanley Zeskind) Tillie Zipper (aunt of Ron Zipper)

Caring for the Sick We rely upon our members to notify the office when there is an illness in your family, if someone is hospitalized or if someone is in need of a pastoral visit. Please call and let us know if you know of someone who has been hospitalized.

Mi Shebeirach List

Howard Agron, Chulda Sarah bat Miriam, Diane Beene, David Bernstein, Gloria Bernstein, Noah Blank, Neal Block, Bea Brook, Peedee Brown, Taylor Brown, David Bush, Richard Casey, Morea Cummings, Tracy Edwards, Bruce Efron, Stan Eiler, Isaac Elyachar, Todd Epsten, Symie Fasbinder, Ida Feldman, Judi Field-Schwartz (Yehudit bat Miriam), Joel Fish, Lisa Fisher, Ira Fishman, Jennifer Forman-Wright, Sue Foster, Jeanine Fox, Eileen Garry, Stan Goldman, Rick Gray, Ruth Gruenebaum, Mark Guzman, Genie Hecker, Penny Hendrikse, Alan Hersch, Hugo Holland, Julie Hollerbach, John Holsberger, Jay Horowitz, Gunnar Hughes, Lucille Johnston, Seymour Kaplan, Elizabeth Gnora Kontras, Bill LaFever, Mary Lauber, Marsha Levy, Marilyn Lewandowski, Wolfgang Lewandowski, Robin Stoliar Lloyd, Cathy Lowenstein, Constantino Molinero, Betty Moses, Aleza Myer, Harrison Myers, Jean Myers, Robin Myers, Burt Newman, Minda Norris, Quinn Obregon, Finnegan O'Keefe, Kam-Fai Pang, Lex Passman, Vicki Stine Pollman, Gregory Pope, Carl Poslosky, Robb Raney, Lucille Rubin, Marvin Schlezinger, Richard Seitzinger, Radine Shaw, Shirley Ship, Barbara Steinhardt, Teshura bat Jacob, Helen Towster, Latitica Wallace, Robbi Weil, Jo Willer, Richard Willer, Kris Wittenberger, Toby Yudin, Merry Zuschek, Edward Zipper, Ellen Zipper, Irv Zipper, Tammy Zwick

Join us for Simchat Shabbat on Friday, December 16, 2011.

Check the Tekiah or the website for more details.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He guideth me in straight paths for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in he house of the Lord forever.

To add a name to the Mi Shebeirach list, please call the Beth Torah office.

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheynu melech haolam shegemalani kol tov. Praised are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who grants us every good thing.

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