Elul Events

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Sweet & Sacred Series 

Elul is the Hebrew month leading up to the High Holy Days. During this month we are encouraged to take a deep look inwards at how we have responded to the blessings and challenges of the past year. 

It is a time of self-reflection, forgiveness, and exploration. Join our incredible B’nai Jehudah team for a month of in-person learning, hands-on experiences, and spiritual offerings that will help you reflect, explore, and contemplate as you head into the Jewish New Year, 5783.

All Sweet & Sacred events are free of charge. Please register at least two days prior to each class so we can have the appropriate materials on hand for you. Register online below or call our office at 913.663.4050.

Scroll down to learn more about and register for each Sweet & Sacred event.

Finding Reflection and Intention Through Sand Art Sunday, August 28 | 9:00-11:00 am | B’nai Jehudah

Elul invites us to think over our deeds from the last year to consider how we could have done better, and to set goals for ourselves. Join Rabbi Brazner to explore these themes and create sand mandalas: an artistic meditative practice inspired by our reflections from the past year and infused with our hopes for the future. All ages; little hands will need assistance.

Soul Coffee - Songs & Meditations for Awakening & Awareness Thursday, September 8 | noon-1:00 pm | B’nai Jehudah

Michelle Cox leads us in music, meditation, reflection, and readings. Take the time to reflect inward and awaken our souls, to reach the light within us, spiritually prepare ourselves for the Days of Awe, and give us hope and strength for the coming year.

The Art of the Sofrut Monday, September 12 | 6:00 pm | B’nai Jehudah

How is a Torah made? What materials are used? Do all Torahs look the same? In this hands-on workshop we will learn from Jewish scribes about the history of sofrut (Hebrew ritual calligraphy) across the world, and see the materials that go into writing a Torah. Try your hand at letters and take home a small piece of parchment and a quill.

This opportunity is generously sponsored by Donna and Harvey Thalblum in memory of their son Brian Thalblum z’’l.

The Art of the Sofrut class is full. Registration is closed.

Scholar-in-Residence Alan Morinis, Founder of The Mussar Institute September 16 & 17 | times vary | B’nai Jehudah/virtual as indicated

Dr. Alan Morinis, founder of The Mussar Institute, is a leading figure in the contemporary revival of the Mussar movement, a 1,100-year-old authentic Jewish personal and communal spiritual tradition that was nearly lost following the Holocaust. A filmmaker, Rhodes Scholar, and anthropologist whose focus had been Hindu religious pilgrimages, Morinis reached a personal turning point in his life in 1997 that led to his exploration of Mussar. Join Dr. Morinis for a weekend of exploration and learning.

  • September 16: Erev Shabbat Service – A Spiritual Orphan Finds His Family
  • September 17: Shabbat Morning Service – Torah Through a Mussar Lens: Collaborative Study on the Parsha
  • September 17: Community Wide Selichot Service – Dr. Alan Morinis presents Jewish Guidance for Living in Turbulent Times

Scroll down for more information about the Scholar-in-Residence weekend.

This Scholar-in-Residence weekend was made possible by a generous donation from Irv Robinson.

Klein Collection Scripts with Style Monday, September 19 | 1:00 pm | B’nai Jehudah

For millennia, scribes have played a vital role in Jewish prayer. From a tiny mezuzah scroll to a large and illuminated megillah, there are dozens of breathtaking examples to be found in the Klein Collection. Rabbi Kramer and Abby Magariel will lead us in exploration of these objects in the collection.

Forgive, Forget and Return: Putting T’shuvah into Practice Wednesday, September 21 | 11:30 am-12:30 pm | B’nai Jehudah

What does it mean to spiritually return to ourselves? Rabbi Rothstein will share more about t’shuvah, Judaism’s understanding of repentance and return as we dive into how the ancient rabbis and medieval philosophers understood this practice. We’ll also learn how we can make it meaningful in 2022. What do we actually need to do in order to start the new year with a clean slate? How can engaging in t’shuvah year-round help our relationships with others and with ourselves? Is it easier to do t’shuvah or to accept the t’shuvah of others? Learn, discuss, and get spiritually prepared for the year ahead!

Kesher Connection with Emily: The Sweet Taste of Mussar August 25 | 7:00 pm | ages 13+

Craving some balance in your life? Explore the popular spiritual practice of Mussar with Rabbi Kramer and Emily Williams and sweeten your outlook on life with middot and sugar. Snacks included!

Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Dr. Alan Morinis, Founder of The Mussar Institute

Erev Shabbat Service: A Spiritual Orphan Finds His Family
Friday, September 16 | 6:00 pm | B’nai Jehudah/virtual

Dr. Morinis presents A Spiritual Orphan Finds His Family, focused on his own Mussar journey. Having grown up without the spiritual riches of the Jewish tradition, Dr. Morinis experienced the shock and revelation of stumbling onto the Mussar tradition. He discovered the pathways and the road signs for living, gifts that can help guide our lives onto paths of goodness and fulfillment.

Shabbat Morning Service: Torah Through a Mussar Lens: Collaborative Study on the Parsha
Saturday, September 17 | 10:30 am | B’nai Jehudah/virtual

Parshat Ki Tavo tells the Jewish people what is expected of them when they enter into the land. This parsha always comes just before Rosh Hashanah, and entering the new land thematically echoes our entrance into the new year via Rosh Hashanah. Through interactive discussion, we will look into this section of the Torah to see what spiritual lessons it contains for us with an eye open to the new year.

Community Wide Selichot Service: Dr. Alan Morinis presents Jewish Guidance for Living in Turbulent Times
Saturday, Sep. 17 | 10:10pm | Congregation Beth Torah/virtual

Social isolation due to the pandemic, political polarization, antisemitism, racism, gun violence, wealth inequality, war in Europe … the list goes on. There seems to be no end to the difficulties that are tearing at the fabric of life today, causing anxiety, fear and worry. As unsettling and unfamiliar as this reality and those feelings may be for us, we have to acknowledge that we are not the first generation to experience turbulent times. In fact, previous generations in the Jewish world faced more extreme turbulence, and it is useful to draw lessons from their experience, to help guide our own passage of the troubled waters we are navigating.

Register to attend in person or virtually at kcrabbi.org

This Scholar-in-Residence weekend was made possible by a generous donation from Irv Robinson.