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Upcoming Events

Jewish Soul:
A Musical Journey from Shtetl to Stage

Shir Ami presents piano, voice and three strings celebrating 20th century music. Featuring Noah Geller, Concertmaster, Kansas City Symphony and Katharina Müther, vocalist and accordion player from the Black Forest region of Germany.

May 2 at 7 pm • Congregation Beth Torah

Tickets: Advance $20 / Day-of $25 / Students $10
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Congregation Beth Torah
6100 W 127th Street
Overland Park, KS

Elegant dessert reception to follow
Questions? E-mail Jill or call (913) 327.8077

Presented by The J with generous support from the community:

Shirley & Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr. • G. Kenneth & Ann Baum • Irene Bettinger • Harvey Bodker • Stanley J. Bushman & Ann Canfield • Marcia Karbank & Joe Smuckler • The Sosland Foundation • The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City • Midwest Center for Holocaust Education • The Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra • Congregation Beth Torah

Attention Hebrew Enthusiasts!

Is this you? 

"I wish I could open the Tanach to any page and understand it without English translations." 

"I love Hebrew and want to know how it works."

"I wish there were an actual class in Kansas City that would help me learn Biblical Hebrew, rather than short-ter projects that come and go"

Hebrew specialist Jordan Gripe Lemon currently offers tutoring in Israeli (modern) and Biblical Hebrew. If there is enough interest, The J is enthusiastic about working with Jordan to offer classes this summer and allowing people to progress to a more advanced level in the fall. 

 Click here for class options and to complete a short survey. 

The Midwest Jewish Artists Laboratory Network (MWJAL) is a project of The J, The Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee, The University of Wisconsin Hillel in Madison, The Sabes JCC in Minneapolis, and The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. Together, we are engaging more than 70 professional artists to nurture Jewish knowledge, meaning and fellowship.

Our work will be framed by the year-long exploration of a theme chosen by artists from all five cities, entitled Echoes: Voices of Wisdom.

Artists (“Fellows”) in each city are meeting once or twice monthly over the course of the year to explore, react to, share and internalize the meaning of Jewish sources related to the annual theme. While each city will operate independently, we will become more than the sum of our parts through regular communication. This process began with a five city retreat in Milwaukee this fall, during which we studied with national educators, celebrated Shabbat, and shared ideas.

In Kansas City, we invite you to join us in exploring the theme by participating  in related programming and artist-led community workshops.

The 2015-2016 program will culminate in an exhibit/showcase featuring works by the artists and an engaging exhibition by and about community workshop participants.

Major funding for the Jewish Artists Lab is provided by 






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