Adult Jewish Education in Kansas City
Jewish Experiences at The J
The Jewish Community Center is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of Jewish history, values, and culture. One of the many ways we do this is through offering classes for adult Jewish education in Kansas City. A variety of activities from seminars to conversation groups enable individuals from all backgrounds to engage and learn about the Jewish culture in a friendly, judgement free, adult Jewish education environment.
The question we often receive is, "Do you have to be Jewish to participate?" No! Just like The J, these events and opportunities are open and welcoming to all. Whether you're a faithful Jew looking to further one's understanding and relationship with the Torah, you're new to our community and want to have a better understanding and appreciation of Jewish values, or are just curious, these programs are for you.
Book Festival of MJCCA
& The National JCC Literary Consortium
November + December
Join us for one - or many - of these incredible literary events. Read the books with other JCCs across the country then join us for special Zoom events with the authors, Q&A sessions, and discussions.
- Natan Sharansky + Gil Troy - November 8 at 12:00 pm
- Joan Lunden - November 8 at 7:00 pm
- Rachel Beanland + Kristin Harmel - November 10 at 12:00 pm
- Dale Berra - November 10 at 7:00 pm
- John Grisham - November 11 at 2:00 pm
- Cameron Douglas - November 11 at 7:00 pm
- Michael Oren - November 12 at 1:00 pm
- Jim McCloskey + Philip Lerman - November 12 at 7:00 pm
- Lawrence Wright - November 14 at 7:00 pm
- Raffi Berg - November 15 at 2:00 pm
- Ariel Sabar - November 16 at 7:00 pm
- Michael Ian Black + Cleo Stiller - November 18 at 7:00 pm
- Michael J. Fox - November 19 at 7:00 pm
- Mimi Lemay - November 20 at 1:00 pm
- Rachel Bloom - November 21 at 7:00 pm
- Melissa Clark - November 22 at 12:00 pm
- David Baldacci - November 22 at 7:00 pm
- Ina Garten - December 2 at 6:30 pm
Virtual Education + Courses
A Seat At The Table: A Journey Into Jewish Food
Sponsored by: Edward Blank and Family, The Covenant Foundation, and The Shine Trust
When: December 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Cost: Free for a limited time! Register before December 31, 2020 for free tuition; take the class at any time, at your own pace.
Join us for an exploration into the heart of Jewish food, with an emphasis on the Ashkenazi table. This course features hundreds of never-before-seen archival objects, lectures by leading scholars, and video demonstrations of your favorite Jewish recipes by renowned chefs. Discover how the essence of Jewish food has remained constant even as the recipes have evolved and changed with the migration of Jews around the world.
Featuring: Joan Nathan, Michael Twitty, Alice Feiring, Mitchell Davis (James Beard Foundation), Niki Russ Federman & Josh Russ Tupper (Russ & Daughters), Jake Dell (Katz’s Deli), Darra Goldstein, Liz Alpern & Jeffrey Yoskowitz (The Gefilteria), Lior Lev Sercarz (La Boite), Adeena Sussman, Ilan Stavans, Leah Koenig, Michael Wex and more!
"Dos Meserl" and Other Yiddish Stories
Instructor: Anna Fishman Gonshort
When: Thursdays starting November 5 | 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Overwhelmed with stress from social distancing, quarantine, and COVID-19? Join Rabbi Anne Brener and AJRCA Student Cantor Elizabeth Baseman for a chanting and meditation service, using the structure of the morning service, to calm our bodies and connect our souls. There will be time for some check-in afterward.
Spiritual Healing + Meditation
Silence is Praise: Metivta-Style Morning Meditation Service
Presenter: Rabbi Anne Brener and Cantorial Student Elizabeth Baseman
When: Every Wednesday | 10:30 am
Cost: $250 | $175 for YIVO members | $100 for Students
This course will be conducted in Yiddish: we will read, answer questions, and discuss in Yiddish (as much as possible). This class is geared to students at the advanced-beginner / beginner-intermediate levels. This course will be capped at 15 participants.
In 1877 Sholem Aleichem wrote his first Yiddish children’s story, “dos meserl” (the penknife). It became a favorite for generations of Yiddish readers, young and old. This course, a reading course, will begin with reading this beloved text (revised for American Yiddish schools) and continue with other popular children’s stories, including the stories of Chelm.
Rosh Chodesh New Moon Women's Circle
The first monthly gathering for women of all ages!
Monthly Meeting | 7:30-8:30 pm
Location: ZOOM - Check TheJKC.org/Events for monthly link
No Jewish knowledge or level of observance is required. Open to all women. Celebrate the beginning of the new lunar cycle. Facilitated by Dr. Hadas Moshonov-Cohavi, the group will explore attributes of the Hebrew month and its astrological sign according to the Hebrew Zodiac. An informal discussion will be followed by a guided meditation.
This program is designed to be a monthly gathering place where women will leave feeling relaxed, empowered, and spiritually charged as they welcome in the new month, says Moshovov-Cohavi, who has led Rosh Chodesh groups all over Kansas City.
Upcoming 2020 Dates:
- November 16 at 7:30 pm
- December 15 at 7:30 pm
Chai Mitzvah Journey
On Your Terms. At Your Pace.
Third Fridays | 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Chai Mitzvah is a national program combining informal study, ritual, and social action to create a meaningful personal Jewish journey. All people are welcome, no Jewish knowledge or observance is assumed!
Together we'll deepen our engagement in Judaism through:
- Group exploration: meet monthly with a set curriculum addressing critical Jewish issues (books provided!)
- Independent study: choose a topic to explore from a Jewish perspective
- Ritual: choose a ritual or spiritual practice to incorporate into your life
- Social Action: choose a mitzvah (act of service) to carry out within the Jewish community
What subjects will we explore?
Adult Rites of Passage, Tzedakah and Philanthropy, Individual and Community, Interpersonal Relationships, Mindfulness and Conscious Living, Adding New Insights to the Passover Seder, Israel and the Jewish Spirit, Gratitude, Judaism and the Environment, Leadership, Death and Loss, and The Arc of the Holidays.
Please contact Jill Maidhof to register.