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Day of Discovery

Explore the Joy of Jewish Learning

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Mark your calendar for an exciting, upcoming community program: "Day of Discovery – Explore the Joy of Jewish Learning in Kansas City." This event will be held from 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Jewish Community Campus on Sunday, August 23. 

Participants will have an opportunity to learn, study, and discover some of the community’s finest Jewish educators, rabbis, and cantors, who will lead sessions on a wide range of topics.  A sampling of subjects to be presented include: prayer, spirituality, end of life, Jewish law and abortion, music, women,  spirituality and healing, Holocaust, Jewish holidays, mysticism, infertility, evolution of the messiah, secrets of the Vatican, examining the Bible text through visual art, Jewish genetic diseases, Halacha and medicine, death and afterlife, baking challah and Jewish writers of Kansas City.  Nearly thirty classes will be offered throughout the day and several first time presenters will participate. 

Registration and a continental breakfast take place from 8:45 – 9:30 a.m., study sessions begin at 9:30 and lunch will be served from 12:15 –1:05 p.m. A dessert reception with door prizes will conclude the day.

Registration for the event will begin in early August. Registration forms will be mailed in July. A listing of classes and information related to the day can be found the end of July at: www.kcrabbis.org. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Class and lunch payments must be received by August 17; after August 17, registration fees increase and enrollment is open on a space-available basis.

The cost to participate in “Day of Discovery” is $20 per person, which includes classes, continental breakfast, a kosher box lunch prepared by Rachel’s Café at Village Shalom and a dessert reception.  Childcare is available for children 3 months to 8 years with advance reservations.  Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Jewish Family Services Food Pantry High Holy Day food drive.

The program is co-sponsored by The Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City, Jewish Community Center’s Department of Jewish Life and Learning, CAJE/Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Village Shalom and area congregations.  Generous funding is provided by the Community Legacy Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

For more information, contact Annette Fish, Administrator/Program Director, Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City, by email atafprogram@aol.com or by phone at 913-327-4622.


Advance Registration is now CLOSED

2015 Registration Brochure)

2015 ONLINE Registration

Advance Registration is now CLOSED - Some classes and some lunches MAY be available for walk-in registration.


2015 Day of Discovery Photos

2014 Day of Discovery Photos

2013 Day of Discovery Photos

Photos from August 28, 2011

Previous Attendee Comments


Planning for the Day of Discovery began seven months ago and includes a task force with professional and lay representatives from each congregation and sponsoring agency. “It is a delight to work with this remarkable group of dedicated and committed individuals who work tirelessly over the summer to make this event possible,” commented Annette Fish, Administrator/Program Director, Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City.  “Several task force members have been part of the planning for this event since we began offering the program, six years ago.”


2014 Day of Discovery task force members at a meeting in February discussing details pertaining to the August 24 event.

Shown left to right seated: Marlene Krakow, Linda Hyken, Annette Fish, Linda Salvay, Mari Anne Birnbaum

Standing left to right: Jan Gratch, Steve Chernoff, Elliott Franks, Jon Weimer, Janice Panknin, Steven Grate, Beth Jordan, Dayna Gershon.

Not pictured: Richard Borlaza, Lainie Decker, Alan Edelman, Joyce Fulps, Clint Gillom, Henri Gottel, Sandi Lerner, Jill Maidhof, Eileen Miller, Vicki Mooney, Linda Walts, Felicia Weiner, Seymour Weiner..

DoD Task Force






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