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Chanukah Happening

Friday, December 15

6:00 pm Program and Dinner

The TBS Intergenerational Orchestra will perform before dinner.

Bring a Chanukah menorah and candles to light before dinner (be sure to put your

name on it).  We love seeing creative ones! Feel free to make your menorah!

Dinner – chicken, vegetable lasagna, drinks, challah and lots and lots of latkes will be provided - please bring a non-dairy salad or side dish.

Cost: $10.00 Adults, $5.00 Children:

Your check sent to Temple by Friday, December 8, is your reservation.

New this year: payment for the Chanukah Happening can be made on line at https://tbs.convertri.com/hh  

7:30 pm Chanukah and Shabbat service

Hear the Chanukah story!    Enjoy Chanukah Songs!

Our Youth Choir and Kol Neshamah Adult Choir will both sing!

Special Chanukah Oneg Shabbat following the service!

We will welcome members who have joined Temple in the last year.

Dinner and Oneg are sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom Women's Chavurah

and the Religious School Committee.



The Social Action Committee will continue the Temple's tradition of community service on Christmas Day at Breakthrough Clubhouse and Ronald McDonald House, and volunteers will be needed.

Breakthrough House, Inc. is looking forward to the Temple providing a noontime December 25 dinner for their clientele at the Breakthrough Clubhouse (SW corner of 12th and Van Buren, just west of the YWCA). Breakthrough House, Inc., supplies clubhouse services and group homes for people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness. 

Ronald McDonald House (825 SW Buchanan) furnishes temporary lodging to visiting out-of-town relatives of children in Topeka hospitals.  At Ronald McDonald House on December 25, Temple volunteers (in shifts) will cook and serve food to lodgers, thereby relieving regular staff to have some time to celebrate Christmas with their families.

Volunteer sign-up sheets for both Breakthrough and Ronald McDonald are posted in the Temple.  For the Breakthrough project, you may do the following:

  1. Donate pies (marked FOR BREAKTHRU to the Temple kitchen refrigerator, or on-site Sunday, December 25, before 11:00 am.)
  2. Prepare food and set tables (9:30 - 11:45 am)
  3. Serve and clean up (11:30 am - 2:30 pm)
  4. Donate cash to fund the project (make check to Temple Beth Sholom, indicate "Mitzvah Project")
  5. Help with transport: Two people needed at 8:15 am at the Temple to help transport food, roasters, and equipment to the Clubhouse, and two people needed at the end of clean-up to return roasters and equipment to Temple.

Besides using the sign-up sheets or calling the Temple office, one may volunteer or receive further information about the mitzvah projects by contacting their chairpersons:  Frayna Scrinopskie for Ronald McDonald House and Bob Harms for Breakthrough House.



Save the Date for our Temple Movie Night

Movie: Jakob the Liar 

Saturday, January 20 at 7:00 pm

This 1999 film stars Robin Williams, Alan Arkin, and Liev Schreiber.

In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German radio broadcast about Russian troop movements. Returned to the ghetto, the shopkeeper shares his information with a friend and then rumors fly that there is a secret radio within the ghetto. Jakob uses the chance to spread hope throughout the ghetto by continuing to tell favorable tales of information from "his secret radio." Jakob, however, has a real secret in that he is hiding a young Jewish girl who escaped from a camp transport train. A rather uplifting and slightly humorous film about World War II Jewish Ghetto life. //www.imdb.com/search/title?plot_author=Anthony%20Hughes%20%This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%3E&;view=simple&sort=alpha&ref_=ttpl_pl_0">Anthony Hughes IMDb

Havdala and snacks will be part of the evening. Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee.


Community Blood Center is the primary supplier of blood for local hospitals and has been serving Missouri and Kansas hospitals for more than 50 years. Community Blood Center needs to collect 580 pints of blood every day and over 140,000 pints annually to meet the needs of our local hospitals. An individual within the area that Community Blood Center serves needs a blood transfusion every 4 minutes.

Please share your gift of life with local hospital patients who need it by donating at the next Community Blood Center blood drive. The blood drive will be held at Temple Beth Sholom, Sunday, February 11, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Temple Social Hall. To make an appointment online, visit esavealifenow.org and use Sponsor Code: templebethsholom. For additional details contact Deborah Edelman-Dolon at 785.969.7112 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..