We welcome you to our regular Friday night Sabbath service and offer fellowship as we enjoy refreshments during the Oneg Shabbat following every Shabbat service.

Temple B'nai Sholem is an independent Synagogue following to the tenets of Conservative Judaism. Our small St. Joseph, Missouri congregation is like a family, welcoming guests and visitors to share in the joys of Shabbat and the unique heritage of Judaism.

Lay leadership continues to provide for the religious needs of the congregation with members and a lay cantor leading regular Friday night services. Read our history to see how we've survived for over 40 years with and without a Rabbi.

B'nai Sholem offers a relaxed, family atmosphere that encourages all members to become involved in whatever manner they are able. Shabbat services are held every Friday night at 7:30PM. Following services our Sisterhood provides a wonderful Oneg Shabbat allowing everyone to socialize as we begin our Sabbath weekend.

Chapel In addition to our main sanctuary with seating for 300, our facility also offers seating for 45 in the chapel, a 2000 sq ft social hall with a full kitchen, and several classrooms and meeting rooms. Convenient curbside parking is available in addition to safe off-street parking in our adjoining paved parking lot.





LOCATION ALERT! This past winter we began to meet at Vintage Gardens Assisted Living residence, 3310 NE Woodbine Rd, for the convenience of some of our elderly members, and will continue indefinitely through Spring. Note that we sometimes find it necessary to cancel our Shabbat service and will alert you to changes at the top of this page and the side panel. If you are planning on visiting us call Steve Rosenak at 646-1101 to let us know your plans and confirm the schedule. ALWAYS CHECK THE LEFT PANEL FOR NOTICES OF LATE CHANGES.

Attendance is open to all faiths and we invite you to join us to enjoy the family spirit of Judaism at Temple B'nai Sholem throughout the year. There is plenty of available seating for Shabbat. A quick view of service leaders is in the left panel or look here. For a full listing of scheduled service times, see our activities page or leader schedule.

Our annual New Years Bulletin (published last September just before Rosh Hashanah) contains information on upcoming holidays and the schedule of service leaders for the current year. View this year's bulletin here or as a pdf.


tree Purim begins on Saturday evening, March 15th. As told in the Book of Esther, Purim commemorates a major victory over anti-semitism, oppression, and genocide. It is a festive celebration of food, drink, dance and costumes, culminating in the retelling of the story by reading the Megillah, the scroll version of the book of Esther, and great noisemaking as the name of the story's villain is read (to blot it out). A special service and dinner are held at the Shul on Sunday March 16th, to enable all to observe the primary commandment related to Purim: to hear the reading of the book of Esther.

Passover (Pesach)

seder Passover (Pesach) begins with the ritual Seder on Monday evening, April 14th, which is repeated for a second night on Tuesday evening, April 15th. A community-wide Seder will be held at Temple Adath Joseph on the following Friday April 18th at 6PM. This holyday period (lasting 8 days until April 22nd), celebrates the salvation and Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt after 400 years of slavery. The well-known story behind the holiday is related in Chapters 1-15 in the Book of Exodus. Families celebrate the holiday with a ritualistic festive meal (seder) retelling the Exodus story using symbolic foods. Most notably, the eating and even ownership of bread and grain products, as well as leavening agents, is prohibited. This commemorates the rush of the Jews leaving Egypt that prevented their bread from rising. As a result we eat specially prepared matzah strictly observed to prevent the leavening process from beginning. Symbolically, we suffer as our anscestors did and remove the rising of pride or arrogance within ourselves. For more information visit Judaism 101.

Count the Omer

barley The period between Passover and Shavuot is referred to as the Counting of the Omer. In the Torah we are commanded to count the days between Passover and Shavuot by using the method referred to in the days of The Temple that represents the common measurement of a grain offering -- an omer. Beginning on the second day of Passover an omer of barley was cut down and brought to The Temple as an offering. We continue counting in modern times as a link between Pesach, our liberation from physical bondage, to when we receive the Torah on Shavuot, our liberation from spiritual bondage. "You shall count from the eve of the second day of Pesach, when an omer of grain is to be brought as an offering, seven complete weeks. The day after the seventh week of your counting will make fifty days, and you shall present a new meal offering to God (Leviticus 23:15-16).

Lag b'Omer

fire The 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer (beginning Saturday evening May 17th) is a minor day of celebration for several events that are historically attributed to that day: During the time of Rabbi Akiva, a plague that killed 24,000 of his students ended; It is the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, founder of the Zohar (books of Jewish Mysticism) who revealed its greatest secrets the day he died; It also marks the temporary victory of Simon bar Kokhba's men over the Romans and becoming a symbol that emphasizes the struggle for national liberation and freedom. This day of celebration is often marked by bonfires (for the light of bar Yochai's mystic teachings), and use of bow and arrow (commemorating the midrashic teaching that no rainbow was seen during Bar Yochai's lifetime).


tablets Shavuot begins on Wednesday evening, June 4th. Biblicallly referred to as the Festival of Weeks (Pentacost in Christian religions), the Festival of Reaping, the Day of First Fruits, and is considered the day of the receiving of the Torah. This two-day holiday officially concludes the Passover season that began 50 days prior and was linked to this moment by the Counting of the Omer. Traditionally this day is celebrated as if all Jews were present at the receiving of the Torah at Sinai. It is also commemorative of those who have converted (the book of Ruth is read) in recognition of their modern-day acceptance of Torah. Dairy foods are traditionally consumed since until the Torah, there were no laws for the proper slaughtering of animals. Another explanation is attributed to King Solomon who portrayed the Torah as "honey and milk are under your tongue" (Song of Songs 4:11). Yizkor is observed on the second day of Shavuot.

Special Message

Bob Ott President Bob Ott - As many of you are aware, I have been absent from services for the past couple of months due to changes in my work schedule. My thanks to Vice President Dr. Steve Rosenak for picking up the slack and serving as Cantor and arranging for services to be held at Vintage Gardens as a convenient alternative for some of our elderly and homebound members. I hope to return in the not-too-distant future as soon as a vacancy is filled and my schedule returns to normal. My thanks to everyone for understanding and supporting these changes. I will try to continue keeping you informed via text and this page.

Shabbat Schedule March through July 2014

Vice Pres. Steve Rosenak -
Leaders and volunteers for the months of March through July, are listed below. If you would like to be the leader of a Friday night service or just present a guest sermon contact Shul Vice President, Steve Rosenak (816-646-1101). The sisterhood can always use additional help preparing and serving for the weekly Oneg following Friday night's service, so feel free to contact one of this month's volunteers to see what is needed, to be added to the regular list, or just pitch in if the mood moves you.
    March Circle: Julie Miller, Beverly Cohen, Carol Housh, Sandy Rosenak, Marcia Powell, Harriet Smolly
  • Mar. 7 Shabbat: Leader - Sherrie Ott; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • Mar. 14, Shabbat: Leader - Open; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • Mar. 21, Shabbat: Leader - Anna Hill; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • Mar. 28, Shabbat: Leader - Marsha Conant; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • April Circle: Rose Mazvinsky, Marsha Rosenthal, Bernice Day, Linda Kozminski, Kismet Eveloff, Grace Day

  • Apr. 4, Shabbat: Leader - Julie Miller; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • Apr. 11, Shabbat: Leader - Bob Ott; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • Apr. 18, Shabbat: Leader - S Rosenak; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • Apr. 25, Shabbat: Leader - Elaine Zidell; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • May Circle: Sherrie Ott, Dorathea Polsky, Marsha Conant, Elaine Zidell, Shirley Greenwald

  • May 2, Shabbat: Leader - Sherrie Ott; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • May 9, Shabbat: Leader - Bob Ott; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • May 16, Shabbat: Leader - Open/Available; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • May 23, Shabbat: Leader - NO SERVICES; Memorial Weekend
  • May 30, Shabbat: Leader - Marsha Conant; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • June Circle: Julie Miller, Beverly Cohen, Carol Housh, Sandy Rosenak, Marcia Powell, Harriet Smolly

  • June 6, Shabbat: Leader - Julie Miller; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • June 13, Shabbat: Leader - Bob Ott; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • June 20 , Shabbat: Leader - S Rosenak; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • June 27 , Shabbat: Leader - Elaine Zidell; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • July Circle: Rose Mazvinsky, Marsha Rosenthal, Bernice Day, Linda Kozminski, Kismet Eveloff, Grace Day

  • July 4, NO SERVICES; Independence Day
  • July 11, Shabbat: Leader - Sherrie Ott; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • July 18, Shabbat: Leader - Anna Hill; Cantor - Steve Rosenak
  • July 25, Shabbat: Leader - Open/Available; Cantor - Steve Rosenak