Open Hands

An Exploration of Judaism and End-of-Life Practices

Congregation Beth Torah has provided Kol Ami members the opportunity to purchase cemetery lots at Mount Moriah in Beth Torah’s section. Please contact Rabbi Alpert ( or Wynne Begun ( if you have any questions or would like more information about this purchase.

During the next two months, Beth Torah is holding the following informative and thought-provoking events and has invited Kol Ami members to attend. Please note that at the conclusion of the events, the cost of the cemetery lots will increase. Both events will be held at:

Congregation Beth Torah
6100 W 127th St / Overland Park, KS 66209

Sunday, 19 February @1:00pm-3:00pm
Rabbi Cattapan will present
What halacha says about end of life practices
Jewish Mourning Customs

Sunday, 26 March @12:00pm-3:00pm

  • Wills & Trusts — 45-60 min — Mark Gilgus — Importance, and importance of revisiting, Med Power/Fin Power
  • Hospice chaplain — 30 min — Mark Fenton — Things in common, things they wish they had taken care of, letting family know wishes
  • CCT & K’sharim — 15 min — SueAnn Strom — What these teams can offer during these timesAdding a gift in “trust” to Beth Torah or Kol Ami — 15 min — Barry Katz
  • Cemetery — 45 min — Bob & Matt — How cemetery is taken care of in future. What preparation can be made now, to make it easier on survivors.

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