Better Together

Jewish Living Experiences for Families with K-1 Children 

Better Together is an investment by Beth Shalom in families having joyful, meaningful Jewish Living Experiences at one of the most critical moments in raising children.  Better Together is open to any Beth Shalom member family with at least one child in Kindergarten or First Grade. 

 As a Better Together Family, you are invited to: 

  • Seven specially designed experiences with similar age families that are interactive, meaning-making and creative to help Jewish living come alive for each family. Clergy will be directly involved with each program. 
  • Be part of a robust cohort of similar age families that can grow together, build lasting relationships, and root your children’s Jewish identity in positivity. 
  • Build family relationships with the Beth Shalom Clergy. 

Every Better Together Family who participates in at least four Better Together Experiences will receive a $400 scholarship per K-1 student to either The Polsky School or HBHA.   

For The Polsky School, this brings our $580 tuition down to $180 for the entire year. 

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You may be asking…

A large class, great programs for the entire family, and a credit to cover most of tuition? Amazing! How do I enroll?

It’s simple. Just complete the online enrollment form here, note that you are participating in Better Together where indicated, and the credit will be applied.

We are Beth Shalom members with a child in kindergarten or first grade, and our student attends HBHA—how do we participate?

Please email Trinity Lawson (tlawson@bethshalomkc.org), and we will make sure that you receive all the information about upcoming Better Together programs, as well as the same $400 credit toward your student’s HBHA education from Beth Shalom.

Okay! We’re in! When do we get started?

So glad you asked—and we’re so excited to get together. We will kick things off on Sunday, August 29, at Gezer Park, with a program that’s part orientation, part ice-cream party!

Better Together
Orientation in the Park
Sunday, August 29
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Gezer Park
13251 Mission Rd

Hazzan Ben-Yehuda and teachers will provide an overview of Better Together, as well as an orientation to the Polsky School for K/1 families. And yes, there will be an ice-cream truck!

(Families who also have students enrolled in older grades at the Polsky School will have a chance to meet those teachers at this event.)

Future Better Together Programs include:

  • “Sukkot in Wonderland”—a progressive sukkah experience with Rabbi Glickman and Hazzan Ben-Yehuda (September)
  • “Havdalah Together” (plus pizza and a fishtank tour!) at the home of Hazzan Ben-Yehuda (November)
  • Special Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi and Hazzan (January)
  • Mezuzot Making at the Ceramic Café (February)
  • Mishloach Manot/Purim Basket Factory (March)
  • Morning at the Mitzvah Garden (April)
  • End-of-Year BBQ (May)

Better Together Families will also receive special invitations to Gesher Family programs such as “Maccabee Madness with Rick Recht” in December and a family tailgate at Kauffman Stadium before a spring Royals game.

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