Federation, B’nai Jehudah Sisterhood Hosting A ‘Marvelous’ Passover Event

Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy and Sisterhood of The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah are teaming up to bring all Jewish women in our community a very special, even marvelous, Passover event.

The Marvelous Passover Seder Luncheon will be Sunday, March 29 at Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Check-in and schmoozing begin at 12:00 pm; the Vaad-supervised kosher luncheon and Seder program will begin promptly at 12:30 pm.

Rabbi Sarah Smiley, along with other women clergy from throughout the community, will lead the musical services. This event is open to all Jewish women in Kansas City. Women are encouraged to bring their friends, mothers, sisters, and daughters ages 12 and older.

The luncheon’s theme is inspired by Amazon’s hit TV show, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which features Miriam “Midge” Maisel as a plucky 1950’s Jewish housewife-turned stand-up comedian. Keeping with the theme, women are encouraged (but not required) to dress in vintage outfits inspired by the show.

“This event will be inclusive, multi-generational and very meaningful, and the ‘Mrs. Maisel’ theme adds a fun, light-hearted layer to it,” said Laurie Goldstein, Federation’s Director of Women’s Philanthropy.

For Barb Kovacs, Women’s Philanthropy board chair and event co-chair, this Seder is the realization of a dream. As board chair, her driving goal is to include as many women from all walks of the community in joining forces to make the Jewish community stronger.

“Years ago, I read a book that talked about the “people who sit at our table,” the people in our lives and in our past that make us who we are today. When I picture that table, I see my grandmothers, mother, sister, all of blessed memory. I also see my daughter and the strong women mentors that have taught me along the way,” she said. “With that image in my mind, I started thinking about how we could unite the women of the Jewish community, and my dream of a Women’s Seder was born.”

The decision to partner with Sisterhood of The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah for the event was an easy one, as the Sisterhood has a tradition of celebrating the beginning of Passover with a Women's Seder.

“We are very excited to join with Jewish Federation and bring this event to a much larger audience of women this year,” said Robin Prosini, event co-chair and Sisterhood president. “We are looking forward to an unforgettable event.”

Goldstein added, “We expect it to sell out quickly, so we are encouraging everyone to purchase their tickets well in advance.”

Tickets for the Seder at $18 for ages 12 to 24 and $36 for women 25 and older. Tickets can be purchased at jewishkansascity.org/2020Seder or by contacting Virginia Pennington, virginiap@jewishkc.org or 913.327.810. Attendees must register by March 1.