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Activities and Schedule Beth Shalom offers Friday evening, Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and daily services. For details, please refer to the website, www.uscj.org/central/kansascb/. Once a month there is an alternative service that makes use of musical instruments. The congregation has a newsletter, The Scroll, and there are youth groups, a women’s sisterhood group (consisting of 400-500 women), dinners, classes, a nursery school, and Sunday school. The religious school offers training to students from third grade through high school. Education is very important to members of the congregation, especially classes for children. History In 1876, the predecessor organization of Congregation Beth Shalom was founded by a group of Eastern European Jews in search of a place for gathering, study, and prayer. The group of men who founded it, called Anshae Wischaer, did so because of the need for a place to suit their background and beliefs. The first building was built in 1894 at 15th and Locust and was called Congregation Keneseth Israel. In 1915, trends in Conservative Judaism influenced some members of the Congregation to leave and form a separate group, but the two groups joined again in 1919 when what was left of the Congregation Keneseth Israel needed help with financing the construction of a new synagogue. This new synagogue, Keneseth Israel-Beth Shalom, was dedicated in 1927. In 1948 the name was shortened to Beth Shalom. The congregation moved to their current location at 9400 Wornall in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1970. Demographics Today Congregation Beth Shalom has grown to include more than 1100 families and offers worship services three times per day. The congregation is made up of primarily Caucasian families. Some members of the congregation speak Hebrew, and most speak English. All age groups are represented in the congregation. Description The building is large and ornate. Before it was a synagogue, the building at 9400 Wornall was a school for ten years. Decorations include pictures and other works of art with Jewish themes and scenes. The ark is located on the eastern wall. The building holds three large rooms: a sanctuary for traditional services, another sanctuary for alternative services, and third room for dinners. Researcher Credits Student researchers were Kathy Scheffler, Dana Corson, Emily Farmer, and Emily Allred.