Rabbi Beryl Padorr

A member of the Hamentaschen team for Kansas City’s first “The Great Debate,” Rabbi Beryl Padorr serves as the Shared Vision Coordinator at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. She promotes congregational engagement and connections, helping congregants discover and implement individual Jewish paths, in fulfillment of the congregation’s BHAG (Big Holy Awesome Goal), that “every congregant pursues an individualized Jewish Path. In so doing, the individual, the community and the world become better.” She also helps to create and support chavurot, and teaches Wise Aging and Talmud.

She has previously served as a chaplain at Research Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital, and as Rabbi and Religious School Director for Temple B’nai Hayim in the Los Angeles area, and Rabbi for Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Des Moines, Iowa.

Rabbi Padorr received her ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies from American Jewish University as well as both a Master of Arts in Rabbinic Studies and a Master of Arts in Education at the Fingerhut School of Education, American Jewish University.

A resident of the Kansas City area totaling 34 years, a mother of three, grandmother of 6, Rabbi Padorr graduated with distinction from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, with a degree in Education and an emphasis in English. She continued her postgraduate studies in communications, journalism and education before entering the graduate programs at American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

When away from the synagogue, Rabbi Padorr enjoys running, Pilates, scuba diving, pottery, and reading by the ocean. She holds a strong commitment to community, ma’asim tovin, a life of good deeds, family, and teaching the joy and love of Torah.

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