Jewish Vocational Service Hosts the 2019 Refugee Birthday Party

Please join us to help young refugees and their families experience an American-style birthday celebration. And have fun while doing it!

About This Event

Many refugees arrive in the United States with only a vague idea of when they were born and how old they might be. Upon entry refugees are usually given January 1st as their birth date.

Additionally, many have never celebrated a birthday or received a gift.

All that changes on Sunday, January 20th, when Congregations Beth Shalom, Beth Torah and Ohev Sholom partner with JVS to host the 2019 Refugee Birthday Party. The Refugee Birthday Party celebrates the children and their families, and helps ease their transition by providing an example of what happens during an American birthday party.


Pre-event Gift Wrapping: Sunday, January 13th, at The J
Refugee Birthday Party Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019
Refugee Birthday Party Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Della Lamb Community Center, 500 Woodland Ave., Kansas City, MO

Volunteer Your Time

Volunteer shifts are available 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of fun activities to make this event happen. Families are welcome and encouraged to volunteer together, but children must be 10 years or older and accompanied by an adult.

Donate a Gift

If you are unable to donate your time and would still like to help please consider donating a gift. Suggested cost per gift if $10 – $15. Baby Gifts (0-18mos / $10-$15 / Please note if gift is gender specific) (25)

Gift donation drop-off boxes are located at:

  • Beth Shalom – 14200 Lamar Ave, Overland Park, KS
  • Beth Torah – 6100 W. 127th St, Overland Park, KS
  • Ohev Sholom – 5311 W 75th Street, Prairie Village, KS

Gifts will be received at these locations until Thursday, January 10th, 2019.

Helpful Links

Della Lamb Community Services

Congregation Beth Shalom

Congregation Beth Torah

Jewish Vocational Service