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Goodman JFS of Broward County names Jacob Schreiber CEO

Goodman JFS of Broward County names Jacob Schreiber CEO

Goodman JFS of Broward County (GJFS) has selected Jacob Schreiber as the organization’s new CEO. Schreiber’s appointment is effective May 1. He comes to South Florida after serving as president... Read more...

New book features grandmothers as real people

 New book features grandmothers as real people

Today’s grandmother may enjoy being the family’s household manager, spend her time happily volunteering or wear a business suit as the CEO of a major corporation. In children’s books however,... Read more...

Spinning Tree Theatre closes out its season by bringing ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ to life

“Tradition.” “If I Were a Rich Man.”  “Sunrise, Sunset.” The legendary songs and characters of “Fiddler on the Roof” return to Kansas City in a brand new production by Spinning... Read more...

World-class Bloch art collection will be on permanent view in renovated galleries at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

An $11.7 million renovation of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City will showcase the internationally celebrated Marion and Henry Bloch Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art,... Read more...

Listening Post

Holocaust survivor Ann Federman (left) and Walter Rosel, a member of the second generation and son of Bronia and Mendel Roslawowski, of blessed memory, were among those who participated in Sunday’s Yom... Read more...

Light triumphs over darkness

A year ago I never thought I would have fun on April 13, 2015, the first anniversary of the shootings at the Jewish Community Campus that took the lives of William Corporon and Reat Underwood. Soon... Read more...

Renowned artist holds retrospective exhibit in Kansas City

Peter Max has enjoyed a life in art. From the swinging ’60s when he broke out, to the current “age of media” where he is enjoying putting together retrospective exhibits, from his iconic pop art... Read more...

One year later: Community shows resilience following April 13 tragedy

Following the tragic deaths of three people in the parking lots of the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom, Overland Park Police estimate 3,000 people participated in a vigil and march on April... Read more...

Village Shalom to personalize ‘SevenDays’ initiative for residents, staff

April 13, 2014, changed everything. Since the tragic shootings at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom that day, the entire community has been grappling with how to turn a violent act of hate... Read more...

Local teen nabs spot on Israel’s women’s lacrosse team

Sabina Skolnick loves the sport of lacrosse and she loves Israel. She had the privilege of combining those loves over last winter break when she played on the Israel’s U-17 National Development Program... Read more...

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An open letter to Jonathan Edelman

Dear Jonathan, You and I have a lot in common. We have both spent roughly 18 years living in Kansas City. We were both fully engaged with Jewish life there; you graduated from HBHA, as did my older children.... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - The left and the K.C. Jewish Chronicle

In the April 16, issue of the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle we are treated to a treatise on Obama’s tender care for Israel (Obama stresses how much he cares for Israel, Page 1). Sure. The article fails... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - Celebrate their accomplishments

The Jewish community commemorated Yom HaShoah on April 16. Holocaust survivors, members of the second, third and fourth generations and others who lost loved ones in the Shoah lit candles, said Kaddish,... Read more...

Holocaust fiction in the 21st century

“The Last Witness,” a thriller by Jerry Americ. (The Story Merchant, 2014) “How Sweet It Is!” by Thane Rosenbaum. (Mandel Vilar Press, 2015) “Fugitive Colors,” a novel by Lisa Barr. (Arcade,... Read more...

They’ll know us by our love

“Words that come from the heart go to the heart.” As I write this, I have just returned home from St. Peter’s Church to commemorate the yahrzeit of Bill Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno,... Read more...

There is no simple answer for discrimination, anti-Semitism

I have always felt safe knowing that I live in a country where my religious freedom is a priority. The First Amendment clearly lays out that each citizen of the United States is guaranteed the right... Read more...

Yom HaShoah: The founders’ legacy to unite Jews

The cornerstone of the American Holocaust survivors’ legacy is the government sponsored Yom HaShoah commemorations. These government-backed commemorations were created as a means of engaging elected... Read more...

What’s the matter with religious freedom laws?

Some years ago I asked a local African American community leader why he discriminated against gay men and women. He answered, “The Bible prohibits their lifestyle.” I said, “You mean the same... Read more...

NAMI teaches families how to survive and cope with difficult times

When a close family member suffers from a mental illness, the rollercoaster lifestyle takes you on an unpredictable journey. You can neither plan nor have expectations. No one knows what each day will... Read more...

Why I attended the J Street Conference

Last week, I travelled to Washington D.C., to attend the fifth annual J Street National Conference. I attended the conference because J Street represents my values of a democratic Jewish state, which... Read more...

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Shanberg Rafsky Engagement

Shanberg Rafsky Engagement

Kent and Allegra Shanberg of Overland Park, announce the engagement of their son, David Arnold Shanberg, M.D., to Cheryl Lynn Rafsky, daughter of Carol Rafsky and the late Louis Rafsky of St. Louis,... Read more...

Sokolov Birthday

Sokolov Birthday

Jack Sokolov will celebrate his 100th birthday on April 25. He is a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area and a member of Congregation Beth Shalom. Read more...

Fulford Bat Mitzvah

Michelle Cohen and Mark Fulford announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Alexandra Fulford, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday April 25, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Fromm Bat Mitzvah

Caroline Barrie Fromm, daughter of Dan and Kristen Fromm and Suzannah and Landon Fuhrman of Dallas, Texas, will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at The New Reform Temple. Sorry,... Read more...

Pase Birth

Adam Pase and Liat Rosen of Washington, D.C., announce the birth on March 20, 2015, of a daughter, Sivan Rosen Pase. Read more...

Anderson Bat Mitzvah

Laurie and Keith Anderson announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Leah Abigail Anderson, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Berger Birth

Erin and Aaron Berger of Kansas City, Missouri, announce the birth March 16 of their daughter, Micah Danielle. The Bergers are also the parents of a son, Eli.  Read more...

Branstater Birth

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Branstater of Mission, Kansas, announce the birth of their son, Jack on Feb. 25. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is only available for our subscribers. Click here to enroll... Read more...

Borjas Bar Mitzvah

Brian and Kim Borjas announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Landon, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Decker Bar Mitzvah

Isaac Decker Jim and Lainie Decker announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Isaac, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Congregation Beth Torah. Read more...

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Goodman, Harriette Frances

Goodman, Harriette Frances

Harriette Frances Goodman, 87, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015. Services were to be held in the chapel at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery on Wednesday, April 22, with burial... Read more...

Kramer, Ivan Edward "Eddie"

Kramer, Ivan Edward "Eddie"

Ivan Edward “Eddie” Kramer, 73, of Prairie Village, Kansas, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Funeral services were held April 19 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; internment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery.... Read more...

Levy, Helen Lerner

Helen Lerner Levy, 90, passed away April 20, 2015, at Manor Care of Overland Park. Graveside services were scheduled to take place Wednesday, April 22, at Mount Carmel Cemetery.  Read more...

Manne, Audrey Rubenstein

Audrey Rubenstein Manne, 86, a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away early Saturday morning, April 18, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri. A resident of Miami Beach, Florida, Mrs. Manne... Read more...

Epsten, Shirley

Shirley Epsten, a lifelong area resident, passed away April 8, 2015. Funeral services were held April 9 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; interment followed at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Memorial contributions... Read more...

Glass, Zachary Joseph

Zachary Joseph Glass, 35, of Lawrence, KS, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Graveside services and burial were to be held on April 15 at Mount Carmel Cemetery. The... Read more...

Gilgore, Judith L.

Judith L. Gilgore, 73, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015. Funeral services were to be held on April 15 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; with burial to follow at Mount Carmel... Read more...

Levine, Howard L.

Howard L. Levine, 80, passed away April 8, 2015, at Menorah Medical Center. Funeral services were held in the chapel at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery, Sunday, April 12. The family suggests contributions... Read more...

Bercu, Marjorie Charlotte

Marjorie Charlotte Bercu, 93, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away April 4, 2015, at The Atriums. Funeral services were held Monday, April 6, at Louis Memorial Chapel; interment followed at Rose Hill... Read more...

Ernstein, David Louis

David Louis Ernstein presently of Houston, Texas, previously of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2015, after living 96 full years of life. He was predeceased by his brothers,... Read more...