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Soulful sounds of Carlebach and Nelson to bring messages of hope, love and unity to Selichot program

Soulful sounds of Carlebach and Nelson to bring messages of hope, love and unity to Selichot program

Josh Nelson and Neshama Carlebach They are being promoted as two superstars in Jewish music. But when Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson perform in concert and participate in the service at the communitywide... Read more...

Michelle Goldsmith to receive Federation’s Dan Fingersh Young Leadership Award

Michelle Goldsmith to receive Federation’s Dan Fingersh Young Leadership Award

Michelle Goldsmith Michelle Goldsmith has been selected as this year’s Dan Fingersh Young Leadership Award winner. The award will be presented during the Jewish Federation’s 82nd Annual Meeting at... Read more...

Listening Post

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy students had an extra special first day of school as they kicked off HBHA’s 50th Anniversary. Pictured here are HBHA parents Daniel and Sara Wajcman, escorting their kindergartener... Read more...

Walk for Jason shines spotlight on mental health awareness

Depression is a tough mental illness. Through treatment, some are successful in winning the battle against depression. Others lose the fight and their lives. Jason Arkin, a member of Congregation Beth... Read more...

The Elizabeth Prostic Memorial Outreach Program: September program set to educate public on breast cancer and genetic ties

Among those planning the educational event on the BRCA gene mutation are Merry Prostic (from left), Trudy Jacobson, Federation Women’s Philanthropy chair, Bunni Copaken and Lisa Schifman, Women’s Philanthropy... Read more...

Jewish Wise Aging groups forming to help seniors live life with spirit and wisdom

We no longer live in world where people get old and then think of themselves as old, so explains Rabbi Rachel Cowan, co-author of “Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit.” Rabbi Cowan,... Read more...

‘Fed’ pop-up dinner event hopes to feed the future of the Jewish community

“Fed,” a pop-up dinner event designed to engage the next generation of members and leaders of the local Jewish community, will take place Oct. 17 in midtown Kansas City.  Read more...

Celebrated Jewish artist to musically highlight NRT’s evening High Holiday services

Rick Recht Rick Recht, one of the top-touring Jewish musicians today, will join Rabbi Alan Londy at the New Reform Temple’s evening services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In addition to his role... Read more...

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Jerry Sisk, volunteer for Simcha Gifts, helped pack and deliver beautiful flowering plants in honor of Shavuot to area Jewish seniors this past spring. SIMCHA GIFTS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! — As the holidays... Read more...

The New Reform Temple opens K through three tuition free to unaffiliated non-members

Students from the NRT’s Religious School display mezuzahs they made using candy dispensers. Beginning this fall, The New Reform Temple (NRT) will begin offering grades K through third at its Henry &... Read more...

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Strong leaders can silence college anti-Semitism

Strong leaders can silence college anti-Semitism

Mary Greenberg Classes began this week at the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri and have or will be starting soon at college campuses across the country. The rise in anti-Semitism on American... Read more...

We are not immune: Jews do suffer in abusive relationships

We are not immune: Jews do suffer in abusive relationships

Susan Lebovitz When you see or if you know anyone associated with the Flo Harris Foundation, please express appreciation to them for allowing me to do outreach in the Jewish Community regarding the importance... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

Rabbi’s recommendations are ‘delusional’ Rabbi Mark Levin approves the Iran deal, saying of his inability to understand the arguments against it, perhaps “everyone else knows something I don’t... Read more...

Overriding Iran deal not the answer to Israel’s problems

Rabbi Mark Levin I hope Congress passes the Iran treaty for one simple reason: I have seen absolutely no reasonable response to what happens after the agreement is rejected. Read more...

Our opinions matter: Do what you can to stop Iran deal

Victor Bergman As I compare the prospects of congressional approval of the Iran nuclear accord versus disapproval of it, disapproval is the lesser evil, by far. I am guided by my belief that Iran will... Read more...

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We must speak out Most rabbis will not speak about the Iran situation during the High Holidays. They are afraid of insulting part of their audience, which pays their salaries. Read more...

Making common cause with Benjamin Netanyahu

Congressman Kevin Yoder President Obama last week accused members of the Republican Caucus of “making common cause” with Iranian hard-liners. He stood by those remarks while appearing on this weekend’s... Read more...

Why I oppose the Iran deal and why I won’t be speaking on it these High Holidays

The Iran deal currently in the news is one of the most significant issues to face Israel, but I will not be speaking about it on the High Holidays or Shabbat. Right now, this issue is dividing Jews throughout... Read more...

Witnessing the courage of front-line soldiers is inspiring and heartbreaking

Lisa Schifman posed with an IDF soldier while visiting Israel last month. During an exercise near the end of the recent Jewish Federation of North America’s Campaign Chairs and Directors Mission to... Read more...

Urge Congress to vote no on Iran deal

The US Congress will vote on the Iran deal around Sept. 17, during the Ten Days of Awe that fall between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. That gives members of Congress and concerned citizens like us less... Read more...

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Barash Bar Mitzvah

Barash Bar Mitzvah

Aden Barash Brad and Amy Barash announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Aden Jacob, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Safir Bat Mitzvah

Safir Bat Mitzvah

Josie Safir Craig and Jenny Safir announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Josie Safir, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Congregation Beth Torah. Read more...

Schifman Bar Mitzvah

Aaron Bradley Schifman Dr. Marjorie Beebe announces the Bar Mitzvah of her son, Aaron Bradley Schifman, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Temple Beth Sholom in Topeka, Kansas. Aaron is also the son... Read more...

Novorr Bat Mitzvah

Sophia Novorr Scott and Jennifer Novorr announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Sophia Novorr, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Sophia is the granddaughter... Read more...

Fremerman anniversary

Judy and Bernie Fremerman Bernie and Judy Fremerman are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 20, 2015.  They have three daughters: Kerry Fremerman, Leslie Fanelli and JoAnn Farb; one son-in-law:... Read more...

Osman Raiche Engagement

Lauen Michelle Osman and Samuel Benjamin Raiche Susan and Steve Osman announce the engagement of their daughter Lauren Michelle Osman to Samuel Benjamin Raiche, son of Sandy Raiche and Bill Raiche of... Read more...

Kuluva Bat Mitzvah

  Paige Kuluva Kerry and David Kuluva announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Paige Kuluva, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Frost Birth

Asher Ren Frost Amanda and Jeff Frost of Chicago, Illinois, announced the birth June 10 of a son, Asher Ren Frost. Grandparents are Natalie and Milton Brod, Dr. Michael and Janie Frost of Woodbury, Minnesota,... Read more...

Frischer Bar Mitzvah

Len and Dawn Frischer announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Peyton Frischer, Saturday, Aug. 8, at Congregation Beth Torah. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is only available for our subscribers.... Read more...

Banoff Rothenberg Engagement

Matthew Rothenberg and Lisa Banoff Carla and Neil Banoff of Skokie, Illinois, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Michelle Banoff, to Matthew Phillip Rothenberg, son of Cheryl Wolkoff of... Read more...

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Friedmann, Mariam Kamen

Friedmann, Mariam Kamen

Mariam Kamen Friedmann, Mariam Kamen Friedmann, 91, died on Aug. 20, 2015. A private memorial service will be scheduled at a future date. Read more...

Bram, Laura B.

Bram, Laura B.

Laura B. Bram Laura B. Bram, 70, passed away Aug. 16, 2015, at the Kansas City Hospice House following an unexpected diagnosis of an aggressive cancer. Funeral services were scheduled to take place on... Read more...

Martasin, Lynnette

Lynnette Martasin Lynnette Martasin, 81, of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away Aug. 13, 2015. Graveside services were held Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Mountt. Carmel Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers; the... Read more...

Pollack, Jay N.

Jay N. Pollack Jay N. Pollack passed away Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 20, at Louis Memorial Chapel; interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery.... Read more...

Seigle, Shirley

Shirley Seigle Shirley Seigle, 91, of Overland Park, Kansas, died Sunday, Aug. 9, at Village Shalom. Funeral services were held Aug. 11 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery.... Read more...

Zwick, Irvin Joel

Irvin Joel Zwick Irvin Joel Zwick, 65, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2015, at his home in Englewood, Colorado, after many years of fighting numerous painful medical conditions. A memorial service... Read more...

Ashner, Louis

Louis Ashner Louis Ashner, 81, of Mission, Kansas, the son of Bessie Penner and Charles (Charlie) Ashner, Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia, was born and grew up with his seven brothers and sisters... Read more...

Gersh, Charles

Charles Gersh Charles Gersh, 90, of Leawood, died July 29, 2015. Funeral services were held July 31 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. The family... Read more...

Granoff, Loeb H.

Loeb H. Granoff Loeb H. Granoff, 87, of Kansas City, Missouri, died Aug. 2, 2015. Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,... Read more...

Brown, Alan R.

Alan R. Brown Alan R. Brown, 84, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away July 24, 2015. Funeral services were held July 26 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; interment followed at Sheffield Cemetery. The family... Read more...