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Terror victims mourned in Israel — and beyond

Terror victims mourned  in Israel — and beyond

Kalman Levine TEL AVIV — They all lived on the same street. They had all moved there from abroad. They were all rabbis. They all prayed at the same synagogue. Read more...

Events planned to mark first anniversary of April 13 tragedy

Events planned to mark first anniversary of April 13 tragedy

Mindy Corporon discusses events planned to commemorate the first anniversary of the April 13 tragedy, where her son, Reat Griffin Underwood, and her father, Dr. William Corporon, were killed in the parking... Read more...

Former head of Shin Bet headlines AIPAC Israel Action Forum

Avi Dichter For the first time ever, a former Member of Knesset and chief of Israel’s security agency will be the keynote speaker at the Israel Action Forum. Sponsored by the American Israel Public... Read more...

Rabbi treks around the globe to observe HBHA dual-track Jewish studies program

HBHA Head of Jewish Studies Rabbi Avi Weinstein (from left), HBHA Head of School Howard M. Haas and Rabbi Barak Cohen met to discuss the opportunities of replicating the HBHA model in St. Ives, Australia.... Read more...

KC Jewish Federation plays role in move to ease conversion path in Israel

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, right, and lawmaker Eliezer Stern at a news conference Nov. 2 about the government’s conversion reform. Earlier this month the Israeli government adopted a major... Read more...

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Rabbi Neal Schuster of KU Hillel gives a loaf of challah to KU student Michael Portman Nov. 14 at Allen Fieldhouse. Photo by Rachel Bayer ROCH CHALK CHALLAH — If there’s a KU basketball game on a... Read more...

New exhibit brings to life 350 years of American Jews in the military

  US Marine in Vietnam featuring a Magen David on his helmet, circa 1968. WASHINGTON — Mementos of Jacob Goldstein slide across the 3-foot-by-4-foot horizontal screen like cards being dealt at a... Read more...

Jewish activist chronicles the fight for gay marriage rights

  Just over 10 years ago, no state allowed same-sex couples to marry, support for marriage equality nationwide hovered below 40 percent, and politicians everywhere thought if they touched on the... Read more...

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DRIVERS TAKE NOTE, NO PARKING POLICY TO BE ENFORCED IN CAMPUS CIRCLE DRIVES — In mid-September, the Jewish Federation hired Blair Hawkins as the first director of community security in response to the... Read more...

Once again Jewish Community Foundation achieves top spot among philanthropies

L. Joshua Sosland When it comes to making the grade, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City has earned the equivalent of straight A’s from a very important national philanthropic organization... Read more...

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A tribute to Kalman Levine

Cary Levine (now known as Kalman Levine) always had a big heart, with lots of love. Read more...

JET EXPRESS CONTINUES TO NEED YOUR SUPPORT

On behalf of JET Express, Jewish Family Services’ volunteer driver program, and the hundreds of older adults we serve, I would like to thank The Chronicle for its recent coverage of our program and our... Read more...

My search for meaning in terror

Hundreds of Israelis mourn at the funeral of three of the victims killed earlier in the day when two Palestinian terrorists from east Jerusalem entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in the Orthodox neighborhood... Read more...

World Series brings thoughts of Rabbi Margolies and his love for baseball

At 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, my clock radio awakened me in my home in the Bronx to the radio announcer saying, "Giants and Royals in Kansas City tonight. Game one of the World Series." "I am dreaming,"... Read more...

Author recreates the life of the first Yiddish humorist in biography

  The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye," by Jeffrey Dauber. (Nextbook, Schocken, 2013.) Read more...

As November election approaches, we can learn a lesson from Kristallnacht

The 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the infamous "Night of Broken Glass," is Nov. 9 and 10. Kristallnacht is a harsh reminder of the anti-Jewish violence that rocked Germany, occupied Austria and areas... Read more...

My daughter’s passing and the Kansas City Royals improbable playoff run

Jeremy Krashin With my daughter on her death bed, my wife, Julie, and I spent the day reciprocating her love, hope and inspiration with as much of the same as we could. Ilana was 3 days old and was not... Read more...

Documentary not factual; shaken baby syndrome does exist

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, child abuse kills over 1,600 children every year. Most child abuse victims are infants less than 1 year old. Abusive Head Trauma is the most... Read more...

I am finished aplogizing!

I am finished apologizing that I am unable to marry gay and lesbian Jewish couples. Thus, I write this personal, open letter to my congregation, as well as to the entire Jewish community of Kansas City.... Read more...

Making our facilities safe

Thank you for providing me with such a warm welcome to the community. It’s been a pleasure to meet so many of you and I look forward to the opportunity to meet more of you over the coming months. Read more...

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Fine Bar Mitzvah

Fine Bar Mitzvah

Sam Fine Jill and Michael Fine announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Sam, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Congregation Beth Torah. Sam is the grandson of Diane and Larry Fine of St. Louis, Mo.,... Read more...

Poisner Wedding

Poisner Wedding

Sharon and Alan Poisner Sharon Lowenstein and Alan Poisner were married Sunday, Oct. 26, at Village Shalom. The bride was accompanied by her son Glenn Lowenstein, Houston, Texas, and the best man was... Read more...

Hurst Bat Mitzvah

Richard and Lisa Hurst announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Halle Beth, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Halle is the granddaughter of Dolores Kessler, Shirley and... Read more...

Galler Birth

Lawrence Gabriel Galler Hayden and Sarah Galler of Overland Park, Kan., announce the birth of a son, Lawrence Gabriel Galler, on Oct. 19. Read more...

Cotton/Baellow Engagement

Benjamin Baellow and Sarah Cotton Sonia and Monte Cotton announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Cotton to Benjamin Rubin Baellow, son of Shari Lebovitz Baellow and David Baellow of... Read more...

Friedman Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Friedman Taly Dorit Yeyni and Bradley Herschel Friedman were married Sunday, June 29, at 28 Event Space in Kansas City, Mo. Read more...

Birger Bat Mitzvah

Emily Birger Julie and Michael Birger announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Emily, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Cole Bat Mitzvah

Hannah Cole Brian and Karen Cole announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Hannah, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Read more...

Hennick Bat Mitzvah

River Hennick Elizabeth and Mark Hennick announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, River, at 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Hotel Sorella. Read more...

Pinson Bar Mitzvah

Maxwell Pinson Janice Pinson and Jeff Pinson announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Maxwell, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

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Isenberg, Vera

Isenberg, Vera

 Vera Isenberg Vera Isenberg, 89, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away on Nov. 14, 2014, after a short illness. She was born June 11, 1925, in Hamburg, Germany, to Erich and Nettie Friedberger. She moved... Read more...

Levine, Cary Kalman

Levine, Cary Kalman

Cary Kalman Levine Cary Kalman Levine died Nov. 17 in Jerusalem as the result of a terrorist attack in a synagogue. He was buried Nov. 18 in Jerusalem at Har Haminuchos. Read more...

Blackman, Ida Mae

Ida Mae Blackman Ida Mae Blackman, 97, passed away on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at Aberdeen Village, her home for the past seven years. Services were held Nov. 11 at Louis Memorial Chapel; burial at Mount... Read more...

Hammer, Steven Jay

  Steven Jay Hammer Steven Jay Hammer, 71, of Overland Park, died Nov. 3, 2014, of Large B cell Lymphoma and Adenocarcinoma Lung Cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family, at MD Anderson Cancer... Read more...

Suffian, Anita

Annita Suffian passed away Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Overland Park. Graveside services were held Nov. 6 at Chevra Kadisha Cemetery in St. Louis. Read more...

Szneler, Rozia "Rose"

Rozia "Rose" Szneler passed away at the Kansas City Hospice House on Nov. 5, 2014. A graveside service was held Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Jewish Glendale in Des Moines, Iowa. Read more...

Gershon, Gloria Jean

Gloria Jean Gershon of Kansas City, Mo., passed away at home on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at the age of 86 with her daughters by her side. Read more...

Pollock, Lillian

Mrs. Lillian Pollock, nee Swerdloff, died on Oct. 15, 2014, on Simchat Torah, in Israel where she had lived since she made Aliyah in 1993. She was buried the following day, her 98th birthday, on Har HaZeitim-Mt.... Read more...

Smith, Jo Ann

Jo Ann Smith, 87, Shawnee, Kan., died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at her home. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 3, in the Yukon Chapel at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to... Read more...

Stiefel, Dorothy "Tea"

Tea Stiefel died peacefully on Nov. 2, 2014, at Village Shalom. Born in Dinslaken, Germany, on June 8, 1920, she immigrated to America in 1938, and moved to Kansas City to marry in 1942. She was predeceased... Read more...