|Written by Barbara Bayer, Editor|
|Thursday, April 19 2012 11:00|
A ‘TODAY’ STAR — Susan Stiffelman, who grew up in Kansas City and now lives in Malibu, Calif., was interviewed on NBC’s “Today” on March 15. Her book, “Parenting Without Power Struggles” was republished by Simon & Schuster, and was just released. Susan, the daughter of Lorraine and Lester Stiffelman, was confirmed at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah and is a graduate of Shawnee Mission East. She has been to Kansas City many times for presentations, including two well-attended seminars for Jewish Family Services and one for the preschool teachers at Beth Shalom’s Rose Family Early Childhood Education Center last spring.
Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s memorial day honoring fallen Israeli soldiers and civilians, is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 at the White Theatre. Israeli Officer Oren Zini, who is currently studying in Leavenworth, Kan., will speak about the significance of Yom HaZikaron and about his experiences in the Israel Defense Forces. Prior to the service, which is free and open to the community, the movie “Beaufort” will be shown in Conference Room C at the Jewish Community Campus.
Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, falls this year on Thursday, April 26. It will be celebrated from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom at 143rd and Lamar. The communitywide event features children’s activities, Israeli food and entertainment, and is free. Food is available for a nominal fee.
All these events are free and open to the community and each is important and significant to the community in a number of ways. I know being out three times in one week is a struggle for me personally, but I urge you to do your best to make it to as many of these events as you can.
Tornadoes destroyed many homes and businesses throughout Kansas with Wichita being the hardest hit. the tornado destroyed about 100 homes in the Oaklawn area before damaging more homes as it moved out of town. While no one died in Kansas, many will need help rebuilding after losing everything.
According to the MKJF, neither of the two synagogues in Wichita were damaged by the tornado.
The MKJF will be working with the Salvation Army in the rebuilding efforts. To help, tax-deductible donations can be made securely through the website, mkjf.org (make sure to enter “Wichita Area Tornado Relief” in the designation box) or mail a donation to The MKJF, Attn: Wichita Area Tornado Relief Fund, 400 N. Woodlawn Ste. 8, Wichita, KS 67208. This fund will be open through May 15.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, April 18 2012 13:50|