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Charleston Jewish community grapples with murders at black church

Charleston Jewish community  grapples with murders at black church

The Rev. John Hage, right, embracing the Rev. Sidney Davis outside the historic Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., June 18, 2015. “The unspeakable murder of nine accomplished,... Read more...

Jewish Federation’s Stettner to stay until successor is found

Jewish Federation’s Stettner  to stay until successor is found

Todd Stettner In February 2014, Jewish Federation President and CEO Todd Stettner announced his intention to retire in September 2015, giving the leadership approximately 18 months to make plans for a... Read more...

Vaad rabbi launches kosher barbecue brand; continues to rack up contest wins

Rabbi Mendel Segal was awarded the grand championship at the second annual Chicago Kosher BBQ Competition and Festival earlier this month as well as first prize in the chicken, brisket and beans categories. Rabbi... Read more...

Listening Post

Good Shabbos KC — Jewish Federation’s Business & Professionals group, in partnership with KU Hillel and Moishe House Kansas City, brought together young adults for a unique, pre-Shabbat experience... Read more...

Jewish Heritage Foundation hires new executive director

Rita Cortes The board of directors of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of Greater Kansas City has announced that Rita Cortes will become the new executive director of the organization. Cortes will be the... Read more...

Coleen Dieker — the musical soul of B’nai Jehudah

Coleen Dieker “Music is the soul to language.” Thus did Abraham Joshua Heschel define music as the key element to Jewish prayer, which is called “tefillah” in Hebrew. It is in this spirit that... Read more...

Local hip-hop artist ‘Miss Conception’ releases her fourth album

When you are a Jewish girl from Kansas, there may be a few misconceptions when you say you want to become a hip hop artist. Kansas City personality Sara “Miss Conception” Glass is working to change... Read more...

Listening Post

Last week at the preview event for “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education honored Dr. Carla L. Klausner for her commitment to preserving... Read more...

USY’s EMTZA Region now being led by local educator

Ethan Helfand Ethan Helfand, a Leawood native and a 2004 graduate of Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, recently took the reigns as EMTZA Region USY regional youth director. He said he’s really looking forward... Read more...

Kollel rabbi, K.I. religious school director moving to Philadelphia

Rabbi Binyomin Davis After eight years in Kansas City, one of the original rabbis of the rejuvenated KC Kollel is moving on. In late July Rabbi Binyomin Davis, his wife Gevura and their five children... Read more...

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The scourge of mental illness

The scourge of mental illness

Rabbi Rick Shapiro The last week in May saw us riding a roller coaster of emotions in our Beth Torah community. First we had the joy of honoring and paying tribute to Rabbi Reice and Aaron Nielsenshultz... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

Problem is all Netanyahu’s Am I missing something? Why should President Obama include Netanyahu in secret negotiations with Iran when it was Netanyahu who tried to get Mitt Romney elected instead of... Read more...

Become acquainted with AJC and its advocacy work for Jews worldwide

Naomi Kauffman I have just returned from the annual American Jewish Committee Global Forum, held in Washington, D.C., and I am feeling an amazing sense of pride at the indispensable role AJC plays around... Read more...

14 local rabbis support right to marry in Israel

We love the State of Israel. We want it to succeed in every way possible. This includes, of course, its security and economic prosperity, and it also includes its ability to live up to its own stated values.... Read more...

L’hitraot Kansas City: Emissary will take fond memories of local Jewish community back to Israel

Yahav Barnea posed with this Harry S. Truman impersonator at the Truman Library during the official Truman birthday event. “Make for yourself a rabbi (teacher), and acquire for yourself a colleague... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - A treasure in our own backyard

My father turned 90 years young, and my wife and I welcomed him here to visit.   While here, we had a birthday party for him with family and friends. Did I mention this was his third party in three... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - Story evokes fond memories

Imagine my surprise when I saw my name appear in the articles about my AZA #22 Nordaunian Chapter (Nordaunian AZA’s Matzo Ball continues to bring community together, May 7). Sorry, but the remainder... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - Memories of Abe Meth

I was happy to read that Mr. Meth was still up and around. And healthy at 102.  I remember when he first came to work at Beth Shalom Synagogue at 34th and Paseo.Sorry, but the remainder of the article... Read more...

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...

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Mirowitz Soltz Engagement

Mirowitz Soltz Engagement

Melanie Mirowitz and Scott Soltz Marcia and Edwin Soltz of Overland Park, Kansas, announce the engagement of their son, Scott Soltz to Melanie Mirowitz, daughter of Jacqueline Herzog of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,... Read more...

von Ende Honor

Matthew Richard von Ende, son of Richard von Ende and Dr. Harriet Langley of Leawood, Kansas, graduated from Dickinson College on May 17 with a bachelor of arts in political science. von Ende is a graduate... Read more...

Bell Honor

Jacob Bell Jacob Bell recently graduated from Blue Valley High School and was awarded the Faculty Scholarship, an academic scholarship to attend Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, this fall. Sorry,... Read more...

Fine Edelman Engagement

Ari Fine and Katja Edelman Debbie Sosland-Edelman and Alan Edelman announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Kate Edelman, to Ari Joshua Fine, son of Renee and Howard Fine of Saratoga, California.... Read more...

Kaplan Wedding

Asher and Ruthie Kaplan Ruthie Bergman and Asher Kaplan were married Sunday, Sept. 7, at Neot Kdumim, Israel. Read more...

Nye Bat Mitzvah

CaiLyn Ilyse Nye Blaine and Meredith Nye announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, CaiLyn Ilyse Nye, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at Congregation Beth Shalom. CaiLyn is the granddaughter of Bill... Read more...

Wordsworth Bar Mitzvah

Brady Wordsworth Jeff and Jamie Wordsworth announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Brady Gordon, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is... Read more...

Cukierkorn Bat Mitzvah

Dahlia Cukierkorn Rabbi Jacques and Denisse Cukierkorn announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Dahlia, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is only available for our... Read more...

Rope Bar Mitzvah

David Rope Stacy and Clif Rope announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, David Franklin Rope, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at Congregation Beth Torah. David is the grandson of Soni and Merrill Talpers,... Read more...

Novorr Applebaum Engagement

Michael Novorr and Amy Applebaum Victor and Adrianne Applebaum announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Elizabeth, to Michael Samuel Novorr, son of Keith and Vicki Novorr. The bride-to-be is the... Read more...

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Blackman, Michael Joshua

Blackman, Michael Joshua

Michael Joshua Blackman Michael Joshua Blackman, 26, died on June 15, 2015, leaving a gaping hole in the hearts of his parents, Corrine and Jeff Blackman, and his sisters, Rebecca and Sarah. Graveside... Read more...

Levine, Abraham Samuel

Abe passed away June 17, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family in Overland Park, Kansas. He was born June 4, 1930, in Kansas City, Missouri. Abe graduated from Central High School and soon after joined... Read more...

Goldman, Misty Kay

Misty Kay Goldman Misty Kay Goldman, 37, Overland Park, Kansas, passed away suddenly Thursday, June 11, 2015. Memorial services were held June 16 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; inurnment followed at Rose... Read more...

Reichman, Rosalind Stern

Rosalind Stern Reichman Rosalind Stern Reichman, 101, Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away June 11, 2015. Graveside service was held June 14 at Rose Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Crossroads... Read more...

Friedson, Allan

Allan Friedson Allan Friedson, 70, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at The Louis Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.... Read more...

Jacobowitz, Joyce D.

Joyce D. Jacobowitz, 86, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away Monday, June 8, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 11, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial to follow at Rose Hill... Read more...

Novorr, Richard Alan

Richard Alan Novorr Richard Alan Novorr, 70, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away peacefully with family by his side on June 3, 2015, at Menorah Medical Center. Funeral services were held June 7 at The Louis... Read more...

Seligson, Stanley

Stanley Seligson Stanley Seligson, 78, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away June 3, 2015. At the request of the deceased no funeral will be held. Stanley was born in Kansas City in 1937 and lived in... Read more...

Bernstein, Marshall J.

Marshall J. Bernstein Marshall J. Bernstein, 82, of Overland Park, passed away suddenly Saturday, May 30, 2015, with family by his side. Graveside services were held June 2 at Rose Hill Cemetery. The... Read more...

Kane, Rabbi Gerald M.

Rabbi Gerald M. “Jerry” Kane Rabbi Gerald M. “Jerry” Kane, 71, died Friday, May 29, 2015, in his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on the eve of the Jewish Sabbath. He had fought multiple myeloma... Read more...

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