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Light triumphs over darkness

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

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...

Rabbi brings message of hope to First Call community luncheon

Rabbi Mark Borovitz has faced his own journey dealing with addiction, and it was his faith that guided him through it to come out stronger on the other side. Now he travels the country letting others... Read more...

B’nai Jehudah adds new rabbi to clergy team

Question: What do you call a 6-foot-4-inch lanky, red-headed Jewish man from Virginia? Answer: The newest rabbi at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. The congregation just announced that... Read more...

Listening Post

One of the first held programs at The Shul-Chabad of Leawood was a Model Matzah Bakery that took place Sunday, March 29. Ava Randall (from left) and Sadie Gershon proudly display their handmade matzahs... Read more...

Faith Always Wins: Seven days of events commemorating tragedy aim to outshine senseless acts of hate

Discussing final details for the SevenDays celebration are Mindy Corporon (seated, from left), her mother Melinda Corporon and (standing from left) Dr. Jim LaManno and his daughter Alissa. Faith Always... Read more...

SevenDays: Make a ripple, change the world

Following the April 13, 2014, tragedy at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom, a group of caring individuals decided that they, as a community, have the power to outshine and overcome such... Read more...

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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

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...

Letter to the Editor: Is the truth racist?

Must Israel become racist? The article by Rabbi Mark Levin (March 26) starkly reveals the views of uber-left wing J Street, whose positions he advocates at every opportunity. They hurl the word “racist”... Read more...

Letter to the Editor: Zionism is not racism  

In response to Rabbi Mark Levin’s column, “Must Israel become racist?” published in the March 26 issue, I understand his reaction to Natanyahu’s election day political blunder. I winched when it... Read more...

Must Israel become racist?

It’s been a very difficult few weeks, culminating in a most disappointing election process in Israel. I have wanted to believe that the Jewish people are “A kingdom of priests and a holy people.”... Read more...

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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

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...

Levin Bar Mitzvah

Jordan Levin Scott and Debbie Levin announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jordan Matthew, at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Kehilath Israel Synagogue. Read more...

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Epsten, Shirley

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

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...

Kaufman, Leibert

Leibert Kaufman died on the first day of Passover, Shabbat, the 14th day of Nisan, 5775, April 4, 2015. Graveside services were expected to be held Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Sheffield Cemetery. Memorial... Read more...

Rudnick, Gerean

Gerean Rudnick wanted people in the world to be happy. She believed that it’s better to give than to receive. And she got through life with laughter, kind words and a huge smile.  Read more...

Siegel, Herbert

Herbert Siegel passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Beloved father, friend, dentist, horseman, sailor, skier, musician and pilot. Herbert Siegel was so many things in his life. He was compassionate,... Read more...

Samuels, Anna Lee

Anna Lee Samuels was born in Parsons, Kansas, May 11, 1932, and died March 13, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her sister Rosalyn Wiener. She is survived by her husband, Arnold... Read more...

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