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A perfect 10: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ kicks off White Theatre’s 10th anniversary season

A perfect 10: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ kicks off White Theatre’s 10th anniversary season

  The White Theatre begins its 10th season on Nov. 8 with a production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ ‘Les Miserables’ was one of the most popular plays produced by the theater in its ninth season... Read more...

Downtown Minyan celebrates 10 years of prayer and camaraderie

 Downtown Minyan celebrates 10 years of prayer and camaraderie

  The Downtown Minyan, which holds afternoon services in a conference room at the Bryant Building every Monday through Thursday, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It began meeting Nov. 1, 2004 The... Read more...

Listening Post

  Yoni and Naftali Schwartz (from left) came all the way from Israel to see the Royals play in the American League Championship Series. Childhood friends and former Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy classmates... Read more...

Doctors take issue with film discrediting shaken baby syndrome

  Scott Olitsky, M.D. Doctors from all over the country read the Oct. 2 article about "The Syndrome," the documentary that premiered last weekend challenging the validity of shaken baby syndrome, written... Read more...

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  The Jewish owners of ANB Bank were in town for a VIP reception last week. The bank is the financial sponsor of the Jewish Community Center. Many members of the Jewish community attended the reception... Read more...

KU Hillel to showcase vibrant Jewish life at the Kansas campus

  About 50 Jewish high school juniors and seniors attended Jewhawk Day last year. The event is sponsored by KU Hillel and the University of Kansas Office of Admissions. Over the years KU Hillel has... Read more...

New play at Unicorn focuses on views of the younger Jewish generation

  Photo by Cynthia Levin A new play at the Unicorn Theatre is promising to have a lot of chutzpah this fall. Read more...

Pack’s dedication to the community recognized at Lion of Judah event

  Karen Pack with sons David (left) and Zachary (right) attended the Lion of Judah conference awards ceremony in September. When Karen Pack was 7 years old, she remembers watching her grandmother pack... Read more...

New First Bra Foundation supports, celebrates breast cancer survivors

  First Bra provides garments for breast cancer survivors Terry Levine knows bras. She is co-owner of clair de lune, the lingerie boutique known for its wide variety of luxurious lingerie she established... Read more...

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  The three Schwartz brothers are Chiefs fans as well as Royals Fans. Shown here wearing Chiefs gear and watching a recent game are Yoni (from left), Naftali and Akiva. Akiva is currently serving in... Read more...

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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

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...

Letter to the Editor

Introducing Hebrew learning opportunities We wish the K.C. Jewish Community a L’Shanah Tovah V’Metukah — a sweet near year filled with Hebrew learning! From across the Jewish community, we are... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

Both sides suffer (Editor’s note: This letter to the editor, originally  published in the Aug. 28 issue, is reprinted in its entirety with corrections.) The latest issue of The Chronicle features... Read more...

Five days of ‘wow’ at the national Sinai Scholars Retreat

KU’s Sinai Scholars recently attended the Sinai Scholars Retreat in Chicago. Shown are Arie Mello (top row, from left), Rebeka Luttinger, Ethan King, Nechama Tiechtel, Betsy Jacob and Sammy Katz. Bottom... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Article omitted facts  As president of the Missouri Kansas chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, I am disappointed that Grandmothers Against Gun Violence was not mentioned in the article published... Read more...

Shabbat in Jamaica: ‘Out of many, one people’

Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan: A Jewish reggae artist came to play at the synagogue, offering a taste spiritual and uniquely Jamaican Jewish experience to the community. Many of us think of Israel as the melting... Read more...

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Hennick Bat Mitzvah

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

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...

Kosoglad Birth

Jack Leonard Kosoglad Michelle and Max Kosoglad announce the birth, Sept. 4 of a son, Jack Leonard. Grandparents are Arlene and John Rubenstein of Prairie Village, and Cynthia and Jerome Kosoglad of... Read more...

Rose Bar Mitzvah

Daniel Aidan Rose Julye and Mark Rose announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Daniel Aidan Rose, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Read more...

Steinzeig Wedding Anniversay

Alan and Gloria Steinzeig Alan and Gloria Steinzeig recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple married on Oct. 9, 1949, in Oklahoma City. Read more...

Caviar Bat Mitzvah

Morgan Danielle Caviar Allison and Zane Zismer announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Morgan Danielle Caviar, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Congregation Beth Torah. Morgan is the granddaughter... Read more...

Fink Bar Mitzvah

Samuel L. Fink John and Robin Fink announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Samuel L. Fink, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Sam is the grandson of Sid and... Read more...

Hedrick and Yagerman Engagement

Erica Hedrick and Zachary Yagerman Shelley Hedrick and Thomas Hedrick of Kansas City announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Hedrick, to Zachary Yagerman, son of Hillary and Howard Yagerman... Read more...

Richmond birth

Rebecca and Chad Richman of Winnetka, Ill., announce the birth Sept. 10 of twin sons, Sidney Graham and Henry Blake. They are also the parents of Daniel Maurice. Grandparents are Sara and Michael Sher... Read more...

Shniderson Bat Mitzvah

Beth Shniderson Mark and Regan Shniderson announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Beth, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Congregation Beth Torah. Read more...

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Nachum, Carmella

Nachum, Carmella

Carmella Nachum The Nachum family is sad to announce the death of Carmella Nachum (85) in Jerusalem, Israel, on Sept. 11, 2014. Read more...

Bloomberg, Leon

Leon Bloomberg, 94, passed away Oct. 6, 2014, in Luthersville, Md., a suburb of Baltimore. The funeral was held Oct. 8 at Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc. in Pikesville, Md.; burial at Anshe Emunah Aitz... Read more...

Morgen, Florence

Florence Morgen Florence Morgen, 93, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on Sept. 30. Funeral services were held Oct. 2 at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East, followed by burial at... Read more...

Seymour, Keith Goldin

Keith Goldin Seymour, Ph.D., died Sept. 29, 2014, at Menorah Medical Center after a four-month battle with pneumonia. Burial was Oct. 3 in Fairfax, Mo. Read more...

Zoglin, Rose

Rose Zoglin, 90, of Leawood, passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Read more...

Bresel, Barbara

BARBARA BRESEL Barbara Bresel, 72, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at her home. Funeral services were expected to take place Wednesday, Oct. 8, at The Louis Memorial Chapel,... Read more...

Krakauer, Jane Rieger

JANE RIEGER KRAKAUER Jane Rieger Krakauer, 89, a native Kansas Citian, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Born on Sept. 5, 1925, she was the daughter of Nathan and Dorothy Ludwig Rieger and the granddaughter... Read more...

Krashin, Melvin L

Melvin L Krashin Melvin L. Krashin, 86, former synagogue executive director of Congregation Beth Shalom, and more recently the vice president of property and casualty for the Sanford L. Cohen Insurance... Read more...

Levinson, Sylvia Spector

Sylvia Spector Levinson died on Monday, Sept. 22, at the age of 86. Read more...

Kapustin, Moysey

Moysey Kapustin, 89, of Overland Park, passed away at Manor Care of Overland Park on Monday, Sept, 29, 2014. Read more...

Kansas City leader discovers why Brussels matters

BRUSSELS — A recent festive gathering in the capital of Belgium, saluting the vital importance of the relationship between Europe and the United States, highlighted the unique role of one Jewish organization, AJC, in deepening those ties. The occasion was the 10th anniversary celebration of the AJC Transatlantic Institute (TAI).

“We are here tonight to celebrate our shared values,” TAI Director Daniel Schwammenthal told the audience of more than 250. Dozens of European Parliament members, ambassadors to the EU and Belgium, Jewish leaders from across Europe, and civil society partners, as well as AJC leaders from across the United States, participated in the gala, which took place in the same hotel ballroom where AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization headquartered in New York, launched its Brussels operation in 2004.

“Brussels is the political nerve center of Europe,” said Harvey Kaplan, a long-time leader in the Kansas City Jewish community, who traveled to Brussels for the celebration and related meetings with European policymakers. “Understanding what takes place here, what the European Union does, is enormously important for us because it touches directly on the challenges that confront Jews, indeed democratic countries, worldwide.” Kaplan is a member of the board of directors and former chair of the JCRB/AJC.

Before the gala, the large AJC delegation spent two and a half days in intensive meetings with European parliamentarians, Jewish leaders and policy analysts, discussing the Iranian nuclear threat, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the impact of Muslim immigrants on Europe, and anti-Semitism.

Ambassador Pierre Vimont, executive secretary general of the European External Action Service (EEAS), briefed the AJC group on current EU foreign policy priorities. The EEAS supports EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton in conducting the common foreign and security policy of the 28-member state regional bloc. In that capacity Ashton has been the lead interlocutor on behalf of the P5+1 in talks with Iran on its nuclear program.

The AJC group also visited the European Parliament to discuss EU-Israel Relations. “It was gratifying to hear directly from a Dutch member of the European Parliament, Bastiaan Belder, who chairs the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Israel,” said Kaplan. 

But rising anti-Semitism across Europe, revealed in a penetrating EU survey last year, was a disturbing theme percolating throughout the mission. “Our conversations with the leadership of the Brussels-based European Union of Jewish Students, who shared the challenges confronting Jewish students on campuses across Europe, were eye-opening and worrisome,” said Kaplan.  

So is the potential outcome of the European Parliament elections, slated for May. A significant percentage of the parliament’s 766 members could be representatives of fascist, neo-Nazi parties. That would pose a challenge to the values of European democratic societies for the next five years.

Launching TAI in 2004 fulfilled a vision of AJC Executive Director David Harris, who has led the expansion of the organization’s global reach over the past 24 years. TAI was made possible by the visionary support of Rhoda Baruch and her late husband, Jordan. Establishing a permanent presence in Brussels was a prescient move, indicative of AJC’s global mission. EU membership has grown from 15 states to 28 over the past decade, an expansion that AJC has supported.

During its first 10 years, TAI has informed a broad range of European leaders in Brussels on a number of pressing issues of concern to the transatlantic community, including Iran’s nuclear program, the Israeli-Arab peace process, terrorism, human rights, energy security, integration of immigrants, and, not least, anti-Semitism in Europe. 

“Hate crimes are a growing problem in Europe,” Cecilia Malmström, European commissioner for Home Affairs, said in her keynote address to the TAI gala. “It is time for the EU and its Member States to act firmly against it.”

The EU has reported a rise in hate crimes against gays, Muslims, and Jews. “Anti-Semitic hate crime was experienced by one in every four Jews in Europe,” according to a recent EU survey, Malmström said. “Young Jews are afraid to go to school, even in my own country of Sweden.”

All EU Member States are “obliged to ensure that hate crimes are investigated and the perpetrators prosecuted,” she added.

Other speakers at the gala included Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders; Francois-Xavier de Donnea, chair of the Belgian Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee; Israeli Ambassador to the EU David Walzer; and U.S. Acting Chief of Mission to the EU Robert Wood.

“Transatlantic cooperation today is vibrant, and the AJC Transatlantic Institute is making an important contribution to the strengthening of this relationship,” said Donnea.