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Matchmaker, matchmaker made a match for kidney transplant

Matchmaker, matchmaker made a match for kidney transplant

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KU professor of theatre turns cancer diagnosis into comedy for the upcoming KC Fringe

Mechele Leon in ‘Bladder Interrupted,’ Photo by Rana Esfandiary Read more...

KC music producer, performing artist Gillespie creates The Beat Academy

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Three Generations Born on Same Day

Michael Schifman, his baby daughter Hannah Elizabeth Schifman, and his mother Vicki Schifman all were born on the same day in June. SHARED BIRTHDAYS — In most families, birthdays belong solely to the... Read more...

Israeli emissaries enhance day camp experience at The J

Israeli shaliach Rotem Cohen assists a BOOM! Camper during archery lessons. BOOM! is one of the many summer camps offered by the Jewish Community Center. Read more...

Community tribute to Rabbi Jeffrey and Hedy Shron set for Aug. 6

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Jewish actor, playwright featured in Fringe mini-dramas

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OP native Naster stars as Belle in local production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Paris Naster is Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ now playing at the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center and later this month at Theatre in the Park. Jewish actress Paris Naster is starring... Read more...

Jewish Culture Fest welcomes diverse group of musicians and performers

Rick Recht performs at the Jewish Arts Festival in 2003. A frequent guest at previous events, Recht returns to Jewish Culture Fest on Sept. 10 as a musical act. Since its inception in 1994, Jewish Culture... Read more...

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We must continue to support religious pluralism in Israel

We must continue to support religious pluralism in Israel

Recent developments in Israel policy have been troubling. The suspension of the Cabinet resolution to support “one Wall for one people” and the new conversion bill that was approved by the Ministerial... Read more...

Republican health reform proposals are disastrous for children’s health

Republican health reform proposals are disastrous for children’s health

I am a pediatrician. In that role, I take care of many children with special health needs. That means that they have a chronic disease, a health problem that won’t go away. They live with a disease... Read more...

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Diaspora needs to continue to support Israel Last week the Israeli government went back on its word about a new egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. Read more...

Rebuilding and celebrating life in a Polish cemetery, despite all we’ve lost

In May, a group of 10 HBHA alumni worked to restore honor to a Jewish cemetery in Wodzislaw, Poland. Shown here in front of salvaged matzevot (memorial stones) are Jordan Pollack (back row from left),... Read more...

July 4th patriotism: When post war newcomers embraced American ideals

Olga and Miriam Levy in 1952. Miriam now goes by the name Mary. Read more...

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Gross misrepresentation of facts As a former resident of Dearborn, Michigan, I find Lee Levin’s letter published in the June 15, 2017, issue of The Chronicle inconsistent with reality, and a gross... Read more...

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Condoning the hate it condemns The letter from officers of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (GKCIC), charitably speaking, can only be interpreted as the result of ideological blindness. Read more...

Mistakes: A wonderful opportunity to learn

Most parents’ reactions to their teenagers when they’ve “messed up big-time” is that of anger. Read more...

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GKCIC takes a stand against rally We call upon the Kansas City community to join with us, the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, in rejecting any agenda that furthers hate, violence and discrimination.... Read more...

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Schifman Birth

Schifman Birth

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Simchowitz elected to Park University board of trustees

The governing body of Park University — its board of trustees — has elected four individuals to serve as members of the Board. Vince Clark, Anthony Melchiorri, Cyprienne Simchowitz, J.D., and Troy... Read more...

60th Wedding Anniversary

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Bass Bat Mitzvah

Tori Bass Read more...

Fehr Mankiewicz Engagement

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Truman Medical Centers’ Katz wins Trust Builder Award

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Lipoff Honor

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Schiff Fish Engagement

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Lewinsohn 60th Wedding Anniversary

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Rosenthal Graduation

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Bohm, Elizabeth "Liz"

Bohm, Elizabeth "Liz"

Elizabeth “Liz” Bohm, 90, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on July 15, 2017. Funeral services were held Monday, July 17, at Louis Memorial Chapel; interment... Read more...

Hurst, Morton Leon

Hurst, Morton Leon

Morton L. Hurst, 89, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the Kansas City Hospice House. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 18, at The Louis Memorial Chapel,... Read more...

Krug, Stuart Elliot

Stuart Elliott Krug, 69, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from Crohn’s disease. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017, at The Louis Memorial Chapel,... Read more...

Londy, Marjorie G.

Marjorie G. Londy passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017. Formerly a resident of Troy, New York, she most recently resided in Silver Spring, Maryland. Read more...

Markowitz, Edith

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Pepper, Eloyce

Eloyce Pepper (Karchmer) died unexpectedly and peacefully in Overland Park, Kansas, on July 9 at the age of 81. Read more...

Zaslavskiy, Vladimir

Vladimir Zaslavskiy, 77, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2017. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 11, at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Mount Moriah Cemetery.... Read more...

Shvartsblat, Khatskel

\ Khatskel Shvartsblat, 93, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Kansas City Hospice House. Funeral services were held Sunday, July 2, at Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Sheffield Cemetery.... Read more...

Debolt, Ellice

Ellice DeBolt nee Geiderman, 59, beloved wife of Vernon for 37 years; loving mother of Lauren (David) Lenn, Sarah and Catherine. Devoted daughter of Jeanette (Mallin) Geiderman Lewis and the late Sylvan... Read more...

Haith, Alec Garin

Alec Garin Haith, 21 of Leawood, Kansas, passed away June 18, 2017, in Leawood. Read more...

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SPARKLING ON THE RED CARPET
— Eliana Schuster may have received the best Bat Mitzvah present ever from her uncle, Michael Lawson. Lawson is a publicist in the movie industry and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As her Bat Mitzvah gift, Uncle Michael took Eliana to the Oscars earlier this month. The Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy eighth-grader got to miss a couple of days of school to spend the weekend in Los Angeles and attend the Sunday ceremony that most of us will only ever see on TV. Wearing a beautiful eggplant purple dress, she got to hang out on the red carpet (getting there about 3 p.m. Pacific time) and met actor Zac Efron. Eliana, who became a Bat Mitzvah at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah on Sept. 21, 2013, said the whole day at the Oscars was something she couldn’t imagine ahead of time, it was so crazy. “It was really, really fun and exciting and an amazing experience.”

 

“FOLLIES” AT THE BARN — Not one but two members of the Jewish community — Ruth Baum Bigus and Ray Zarr —will perform in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Follies,” opening Friday, April 18, at The Barn Players in Mission. The production runs through May 4. The musical has won eight Tony Awards and tells the story of a reunion of past performers from “Weismann’s Follies,” held in a crumbling Broadway theater about to be torn down and features the music that won our hearts between the World Wars. “Follies” is considered one of Sondheim’s finest musicals with songs including such Broadway classics as: “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Losing My Mind,” “Rain On The Roof,” “Beautiful Girls,” “Could I leave You?,” “One More Kiss” and a host of others. Tickets may be purchased on the theater website, www.thebarnplayers.org, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the box office the date of the performance; discounts for seniors and students.

 

MODEL MATZAH BAKERY ON TAP — Have you ever baked matzah before? You can have your chance to try baking this ancient food called “bread of faith” by the Kabbalists at Torah Learning Center’s Model Matzah Bakery. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. Folks young and old can stop by to learn the art of making round, hand-made shmurah matzah. Participants will bake their own matzah, plus learn all about the laws, history and facts of this ancient Passover food. This free event includes a video presentation as well as crafts for the kids. Displays will feature both a Seder table and Haggadahs. Kosher-for-Passover matzah will be available for purchase plus afikomen gift items will also be on sale. TLC is located at 8800 W 103rd St., Overland Park, KS 66212. Call 913-385-5770 for more information or visit www.torahkc.org to RSVP online.