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More important than a synagogue: State-of-the art Community Mikvah to be re-dedicated May 10

More important  than a synagogue: State-of-the art Community Mikvah  to be re-dedicated May 10

The Jewish Community has had a mikvah — ritual bath — as part of its community since the late 1880s. The Kansas City Community Mikvah is located inside Kehilath Israel Synagogue and was operational... Read more...

KU’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity expels four members following anti-Muslim post

KU’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity expels four members following anti-Muslim  post

The Zeta Beta Tau fraternity has expelled four men in response to an Islamophobic post on the social media app Yeti, according to a statement it released to the Kansan Monday night. At press time Tuesday... Read more...

HBHA health coordinator adores working with children

Elisa Pener serves as health coordinator for HBHA and the Jewish Community Campus. Here she is pictured with first-graders Emily Ball (left) and Ethan Hobbs. She’s known as Nurse Pener to hundreds of... Read more...

Goodman JFS of Broward County names Jacob Schreiber CEO

Goodman JFS of Broward County (GJFS) has selected Jacob Schreiber as the organization’s new CEO. Schreiber’s appointment is effective May 1. He comes to South Florida after serving as president... Read more...

World traveled soccer player joins Kansas City team

Soccer has taken Yael Averbuch around the world. As a professional soccer player she has played for both Swedish and Russian teams internationally, and has played for both Washington and New Jersey... Read more...

Listening Post

In response to the devastating natural disaster in Nepal, Chabad at KU hosted a Kosher Hot Dog Day on campus on Tuesday and donated all the funds to the KU Nepal Student Association to pass on to their... Read more...

New book features grandmothers as real people

Today’s grandmother may enjoy being the family’s household manager, spend her time happily volunteering or wear a business suit as the CEO of a major corporation. In children’s books however,... Read more...

Spinning Tree Theatre closes out its season by bringing ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ to life

“Tradition.” “If I Were a Rich Man.”  “Sunrise, Sunset.” The legendary songs and characters of “Fiddler on the Roof” return to Kansas City in a brand new production by Spinning... Read more...

World-class Bloch art collection will be on permanent view in renovated galleries at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

An $11.7 million renovation of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City will showcase the internationally celebrated Marion and Henry Bloch Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art,... Read more...

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Holocaust survivor Ann Federman (left) and Walter Rosel, a member of the second generation and son of Bronia and Mendel Roslawowski, of blessed memory, were among those who participated in Sunday’s Yom... Read more...

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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...

Letter to the Editor - Celebrate their accomplishments

The Jewish community commemorated Yom HaShoah on April 16. Holocaust survivors, members of the second, third and fourth generations and others who lost loved ones in the Shoah lit candles, said Kaddish,... Read more...

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

“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...

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Herman Bar Mitzvah

Herman Bar Mitzvah

Stephanie and Jeff Herman announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Ethan, at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Congregation Beth Torah.  Ethan is the grandson of Marsha and Eddie Herman, and Sheila and Shelby... Read more...

Cambier Bar Mitzvah

Cambier Bar Mitzvah

David and Linda Cambier announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son Jared Daniel Cambier at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Congregation Beth Torah. Jared is the grandson of Dr. Marvin and Ruth Silk of... Read more...

Cohen and Wolff B'nai Mitzvah

Andy and Toma Wolff and Mark and Gaye Cohen announce the B’nai Mitzvah of their sons, Simon Wolff and Elliot Cohen, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Antes Birth

Danielle and Jeremy Antes announce the birth March 5 of a daughter, Gabriella Rose. They are also the parents of Eli Isaac and Jonah Shane. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is only available... Read more...

Perman Birth

Rabbi Schneur and Esty Perman of Leawood announce the birth on Shabbos, 29 Nisan, 5775, (April 18) of a daughter, Menucha Rochel Perman.  Menucha is the granddaughter of Rabbi Mendy and Devory Wineberg... Read more...

Schlozman Daniels Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schlozman announce the engagement of their son Lt. Col. Craig Michael Schlozman, U.S. Army, to Sidney Kanter Daniels, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Daniels of Atlanta, Georgia.... Read more...

Goteiner Harrist Engagement

Josh Goteiner, now of Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Sonia Lega and Abe Goteiner of Overland Park, will marry Leah Harrist, also of Worcester, on Sunday, May 31, in Westborough, Massachusetts. The... Read more...

Shanberg Rafsky Engagement

Kent and Allegra Shanberg of Overland Park, announce the engagement of their son, David Arnold Shanberg, M.D., to Cheryl Lynn Rafsky, daughter of Carol Rafsky and the late Louis Rafsky of St. Louis,... Read more...

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

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...

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Goodman, Harriette Frances

Goodman, Harriette Frances

Harriette Frances Goodman, 87, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015. Services were to be held in the chapel at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery on Wednesday, April 22, with burial... Read more...

Kramer, Ivan Edward "Eddie"

Kramer, Ivan Edward "Eddie"

Ivan Edward “Eddie” Kramer, 73, of Prairie Village, Kansas, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Funeral services were held April 19 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; internment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery.... Read more...

Levy, Helen Lerner

Helen Lerner Levy, 90, passed away April 20, 2015, at Manor Care of Overland Park. Graveside services were scheduled to take place Wednesday, April 22, at Mount Carmel Cemetery.  Read more...

Manne, Audrey Rubenstein

Audrey Rubenstein Manne, 86, a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away early Saturday morning, April 18, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri. A resident of Miami Beach, Florida, Mrs. Manne... Read more...

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

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...

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