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KU Hillel’s hosts first ever Mr. Hillel competition

KU Hillel’s hosts first ever Mr. Hillel competition

KU Mr. Hillel participants include Gabe Herstig (from left), Max Gendler, Mike Johnson, Joel Gutovitz, Will Cohen and Jacob Milgrim. On April 26, KU Hillel hosted its first ever Mr. Hillel competition... Read more...

Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition launching program for teens

Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition launching program for teens

For teens today, life is like a pressure cooker — demands at home, school, from peers and constant bombardment of messages from social media. Kansas City and the country as a whole is facing a mental... Read more...

Finding her place as a rabbi: Woman with B'nai Jehudah ties set to be ordained by HUC-JIR this month

Rachael Klein Miller found her purpose in life when she realized she wanted to become a rabbi. Read more...

Listening Post

Eitan Silver is 7 years old and thoroughly enjoyed eating his falafel with parents Yosef and Daniella Silver at the May 2 Yom HaAtzmaut/Israel Independence Day celebration, which took place at the Jewish... Read more...

Cantor Kohn leaving B’nai Jehudah

Cantor Sharon Kohn Cantor Sharon Kohn, who for the past three years has served as chesed/pastoral care director, will leave B’nai Jehudah when her contract expires June 30. She came to B’nai Jehudah... Read more...

Law students establish KU Jewish Legal Society

The KU Jewish Legal Society held its first event in March. Those in attendance included (first row, from left) Daniel A. Singer, attorney at Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman; Jacob Elberg, co-founder/president;... Read more...

A childhood dream to be a rabbi becoming reality

Taylor Poslosky “My life has revolved around Judaism since I was little,” said Taylor Poslosky, who is studying to be a rabbi at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. “The synagogue... Read more...

Embracing the community: Javier Cattapan’s unique journey brings him to Judaism, the rabbinate and Beth Torah

Rabbi Javier Cattapan will be officially installed as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Torah on Saturday, April 29.Photo by Scott Fishman Javier Cattapan took an unusual path to the rabbinate. A native... Read more...

Never forget the best way to overcome hate is with love

Lori Dollman helps her mother, survivor Regina Dollman, light the first candle representing the 6 million Jews that perished in the Holocaust during the Candlelighting Ceremony Sunday at the communitywide... Read more...

Martha Gershun Legacy Fund for Older Foster Youth honors Jackson County CASA executive director’s retirement

Martha Gershun Despite retiring from Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) at the end of April, Martha Gershun’s mission to serve the abused/neglected children helped by CASA will... Read more...

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

When I first came to town in 1997, Jewish Kansas City was thriving. All the major shuls were filled with families and children who were dedicated and committed to their respective synagogues. There... Read more...

Women see Israel ‘from the inside out’ on unique Federation mission

Women see Israel ‘from the inside out’ on unique Federation mission

The itenerary of Jewish Federation Women’s Mission 2017 included a graffiti art tour in Tel Aviv. Shown here are Phyllis Carozza (front row, from left), Lori Ravis, Diane Ravis, Marge Schlosberg, Diane... Read more...

A ‘thank you’ to all moms

Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff poses for this photo with his 91-year-old mother Henrietta Dalke. I like moms. In fact, I think all of us should have one. Read more...

Letters to the Editor

Delicious Passover food Once again, I am happy to say “todah rabbah” to the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City for sponsoring the Passover Meals prepared by Cathy Levin and her “chefs,”... Read more...

From sadness to happiness in Israel: Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

Shiran Cohen Yom HaZikaron is the national Remembrance Day observed in Israel for those who have fallen in defense of the country since 1860. As of May 2016, that number was 23,447. Read more...

Days of Remembrance: the Jewish community of the Greek Isle of Rhodes

More than half a century after the Holocaust, I found myself on the steps of the Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue, built in 1577 in Rhodes, the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands. Read more...

Earth Day is a Jewish holiday

April 22 marks Earth Day, which has been celebrated worldwide since 1970. It is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year. I would suggest that bringing a more specifically Jewish consciousness... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Campus indoctrination College campuses are making our grandchildren agnostic or atheist. A recent Pew Research Center found 71 percent among non-Orthodox are intermarrying. Read more...

My first AIPAC Policy Conference left me feeling hopeful

Israeli emissaries Shiran Cohen (from left), Bar Sananes of Palm Beach and Dana Berman of Delaware were among the 19,000 delegates that attended the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

AIPAC policies transcends party politics Having just attended another AIPAC Policy Conference, it’s hard to accept the annual mischaracterization of what occurred, and the criticism of AIPAC as partisan.... Read more...

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Abrams Bar Mitzvah

Abrams Bar Mitzvah

Geoffrey Abrams Stephen and Mara Abrams announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Geoffrey Abrams, at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Read more...

Kohnle Birth

Kohnle Birth

Harper Madison Kohnle Mindy and Steven Kohnle of Olathe announce the birth Jan. 25, 2017, of Harper Madison Kohnle. Read more...

Stolte Bar Mitzvah

Elijah Stolte Jennifer and John Stolte announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Elijah Solomon, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Lewis Bar Mitzvah

Jay and Kim Lewis announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Keaton Isaac Lewis, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Keaton is the grandson of Ron and Sheryl Davidow... Read more...

Ernstein Bat Mitzvah

Charli Ernstein Cara Krashin and Andy Ernstein announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Charli Ernstein, at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Congregation Beth Israel Abraham and Voliner. Read more...

Jacobs Bar Mitzvah

Forrest Bernard Jacobs Tom Jacobs and Barb Wishnow Jacobs announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son Forrest Bernard Jacobs at 9:30 a.m., Saturday May 13, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Read more...

Becker Kodner Engagement

Haley Brooke Becker and James Martin Kodner Haley Brooke Becker, daughter of Debbie Kaufman and the late Bruce Becker of Overland Park, Kansas, and James Martin Kodner, son of Nancy and Mark C. Kodner... Read more...

Maker Bar Mitzvah

Asa Maker Stephanie Kolb and Josh Maker announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Asa Samuel Maker, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at Congregation Beth Torah. Read more...

Myers Jacobs Engagement

Rachel Myers and Bradley Jacobs Allison and Alan Myers announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Erin Myers, MD, to Bradley Michael Jacobs, son of Cyndie and Alan Jacobs. Read more...

Lebovitz Wedding

Akiva and Yehudit Lebovitz Yehudit Goldstein and Akiva Lebovitz were married March 21, 2017, at Jerusalem, Israel. Read more...

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Deutch, Betty

Betty Deutch, 91, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Rose Estates. Funeral services were May 16 at Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Rose... Read more...

Wallace, Raleigh Sue

Raleigh Sue Wallace, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, died Friday, May 12, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Louis Memorial Chapel, 6830 Troost Ave., Kansas City,... Read more...

Belingloph, Alexander

Alexander (Al) Belingloph, 88, passed away May 8, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents Abe and Minnie Belingloph. He was the last of seven siblings to pass away. Read more...

Dreyer II, Eugene Charles

Eugene Charles Dreyer II, 81, of Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away April 23, 2017, at his home. Read more...

Gurin, Linda Luke

Linda Luke Gurin, 69, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away April 26, 2017. Graveside service and interment were held April 30, 2017, at Mount Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions... Read more...

Von Ende, Richard

Rick von Ende — cherished husband, father, brother, colleague, and friend — died at 1:35 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017, on the date of his 29th wedding anniversary, surrounded by loved ones who fulfilled... Read more...

Gandal, Helen Rose

Helen Rose Gandal, 89, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Graveside services were held Monday, April 24, 2017, at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.... Read more...

Ginson, Sandra Ruth

Sandra Ruth Ginson passed away of April 23, 2017. Graveside services were held Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to... Read more...

Lappeman Jr., Sam Ben

Sam Ben Lappeman Jr. passed away on April 7, 2017. He was 84. Sam was truly a remarkable man. Read more...

Smith, Beth K.

Beth K. Smith died peacefully at her home April 19, 2017, after 96 full and gracious years. Read more...

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