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A year after Campus steps up security, guards reassure visitors and staff

A year after Campus steps up security, guards reassure visitors and staff

Campus security guards James Makona and Ty Fernandez were recently honored with Mench of the Year awards by Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. Now that armed security guards have been at the Jewish Community... Read more...

Man charged with threatening Congregation Beth Shalom

Man charged with threatening Congregation Beth Shalom

Brian D. Wachter Last week a man was officially charged with making a threat to Congregation Beth Shalom. Neither officials at Beth Shalom, located at 143rd and Lamar in Overland Park, nor the Jewish... Read more...

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More than 400 people of all ages came together to reunite and rekindle old friendships at the Kansas City BBYO Reunion on Saturday, June 18, at Pinstripes. Thanks to the Kansas City BBYO Advisory Board... Read more...

Epsten Gallery spreads its wings, expands programs into the general community

Shaniya Carter, a patient at Children’s Mercy Hospital, was one of 15 patients who participated in a mask-making activity led by Kaley Wajcman, an art therapist at the Epsten Gallery. The gallery and... Read more...

HBHA graduates complete Talmud tractate

Adena Goldberg and Elana Goldenberg celebrated completing Tractate of Megillah during the Class of 2016’s graduation ceremony. In the Jewish community, we are all — more or less — familiar with... Read more...

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Congregation Beth Torah bid farewell to Rabbi Rick Shapiro and his wife Lynn on Friday, June 17. MOVING FORWARD — A flash mob of singers clapped, sang and danced on Friday, June 17, to Rabbi Rick Shapiro’s... Read more...

Jewish activist leads push for gun safety in Leawood

Harold Koch was instrumental in getting the city of Leawood to proclaim June ASK month. "Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?” That’s a question the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence... Read more...

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High school students from Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy and University Academy participated in a Civil Rights Tour of the South this spring. This photo was taken on the first day at the Center for Civil and... Read more...

Musical rabbi uses his talent to help others in upcoming fundraiser

Rabbi Scott White “Music is a world within itself With a language we all understand With an equal opportunity For all to sing, dance and clap their hands ….” Stevie Wonder, “Sir Duke”... Read more...

PROJECT CHAI to aid victims of traumatic events in Jewish community

Dr. Ayala Zoltan Rockoff Members of the Jewish community were horrified by events April 13, 2014, when two people were shot and killed in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Campus while a third was... Read more...

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A remarkable legacy: Jewish patriots of the Revolutionary War

A remarkable legacy: Jewish patriots of the Revolutionary War

Mary Greenberg Thrown together by the circumstances of place and time, both Jewish and non-Jewish colonists showed solidarity in breaking with the British. Their impassioned goal for a free nation was... Read more...

Betraying trust and Jewish Values

(Editor's Note: With the major expansion and repositioning project at Village Shalom currently projected to begin in early spring of 2017, the daughter of one of the original residents of The Villas feels... Read more...

Village Shalom details new renovation plans

Village Shalom is sympathetic to the needs of a longtime resident who has raised concerns about our expansion plans, as we place great priority on considering the desires of all residents in our community.... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Leviticus 18:22 In my naiveté I always equated “rabbi” with “Torah-observant.” After reading “Please, be yourself” (letter to the editor, June 23) I ask whether Rabbi Levin rejects Leviticus... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Please, be yourself  I want to see more same-sex couples kissing in public. Read more...

What to read this summer

As summer approaches, there seems to be more time to relax and read for pleasure. Here are some suggestions for all of my readers. “Rhapsody in Schmaltz” by Michael Wex If you are a foodie,... Read more...

Letter to the Edior - Liberals need to wake up

Is our democratic way of life doomed? Yes, I’m afraid it is. Read more...

Every Memorial Day, Korean War veteran David Epstein remembers a special friend

This photo of David Epstein was taken in 1952 after he completed boot camp. He was shipped to Korea in 1953. A member of the Korean War Veterans Association in Overland Park (Chapter #181), David Epstein,... Read more...

Supporting Jewish life at Mizzou

On Yom HaShoah, Mizzou Jewish students and Hillel staff read names of Holocaust victims in the center of campus. While one student shouted names and ages as loud as she could, other students handed... Read more...

Seize the opportunity to check out seniors’ transportation options

Dawn Staton The mantra for this century is to “stay active” as we age. For earlier generations, the “retirement” years meant sitting around and staying close to home, but no more! Read more...

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Celebrating 100 years

Celebrating 100 years

Greater Kansas City Hadassah Past Presidents met recently at the home of Sue Vile to celebrate the 100th birthday of Ede Bratt, Chapter president from 1974-1976. Pictured around Bratt (from left) are... Read more...

Neuman Gruenebaum Engagement

Neuman Gruenebaum Engagement

Daniel Neuman and Lauren Gruenebaum Dr. Steven and Louise Gruenebaum of Prairie Village announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Nicole Gruenebaum, to Daniel Lee Neuman, son of Clifford and Andrea... Read more...

Mayer Benjamin Engagement

Madeline Mayer and Jay Benjamin Vicky and Howard Mayer of Leawood, Kansas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Madeline Elyce Mayer, to Jay Garrison Benjamin, son of Judy and David Benjamin of... Read more...

60th Wedding Anniversary

Jack and Irma Katz Jack and Irma Katz will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 24. Read more...

Dean Bat Mitzvah

Leah Jordan Dean Bonnie and Steven Dean announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Leah Jordan Dean, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Leah is the granddaughter... Read more...

Rosenberg Kanter Engagement

Matilda and Martin Rosenberg of Overland Park, Kansas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Alanna Esther Rosenberg, to Dr. Joseph Marnin Kanter, son of Rosemarie and Dr. David Kanter of West Palm... Read more...

Gold Bar Mitzvah

Jacob Gold Daniel and Brodie Gold announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jacob. Jacob will have his Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel in Israel on Thursday, June 9. Read more...

White Bar Mitzvah

Matan White Chaim and Katie White announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Matan Fierst White, at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at Congregation Beth Israel Abraham & Voliner. Read more...

White Bat Mitzvah

Shoshana White Chaim and Katie White announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Shoshana Berwin White, at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Congregation Beth Israel Abraham & Voliner. Read more...

Barbara B. Kahn, M.D., receives Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement

Barbara Kahn (center) is the lab with trainees. Barbara B. Kahn, M.D., is the recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s 2016 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement. Read more...

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Appelbaum, Bradley E.

Appelbaum, Bradley E.

Bradley E. Appelbaum Bradley E. Appelbaum died on June 27, 2016, at Brookdale Overland Park. The funeral is at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Congregation Beth Torah. He leaves his wife of 58 years,... Read more...

Riesman, Dossie

Riesman, Dossie

Dossie Riesman Dossie Riesman, 86, a lifelong area resident, passed away June 26, 2016. Funeral services are set to take place Wednesday, June 29, at Louis Memorial Chapel, with innterment following at... Read more...

Cohen, Celia

Celia Cohen Celia Cohen, a Kansas City, Kansas, native, entrepreneur and trailblazer, passed away on June 15, 2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she resided for the past 22 years. The cause was ovarian... Read more...

Kotelov, Sylvia H.

Sylvia H. Kotelov, Sylvia H. Kotelov, 81, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away June 16, 2016. Funeral services were held Sunday, June 19, at Louis Memorial Chapel. Interment followed at Kehilath Israel... Read more...

Belzer, Ronnie

Ronnie Belzer Ronnie Belzer, formerly of Kansas City, passed away in Kfar Saba, Israel, on May 18, 2016. Read more...

Green Sandy

Sandy Green, 71, of Mission, Kansas, passed away suddenly Monday, June 6, 2016. A memorial service was held June 10 at Louis Memorial Chapel. Read more...

Flekier, Dorothy Lucille

Dorothy Lucille Flekier Dorothy Lucille Flekier, 82, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away June 5, 2016. Funeral services were set to be held Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Louis Memorial Chapel; with interment... Read more...

Lee, Beverly S.

Beverly S. Lee Beverly S. Lee, 84, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016, at Menorah Medical Center. Read more...

Zanders, Giselle Kaufman

Giselle Zanders passed away May 31, 2016, in San Diego. She was born Aug. 31, 1924, in Moers, Germany, to Walter Kaufmann and Helena Eichenwald Kaufmann. In 1939, she and her sister escaped Nazi Germany... Read more...

Jaben, Edward

Edward Jaben Edward Jaben, 89, died June 3, 2016, at his home in Irving, Texas. A native of Kansas City and a 1943 graduate of Paseo High School, Ed was a Navy lieutenant during World War II, serving... Read more...

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