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A hidden gem: Epsten Gallery much more than a place to exhibit art

A hidden gem: Epsten Gallery much more  than a place to exhibit art

Ritchie Kaye (far right) took her great-niece Rose Ellis Wasserman (from left) and great-nephews Samuel Ellis Wasserman and David Ellis Wasserman to the opening of the ‘Palm Petal ARTicipation Workshop’... Read more...

Listening Post

Listening Post

Rabbi Scott White (clockwise from bottom left), Larry Myer, Ron Altman, Bruce Wasserstrom and Ron Fredman, part of the illustrious Joe Hotrod and the Sparkplugs that performed last year at Bowling with... Read more...

Charleston Jewish community grapples with murders at black church

The Rev. John Hage, right, embracing the Rev. Sidney Davis outside the historic Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., June 18, 2015. “The unspeakable murder of nine accomplished,... Read more...

Jewish Federation’s Stettner to stay until successor is found

Todd Stettner In February 2014, Jewish Federation President and CEO Todd Stettner announced his intention to retire in September 2015, giving the leadership approximately 18 months to make plans for a... Read more...

Vaad rabbi launches kosher barbecue brand; continues to rack up contest wins

Rabbi Mendel Segal was awarded the grand championship at the second annual Chicago Kosher BBQ Competition and Festival earlier this month as well as first prize in the chicken, brisket and beans categories. Rabbi... Read more...

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Good Shabbos KC — Jewish Federation’s Business & Professionals group, in partnership with KU Hillel and Moishe House Kansas City, brought together young adults for a unique, pre-Shabbat experience... Read more...

Jewish Heritage Foundation hires new executive director

Rita Cortes The board of directors of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of Greater Kansas City has announced that Rita Cortes will become the new executive director of the organization. Cortes will be the... Read more...

Coleen Dieker — the musical soul of B’nai Jehudah

Coleen Dieker “Music is the soul to language.” Thus did Abraham Joshua Heschel define music as the key element to Jewish prayer, which is called “tefillah” in Hebrew. It is in this spirit that... Read more...

Local hip-hop artist ‘Miss Conception’ releases her fourth album

When you are a Jewish girl from Kansas, there may be a few misconceptions when you say you want to become a hip hop artist. Kansas City personality Sara “Miss Conception” Glass is working to change... Read more...

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Last week at the preview event for “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education honored Dr. Carla L. Klausner for her commitment to preserving... Read more...

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Who speaks for the Bible?

Who speaks for the Bible?

Rabbi Mark H. Levin No one lives by biblical law. No one. If they did men would be allowed to marry multiple wives simultaneously, stubborn and rebellious sons could be stoned by communities (Deuteronomy... Read more...

Letters to the Editor July 2, 2015

Incomplete picture of events In his cogent — and mostly impartial — analysis of former Ambassador Michael Oren’s new book about the American-Israeli relationship, Mr. Cohen (“With ‘Ally,’... Read more...

The scourge of mental illness

Rabbi Rick Shapiro The last week in May saw us riding a roller coaster of emotions in our Beth Torah community. First we had the joy of honoring and paying tribute to Rabbi Reice and Aaron Nielsenshultz... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

Problem is all Netanyahu’s Am I missing something? Why should President Obama include Netanyahu in secret negotiations with Iran when it was Netanyahu who tried to get Mitt Romney elected instead of... Read more...

Become acquainted with AJC and its advocacy work for Jews worldwide

Naomi Kauffman I have just returned from the annual American Jewish Committee Global Forum, held in Washington, D.C., and I am feeling an amazing sense of pride at the indispensable role AJC plays around... Read more...

14 local rabbis support right to marry in Israel

We love the State of Israel. We want it to succeed in every way possible. This includes, of course, its security and economic prosperity, and it also includes its ability to live up to its own stated values.... Read more...

L’hitraot Kansas City: Emissary will take fond memories of local Jewish community back to Israel

Yahav Barnea posed with this Harry S. Truman impersonator at the Truman Library during the official Truman birthday event. “Make for yourself a rabbi (teacher), and acquire for yourself a colleague... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - A treasure in our own backyard

My father turned 90 years young, and my wife and I welcomed him here to visit.   While here, we had a birthday party for him with family and friends. Did I mention this was his third party in three... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - Story evokes fond memories

Imagine my surprise when I saw my name appear in the articles about my AZA #22 Nordaunian Chapter (Nordaunian AZA’s Matzo Ball continues to bring community together, May 7). Sorry, but the remainder... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - Memories of Abe Meth

I was happy to read that Mr. Meth was still up and around. And healthy at 102.  I remember when he first came to work at Beth Shalom Synagogue at 34th and Paseo.Sorry, but the remainder of the article... Read more...

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Goldstein Anniversary

Goldstein Anniversary

Irene and Martin Goldstein Martin and Irene Goldstein will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 11, 2015. The couple was married on July 11, 1965, in St. Louis, Missouri. Sorry, but the... Read more...

Goldwasser Hasten Engagement

Goldwasser Hasten Engagement

Jared Goldwasser and Amanda Hasten Wendy Lipp of Vandalia, Ohio, and Joseph Goldwasser and Carolyn Braverman of Overland Park, Kansas, announce the engagement of their son, Jared Alex Goldwasser, to... Read more...

Mirowitz Soltz Engagement

Melanie Mirowitz and Scott Soltz Marcia and Edwin Soltz of Overland Park, Kansas, announce the engagement of their son, Scott Soltz to Melanie Mirowitz, daughter of Jacqueline Herzog of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,... Read more...

von Ende Honor

Matthew Richard von Ende, son of Richard von Ende and Dr. Harriet Langley of Leawood, Kansas, graduated from Dickinson College on May 17 with a bachelor of arts in political science. von Ende is a graduate... Read more...

Bell Honor

Jacob Bell Jacob Bell recently graduated from Blue Valley High School and was awarded the Faculty Scholarship, an academic scholarship to attend Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, this fall. Sorry,... Read more...

Fine Edelman Engagement

Ari Fine and Katja Edelman Debbie Sosland-Edelman and Alan Edelman announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Kate Edelman, to Ari Joshua Fine, son of Renee and Howard Fine of Saratoga, California.... Read more...

Kaplan Wedding

Asher and Ruthie Kaplan Ruthie Bergman and Asher Kaplan were married Sunday, Sept. 7, at Neot Kdumim, Israel. Read more...

Nye Bat Mitzvah

CaiLyn Ilyse Nye Blaine and Meredith Nye announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, CaiLyn Ilyse Nye, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at Congregation Beth Shalom. CaiLyn is the granddaughter of Bill... Read more...

Wordsworth Bar Mitzvah

Brady Wordsworth Jeff and Jamie Wordsworth announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Brady Gordon, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is... Read more...

Cukierkorn Bat Mitzvah

Dahlia Cukierkorn Rabbi Jacques and Denisse Cukierkorn announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Dahlia, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is only available for our... Read more...

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Bell, Annette

Bell, Annette

Annette Bell Annette Bell, 85, a lifelong area resident, passed away June 27, 2015. Graveside service was held June 30 at Mount Carmel Cemetery.  Read more...

Bernstein, Helen Roth

Bernstein, Helen Roth

Helen Roth Bernstein Helen Roth Bernstein of Overland Park, KS, was born on July 30, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York, and died on June 23, 2015. A private funeral service is planned. Sorry, but the remainder... Read more...

Jacobs, Morton "Mort"

Morton "Mort" Jacobs Morton “Mort” Jacobs passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, surrounded by his family. Memorial services were held June 26 at Village Shalom. Kindly omit flowers. The family suggests... Read more...

Reicher, Sally

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Blackman, Michael Joshua

Michael Joshua Blackman Michael Joshua Blackman, 26, died on June 15, 2015, leaving a gaping hole in the hearts of his parents, Corrine and Jeff Blackman, and his sisters, Rebecca and Sarah. Graveside... Read more...

Levine, Abraham Samuel

Abe passed away June 17, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family in Overland Park, Kansas. He was born June 4, 1930, in Kansas City, Missouri. Abe graduated from Central High School and soon after joined... Read more...

Goldman, Misty Kay

Misty Kay Goldman Misty Kay Goldman, 37, Overland Park, Kansas, passed away suddenly Thursday, June 11, 2015. Memorial services were held June 16 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; inurnment followed at Rose... Read more...

Reichman, Rosalind Stern

Rosalind Stern Reichman Rosalind Stern Reichman, 101, Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away June 11, 2015. Graveside service was held June 14 at Rose Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Crossroads... Read more...

Friedson, Allan

Allan Friedson Allan Friedson, 70, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at The Louis Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.... Read more...

Jacobowitz, Joyce D.

Joyce D. Jacobowitz, 86, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away Monday, June 8, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 11, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial to follow at Rose Hill... Read more...

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