Featured Ads

Display 0 | 5 | 10 | 15 Stories

Latest News

Top Story

Brady chapter gives Kansas Citians forum to speak out

Brady chapter gives Kansas Citians forum to speak out

Harold Koch Sixty-one years ago, on Aug. 20, 1953, the Koch family’s lives changed forever. A purportedly unloaded gun went off and killed 14-year-old Leo Koch. Read more...

Beth Liss inspires giving at National Young Leadership Retreat

Beth Liss inspires giving  at National Young Leadership Retreat

Co-Chair Designate Beth Liss speaking at the Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Retreat. For Beth Liss, accepting the post of co-chair designate and, next year, co-chair of... Read more...

Author, outstanding programs highlight Jewish Federation Annual Meeting

Ari Shavit A dedicated young leader, two community programs and two local educators will be honored as part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City’s 81st Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Sept.... Read more...

KC SuperStar announces winner; Liberty Fruit makes challenge grant

Photo by Brian Turner: Taking part in the check presentation ceremony for KC SuperStar winner Keith Klein (center) are Lori Blinn (from left) and Edward Rose, representing the family of Craig Citron, for... Read more...

As baseball playoffs approach, book gives insight into Jewish major leaguers

“American Jews and America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball” by Larry Ruttman (University of Nebraska Press 2013) “For American Jews, baseball has been the tent of Abraham, offering... Read more...

Listening Post

World War II vet Maury Dubinsky was invited by the Kansas City Royals to sit in its ‘Seat of Honor’ on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The 91-year-old was a Navy pilot who flew Corsair planes. He still actively... Read more...

Men with K.C. ties provide support to Israel’s Lone Soldiers

Earlier this month Jason Barnett helped issue Israeli IDs to new immigrants who will be joining the IDF in three months. Throughout Israel’s history, volunteers and supporters from all over the world... Read more...

Event to teach women about mitzvah of baking challah

Women will learn how to make and braid challah at the Mega Challah Bake Sept. 2. “The warm, delicious smell of Challah brings something peaceful into the atmosphere of the home.” Read more...

Listening Post

Celebrating a couple of auspicious birthdays are (from left) Eliyahu Eisenbach, 1, Tehila and Shalom Eisenbach and Sarah Zeldin, 102. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU AND YOU — This birthday was truly a family... Read more...

KC SuperStar finalists include Jewish contestant

Paris Naster is one of 10 finalists vying to become the next KC SuperStar. This year marked the first time 17-year-old Paris Naster auditioned for KC SuperStar, the Jewish Community Center’s “American... Read more...

Display 0 | 5 | 10 | 15 Stories


Top Story

Letters to the Editor

Irresponsible comparison to Holocaust On Saturday, Aug. 23, the New York Times published an ad signed by about 300 Holocaust survivors, their direct Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Interfaith Council needs to despise anti-Semitism In response to the letter written by Sheila Sonnenschein and Rev. Mary McCoy of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (Aug. 14), I wonder if it... Read more...

The structure of racism: Change begins with all of us

For decades, structures have existed that created and sustained Ferguson, Missouri’s, damaged relationship with its police. They have quietly worked their magic, and brought about the shooting of Michael... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

Israel is the victim I can’t help but find a correlation between Muslim migration into Europe and other non-Muslim countries and the rising clamor of anti-Semitism in those countries. Hamas instigated... Read more...

The spiritual journey of a lifetime

Ten local women participated in the 2014 Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project trip to Israel last month. Posing for this photo at the Decks in Tiberious are Stacy Wright (back row, from left), Patricia... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

We need to combat hate Anti-Semitism is a worldwide problem that is getting worse, especially overseas. Our best protection is education, making living conditions better for others and swift eradication... Read more...

The underlying war: Islamism versus democracy

Are Jews the canary in Western Civilization’s cultural mine? Read more...

Turning 80

During my journey through life, as the years have rolled on, I have discovered that time flies even when you’re not having fun — and suddenly even a watershed event can sneak up on one, as it did me.... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

Why can’t Jews speak Hebrew? How come so few Jews in North America know how to speak Hebrew? Sure a lot of them know how to read Hebrew from Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and there is a flowery English translation... Read more...

Why we’re letting our daughter stay in Israel in wartime

Let’s just say that missiles and bomb shelters were not on the itinerary of our 16-year-old daughter’s pilgrimage trip to Israel this summer. I spoke to her this morning. Yeah, the alarms are unnerving,... Read more...

Display 0 | 5 | 10 | 15 Stories


Top Story

Chopp Birth

Chopp Birth

Elizabeth and Isaac Chopp announce the birth June 4 of a daughter, Stella Rose Chopp. Read more...

Buchbinder Birth

Buchbinder Birth

Baree Nottberg and Scott Buchbinder of Overland Park announce the birth June 27 of a son, Theo Everett Read more...

Zwick-Pohlman Engagement

Arvin and Tammy Zwick of Overland Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Ashley Zwick, to Andrew David Pohlman, son of Jeff and Robin Pohlman of Memphis, Tenn. Read more...

Nerman Wedding Anniversary

Margaret and Jerome Nerman will celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary on Friday, Aug. 8. They are lifelong residents of Kansas City and have lived in Leawood since 1990. Read more...

Krashin Birth

Daniel and Jacki Krashin of Wilmete, Ill., announce the birth May 20 of a son, Drake Evan. They are also the parents of Madilyn Paige. Read more...

Unowsky Bat Mitzvah

Keri and Daniel Unowsky announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Sarah Beatrice, on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Beth Sholom Synagogue in Memphis, Tenn. Read more...

Weiner-Conley Engagement

Barbara and Jeff Weiner of Prairie Village announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Brooke Weiner, to Jason Robert Conley, son of Randi and Larry Haith and Kim and Bob Conley. Read more...

Bock-Lewis Engagement

Lynne and David Bock announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Rose Bock, to Joshua Aaron Lewis, son of Sheryl and Jim Lewis of Deerfield, Ill. Read more...

Chase Bat Mitzvah

Debbie and Jeff Chase announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Talia Faye, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Congregation Beth Torah. Read more...

Passer-Wolkofsky Engagement

Sandy and Steve Passer announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Passer, to Peter Wolkofsky, son of Michael and Vicky Wolkofsky of Queens, N.Y. Read more...

Display 0 | 5 | 10 | 15 Stories


Top Story

Eberman, Steve

Eberman, Steve

Steve took his final victory lap on earth on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, and passed peacefully at Garden Terrace. Read more...

Fichman, Charlotte

Charlotte Fichman, 86, of Overland Park, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Village Shalom. Read more...

Nussbaum, Marie

Marie Nussbaum, 94, formerly of Prairie Village, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Sweet Life of Overland Park. Read more...

Rainen, Marc H.

Marc H. Rainen, 66, Kansas City, Mo., died on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the VA Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., after a short struggle with cancer. Read more...

Braeman, Aaron

Aaron Braeman, 100, of Overland Park, died on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Village Shalom. Read more...

Brown, Peedee

Peedee Brown (nee Roseroot), 74, of Overland Park, formerly of Fairway, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, surrounded by her loved ones. Read more...

Hipsh, Sam Harry

Sam Harry Hipsh, 95, of Leawood, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Read more...

Mittelman, Sara

Sara Mittelman, 97, was born May 10, 1917, and died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Menorah Medical Center. Read more...

Sher, Peyton

Peyton Sher, 90, international boxing matchmaker and promoter, of Leawood, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at the Kansas City Hospice House. Read more...

Zingher, Fran Meadow

Fran Meadow Zingher, 92, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Read more...

Books showcase Passover recipes to make your mouth water

By Barbara Bayer, Editor

As the editor of a Jewish newspaper you would think it’s simply impossible that Passover would sneak up on me, but it did. It’s less than two weeks before the first Seder and I don’t know how many people are coming to our home or what we’ll be serving. We rarely change up the menu for the Seder, but there are a few things in each of these cookbooks I’d seriously like to try this year, if not for Seder then for another meal.

I only heard about two new cookbooks this year and “A Taste of Pesach,” (ArtScroll/Shaar Press/March 2014) immediately caught my attention. The cover is simple but inside is full of beautiful photos of recipes — each recipe includes a photo — that are almost all five steps or less. Some are complicated, such as the Meringue Layer Cake that looks like it’s best saved for a more accomplished cook than I, but it still looks yummy. 

It was put together by a group of women who got together for the first time six years ago to brainstorm fundraising ideas for Yeshiva Me’on HaTorah, a Jewish high school. The result of this meeting was “A Taste of Pesach,” a recipe pamphlet series that became popular with tens of thousands of cooks. So they put together the best of this series and added new recipes to compile this beautiful book.

“A Taste of Pesach” presents an amazingly diverse set of recipes, from elegant starters like Chicken-Wrapped Asparagus Spears to kid-friendly favorites such as Chicken Nuggets. Featuring everything from traditional recipes like Gefilte Fish and Matzah Balls to modern dishes such as Seared Tuna and Chocolate Molten Cake, “A Taste of Pesach” has the recipe to fit every cook’s needs, including more than 140 gluten-free recipes. It also has a spectacular cross-referenced index to help you find your favorite recipes.

The other cookbook that came across my desk this year was “Let My Children Cook! The Passover Cookbook for Kids,” by Tamar Ansh (February 2014, Judaica Press). It’s billed as a Passover hit for ages 8 to 108, and I have to say I love the simplicity of it. It’s filled with more than 80 imaginative recipes such as Matzah Marshmallow Melts, Crunchy Chicken Crisps and Stuffed Matzah Balls. “Let My Children Cook!” includes cooking and safety guidelines, and explains general dietary laws and those specific to Passover — all especially catered to new, young chefs. The one thing that disappoints me a little about this book is that it is illustrated with drawings, not real photos of the actual food. 

The illustrations are well done, they just don’t make any of the recipes appeal to me. But I do think mothers and grandparents — anyone who cooks with kids — will enjoy the recipes and simplicity of them. I plan to give several try.

Ansh, the author, lives in Jerusalem and is a bestselling cookbook author with hits such as “A Taste of Challah,” “Pesach — Anything’s Possible” and “A Taste of Tradition.” She has published children’s books and adult books, is a food columnist and gives live cooking and challah shows around the world.

Here’s a sampling of recipes from these cookbooks for you to try in your kitchen:




Yields 8 servings


1 large sweet potato

¾ cup oil for frying


1 (8-ounce) bag Romaine lettuce

½ red pepper, sliced into strips

½ yellow pepper, sliced into strips

1 (8-ounce) can hearts of palm, drained

1 small red onion, diced


½ cup olive oil

1/3 cup vinegar

½ cup sugar

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon imitation mustard


1. Prepare sweet potato crisps: Peel sweet potato. Using a vegetable peeler, continue to peel wide paper-thin strips of sweet potato.

2. Heat oil in a deep skillet. When oil is hot, add sweet potato strips a few at a time. When golden and crispy (about 5-7 minutes) remove with a slotted spoon. Can be made a few days in advance; store in an airtight container at room temperature.

3. Prepare the dressing: Place dressing ingredients in a small container. Shake to combine.

4. Assemble salad: Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with dressing. Place sweet potatoes on top right before serving.

Recipe from “A Taste of Pesach.” Reprinted with permission from the copyright holders: ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications http://www.artscroll.com/Products/TPEH.html




Yields 6-8 servings


1 (3-4 pound) second cut brisket

1 tablespoon prepared horseradish

1 tablespoon imitation mustard

½-1cup ketchup, to taste

1 cup water

2 teaspoon garlic, chopped

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup vinegar

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Combine remaining ingredients in a 4-quart saucepan and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Place brisket into a roasting pan; pour sauce over meat in pan. Cover and seal pan tightly. Bake for 15 minutes.

4. Reduce oven temperature to 200°F. Bake overnight or at least 6 hours. Remove pan from oven and set aside until cool enough to handle. Wearing disposable gloves if desired, remove fat from meat and discard. 

5. Use two forks to shred the meat. Rewarm in sauce.

Recipe from “A Taste of Pesach.” Reprinted with permission from the copyright holders: ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications http://www.artscroll.com/Products/TPEH.html



I got this recipe from my sister’s friend, Tova Wechsler. (author Tamar Ansh)

Let’s get to it!

4 eggs

1½ cups sugar

1 cup oil

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup potato starch

3 teaspoons baking powder

2/3 cup ground almonds

1 cup chocolate chips

And here’s how you do it!

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

2. Mix the eggs, sugar and oil.

3. Add the vanilla extract, potato starch, baking powder and ground nuts.

4. Pour this batter into a lined 9x13-inch baking pan.

5. Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips. Push them down part way into the batter.

6. Bake for 45 minutes until it is done in the center.

7. Cut into squares when cool.

You can also sprinkle it with powdered sugar before serving for a nice effect.


Serves 10–12

Recipe excerpted from “Let My Children Cook! A Passover Cookbook for Kids,” by Tamar Ansh, Judaica Press



Let’s get to it!

4 chicken legs, each cut in half so you have 4 thighs and 4 drumsticks

1 onion, sliced

½ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup apricot jam

3 tablespoons onion soup mix

1 cup ketchup


And here’s how you do it!

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

2. Place the chicken pieces into the roasting pan. Pat them dry with a paper towel. Throw out the paper towel when you are done.

3. In a bowl, mix the mayo, apricot jam, onion soup mix and ketchup.

Smear this mix underneath the skin of all the chicken pieces; smear the top of each piece with the remaining mixture.

4. Sprinkle paprika on each piece of chicken.

Lay the onion slices on top of all the pieces of chicken.

5. Cover the pan with parchment paper and then foil. Slide it into the hot oven and bake it for 45 minutes.

6. Uncover the chicken and baste it a bit. Return it to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes, uncovered.

7. Remove from the oven right away so it won’t dry out.

Recipe excerpted from “Let My Children Cook! A Passover Cookbook for Kids,” by Tamar Ansh, Judaica Press