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Jonah Kahn

Staci and Michael Kahn announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jonah Landon Kahn, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Congregation Beth Shalom.

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Jacob Elberg (left) took this photo with KU Chabad Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel at the recognition ceremony for the Department of Communications Studies on May 13.

How often have you heard the haggadah quoted, or even mentioned, at a public university graduation? The answer for most of us is never. But that’s exactly what the audience at the recognition ceremony for the Department of Communications Studies at the University of Kansas heard on May 13 when Jacob Elberg represented the class of 2016 and spoke to his fellow students and their guests.

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This painting was found in storage at BIAV. The congregation is seeking more information about it. Contact BIAV at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help.

HELP SOLVE THE MYSTERY — This portrait, pictured to the right, was found with items stored from Congregation Beth Israel Abraham & Voliner’s move from Missouri over 20 years ago. It has a label on the back indicating it was framed in Overland Park, and bears a brass plaque saying “In beloved Memory of Rochel bas Nesanel Schwartz.”

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City has announced a new initiative: 18 under 40. This initiative is sponsored by Deloitte Consulting LLP and The Jewish Chronicle. The list identifies and shines the spotlight on 18 young Jews, between the ages of 21 and 39, who are contributing in meaningful ways to the greater Kansas City area.

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Rabbi Rockoff and two of his children, Ora (left) and David, took park in Yom HaAtzmaut activities at the celebration hosted by Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City’s Israel emissary held at Kehilath Israel Synagogue.


In preparation for the 5th Annual KC Kosher BBQ Championship, the Vaad HaKashruth of Greater Kansas City, in partnership with the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), has arranged the first ever kosher certified barbecue judging class.

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Richard Hellman, M.D.

Richard Hellman, M.D., came to study and practice medicine by way of mathematics, and his choice to specialize in endocrinology grew from an increasingly prevalent disease that some of his family members had, including his mother.

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Betty and Erwin Stern attended the recent Holocaust remembrance service in Topeka, where they had author Nancy Sprowell Geise (center) sign a copy of her book, ‘Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story.’ Photo courtesy of Rod Minkin

A REMARKABLE STORY — Betty Stern called me the other day, eager to share the experience she and her husband Erwin had at last week’s Yom HaShoah commemoration in Topeka. The couple always attend the Yom HaShoah commemoration held here every year, but did not know about the one in Topeka until they read about it in a recent Midwest Center for Holocaust Education newsletter.

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Summer Sounds in the Park takes place every Wednesday in June and July in Barkley Square. at Park Place. Authors Barbara Unell and Dr. Jerry Wyckoff, who specialize in parenting books, will be on hand on June 1 to sign their newest book, ‘Discipline with Love and Limits,’ at the RALLY for Kids concert.

The public will have the opportunity to get some free parenting advice at RALLY for Kids, a children’s concert taking place at Park Place on Wednesday, June 1.

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Last week Rabbi Herbert Mandl attended “The Promise of the Vatican Library’ conference at Notre Dame. He is pictured with the keynote speaker, Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, librarian of the Vatican Library.

The Vatican Library is becoming a bit of a haunt for Rabbi Herbert Mandl, this time by way of the University of Notre Dame.

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B’nai Jehudah’s Shabbat in the Park at Gezer Park in Leawood has drawn large crowds in each of the past three years. For the first time, the congregation will hold a Shabbat in the Park in Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday, May 20.

The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah is expanding its Shabbat in the Park experience this year. Instead of just three Friday evening services in Gezer Park in Leawood during the summer, it is adding a fourth service and moving locations for it.

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Over the years members of the Kort family have all been very active in BBYO and subsequently B’nai B’rith and B’nai B’rith Women (now Jewish Women International.) Shown here at the retirement of longtime BBYO secretary Helen Slotnick (far right) are Arnold, Joan and Jeff Kort.

“We pledge to thee, oh BBG

Our love, our youth, our loyalty …”

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Pictured in this circa 1950 photo is the ‘patriarch’ of the original seders, Oscar Gerson, in the middle, on the right side of the light on the wall. Two cousins who attended both this seder and the 2016 seder are Irene Stiefel Starr, the child in the far left foreground (second from left) and Joan Stiefel Greenbaum, the girl with a white flower in her hair at the end of that same table in the background.

In the early 1940s a tradition of seders began among immigrants from Germany. These immigrants included three Gerson siblings: Meta Gerson (Zanders), and Oscar and Arthur Gerson. As the years passed, families grew, as did the seder.

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