Thanks to the family of the late George Lieberman, members of the community who are in mourning can now find books to help them through the grieving process in the Applebaum Synagogue at Village Shalom. The Lieberman Lending Library for Solace has been established to help those recently bereaved to begin to find solace and healing.
For those who enjoy Jewish films, Kansas City Jewish Film Festival Producer Shawn Edwards has three words for you: engaging, enlightening and entertaining. The festival, presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, The J, opens Saturday, Oct. 10, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 18.
A desire to do something remarkably simple, yet greatly meaningful, has turned into a fast growing non-profit organization that responds to a simple need of the breast cancer survivor: the gift of a free bra.
HOFFMAN TO BE HONORED BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD — Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri will celebrate its 80th anniversary on Oct. 16 at “THE event,” to be held at Pennway Place at Studio Dan Meiners. Co-chairs of “THE event” are Sharon Hoffman, Kristin Amend, Sandy Geduldig and Ursula Terrasi. During the evening, Lizz Winstead, co-creator of “The Daily Show, will share special remarks. With a nod to its founding in 1935, entertainment will be provided by The Count Swingin’ Orchestra, featuring Count Basie Orchestra guitarist Will Matthews and Basie Band vocalist Chris Murrell. Sharon Hoffman will receive the PPKM Champion Award and Harry S. Jonas, M.D. will receive The Suzanne E. Allen Lifetime Achievement Award. To be a part of “THE event,” visit http://theevent.ppkm.org/.
A lot of people took a financial hit during the “Great Recession” that began in December 2007 and continued into mid-2009. Robert Bloch counts himself as one of those people and readily admits he did everything wrong when it came to managing his personal stock portfolio. Among other things, he said he was a nervous investor who sold stocks when he should have kept them.
ROSH HASHANAH PARODY — Matt Rissien is at it again, putting together another one of his Jewish holiday video parodies. This one is called “Honey I’m Good (Apples and Honey are Good)” to the tune of Andy Grammer’s “Honey I’m Good.” If you haven’t had a chance to view it yet, go to YouTube and search for Matt Rissien. You’ll be able to see the newest video as well as all his other Jewish holiday favorites.
There are a lot of great movies about baseball. Now fans of baseball and films will not have to choose between a live baseball playoff game and a Jewish-themed movie during the next few weeks. In support of the American League Central Division Champion Kansas City Royals, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City has decided to postpone the 18th annual Kansas City Jewish Film Festival and move it to January and February 2016. The festival was to open Saturday, Oct. 10. While there is no American League Division Playoff game scheduled that day, several film festival dates conflict with possible Royals baseball games during the playoffs.
People make aliyah for a variety of reasons. When Lara Portnoy moved to the Jewish state in January 2013, it was very important to her to find a way to promote a better society there. For the past 10 months she has been doing just that, working in the External Relations and Development Department of the Peres Center for Peace. As we went to press this week, she was on her way to Kansas to spend some holiday time with her family and share a bit about the good works of the Peres Center. While she’s visiting she will speak at Kehilath Israel Synagogue on Sept. 26 during Shabbat services to a group of students at the Accelerated Schools of Overland Park and to at least one other private interfaith gathering.
Village Shalom strives to be a place to nurture the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of every individual served by the continuing-care retirement community. One of its six core values is to provide the assurance of a comfortable home and safe haven for all who are in its care.
Congregation Beth Torah is one of 10 Reform congregations in North America selected to participate in the newly formed Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Community of Practice dedicated to exploring ways of Creating Connected Communities of Families with Young Children. This URJ Community of Practice (CoP) is a congregational networking group for Reform congregations without early childhood centers that are seeking to discover new ways to engage young families in congregational life.