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Rae Pfau is the first paid employee the Mitzvah Garden has ever had. She serves this summer as the garden’s volunteer coordinator and is being paid through KC Leadership Tomorrow, a summer internship program powered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City.

Philanthropist and business owner Irv Robinson knows a good thing when he sees it. What he saw was an internship program operated by a foundation in Boston that gave college students valuable experience and nonprofits an extra set of hands. The co-founder and CEO of Robbie Fantastic Flexibles who also oversees the Robinson Family Foundation, wanted to do something similar here.


Every year, the number of Holocaust survivors continues to dwindle. Statistics indicate that of the 75,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States, about one-third live below poverty level. While the number of survivors still living declines, their needs for financial assistance increase. Many face transportation and mobility issues as well as medical problems.


CDC teachers Barbara Abramowitz and Liz Bigus.

STUDENT BECOMES CO-TEACHER — About 20 years ago Elizabeth Bigus was a 3-year-old preschool student in Barbara Abramowitz’s class at the Jewish Community Center’s Child Development Center. Turn the


Howard Haas (left) and Rabbi Morey Schwartz in Jerusalem.

MELTON@HBHA — While traveling in Israel, Howard Haas, head of school at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, met with Rabbi Morey Schwartz in Jerusalem to discuss plans for the upcoming year. Rabbi


Mary Davidson Cohen

A first-floor space in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art will become the Kansas Focus Gallery, thanks to gifts from the Barton P. and Mary Davidson Cohen Charitable Trust, as well as the donation of the Barton P. Cohen and Mary Davidson Cohen art collection from Leawood resident Mary Davidson Cohen.


Members of the Jewish Federation’s Shorashim 2 mission visited an Iron Dome command center outside of Ashkelon in May 2014. Shorashim 2 was a mission for men only to learn about contemporary issues facing Israel today. Participants are exposed to key officials from government, industry and high tech. Mike Rainen was the chair of the trip. They saw no actual missiles during their visit.

As is always the case this time of year, many members of the Jewish community are currently in Israel or were in Israel when “Operation Protective Edge” was launched by the Israel Defense Forces on July 8 “aimed to retrieve stability to the residents of southern Israel, eliminate Hamas’ capabilities and destroy terror infrastructure operating against the State of Israel and its civilians. It appears these American Jews, as


Friendship Caravan Assif

While things in their home country are a little tense, a group of young Israelis will be here to share their talents and their love of their country. On Friday, July 25, the Friendship Caravan Assif will perform at 2 p.m. in the Social Hall of the Jewish Community Campus. The event is free and sponsored by the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Center. Reservations are requested, but not required; RSVP at 913-327-8145.


Photo by Gloria Baker Feinstein: Sonia Warshawski (left) poses for this photo with her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday, shortly before her shop closed. Soliday and the young Warshawski are producing a documentary about the Holocaust survivor titled ‘Big Sonia.’

Sonia Warshawski officially locked the doors of John’s Tailoring for the last time late last week. For now, even though she hates the word retired, you can say she’s starting a new chapter of her life. 

But is she?


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