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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written by Marcia Horn Montgomery, Contributing Writer
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.