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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


Late last week the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, through the Jewish Federations of North American, launched Operation Relief and Respite in response to the current tensions in Israel.


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.


Karen B. Gerson

HAPPY GRADUATE — Karen B. Gerson graduated with her Executive Masters of Public Administration degree from the Bloch School of Business and Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May. Karen is well known in the Jewish community getting her professional start here working in the


Patti Wood (left), a licensed practical nurse at Village Shalom, talks with Director of Nursing Renée Schoonover about details of the changeover to fully electronic medical records.

“It’s going to change everything.”

That, in short, is the impact Electronic Medical Records (EMR) will have at Village Shalom, according to Renée Schoonover, director of nursing. In fact, that change is already here.


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?


Brian Schiller will appear in Kansas City July 18, 19 and 20.

“How I Lost My Virginity at 29 & Other Embarrassing Tales” is stand-up comedian Brian Schiller’s blisteringly funny and poignant coming of age story about his social and sexual development. 


Joe Hotrod and the Sparkplugs performed at a variety of BBYO events in the early 1970s, including an AZA 50th anniversary party. Here the Fabulous Ronnie Brothers, Ron Altman (left) and Ron Fredman, are shown with Bruce Wasserstrom.

“Friends, friends, friends we will always be. Whether in fair or in dark stormy weather, BBYO will keep us together. …”

This isn’t a song Joe Hotrod and the Sparkplugs usually had on the playlist, but it’s one the band members, and their fans, remember well. It is perhaps the best way to explain why the band has decided to come together again for a reunion concert.


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