Rabbi Rebecca Reice, associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Torah, has informed the congregation that she is opting out of the last year of her contract so that she may join her husband, Asher Lazarus, as he accepts new employment in Austin, Texas. She will continue in her role at the Reform congregation until June 30.
Joan Jacobson is an active member of the National Council of Jewish Women. She and the organization both champion the rights of children, women and families. It’s her work advocating for the rights of children that will be recognized when CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties honors Jacobson as its CASA Volunteer Honoree at its Promise of Hope luncheon on April 2. The Promise of Hope Luncheon, celebrating the Kansas organization’s 30th anniversary, will be held from noon to 1 p.m., with networking beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park. To reserve a free space, visit www.casajwc.org or call 913-715-4034.
Written by Lauren Fasbinder, Special to The Chronicle
Ever wonder what to do with the LEGO bricks that you or your children played with and no longer need? So did Matthew Gould, whose inspired answer is The Giving Brick, a nonprofit that compiles used LEGO pieces into complete sets and provides them to the abused/neglected kids served by Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).
The Kansas Small Business Development Center (Kansas SBDC) statewide network has announced the 2015 Existing and Emerging Businesses of the Year. Each of the eight Kansas SBDC regional centers selected one emerging and one existing business for the award. Enhanced HomeCare, LLC, owned by Randy Block and Cindy Singer, was chosen Existing Business of the Year for the Johnson County Region.
Written by Terri S. Turner, Special to The Chronicle
When you ask 19-year-old Slater Sousley to describe himself, he answers assuredly: “I am Jewish, an artisit and I’m from Overland Park, Kansas.”
A 2013 graduate of the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy and a second-year merit scholarship student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), purpose and identity serve as cornerstones not only for his self-discovery, but for his approach to each work of art.
GUITARIST ON A MISSION — Take Five Coffee + Bar presents the Adam Schlozman Trio at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13. The website says the coffee bar’s ongoing quest is “to find and showcase the best music in Kansas City southern suburbs.” In promoting Schlozman’s appearance this week, the website says “It’s been our pleasure to watch him develop from our earliest days doing jazz at Take Five when he was a high-school phenom tearing up Pat Metheny tunes with the Know Idea Trio, to become, in just five years, a sought-after pro in a town rich with phenomenal guitarists. From one local jazz writer, he’s already drawing comparisons with the great Steve Cardenas. Come see him lead his own trio with bassist Joel Stratton and drummer Matt Leifer.”
Rabbi Mendy Wineberg believes that the ideal situation is for every member of the Jewish community to have a place of worship within close proximity to their home. While he knows Chabad House Center of Kansas City can’t open a location on every corner where a Jewish family lives, he knows they can do the next best thing; open up a Chabad House where the most number of Jewish people live.
Make your reservation by Friday, March 27 to obtain the early registration price and come share the second night of Passover with family and friends at a community Seder on Saturday, April 4 at Congregation Beth Shalom. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. After the deadline, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis. Registration forms are available online at www.kcrabbis.org  or forms can be picked up at area congregations.
According to Henry Bloch, his father used to frequently say, “When you have three meals a day, it’s time to help the next person.”
It is this mindset that made the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation an obvious choice to receive Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy’s Civic Service Award at the school’s upcoming dinner on Sunday, March 29.