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Sukkah vandalized at K-State: Police investigating as possible anti-Semitic act

Sukkah vandalized at K-State: Police investigating as possible anti-Semitic act

This photo of the mangled sukkah at Kansas State University was taken after it was moved from the parking lot where it was found back to campus grounds. Read more...

B’nai Jehudah’s Rabbi Kirzane leaving congregation in June

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Kol Ami’s Rabbi Alpert to receive civil rights award from NAACP’s KC branch

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Mitzvah Garden KC probably set the official record for the most sweet potatoes harvested by hand, 447.6 pounds, within one hour on Oct. 8, 2017. The record will need to be verified by Guinness World Records... Read more...

Speak up, stand with, show love: Interfaith gathering brings together people who want to stand up to hate

The Rev. Emanuel Cleaver III, Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff and The Rev. Adam Hamilton hold hands during the benediction of Sunday night’s ‘Stand Togther KC’ program. Read more...

JDC comes to KC to report on emergency assistance, Rosh Hashanah welfare care for Jewish communities around the globe

Michael Novick (from left), executive director of strategic development at JDC; Dr. Helene Lotman, president & CEO of Jewish Federation; Patricia Werthan Uhlmann, Jewish Federation and JDC national... Read more...

New Jewish Partnership for Justice and Service to sponsor Sukkot program

A Sukkah for All: Sukkot, Social Justice & Celebration will take place at The Manheim Park + Garden, 4229 Forest Kansas City, Missouri, by Congregation Kol Ami’s sukkah. Motivated by their shared... Read more...

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Book exploring lives of centenarians features Village Shalom resident

Jack Sokolov shows off the book he was featured in, ‘If I Live to Be 100: The Wisdom of Centenarians.’ Read more...

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Empathy in vulnerability: resisting racism and anti-Semitism

Empathy in vulnerability: resisting racism and anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism in America is on the rise. In the past year, Jewish cemeteries were desecrated in Philadelphia, Rochester and St. Louis; my rabbinical school was vandalized with a swastika, targeted for... Read more...

Embracing Houston’s Jewish community

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“We would have drowned.” My previous experience with the Houston Jewish community was in September 2005 as they heroically responded to Hurricane Katrina. Read more...

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Fulford Bat Mitzvah

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Krigel earns doctorate from Gratz College

The Krigel family — Isaiah (from left), Shanti, Eliyahu and Kaela Krigel — attended Eliyahu’s graduation ceremony from Gratz College in Philadelphia in May. This summer Kansas City native Eliyahu... Read more...

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Bernstein, Ida R.

Ida Rubinstein Bernstein, 95, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Oct. 4, 2017. Graveside services were held Oct. 8 at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery. Read more...

Ginden, Jerry

Ginden, Jerry

Jerry Ginden, age 75, passed away on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. He was born on April 30, 1942, in Kansas City to Sam and Ellen Ginden. Read more...

Greenberg, Lionel H.

Lionel H. Greenberg, 92, of Overland Park, Kansas, died Oct. 2, 2017, at Menorah Medical Center. Funeral services were held Oct. 4 at The Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial following at Mount Carmel... Read more...

Becker, Sylvia

Sylvia Becker, age 89, passed away peacefully from complications related to a stroke on Sept. 22, 2017. Read more...

Cohen, Lawrence S. M.D.

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Heller, John M

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Manion, Barbara Sue

Barbara S. Glass Waxman Manion, 77, Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Sept. 24, 2017, with her loving family by her side. Graveside service was held Sept. 27 at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Celebration of Life... Read more...

Reiz, Zelda Luke

Zelda Luke Reiz passed away on Sept. 27, 2017. Funeral services were held Oct. 1 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Mount Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations... Read more...

Soltz, Maurice B.

Maurice Soltz, 80, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Funeral services were held Oct. 3 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Mount Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,... Read more...

KC Jewish community helping with fire disaster in Israel

Kansas City’s Jewish community is responding with help following the devastating forest fire that broke out Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, Israel. At least 42 people have died, homes were lost and more than 12,500 acres of forests destroyed. Jewish National Fund foresters estimate more than 5 million trees were burned.

Todd Stettner, executive vice-president & CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City reports that the Federation mobilized very quickly to join the national Jewish Federations of North America effort by establishing a special mailbox for donations to help the victims of this fire.

"Our focus has been on helping the people of the region. Both our major overseas partners , the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) were on the scene quickly to help evacuate the most vulnerable — children, the elderly and disabled," Stettner said.

He said that 1,000 children were sent to special camps where activities could be provided for them in safe places and volunteer teams went house to house in some areas to check on the elderly.

"In addition, through the Israel Trauma Coalition we are providing counseling to families of the fire victims, those who lost their homes and valuables and to the emergency personnel who were witness to this tragedy," Stettner said.

Stettner has visited the area and said he can "attest to the fact that a beautiful part of Israel has been destroyed in addition to the lives and property that were lost. We now must concentrate on rebuilding and repairing shattered lives."

He said the local Federation will continue to work with our on-the-ground partners in Israel to determine both the short and long-term needs of those affected, noting that contributions will be directly distributed to the most effective service providers.

JNF’s emergency campaign

Local JNF supporter Larry Haith sent an e-mail blast to his friends on Monday telling them that it was time to "give ’til it hurts."

"Then it feels soooo good … So dig deep, do not go out to dinner this weekend ... pass on the new car ... take care of our people," Haith pleaded.

Haith said he gives to many Jewish causes, but JNF is one of his favorites because it is a non-political entity that owns and administers the land in Israel.

"As a young boy we always had the blue box. In synagogue we had the blue box. When I was fresh out of college I was fortunate to meet Alon Ben Meir, who is now a professor and writer at NYU. He asked me to be the local JNF president and I accepted the position for 10 years," he said.

As the local JNF president, Haith learned a lot about JNF, raised large sums of money and spoke to many groups about the organization.

"It was one of the great experiences of my life. I would love to do it full time," he said. "Go to the JNF website. The JNF has planted so many trees that the desert now rains. A gift of a tree gives an individual an affinity with the land, so I give the gift of a tree on many occasions."

Another reason Haith supports JNF is because their administrative costs are below 10 percent. He also loves it because all Jews own JNF.

"It’s like a big partnership owns Israel, therefore it can never be sold.The land purchases began in 1902 through Theodore Herzel and Baron Rothschild and from 1903 until 1948 enough absentee land was purchased that the British, through the United Nations, agreed to mandate the statehood of Israel. and the JNF is the administer of the land holdings," Haith explained.

Haith also pointed to the JNF website, www.jnf.org, which notes that the road to recovery in Israel has just begun. JNF, staying true to its mandate of caring for the needs of the land and people of Israel,has established Operation Carmel Renewal: From Black to Green to help rebuild and renew the Carmel Forest. Forest restoration efforts will include erosion prevention, clearing of debris, creation of firebreaksand care of the naturally regenerating woodlands.

Donate now

Almost every national Jewish organization is raising funds to help the relief effort for the worst fire in Israel’s history. Here’s two ways you can help:

The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City is accepting donations. They may be mailed to:

The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, Attn: Israel Fire Relief Fund, 5801 W. 115th St., Suite 201, Overland Park, KS 66211. Credit card payments will be accepted by phone by contacting Gail Weinberg at (913) 327-8123 or going online to the Israel Fire Relief Fund www.jewishkansascity.org.

Jewish National Fund is accepting donations, via credit card, at www.jnf.org.