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ADL honors Corporon, LaManno families for fighting hate

ADL honors Corporon,  LaManno families for fighting hate

ADL In Concert Against Hate honorees included Lukas Losen (front row, from left); Mindy Corporon; David Friedman, ADL Washington, D.C., Regional Director; Melinda Corporon, Alissa LaManno, and Jim LaManno.... Read more...

Native son set to discuss K.C.-based novel at Unity Temple

Native son set to discuss K.C.-based novel at Unity Temple

Jamie Metzl has spent a lot of time dealing with national security issues. He has served in the Clinton White House as a member of the National Security Council, worked in the State Department and as... Read more...

Listening Post

  Bicycle riders planning to participate in the Arava Institute and Hazon Israel Ride in Israel later this month include Jimmy Rosenbloom (from left), Sheila Sonnenschein, Ken Sonnenschein and Ed Meltzer. BICYCLING... Read more...

A perfect 10: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ kicks off White Theatre’s 10th anniversary season

  The White Theatre begins its 10th season on Nov. 8 with a production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ ‘Les Miserables’ was one of the most popular plays produced by the theater in its ninth season... Read more...

Downtown Minyan celebrates 10 years of prayer and camaraderie

  The Downtown Minyan, which holds afternoon services in a conference room at the Bryant Building every Monday through Thursday, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It began meeting Nov. 1, 2004 The... Read more...

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  Yoni and Naftali Schwartz (from left) came all the way from Israel to see the Royals play in the American League Championship Series. Childhood friends and former Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy classmates... Read more...

Doctors take issue with film discrediting shaken baby syndrome

  Scott Olitsky, M.D. Doctors from all over the country read the Oct. 2 article about "The Syndrome," the documentary that premiered last weekend challenging the validity of shaken baby syndrome, written... Read more...

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  The Jewish owners of ANB Bank were in town for a VIP reception last week. The bank is the financial sponsor of the Jewish Community Center. Many members of the Jewish community attended the reception... Read more...

KU Hillel to showcase vibrant Jewish life at the Kansas campus

  About 50 Jewish high school juniors and seniors attended Jewhawk Day last year. The event is sponsored by KU Hillel and the University of Kansas Office of Admissions. Over the years KU Hillel has... Read more...

New play at Unicorn focuses on views of the younger Jewish generation

  Photo by Cynthia Levin A new play at the Unicorn Theatre is promising to have a lot of chutzpah this fall. Read more...

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World Series brings thoughts of Rabbi Margolies and his love for baseball

At 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, my clock radio awakened me in my home in the Bronx to the radio announcer saying, "Giants and Royals in Kansas City tonight. Game one of the World Series." "I am dreaming,"... Read more...

Author recreates the life of the first Yiddish humorist in biography

Author recreates the life of the first Yiddish humorist in biography

  The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye," by Jeffrey Dauber. (Nextbook, Schocken, 2013.) Read more...

As November election approaches, we can learn a lesson from Kristallnacht

The 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the infamous "Night of Broken Glass," is Nov. 9 and 10. Kristallnacht is a harsh reminder of the anti-Jewish violence that rocked Germany, occupied Austria and areas... Read more...

My daughter’s passing and the Kansas City Royals improbable playoff run

Jeremy Krashin With my daughter on her death bed, my wife, Julie, and I spent the day reciprocating her love, hope and inspiration with as much of the same as we could. Ilana was 3 days old and was not... Read more...

Documentary not factual; shaken baby syndrome does exist

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, child abuse kills over 1,600 children every year. Most child abuse victims are infants less than 1 year old. Abusive Head Trauma is the most... Read more...

I am finished aplogizing!

I am finished apologizing that I am unable to marry gay and lesbian Jewish couples. Thus, I write this personal, open letter to my congregation, as well as to the entire Jewish community of Kansas City.... Read more...

Making our facilities safe

Thank you for providing me with such a warm welcome to the community. It’s been a pleasure to meet so many of you and I look forward to the opportunity to meet more of you over the coming months. Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Introducing Hebrew learning opportunities We wish the K.C. Jewish Community a L’Shanah Tovah V’Metukah — a sweet near year filled with Hebrew learning! From across the Jewish community, we are... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

Both sides suffer (Editor’s note: This letter to the editor, originally  published in the Aug. 28 issue, is reprinted in its entirety with corrections.) The latest issue of The Chronicle features... Read more...

Five days of ‘wow’ at the national Sinai Scholars Retreat

KU’s Sinai Scholars recently attended the Sinai Scholars Retreat in Chicago. Shown are Arie Mello (top row, from left), Rebeka Luttinger, Ethan King, Nechama Tiechtel, Betsy Jacob and Sammy Katz. Bottom... Read more...

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Birger Bat Mitzvah

Birger Bat Mitzvah

Emily Birger Julie and Michael Birger announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Emily, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Emily is the granddaughter of Marianna... Read more...

Cole Bat Mitzvah

Cole Bat Mitzvah

Hannah Cole Brian and Karen Cole announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Hannah, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Hannah is the granddaughter of Robert and Nita Levy and... Read more...

Hennick Bat Mitzvah

River Hennick Elizabeth and Mark Hennick announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, River, at 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Hotel Sorella. Read more...

Pinson Bar Mitzvah

Maxwell Pinson Janice Pinson and Jeff Pinson announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Maxwell, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Kosoglad Birth

Jack Leonard Kosoglad Michelle and Max Kosoglad announce the birth, Sept. 4 of a son, Jack Leonard. Grandparents are Arlene and John Rubenstein of Prairie Village, and Cynthia and Jerome Kosoglad of... Read more...

Rose Bar Mitzvah

Daniel Aidan Rose Julye and Mark Rose announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Daniel Aidan Rose, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Read more...

Steinzeig Wedding Anniversay

Alan and Gloria Steinzeig Alan and Gloria Steinzeig recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple married on Oct. 9, 1949, in Oklahoma City. Read more...

Caviar Bat Mitzvah

Morgan Danielle Caviar Allison and Zane Zismer announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Morgan Danielle Caviar, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Congregation Beth Torah. Morgan is the granddaughter... Read more...

Fink Bar Mitzvah

Samuel L. Fink John and Robin Fink announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Samuel L. Fink, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Sam is the grandson of Sid and... Read more...

Hedrick and Yagerman Engagement

Erica Hedrick and Zachary Yagerman Shelley Hedrick and Thomas Hedrick of Kansas City announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Hedrick, to Zachary Yagerman, son of Hillary and Howard Yagerman... Read more...

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Hyken, Harvey R.

Hyken, Harvey R.

Harvey R. Hyken Harvey R. Hyken, 74, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Menorah Medical Center. Funeral services were held in the chapel at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery Oct. 27, followed by... Read more...

Jacobs, Anne

Jacobs, Anne

Anne Jacobs Anne Jacobs, 80, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Oct. 21, 2014, in Aurora, Colo. Funeral services were held Oct. 23 at Feldman Mortuary followed by burial in Emanuel Cemetery, both... Read more...

Ledgin Barbara H.

Barbara H. Ledgin Former Kansas Citian Barbara H. Ledgin passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, with daughter Stephanie at her side. Born Betty Tomsky in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 28, 1929, she was the fifth... Read more...

Zenitsky, Joe

Joe Zenitsky Joe Zenitsky, age 96, passed away peacefully at his home in Leawood, Kansas on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. He was born to loving parents, Mary and Ben Zenitsky, in Kansas City on Dec. 11, 1917.... Read more...

Nachum, Carmella

Carmella Nachum The Nachum family is sad to announce the death of Carmella Nachum (85) in Jerusalem, Israel, on Sept. 11, 2014. Read more...

Bloomberg, Leon

Leon Bloomberg, 94, passed away Oct. 6, 2014, in Luthersville, Md., a suburb of Baltimore. The funeral was held Oct. 8 at Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc. in Pikesville, Md.; burial at Anshe Emunah Aitz... Read more...

Morgen, Florence

Florence Morgen Florence Morgen, 93, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on Sept. 30. Funeral services were held Oct. 2 at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East, followed by burial at... Read more...

Seymour, Keith Goldin

Keith Goldin Seymour, Ph.D., died Sept. 29, 2014, at Menorah Medical Center after a four-month battle with pneumonia. Burial was Oct. 3 in Fairfax, Mo. Read more...

Zoglin, Rose

Rose Zoglin, 90, of Leawood, passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Read more...

Bresel, Barbara

BARBARA BRESEL Barbara Bresel, 72, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at her home. Funeral services were expected to take place Wednesday, Oct. 8, at The Louis Memorial Chapel,... 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.