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Jewish Heritage Foundation’s Kort to retire after more than 35 years in Jewish communal service

Jewish Heritage Foundation’s Kort to retire after more than 35 years in Jewish communal service

Ellen Kort As a native New Yorker — where there are Jews and Judaism everywhere you turn — Ellen Kort wasn’t much interested in Jewish community. After the Lawrence Jewish Community Center welcomed... Read more...

Chabad sponsors second annual Hanukkah event at Kansas Capitol

Chabad sponsors second annual  Hanukkah event at Kansas Capitol

It’s been a dark year for Kansas Jews in more ways than one, and Chabad wants to bring a little light into it. As has been its custom over the past several years, Chabad of Kansas will bring the Festival... Read more...

Hollywood super agent is profiled in the Unicorn Theatre’s new one-woman show

Donna Thomason plays Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in the Unicorn Theatre’s new one-woman show ‘I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.’ The show runs from Dec. 11 to 28. On one side of the... Read more...

Hanukkah Entertaining:Gluten free cookbook contains imaginative recipes for holidays

“Gluten Free Around the World” by Aviva Kanoff. (Brio Books, November 2014) Aviva Kanoff has been described as “the Indiana Jones of cooking,” and the subtitle of this book is “a journey of... Read more...

Listening Post

Cory Gutovitz FIGHTING CANCER ONE BEARD AT A TIME — HBHA senior Joel Gutovitz has launched a novel way to collect money to fund research for several different kinds of cancers. He feels “personally... Read more...

New book raises awareness for mental illness

John Shuchart’s new book, ‘They’re Going to Cut You Open Like a Chicken’...will be published in the middle of January. Local author, former teacher and businessman John Shuchart has found success... Read more...

Israeli ‘woman warrior’ tries to present balanced view of Israel

Col. Miri Eisin There are about 450 colonels in the Israel Defense Forces, only 15 or so who are women. Do the math and you will discover that’s roughly only 3 percent of those who reach that high rank.... Read more...

Jewish Community Center plans to break the dreidel-spinning record

  What does an organization do to mark the finish of its 100-year celebration? Break the record of spinning the most dreidels simultaneously of course! The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas... Read more...

Listening Post

Jewish Federation’s Israeli Emissary Yahav Barnea is featured in this clip from its Donate Now video. SHAKE IT WITH FEDERATION — If you are a regular reader of this column, you know I like Matt Rissien’s... Read more...

Jewish doctor makes medical discovery: Barbara Kahn, M.D. identified a new class of molecules that could lead to a diabetes cure

Dr. Barbara Kahn The discovery of a new class of lipid molecules that enhance insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control offers a promising new avenue for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.... Read more...

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Once again Jewish Federation Mission to Israel amazes, thrills participants

Once again Jewish Federation Mission to Israel amazes, thrills participants

Participants of the Community Mission to Israel visited Mount Bental in the Golan Heights. It provides a gorgeous view and was the site of one of the largest tank battles in history during the Yom Kippur... Read more...

Shocked by recent attack

The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council is shocked and saddened by the recent attack at the Somali Center of Kansas City, which resulted in the death of 15-year-old Abdisamad “Adam” Sheikh Hussain.... Read more...

Standing up against hate

A young man in Kansas City was killed Dec. 4 after being deliberately run over by a car in an event that is being investigated as a possible hate crime. On behalf of Shoulder to Shoulder, a national campaign... Read more...

What is Ferguson teaching us?

In the spring of 1968, I was attending Southwest High School. It was a difficult moment in American history. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated. The country was seething with racial... Read more...

Just in time for Hanukkah: Four new intriguing works of Jewish graphic literature

“A Bintel Brief” by Liana Finck. (HarperCollins, 2014.) “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir” by Roz Chast. (Bloomsbury, 2014.) “Lena Finkles’s Magic Barrel” by... Read more...

‘Lucca’s Stories’ filled with delightful tales

“Lucca’s Stories” by Rachel (Lucca) Ginsburg (Veni Vici Books, Amazon kindle, paperback, February 2014) It isn’t often that a reviewer has to choose how much to write about the publisher when... Read more...

Campus security changes endanger our children’s safety

Karen Loggia is shown here with her son Elliot, who is a student at the Jewish Community Center’s Child Development Center. The Jewish Community Campus recently announced that drivers will no longer... Read more...

Suicide awareness: Parents can help make a difference

For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. For every adolescent death by suicide you hear about, approximately 25 suicide attempts are made. These are shocking... Read more...

Do not remain silent

We are at war. Many stubbornly and foolishly don’t put the pieces together and refuse to identify the evil doers as evil. We are disgracefully politically correct.  Read more...

Raising funds to honor Kalman Levine’s memory

All of us were shocked and horrified that last week’s murderous terrorist attack in Jerusalem took the life of our friend Rabbi Kalman (Cary) Levine, along with that of four other victims. We have been... Read more...

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Lutzk and Caruba Engagement

Lutzk and Caruba Engagement

Brittany Lutzk and Benjamin Caruba Dion and Howard Lutzk announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Lutzk, to Benjamin Caruba, son of Marcia and Glen Letizia of Highland Lakes, N.J., and Alain... Read more...

Harding Birth

Harding Birth

Nolan Spiro Harding Laura Amy and Greg Harding of Alexandria, Va., announce the birth June 27 of a son, Nolan Spiro. They are also the parents of Mayim. Nolan’s maternal grandparents are Harriet Garten... Read more...

Satz Birth

Allie Rose Satz Laura and Adam Satz of Leawood announce the birth on Sept. 28 of a daughter, Allie Rose. Grandparents are Jocelyn and John Fry of Leawood and Carolyn and Larry Satz of St. Louis, Mo.... Read more...

Slotnick Honor

Barry S. Slotnick Barry S. Slotnick was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award from the Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) at a ceremony on Nov. 15  The Silver Beaver is the... Read more...

Tiechtel Birth

Esther Rivkah Tiechtel Nechama and Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel announce the birth Nov. 20 of a daughter, Esther Rivkah. They are also the parents of Mina, Mendel, Yosef Meir, Levi, Yisroel and Sima. Grandparents... Read more...

Frumkin Bar Mitzvah

Joshua Aaron Frumkin Ilya and Michele Frumkin announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Joshua Aaron, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, at Congregation Beth Torah. Joshua is the grandson of Sam and Pauline... Read more...

Lewis Bat Mitzvah

Mckenna Caroline Lewis Jay and Kim Lewis announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Mckenna Caroline, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Mckenna is the... Read more...

Plesser Birth

Ezra Plesser Leslie and James Plesser of Minneapolis, Minn., announce the birth Sept. 16 of a son, Ezra Alexander Plesser. Read more...

Rosenthal Wedding

Bret and Emily Rosenthal Bret Rosenthal and Emily Cruse were married on Oct. 24 at the Beverly Hills, California Courthouse. Attending were parents and siblings. Bret is the son of Aleta and Rich Rosenthal... Read more...

Fine Bar Mitzvah

Sam Fine Jill and Michael Fine announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Sam, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Congregation Beth Torah. Sam is the grandson of Diane and Larry Fine of St. Louis, Mo.,... Read more...

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Kusnetzky, Phillip A.

Kusnetzky, Phillip A.

Phillip A. Kusnetzky Phillip A. Kusnetzky, 75, died on Dec. 9, 2014, at home, with his daughters by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Read more...

Lerner, Frances Jean

Lerner, Frances Jean

Frances Jean Lerner Frances Jean Lerner died on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at her home in Village Shalom, in Overland Park, Kan. She was 91. The funeral will be at Louis Memorial Chapel at 11 a.m. on Thursday,... Read more...

Polokoff, Beverly

Beverly Polokoff Beverly Polokoff, 84, died Nov. 28, 2014. She was born May 3, 1930, to Morris and Fanny Polokoff in Kansas City.  Read more...

Waldman, Harriet Shalinsky

Harriet Shalinsky Waldman, Harriet Shalinsky Waldman, 82, affectionately known as “Baby” to her family, passed away on Nov. 23, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. Read more...

Agron, Howard William

Howard William Agron Howard William Agron, a beloved man, died on Nov. 28, 2014. He was born on March 8, 1929, and was the youngest child of Casle and Sue (Zigelman) Agron. Read more...

Berenbom, Max

Max Berenbom Max Berenbom, of Overland Park, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Nov. 27, 2014, at the age of 95. Funeral services were Nov. 30 at Louis Memorial Chapel; interment at Mount... Read more...

Ginsberg, Arlene

Arlene Ginsberg Arlene Ginsberg, our dear, beloved, mother, cousin and friend passed away peacefully at her home in Leawood, Kan., on Nov. 30, 2014, surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held... Read more...

Price, Betty Wacknov

Betty Wacknov Price Our sweet mother, grandmother, bubbie, aunt, sister and friend, Betty Wacknov Price, passed away on Friday morning, Nov. 28, 2014, two days after her 89th birthday. Funeral services... Read more...

Magence, Gloria Jean

Gloria Jean Magence Gloria Jean Magence (nee Rashbaum), age 62, died in Israel on Monday, Nov. 24. Read more...

Isenberg, Vera

 Vera Isenberg Vera Isenberg, 89, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away on Nov. 14, 2014, after a short illness. She was born June 11, 1925, in Hamburg, Germany, to Erich and Nettie Friedberger. She moved... Read more...

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