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JVS launches additional services for individuals with autism

JVS launched a program July 18 to work with individuals referred from Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation that have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. JVS has worked with this population for many... Read more...

Listening Post

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Twelve-year-old Emery Hankins (second from the left) as Jane Banks is fabulous — as are all her castmates — in ‘Mary Poppins.’ Read more...

Local author’s book focuses on women, body image and self-love

Louise Pollock Gruenebaum “Beyond the Underwire: Confessions of the Well Endowed,” by Louise Pollock, (Aug. 25, 2015); available through Amazon: Paperback, $9.99; Kindle edition, $5.99 (80 pages)... Read more...

Hebrew classes available through JCCC Continuing Education program

Orit Kamara While Johnson County Community College will no longer offer Hebrew classes for credit, the community college will offer Hebrew through its continuing education program. “Hebrew, Learning... Read more...

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David Rockoff, a Child Development Center at The J camper, got a chance to be a helper last week during a special Friday performance by magicians and musicians Reggie Regg and Rapping Roy. The CDC campers,... Read more...

JVS relocates main office: Move allows social service agency to better serve clients and increase services

One of the new features JVS staffers will enjoy at the new building is an outdoor courtyard. Shown here are Assistant Director Tara Burkhart (from left), Executive Director Hilary Cohen Singer and Development... Read more...

ADL: Greitens’ campaign sticker fosters hate

The ADL has spoken out against this campaign sticker for Missouri gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens. It became available last week. Last week, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned the marketing... Read more...

‘Desperate Acts’ showcases work of Jewish playwrights at Fringe Festival

Three Jewish playwrights, Victor Wishna (from left), Sarah Aptilon Inbar Kahn, joined forces to bring their three plays to the Fringe Festival, which runs July 22-30. Scene 1 Curtain opens three times... Read more...

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‘Mary Poppins’ opened at the Jewish Community Center’s White Theatre on July 9 and Facebook reviewers are giving it a big thumbs up! ‘Mary Poppins’ is a co-production of The J and Theatre in... Read more...

Luchen’s forecasts help Mitzvah Garden weather Mother Nature

Brad Luchen is Mitzvah Garden KC’s volunteer meteorologist and provides a forecast for the garden each week. Brad Luchen first got wowed by weather when he was 3 years old, looking out the window at... Read more...

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This is the season to ... determine our country’s future

This is the season to ... determine our country’s future

Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff For over 1,700 years of Jewish history, there were two things the Jewish people lacked. ... Read more...

Lessons from our faith

Lessons from our faith

Rabbi Debbie Stiel (Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the August edition of Temple Beth Sholom’s Bulletin.)  Last year my August bulletin was titled “Living in a Worrisome... Read more...

Typical school day in Syria: Jews are our enemy

Charles Jacobs Over 10 major Jewish organizations are lobbying for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. HIAS, known in the past as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society whose heroic work... Read more...

SAFEHOME provides outreach for victims of domestic abuse

On behalf of SAFEHOME I want to thank the Flo Harris Foundation for giving SAFEHOME a grant for the sixth consecutive year to provide outreach on domestic abuse in our Jewish Community. Healthy relationships... Read more...

Unified vision key to fixing MU’s fractured community

Rabbi Avraham Lapine Our campus community is undergoing a much-needed period of healing. Racial protests, discriminatory bias and a toxic atmosphere of disunity have torn apart the fraternity of our... Read more...

Wiesel’s influence on KU grad still has impact today

Wendy Rosenthal met Elie Wiesel in 1988 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Editor’s note: This was written July 3 and posted on Facebook, the day following Elie Wiesel’s death on July 2.) Read more...

Letter to the Editor

A response to T’ruah director Jill Jacobs (no relation), executive director of T’ruah, recently wrote an op-ed in The Chronicle entitled “Anti BDS law can’t be pro-Israel if it tramples on free... Read more...

Book delves into Jewish community’s division over Israel

"Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel,”  by Dov Waxman, Princeton University Press (April 12, 2016) The period from the 1967 war to the first Lebanon War in the early... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

Appalling letter Having studied with Rabbi Mark Levin for several years I am appalled that The Chronicle would publish such an ignorant, juvenile, mean-spirited attack on his integrity such as the one... Read more...

A remarkable legacy: Jewish patriots of the Revolutionary War

Mary Greenberg Thrown together by the circumstances of place and time, both Jewish and non-Jewish colonists showed solidarity in breaking with the British. Their impassioned goal for a free nation was... Read more...

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Garfinkle Birth

Garfinkle Birth

Avi Liba Garfinkle Yael Mazor-Garfinkle and Jeff Garfinkle of Melrose, Massachusetts, announce the birth July 6 of a daughter, Avi Liba Garfinkle. Read more...

60th Anniversary

60th Anniversary

Marvin and Phyllis Denton Marvin and Phyllis Denton will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, Aug. 6, at Congregation Ohev Sholom, with a Kiddush following Shabbat morning services. Read more...

Wilensky Katz Engagement

Dana Wilensky and Ryan Katz Dana Anne Wilensky, daughter of Alaine and Howard Wilensky of Plymouth, Minnesota, and Ryan Mathew Katz, son of Ellen and Stephen Katz of Overland Park, Kansas, have announced... Read more...

Nochlin Mandy Engagement

Erica Nochlin and Daniel Mandy Rosemary and Steve Nochlin announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Beth Nochlin, to Daniel Paul Mandy, son of Cathy and Paul Mandy of Long Lake, Minnesota. Read more...

Karol Siani Engagement

Rabbi Stephen Allen Karol and Donna Kay Handelman Siani announce their engagement. Read more...

Tiechtel Birth

Chaya Faigel Tiechtel Rabbi Zalman and Nechama Tiechtel of Lawrence, Kansas, announce the birth June 30, 2016, (24 Sivan, 5776) of Chaya Faigel Tiechtel. Chaya is the sibling of Mina, Mendel, Yosef Meir,... Read more...

honor

Last month the Overland Park Rotary Club held its annual installation and awards luncheon. Craig Novorr remains on the board through 2017 as immediate past president. Read more...

Gallardo Birth

Chis and Vivian Gallardo Sarah and Robert Gallardo of Richmond, Texas, announce the birth June 16, 2016, of a son, Christian Anthony (Cafri Natan), and a daughter, Vivian Margaret (Chava Itta). The twins... Read more...

50th ANNIVERSARY

Marleen and Ron Gold Ronald Gold, a native of Merriam, Kansas, and his bride Marleen Stein Gold originally of Dallas, Texas, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 15, 2016. They both... Read more...

Marchick Bar Mitzvah

Jacob Marchick Rose Marchick and Clint Pitts announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jacob Marchick, at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Congregation BIAV. Relatives and friends are invited to worship with... Read more...

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Myer, Dr. Aleza Gould

Myer, Dr. Aleza Gould

Aleza Gould Myer Aleza Gould Myer, 53, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend and dentist passed away peacefully at her home on July 1 surrounded by her family and was laid to rest on July 3. Burial... Read more...

Scarbrough, Janet M.

Scarbrough, Janet M.

Janet Mindlin Scarbrough Janet Mindlin Scarbrough, 70, of Roswell, Georgia, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in the early hours of July 12, 2016. A celebration of life service is planned... Read more...

Averett, Rose

Rose Averett Rose Averett, born Rose (Rivka) Geller, left us on July 15, 2016, as a result of living a mostly fabulous life. Read more...

Day, Grace Steinberg

Grace Steinberg Day Grace Steinberg Day, 89, of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away July 13, 2016, after a very brief illness. She was born in Onawa, Iowa, in 1926, the daughter of Polish immigrants who... Read more...

Farlow, Macy Josephine

Macy Josephine Farlow, 95, died July 10, 2016, at Brookdale, State Line in Leawood, Kansas. Jo, as she was known to all, was born in Bayard, Florida, on Dec. 3, 1920, to Macy and Charles Price. Read more...

Gershon, Jacqueline Arlene

Jacqueline Arlene Gershon Jacqueline Arlene Gershon, 86, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at her home. Funeral services were held July 19, at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial... Read more...

Osadchey, Joan W.

Joan W. Osadchey, 87, passed away peacefully in her home in Los Angeles on June 26, 2016. Joan was born and reared in Kansas City by her parents Milton and Rosebud Waldner. Read more...

Tivol, Harold

Harold Tivol Harold Tivol, 92, passed away peacefully at home on July 6, 2016. Funeral services were held July 7, 2016, at Louis Memorial Chapel. The family suggests contributions to the Brooke Tivol... Read more...

Shulkind, Lee

Lee Shulkind, 94, passed away peacefully at Village Shalom on July 3, 2016. She lived her long life as a passionate, dedicated and spirited volunteer in the Kansas City community. Funeral services were... Read more...

Wacknov, Bonnie Adkinson

Bonnie Adkinson Wacknov, 85, beloved mother, Nonny and sister, passed away June 21, 2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona, surrounded by her loving children and was laid to rest on June 26, 2016, at Mount Carmel... Read more...