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Two Jewish music men perform with the Kansas City Symphony: Acclaimed violinists Noah Geller and Pinchas Zukerman collaborate at Helzberg Hall

Two Jewish music men perform with the Kansas City Symphony: Acclaimed violinists Noah Geller and Pinchas Zukerman collaborate at Helzberg Hall

Noah Geller When a group of talented musicians take the stage, the result can be magical. Audiences in Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts are in for a treat at the end of the month... Read more...

Families find support in Village Shalom memory-care programs

Families find support in Village Shalom memory-care programs

Great Days Social Club participant Bryce Jones (left) shares a laugh with Village Shalom Day Stay Coordinator Paula Jones. Life offers no guarantees. When retirees Sharon Ward and Bryce Jones met in... Read more...

Jewish women help lead the way for Brian Injury Association of Kansas & Greater KC; Memorial Day set for 28th Annual Amy Thompson Run for Brain Injury

Robin Abramowitz amd Bev Jacobson On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, thousands of runners and walkers will participate in the 28th Amy Thompson Run for Brain Injury, the major fundraiser for the Brian Injury... Read more...

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In March, Overland Park Police Officer David Cole (left) and Jewish Federation President and CEO Todd Stettner (right) used Automatic External Defibrillators and performed CPR on Les Rosenfeld (center)... Read more...

Donor’s quiet generosity makes a big impact

Christa and Stanley Louis Several community organizations recently received a wonderful surprise when they learned they were the charitable beneficiaries of a generous donor who created a Jewish legacy... Read more...

Pardes scholar to be guest lecturer at community Shavuot program

Rahel Berkovits Shavuot, which marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, is typically a time for prayer, study and celebration. This year’s annual Tikkun L’el Shavuot program Saturday, May 23,... Read more...

Local nutritionist publishes second book offering advice to children facing issues with weight

As she gets off the bus, Roni is nervous but also excited to begin summer camp. Swimming, meeting new friends, singing songs and more await her. However, Roni is chubby, and being overweight presents... Read more...

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Rabbi Scott White A HEARTY MAZEL TOV — We send much deserved congratulations to Rabbi Scott White, my friend since religious school days way back when, on the honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree he... Read more...

80 and still going strong: Nordaunian AZA’s Matzo Ball continues to bring community together

Emma Shapiro, the 2014 Matzo Ball Queen, will complete her reign on May 16. The new Queen Nordeau will be crowned at 11:22 p.m. that night at the Overland Park Convention Center. “Friends, friends,... Read more...

University Academy, HBHA students make politics their mission

Much planning was needed for the upcoming KCMO Candidates Forum taking place at 6 p.m. May 13 at the University Academy auditorium. During the planning sessions students from University Academy and HBHA... Read more...

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Letter to the Editor - Story evokes fond memories

Imagine my surprise when I saw my name appear in the articles about my AZA #22 Nordaunian Chapter (Nordaunian AZA’s Matzo Ball continues to bring community together, May 7). Sorry, but the remainder... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - Memories of Abe Meth

I was happy to read that Mr. Meth was still up and around. And healthy at 102.  I remember when he first came to work at Beth Shalom Synagogue at 34th and Paseo.Sorry, but the remainder of the article... Read more...

An open letter to Jonathan Edelman

Dear Jonathan, You and I have a lot in common. We have both spent roughly 18 years living in Kansas City. We were both fully engaged with Jewish life there; you graduated from HBHA, as did my older children.... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - The left and the K.C. Jewish Chronicle

In the April 16, issue of the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle we are treated to a treatise on Obama’s tender care for Israel (Obama stresses how much he cares for Israel, Page 1). Sure. The article fails... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - Celebrate their accomplishments

The Jewish community commemorated Yom HaShoah on April 16. Holocaust survivors, members of the second, third and fourth generations and others who lost loved ones in the Shoah lit candles, said Kaddish,... Read more...

Holocaust fiction in the 21st century

“The Last Witness,” a thriller by Jerry Americ. (The Story Merchant, 2014) “How Sweet It Is!” by Thane Rosenbaum. (Mandel Vilar Press, 2015) “Fugitive Colors,” a novel by Lisa Barr. (Arcade,... Read more...

They’ll know us by our love

“Words that come from the heart go to the heart.” As I write this, I have just returned home from St. Peter’s Church to commemorate the yahrzeit of Bill Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno,... Read more...

There is no simple answer for discrimination, anti-Semitism

I have always felt safe knowing that I live in a country where my religious freedom is a priority. The First Amendment clearly lays out that each citizen of the United States is guaranteed the right... Read more...

Yom HaShoah: The founders’ legacy to unite Jews

The cornerstone of the American Holocaust survivors’ legacy is the government sponsored Yom HaShoah commemorations. These government-backed commemorations were created as a means of engaging elected... Read more...

What’s the matter with religious freedom laws?

Some years ago I asked a local African American community leader why he discriminated against gay men and women. He answered, “The Bible prohibits their lifestyle.” I said, “You mean the same... Read more...

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Horing Honor

Horing Honor

Ari Horing Ari Horing graduated May 9 from Loyola Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated cum laude with a 3.5 GPA. Read more...

Rozen Honor

Laura Rozen will be presented with the Annual Father Robert F. Drinan National Peace and Human Rights Award on June 9 in Washington, D.C. The award is given by the Council for a Livable World, PeacePac... Read more...

Schuster Bat Mitzvah

Ayelet Schuster Rabbi Neal Schuster and Tamara Lawson Schuster announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Ayelet, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 30, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Goodman Birth

Daniel and Emily Goodman of South Orange, New Jersey, announce the birth April 14 of a son, Reuben Isaac Goodman.  Grandparents are Bernard and Susan Goodman of Olney, Maryland, and Peter and Barbara... Read more...

Cole Birth

Michele and Jared Cole of New York, New York, announce the birth April 25 of a daughter, Magnolia Wren. Grandparents are Elisa and James Pener of Kansas City, Missouri, and Dena and Quentin Cole of Leawood,... Read more...

Ullman Bar Mitzvah

Jack Ullman Susan and Lee Ullman announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jack Michael Ullman, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Jack is the grandson of Ella and Bernie Ullman... Read more...

Stein Bar Mitzvah

Zachary Stein Eric and Kathy Stein announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Zachary Aaron, at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, Illinois. Zachary is the grandson of... Read more...

Enns Birth

Aviva Enns Shana and Douglas Enns announce the birth April 1 of a daughter, Aviva Sylvia Enns. They are also the parents of Henry Enns. Grandparents are Steve and Judy Weinberg, and Dennis and Helga... Read more...

Glauberman Birth

Norman Garcia Glauberman Erin Elizabeth and Joseph Patrick Glauberman of San Francisco announce the birth April 16 of a son, Norman Garcia Glauberman. They are also the parents of Beatrice Glauberman.... Read more...

Reidy Birth

Shiloh Claire Reidy Jennifer and James Reidy announce the birth April 10 of a daughter, Shiloh Claire, in Chicago.   Grandparents are Judith and Laurence Mayer of Overland Park and Jim and Mary Reidy... Read more...

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Beiser, Sylvia Epstein

Beiser, Sylvia Epstein

Sylvia Epstein Beiser Sylvia Epstein Beiser, 104, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away May 14, 2015, at The Atriums. Funeral services were held Sunday, May 17, at The Louis Memorial Chapel; interment... Read more...

Erlich, Ruth Ann

Erlich, Ruth Ann

Ruth Ann Erlich Ruth Ann Erlich, 94, passed away quietly Sunday, May 17, 2015, at her daughter’s home. Previously she was a longtime resident of Village Shalom; where she lived in the Alzheimer’s... Read more...

Gerson, Corrine Judy

Corrine Judy Gerson Corrine Judy Gerson, 77, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away May 14, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Graveside services were held Sunday, May 17, at Mount Carmel... Read more...

Hipsh, Helen Sara

Helen Sara Hipsh Helen Sara Hipsh, 95 of Leawood, Kansas, passed away May 13, 2015. Funeral services were held May 15 at Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. The family suggests... Read more...

Montague, Samuel Alfred

Samuel Alfred Montague Samuel Alfred Montague ended his journey on May 13, 2015, just shy of his 103rd birthday. His treasure and wife Marjorie was at his side. What a long and memorable trip it has been.... Read more...

Aronson, Henry Alvin

Henry A. Aronson, 92, Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, at his home. Graveside services were held May 3 at Mount Carmel Cemetery followed by burial. The family suggests contributions... Read more...

Goodman, Harriette Frances

Harriette Frances Goodman, 87, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015. Services were to be held in the chapel at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery on Wednesday, April 22, with burial... Read more...

Kramer, Ivan Edward "Eddie"

Ivan Edward “Eddie” Kramer, 73, of Prairie Village, Kansas, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Funeral services were held April 19 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; internment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery.... Read more...

Levy, Helen Lerner

Helen Lerner Levy, 90, passed away April 20, 2015, at Manor Care of Overland Park. Graveside services were scheduled to take place Wednesday, April 22, at Mount Carmel Cemetery.  Read more...

Manne, Audrey Rubenstein

Audrey Rubenstein Manne, 86, a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away early Saturday morning, April 18, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri. A resident of Miami Beach, Florida, Mrs. Manne... Read more...