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The J taps longtime leader as new president and CEO: Jim Sluyter selected to lead the century old Jewish institution

The J taps longtime leader as new president and CEO: Jim Sluyter selected to lead the century old Jewish institution

Jim Sluyter The Jewish Community Center has selected its interim President and CEO Jim Sluyter to fill the position permanently. The appointment was approved by the The J’s board of directors on Thursday,... Read more...

Former Chronicle reporter releases book about her time as Israel correspondent

Former Chronicle reporter releases book about her time as Israel correspondent

A journalist for 45 years, Sybil Kaplan immigrated to Israel in October 1970. As one of the few female foreign correspondents covering events in the young Jewish state, it was a very exciting time in... Read more...

Jury convicts white supremacist of murdering three at local Jewish sites

White supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. was found guilty of capital murder and five other charges by a 12-member jury Monday afternoon in Johnson County District Court. The pentalty phase of the trial... Read more...

The Kansas City Jewish Film Festival to present Short Film Showcase

‘Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion’ The Kansas City Jewish Film Festival presents its Short Film Showcase, presented by Mini Cinema, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at The White Theatre and at the Regal Cinemas... Read more...

Fewer needles: UMKC awarded $1.4 million for diabetes treatment development

UMKC School of Pharmacy Professor Simon Friedman discusses his insulin-delivery invention with Amy Johnson, who has diabetes. Friedman is the primary investigator on a new $1.4 million grant from the National... Read more...

Listening Post

Ellie Bodker (right) was installed last month as BBYO’s international s’ganit (vice president of programming) by International N’Siah (president) Lauren Keats. Ellie is a senior at Blue Valley North... Read more...

Soulful sounds of Carlebach and Nelson to bring messages of hope, love and unity to Selichot program

Josh Nelson and Neshama Carlebach They are being promoted as two superstars in Jewish music. But when Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson perform in concert and participate in the service at the communitywide... Read more...

Michelle Goldsmith to receive Federation’s Dan Fingersh Young Leadership Award

Michelle Goldsmith Michelle Goldsmith has been selected as this year’s Dan Fingersh Young Leadership Award winner. The award will be presented during the Jewish Federation’s 82nd Annual Meeting at... Read more...

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Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy students had an extra special first day of school as they kicked off HBHA’s 50th Anniversary. Pictured here are HBHA parents Daniel and Sara Wajcman, escorting their kindergartener... Read more...

Walk for Jason shines spotlight on mental health awareness

Depression is a tough mental illness. Through treatment, some are successful in winning the battle against depression. Others lose the fight and their lives. Jason Arkin, a member of Congregation Beth... Read more...

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Lessons learned on a naval flight deck

Lessons learned on a naval flight deck

Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman geared up and ready to watch a F-18 take off.     “Firing sequence complete! Salute given! Fire!” With that, I pushed... Read more...

Supporting Iran Deal: McCaskill fails Missouri and America

Supporting Iran Deal: McCaskill fails Missouri and America

Paul Miller It was not surprising that Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) embraced some of the most convoluted logic about the Iran deal to rationalize her support for it. After all, McCaskill, back in 2008,... Read more...

Iran nuclear deal concedes too much, secures too little

Senator Jerry Moran In recent months, I have read the terms and details of the proposed nuclear deal with Iran and listened to the testimony of numerous senior administration officials responsible for... Read more...

Strong leaders can silence college anti-Semitism

Mary Greenberg Classes began this week at the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri and have or will be starting soon at college campuses across the country. The rise in anti-Semitism on American... Read more...

We are not immune: Jews do suffer in abusive relationships

Susan Lebovitz When you see or if you know anyone associated with the Flo Harris Foundation, please express appreciation to them for allowing me to do outreach in the Jewish Community regarding the importance... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

Rabbi’s recommendations are ‘delusional’ Rabbi Mark Levin approves the Iran deal, saying of his inability to understand the arguments against it, perhaps “everyone else knows something I don’t... Read more...

Overriding Iran deal not the answer to Israel’s problems

Rabbi Mark Levin I hope Congress passes the Iran treaty for one simple reason: I have seen absolutely no reasonable response to what happens after the agreement is rejected. Read more...

Our opinions matter: Do what you can to stop Iran deal

Victor Bergman As I compare the prospects of congressional approval of the Iran nuclear accord versus disapproval of it, disapproval is the lesser evil, by far. I am guided by my belief that Iran will... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

We must speak out Most rabbis will not speak about the Iran situation during the High Holidays. They are afraid of insulting part of their audience, which pays their salaries. Read more...

Making common cause with Benjamin Netanyahu

Congressman Kevin Yoder President Obama last week accused members of the Republican Caucus of “making common cause” with Iranian hard-liners. He stood by those remarks while appearing on this weekend’s... Read more...

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Berenbom Berger Engagement

Berenbom Berger Engagement

Katherine Berenbom and James Berger Dr. Loren and Merilyn Berenbom of Prairie Village, Kansas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Mayer Berenbom, to James Ronald Berger, son of Mr. and... Read more...

Jacobson Schwartz Engagement

Jacobson Schwartz Engagement

Andrew Jacobson and Maren Schwartz Alan and Joan Jacobson of Overland Park, Kansas, announce the engagement of their son, Andrew Ellis Jacobson, to Maren Heather Schwartz, daughter of Deborah Schwartz... Read more...

Barash Bar Mitzvah

Aden Barash Brad and Amy Barash announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Aden Jacob, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Safir Bat Mitzvah

Josie Safir Craig and Jenny Safir announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Josie Safir, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Congregation Beth Torah. Read more...

Schifman Bar Mitzvah

Aaron Bradley Schifman Dr. Marjorie Beebe announces the Bar Mitzvah of her son, Aaron Bradley Schifman, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Temple Beth Sholom in Topeka, Kansas. Aaron is also the son... Read more...

Novorr Bat Mitzvah

Sophia Novorr Scott and Jennifer Novorr announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Sophia Novorr, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Sophia is the granddaughter... Read more...

Fremerman anniversary

Judy and Bernie Fremerman Bernie and Judy Fremerman are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 20, 2015.  They have three daughters: Kerry Fremerman, Leslie Fanelli and JoAnn Farb; one son-in-law:... Read more...

Osman Raiche Engagement

Lauen Michelle Osman and Samuel Benjamin Raiche Susan and Steve Osman announce the engagement of their daughter Lauren Michelle Osman to Samuel Benjamin Raiche, son of Sandy Raiche and Bill Raiche of... Read more...

Kuluva Bat Mitzvah

  Paige Kuluva Kerry and David Kuluva announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Paige Kuluva, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Frost Birth

Asher Ren Frost Amanda and Jeff Frost of Chicago, Illinois, announced the birth June 10 of a son, Asher Ren Frost. Grandparents are Natalie and Milton Brod, Dr. Michael and Janie Frost of Woodbury, Minnesota,... Read more...

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Horwitz, Marcia Lee (Lerner)

Horwitz, Marcia Lee (Lerner)

Marcia Lee (Lerner) Horwitz Marcia Lee (Lerner) Horwitz, 79, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Aug. 28, 2015. Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at The Louis Memorial Chapel; interment... Read more...

Kanter, Allan I.

Kanter, Allan I.

Allan I. Kanter Allan I. Kanter, 89, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Aug. 30, 2015. Graveside services were to take place on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Rose Hill... Read more...

Minkin, Myron

Myron Minkin, 90, died Aug. 27, 2015, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he lived. Read more...

Friedmann, Mariam Kamen

Mariam Kamen Friedmann, Mariam Kamen Friedmann, 91, died on Aug. 20, 2015. A private memorial service will be scheduled at a future date. Read more...

Bram, Laura B.

Laura B. Bram Laura B. Bram, 70, passed away Aug. 16, 2015, at the Kansas City Hospice House following an unexpected diagnosis of an aggressive cancer. Funeral services were scheduled to take place on... Read more...

Martasin, Lynnette

Lynnette Martasin Lynnette Martasin, 81, of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away Aug. 13, 2015. Graveside services were held Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Mountt. Carmel Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers; the... Read more...

Pollack, Jay N.

Jay N. Pollack Jay N. Pollack passed away Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 20, at Louis Memorial Chapel; interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery.... Read more...

Seigle, Shirley

Shirley Seigle Shirley Seigle, 91, of Overland Park, Kansas, died Sunday, Aug. 9, at Village Shalom. Funeral services were held Aug. 11 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery.... Read more...

Zwick, Irvin Joel

Irvin Joel Zwick Irvin Joel Zwick, 65, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2015, at his home in Englewood, Colorado, after many years of fighting numerous painful medical conditions. A memorial service... Read more...

Ashner, Louis

Louis Ashner Louis Ashner, 81, of Mission, Kansas, the son of Bessie Penner and Charles (Charlie) Ashner, Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia, was born and grew up with his seven brothers and sisters... Read more...