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Shootings at Campus, Village Shalom concern community

Shootings at Campus, Village Shalom concern community

By Barbara Bayer Editor Senseless. Tragic. Speechless. These are just a few of the sentiments voiced by the greater Kansas City community Sunday immediately following three murders at the Jewish... Read more...

ADL following suspect for decades

ADL following suspect for decades

By The Chronicle Staff The suspect in the April 13 shootings at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom that killed three people has been identified by Overland Park police as Frazier Cross. Police... Read more...

Not everything goes smoothly inside Campus lockdown

By Barbara Bayer Editor People stuck inside the Jewish Community Campus on lockdown Sunday afternoon under the auspices of the Jewish Community Center report that things overall went smoothly. Girls... Read more...

I am not afraid, you shouldn’t be either

By Barbara Bayer Editor I am not afraid. Yes I was concerned and worried on Sunday. I knew a lot of people inside the JCC. My husband had just been there hours earlier.  I was anxious about my... Read more...

We need to be better prepared and learn from this tragedy

By David Small Publisher I was afraid. I was afraid I was going to lose my daughter Sunday. I dropped my daughter off at the Jewish Community Campus 15 minutes before the 911 call was placed and... Read more...

In Kansas City, targeting a community’s beating heart

Victor Wishna Guest Columnist (JTA) — Every Friday at noon, my 2-year-old daughter and I rush through the doors of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City here to meet my father for lunch.... Read more...

Messages of solidarity, condolences received from near and far

Compiled by Chronicle Staff Dignataries from across the country and all over the globe — Jewish and non-Jewish — sent messages to the Kansas City community Sunday night and Monday.  President... Read more...

Renowned physician and author to speak in KC

By Kelli White Contributing Writer Acclaimed sports medicine physician and author Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., is coming back to his hometown for a presentation and book-signing for his newest bestseller,... Read more...

HBHA senior values his connections to the Jewish community

By Barbara Bayer Editor You could describe Ricardo Zepeda as a Renaissance man. The Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy senior, who will graduate May 12, is an athlete, musician, scholar and leader.  He... Read more...

Family’s cooking show combines love of food and high-tech

Eleven-year-old Bree Katz may not have known it when she was just a preschooler, but what started out as an afternoon of fun and family bonding has become something family and friends near and far enjoy,... Read more...

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An Israeli in Kansas

An Israeli in Kansas

By Yahav Barnea Guest Columnist Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss Parashat Vaykrah at Congregation Beth Torah. This particular Torah portion talks about the Temple and the custom of sacrifices.... Read more...

Tragedy: Letters to the Editor

Crazy just ‘is’ I think it would suffice to say that we’re all in a state of shock over the recent hate crime that rocked the entire fabric of our community, in fact that of the entire world. Right... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

Visibility doesn’t equal solid future We have all remarked countless times how ubiquitous are Jews in the fields of business and finance, cultural arts and social services and charitable pursuits,... Read more...

Desert development: Ben Gurion University makes innovation happen

David Ben-Gurion had a vision for the Negev to be the future for the Jewish state’s growth and prosperity. A pioneer, he trusted in the Jewish people to transform a seemingly uninhabitable desert into... Read more...

Judaism, Israel and free speech

By Rabbi Moti Rieber Guest Columnist   Recently the issues of free speech and academic freedom have been prominent in the news and in our conversations. In response to a heartfelt but intemperate... Read more...

We must reduce gun violence

In December I sat with 5,000 other Reform Jews and joined in an erev Shabbat service that was uplifting and heartfelt, musical and deeply engaging. It was a blast! … but for me the most poignant part... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Service honors Judy Jacks Berman They came by the dozens. Chairs were added to the back of the room. Young children sat on the floor in front of the bimah. Educators, grandparents, parents, school age... Read more...

Leadership in stressful times: Jews in America then and now

As President’s Day approaches, we can rededicate ourselves to protecting the liberties we enjoy today by reflecting on Jewish life in colonial America, when we were granted both citizenship and religious... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

One-side article I thought the J Street/ Peace Now item in the Jan. 30 issue (written by Ron Kampeas, distributed by JTA) was remarkably one-sided. It addresses the Obama/Kerry Iran strategy, but neglects... Read more...

Taglit Birthright’s Israel trip life-changing experience for KU student

Boker tov, Kansas City! The average person lives for about 27,375 days. I am only 18 and I have already had the 10 best days of my life. It sort of seems a little crazy. Now you are probably curious... Read more...

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Conley Wedding

Conley Wedding

Janina Greissl and Benjamin Conley were married Sunday, Jan. 26, at Omphoy Resort, Palm Beach, Fla. The bride is the daughter of Michaela Greissl and Uwe Greissl and the granddaughter of Gunther and... Read more...

Strauss Bat Mitzvah

Strauss Bat Mitzvah

Emily and Kip Strauss announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Lily Elizabeth, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Lily is the granddaughter of Mary Dees... Read more...

Stein Birth

Adam Stein and Paula Mahayosnand of Jersey City, N.J., announce the birth Nov. 20 of a daughter, Kaya Rose Mahayosnand Stein. They are also the parents of Isabella. Grandparents are Herb and Alice Stein,... Read more...

Chernoff-Hermanson Engagement

Steven and Mary Anne Chernoff of Lenexa announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Chernoff, to Daniel Hermanson, son of Arnold and Sheri Hermanson of Overland Park. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter... Read more...

Boresow Bat Mitzvah

Stephanie and Bobby Boresow announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Grace Anna, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Gracie is the granddaughter of Carol... Read more...

Eric Blank Bar Mitzvah

Mitchell and Shari Blank announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Eric  Blank, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Congregation Beth Torah. Eric is the grandson of Sue Miller and the late Neil F. Miller... Read more...

Ryan Blank Bar Mitzvah

Mitchell and Shari Blank announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Ryan Blank, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Congregation Beth Torah. Ryan is the grandson of Sue Miller and the late Neil F. Miller... Read more...

Marchick Bat Mitzvah

Rose Marchick and Clint Pitts announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Lily Marchick, at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Congregation BIAV. Relatives and friends are invited to worship with the family.... Read more...

Alexander-Kubisch Engagement

Edward and Cheryl Alexander of Lenexa announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Shira Alexander, to James Benjamin Kubisch, son of John and Cynthia Kubisch of Tucson, Ariz. The bride-to-be... Read more...

Alexander-Pollock Engagement

Edward and Cheryl Alexander of Lenexa announce the engagement of their daughter, Shana Alexander, to Brad Pollock, son of Sandy and Marty Pollock of Marlboro, N.J. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter... Read more...

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Abend, Esther

Abend, Esther

Esther Abend, age 101, died on April 13, 2014, after a life well lived. Funeral services were held at Louis Memorial Chapel on Monday, April 14, with burial at Sheffield Cemetery. The family suggests... Read more...

Baru, Gerald Bernard

Baru, Gerald Bernard

Gerald Bernard Baru, 88, of Olathe, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at his home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, April 17, at Rose Hill Cemetery. Gerald was born March 19,... Read more...

Bileski, T. Eugene

Taras Eugene Bileski was born on Jan. 29, 1939, and passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. Funeral services took place on Friday, April 11, at Louis... Read more...

Yukon, Warren S.

We lost on Thursday, April 3, 2014, a giant of a man to whom nature was so important that he chose to reside in rural areas of South Kansas City, St. Joseph, Centerview, and Warrensburg, not only for the... Read more...

Alpert, Philip Yigal

Phil Alpert of Kansas City, Mo., passed away on Thursday, March 27, at the Holmesdale Nursing Home where he had been recovering from heart complications. Graveside services were held on April 1 at Mount... Read more...

Bates, Sandra

Sandra Bates, 73, of Leawood, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held Monday, April 7, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, followed by entombment... Read more...

Spector, Sylvia

Sylvia Spector, 86, of Austin, Texas, peacefully passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at Heartland Nursing Center in the presence of her loving children and friends. Services were to be held at 2:30 p.m.... Read more...

Titens, Sherman

Sherman Titens, 81, of Leawood, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital-Plaza. Funeral services were held Friday, March 28, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial at Rose Hill... Read more...

Mendelsohn, Michael Barry

Michael Barry Mendelsohn, 68, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Village Shalom. Graveside services were held Friday, March 21, at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery. The... Read more...

Wolf, Jack

Jack Wolf, 79, of Houston, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014.  He was married for 44 years to the late Marlene Wolf. Jack is survived by a brother, Joe Wolf and his wife Fran of Kansas City, Mo.,... Read more...