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2014 Hanukkah Art Contest: Chance to win iPad mini inspire imaginative projects

2014 Hanukkah Art Contest: Chance to win iPad mini inspire imaginative projects

Mirra Goldenberg’s Hanukkah wallhanging is the grand-prize winner of the 2014 Hanukkah Art Contest. Mirra Goldenberg’s Hanukkah wall hanging is the winner of the 18th annual Hanukkah Art Contest,... Read more...

Beth Torah to reduce budget by going to a one-rabbi model

Beth Torah to reduce budget by going to a one-rabbi model

The contract of Rabbi Rebecca Reice, who has served Congregation Beth Torah since 2012, will not be renewed when it expires in 2016 due to budget reductions. Congregation Beth Torah President Linda Zappulla... Read more...

Local Jewish pain specialist treats wounded Israeli soldier

Tamir Movshovitz (right) is an Israeli soldier who was injured earlier this year while stationed at the Israeli-Syrian border. Family friend Dr. William Rosenberg treated him at Research Medical Center... Read more...

Kinnor Orchestra to partner with JFS for New Year’s Day concert

The Kinnor Orchestra, one of only four Jewish orchestras in the country, has been performing since 2011. Its next concert is Jan. 1 at Congregation Beth Torah. The Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra will be... Read more...

Listening Post

Approximately 850 people attended Spin 1000 at The J on Dec. 14 in an attempt to break the record for spinning the most dreidels simultaneously. STOP. DROP. SPIN. — On Sunday, in celebration of the... Read more...

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

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...

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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...

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Don’t regret missing an opportunity to see if loved ones are safe

Don’t regret missing an opportunity to see if loved ones are safe

    When our children move what do they take with them? What did I take with me from the West Virginia home where I grew up? Wonderful memories of a good childhood free of parent-induced guilt... Read more...

Joy from SPIN 1000

We would like to thank the Jewish community for your generous toy donations to CASA during the SPIN 1000 event at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, Dec. 14. The children we represent have been removed... Read more...

Why is it called dreidel?

The spinning-top name (not the game) appears to be of recent origin, perhaps first employed in the 19th century. From the German word drehen meaning to turn or to spin our Yiddish-speaking forefathers... Read more...

Check out historical connotations

Our world community and our K.C. Jewish community know the swastika as Hitler’s “symbol.” But we should know as well that the swastika is at least 3,000 years old, and has a positive meaning in many... Read more...

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...

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Grimmett Birth

Grimmett Birth

John Balthazar Grimmett Autumn Kent and Magnus Grimmett of Aspen, Colo., announce the birth of a son, John Balthazar “Bazza” Grimmett, on July 24, 2014. Bazza is the grandson of Karen Polsky Kent... Read more...

Ball Birth

Ball Birth

Charlie Edmond Ball Mallory and Ryan Ball announce the birth Dec. 11 of a son, Charlie Edmond. Grandparents are Debra and Stu Goldstein of Leawood, and Colleen and Robert Ball of Leawood. Great-grandparents... Read more...

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

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...

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Farber, Libby (Polsky)

Farber, Libby (Polsky)

Libby (Polsky) Farber Libby (Polsky) Farber, 92, St. Joseph, Mo., passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. She was born Jan. 10, 1922, to Benjamin and Bessie (Galler) Polsky. Libby graduated from Central... Read more...

Friedman, Jacqueline S.

Friedman, Jacqueline S.

Jacqueline S. Friedman Jacqueline S. Friedman, our dear, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, cousin and friend passed away peacefully at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Dec. 9, 2014,... Read more...

Greenberg, Lillian

Lillian Greenberg Lillian Greenberg, 93, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Dec. 16, 2014, at Village Shalom. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m, Thursday, Dec. 18, at Louis Memorial Chapel.... Read more...

Lutzk, Eleanor Pollack

Eleanor Pollack Lutzk died on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, after a difficult battle with Parkinson’s disease. Graveside services were held on Sunday, Dec. 14, at Mount Carmel Cemetery.   Eleanor was a... Read more...

Studna, Jeanette

Jeanette Studna Jeanette Studna, 89, passed away Dec. 13, 2014, at her home at The Atriums in Overland Park, Kan. The funeral was held at Louis Memorial Chapel on Monday, Dec. 15; burial followed at Sheffield... Read more...

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

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...