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JCC top exec resigns

JCC top exec resigns

Jacob Schreiber Jacob Schreiber, president and CEO of the Jewish Community Center, has chosen to resign from his post to pursue his professional goal of working with a larger, more challenging organization.... Read more...

Like father, like son: Luck runs in the family for first Jewish baby

Like father, like son: Luck runs in the family for first Jewish baby

Grant Samuel James Cowan, The Chronicle’s First Jewish Baby for 2015, was born on Jan. 11. He was four days old when this photo was taken. It appears Grant Samuel James Cowan may have inherited his... Read more...

Niece hopes to solve mystery of gifted artist’s missing painting

This is the Law,’ by Paula Neufeld circa 1935. Former Kansas Citian Carol Terte Gill is writing a book about her great aunt, artist Paula Neufeld, whose many works still hang in the homes of prominent... Read more...

Team Gerean pays it forward by creating ways to give back

Gerean Rudnick (center) recently had a chance to visit with three of her four grandchildren, who are all part of Team Gerean. They are Madeline Ward (from left), Jessica Sight and Jillian Ward. Missing... Read more...

Mitzvah Garden KC and Friends of Sheffield Cemetery to receive Mordechai Award at March 8 Purim Gala

The community is invited to the 17th annual Purim Gala on Sunday, March 8, at Oakwood Country Club, as BIAV recognizes two local organizations devoted to “growing the good in Kansas City” — Mitzvah... Read more...

Submissions sought for songwriting contest about tolerance and acceptance

Music is a universal language bridging barriers and building harmony among disparate groups of people. Two Kansas City area foundations are to build harmony from hatred — RRACE (Racial and Religious... Read more...

Listening Post

Amy Silverman Cohn (right) and her mother Hedra Merson were shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Mall last week and they ran into comedian Jay Leno just outside of Five Guys restaurant. He was nice enough to... Read more...

Let all who are hungry eat: KC Kosher Meals on Wheels grows as it helps local Jews in need

Berkley Selvin, 16, organized a mitzvah outing to KC Kosher Meals on Wheels for B’not Lev BBG in December. She is pouring a vegetable kugel mixture into muffin tins so they can be baked. It has been... Read more...

Jewish Community Foundation unveils new brand identity

  The Jewish Community Foundation has recently undergone a complete redesign of its brand identity. Local design firm Indicia has created a fresh and modern brand for the organization that reflects... Read more...

Listening Post

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Paris’s Grand Synagogue during a ceremony Sunday, Jan. 11, for the victims of last week’s Islamist terror attacks in France. Haim Zach/GPO JEWISH... Read more...

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Vive France. Am Yisrael Chai. Hamakom Yenachem.

Vive France. Am Yisrael Chai. Hamakom Yenachem.

Rabbi David M. Glickman (Editor’s note: These are the remarks presented by Rabbi David Glickman at the Memorial and Solidarity Service for the Victims in France held Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Jewish... Read more...

From Kansas to France

From Kansas to France

Todd Stettner There have been many blogs and emails concerning the tragedies in France. I have been wrestling with the issue of whether or not to add mine to this flood of commentary and analysis. What... Read more...

From Israel with love: Encourage our youth to take risks

Alana Gaffen carries her army boots on the day she completed her two-year IDF service, Dec. 10, 2014. I’m writing from my cozy apartment in the middle of winter on my kibbutz in the south of Israel.... Read more...

Letter to the Editor: Support programs that make a difference

I was thrilled to see the wonderful article about the University of Kansas students that are on the Birthright Israel trip this winter. Studies by Brandeis University have shown that this is one of the... Read more...

Why isn’t affiliation important in the Jewish community?

Members of K.I. gathered several times this summer for a Shabbat Alfresco experience along with members of Temple Israel. It was held outdoors at K.I.’s Millie and Saul Kass Patio. My family — including... Read more...

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...

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Nielsenschultz Bat Mitzvah

Nielsenschultz Bat Mitzvah

Aisling Nielsenshultz Aaron and Yara Nielsenshultz announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Aisling Nielsenshultz, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at Congregation Beth Torah. Aisling is the granddaughter... Read more...

Zwillenberg Bar Mitzvah

Zwillenberg Bar Mitzvah

Jackson Zwillenberg Julie and Joseph Zwillenberg announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jackson Thomas, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehduah Jackson is the grandson... Read more...

Fish/Pace Engagement

Bryan Fish and Christina Pace Joel and Annette Fish announce the engagement of their son, Bryan to Christina Pace, daughter of Roberts and Jean Pace of St. Cloud, Minn.   The bride-to-be graduated... Read more...

Fineman Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Fineman Brooke Michelle Badzin and Nathan Gabriel Fineman were married Oct. 11, 2014 at the Grand Ballroom in Kansas City by Rabbi Michael Zedek of Chicago and Cantor David Barash... Read more...

Novick/Berman Engagement

Sarah Novick and Joseph Berman Steve and Judy Jacks Berman announce the engagement of their son, Joseph Michael Jacks Berman, to Sarah Riva Novick, daughter of Peggy Albertson of San Diego, Calif., and... Read more...

Nussbaum Birth

Annaelle Ruby Nussbaum Alex and Rebecca Nussbaum of New York City announce the birth Dec. 22, 2014, of a daughter, Annaelle Ruby. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is only available for our subscribers.... Read more...

Galapo Bat Mitzvah

Elisa Galapo Janet and Simon Galapo announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Sara Elisabeth, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is... Read more...

Rizer Honor

Zachary Rizer (middle) with his parents David and Joanne Rizer, at the graduation with distinction luncheon at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Joanne and David Rizer announce the graduation... Read more...

Goldenberg Bat Mitzvah

Mirra Tamar Goldenberg Missy and Jeff Goldenberg announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Mirra Tamar, at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Mirra is the granddaughter of... Read more...

Cardozo Bar Mitzvah

Brayden Daniel Cardozo Brayden Daniel Cardozo, son of Alan and Sheri Cardozo, became a Bar Mitzvah on Nov. 15, 2014, on board Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Brayden in... Read more...

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Krashin, Albert

Krashin, Albert

Albert Krashin Albert Krashin, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died on Jan. 19, 2015, in Needham, Mass., at age 95. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan.... Read more...

Robinson, Estelle

Robinson, Estelle

Estelle Robinson Estelle Robinson, 98, of Southfield, Mich., died Jan. 13, 2015. Estelle was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Harold Robinson; cherished mother of James Robinson and the late Carol Frank;... Read more...

Weinstein, David D.

Donald D. Weinstein Donald D. Weinstein, 75, Overland Park, passed away Jan. 16, 2015, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained in an auto accident on Jan. 5. Don was born in... Read more...

Adelman, Blanche

Blanche Adelman, 97, of Round Rock, Texas, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, 55th and Ditzler, Raytown, Mo. Kindly omit flowers;... Read more...

Bushman, Ronald Mack

Ronald Mack Bushman passed away Dec. 29, 2014, at 81 years of age in California. Ron was born April 6, 1933, and raised in St. Joseph, Mo., graduating Central High School in 1950. He attended the University... Read more...

Cohen, Sidney

Sidney Cohen Sidney Cohen, 91, St. Joseph, Mo., passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Mosaic Life Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., to Max and Anna... Read more...

Wacknov, Craig Alan

Craig Alan Wacknov Craig Alan Wacknov, 58, passed away in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, after a courageous, hard-fought battle with cancer. A lifelong adventure seeker and traveler, Craig... Read more...

Dunn, Elsa

Elsa Dunn Elsa Dunn, 83, died peacefully on Dec. 26, 2014, in hospice at home in Tuscon, Ariz., after a brief illness.  Read more...

Elliott, Alfred

Alfred Elliott Alfred Elliott, 70, passed away suddenly, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at Menorah Medical Center. Graveside services were held Dec. 26 at Kehilath Israel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions... Read more...

Jacobs, Leon

Leon Jacobs Leon Jacobs, 92, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away on Dec. 26, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital, a day before his 52nd anniversary to his loving wife, Maggie Smalley Jacobs. Fortunately, they... Read more...