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Harvesting for good: Mitzvah Garden continues to help others while finding ways to be ‘green’ and sustainable

Harvesting for good: Mitzvah Garden continues to help others while finding ways to be ‘green’ and sustainable

Skylar Devins (left) and Deko Ricketts harvest garlic at the Mitzvah Garden.Photo by Rachel Beren There’s always something to talk about at the Mitzvah Garden Kansas City. Read more...

Skywalk Memorial becomes a reality, ground broken at site last week

Skywalk Memorial becomes a reality, ground broken at site last week

Sol Koenigsberg spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Skywalk Memorial on Friday, July 17. He was at the Hyatt the night of the collapse with his wife and was critically injured. Thirty-four years... Read more...

KU Jewish Studies program to expand its educational outreach in Johnson County

Hitler’s Germany course description. This fall semester, as part of its adult learning initiative and in addition to the rich variety of Jewish Studies courses being offered in Lawrence, KU’s Jewish... Read more...

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Benny Feilhaber SOCCER ALL-STAR — Benny Feilhaber, the Jewish midfielder who joined Sporting Kansas City before the 2013 season has been named to the 2015 AT&T Major League Soccer All-Star roster.... Read more...

Israeli flag to serve as fitting tribute to late husband

Hortense Haith holds a cherished pillow with a photo of her late husband, Joseph. Haith has funded a Flag of Israel project in Joseph’s memory at Village Shalom. “He was one in a million.”  Ask... Read more...

Who’s investigating rabbis who cross the line?

A rabbi who surfs the Internet for transsexual escorts stands trial for borrowing and stealing almost $500,000 from his congregation to pay off an extortionist. Another rabbi is sentenced to more than... Read more...

JFS now an approved Medicare provider

Medicare insurance card Jewish Family Services is now an approved behavioral health provider for Medicare. The social service agency has been accepting Medicare since July 1. JFS offers counseling for... Read more...

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NAME THAT TUNE — Keith Klein loves music and has always been able to play the piano by ear. He says, ‘If I can hum a song, I usually can play it.’ So about 15 years ago he began sharing his love... Read more...

B’nai Jehudah’s Shabbat in the Park flourishes

B’nai Jehudah Rabbis Arthur Nemitoff and Alexandria Shuval-Weiner (third and fourth from left) are surrounded by musicians on the stage at last month’s Shabbat in the Park at Gezer Park. Three years... Read more...

K.I. to offer free religious school to all members of the Jewish community

Students at the Kehilath Israel Fred Devinki Religious School put together a play for Passover last year. One of the most common complaints voiced by Jewish people is that it is expensive to belong to... Read more...

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Amazed where I found anti-Semitism in Europe

Amazed where I found anti-Semitism in Europe

Ellen R. Portnoy Our recent European adventure had the added delight that our daughter and her fiancé came with us for the cruise section of the trip. They live in Israel, so we do not see them very... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn Standing behind Rabbi Cukierkorn The board of directors and congregants of Temple Israel of Greater Kansas City stand behind our rabbi, Jacques Cukierkorn. He has been a steady,... Read more...

Just because I’m Jewish doesn’t mean I’m not black

Evan Traylor So, what exactly is your background?” “Both of your parents aren’t Jewish, are they?” “Wait, so you’re just like a Jewish Barack Obama!” Growing up as a half-black and... Read more...

Hillel’s wisdom challenges us: ‘If I am not for me, who will be for me?’

Mary Greenberg The recent bout of commentaries on fighting anti-Semitism fall far short of what needs to be done. We Jews need to proactively address the critical problem of anti-Semitism. In his wisdom,... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - Don’t play down importance of Holocaust

Recently, the Israeli consul, based in Chicago and the German consul met at the Jewish Community Campus. They discussed the diplomatic relationship between their respective countries which was established... Read more...

Book tells the tale of Ethiopian Jewish life in Israel

“Drawn From Water: An American Poet, An Ethiopian Family, An Israeli Story” by Dina Elenbogen. (BkMk Press, 2015.) In the past few months the problems facing Ethiopian Jews in Israel have been... Read more...

The Jews of Iraq in the 20th Century

Over the years Chronicle contributing reviewer Andrea Kempf has reviewed several books about Jews of Iraq. The list below may whet the appetite for the subject for those planning to visit the exhibition... Read more...

An open letter to Israel’s prime minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu

Rabbi Mark H. Levin Dear Mr. Prime Minister: When you were a guest of the United States Congress in March, you insisted that the American Congress listen and respond to the words of Iranian leaders... Read more...

Letters to the Editor July 9

Don’t ever run again Rabbi Levin’s article in The Jewish Chronicle’s July 2 edition provides an important consideration of Judaic pluralism. It brought to mind a short tale told by Rabbi Margolies,... Read more...

Who speaks for the Bible?

Rabbi Mark H. Levin No one lives by biblical law. No one. If they did men would be allowed to marry multiple wives simultaneously, stubborn and rebellious sons could be stoned by communities (Deuteronomy... Read more...

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Banoff Rothenberg Engagement

Banoff Rothenberg Engagement

Matthew Rothenberg and Lisa Banoff Carla and Neil Banoff of Skokie, Illinois, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Michelle Banoff, to Matthew Phillip Rothenberg, son of Cheryl Wolkoff of... Read more...

Lipsman Zoller Engagement

Lipsman Zoller Engagement

Rachel Zoller and Jacob Lipsman Janet Mark and Frank Lipsman announce the engagement of their son, Jacob Emmanuel Lipsman, to Rachel Jessica Zoller, daughter of Debbie and Leon Zoller. Read more...

Andre Gershon Engagement

Eliot Andre and Lauren Gershon Stephanie and Bruce Gershon announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Alexandra Gershon, to Eliot David Andre, son of Lori and Brian Andre. The bride-to-be is... Read more...

Sight Honor

Dan and Melynn Sight On June 29 Melynn Sight, president of nSight Marketing, received the Ben Craig Distinguished Award. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is only available for our subscribers.... Read more...

Goldstein Anniversary

Irene and Martin Goldstein Martin and Irene Goldstein will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 11, 2015. The couple was married on July 11, 1965, in St. Louis, Missouri. Sorry, but the... Read more...

Goldwasser Hasten Engagement

Jared Goldwasser and Amanda Hasten Wendy Lipp of Vandalia, Ohio, and Joseph Goldwasser and Carolyn Braverman of Overland Park, Kansas, announce the engagement of their son, Jared Alex Goldwasser, to... Read more...

Mirowitz Soltz Engagement

Melanie Mirowitz and Scott Soltz Marcia and Edwin Soltz of Overland Park, Kansas, announce the engagement of their son, Scott Soltz to Melanie Mirowitz, daughter of Jacqueline Herzog of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,... Read more...

von Ende Honor

Matthew Richard von Ende, son of Richard von Ende and Dr. Harriet Langley of Leawood, Kansas, graduated from Dickinson College on May 17 with a bachelor of arts in political science. von Ende is a graduate... Read more...

Bell Honor

Jacob Bell Jacob Bell recently graduated from Blue Valley High School and was awarded the Faculty Scholarship, an academic scholarship to attend Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, this fall. Sorry,... Read more...

Fine Edelman Engagement

Ari Fine and Katja Edelman Debbie Sosland-Edelman and Alan Edelman announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Kate Edelman, to Ari Joshua Fine, son of Renee and Howard Fine of Saratoga, California.... Read more...

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Shabason, Mary

Shabason, Mary

Mary Shabason Mary Shabason, 88 of Kansas City, Missouri, died in her home on July 13, 2015. She was born on Sept. 27, 1926, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Jake and Naomi Shabason. Mary was a lifelong participant... Read more...

Flacks, Harvey A.

Flacks, Harvey A.

Harvey A. Flacks Harvey A. Flacks, 67, died July 13, 2015, at St. Joseph Medical Center after a brief stay in ICU. Funeral services were to be held July 15 at The Louis Memorial Chapel with burial at... Read more...

Blackman, Sue Elaine

Sue Elaine Blackman Sue Elaine Blackman, 84, passed away July 7, 2015. Funeral services were held at The Louis Memorial Chapel, followed by interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. She was preceded in death... Read more...

Tigerman, Ruth

  Ruth Tigerman Ruth Tigerman, 84, passed away Monday, July 13, 2015, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Graveside services were scheduled to take place July 15 at Rose Hill Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers.... Read more...

Wexler, Rebecca Raeder

Rebecca Raeder Wexler, 95, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Olathe, Kansas. Memorial services were held Sunday, July 12, at The Louis Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions... Read more...

Mandel-Herzog, Leslie Ann

Leslie Ann Mandel-Herzog Leslie Ann Mandel-Herzog of Manhattan, New York, and Wainscott (Long Island), New York, president of the Rich List Company, investor in airplane funding and leasing, and explorer,... Read more...

Shemitz, Peter Daniel

Peter Daniel Shemitz Peter Daniel Shemitz, 55, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015 at his home. Funeral services were held Friday, July 3, at The Louis Memorial Chapel. Burial followed... Read more...

Bell, Annette

Annette Bell Annette Bell, 85, a lifelong area resident, passed away June 27, 2015. Graveside service was held June 30 at Mount Carmel Cemetery.  Read more...

Bernstein, Helen Roth

Helen Roth Bernstein Helen Roth Bernstein of Overland Park, KS, was born on July 30, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York, and died on June 23, 2015. A private funeral service is planned. Sorry, but the remainder... Read more...

Jacobs, Morton "Mort"

Morton "Mort" Jacobs Morton “Mort” Jacobs passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, surrounded by his family. Memorial services were held June 26 at Village Shalom. Kindly omit flowers. The family suggests... Read more...