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Praying together: Congregations Beth Shalom and Ohev Sholom join together for morning services three days a week

 Praying together: Congregations Beth Shalom and Ohev Sholom  join together for morning services three days a week

This week Congregations Beth Shalom and Ohev Sholom began holding a joint minyan three days a week at the Appelman Synagogue at Village Shalom, where this photo of Rabbi Scott White (left) and Rabbi David... Read more...

Two 13-year-old Arab-Israeli girls stab security guard in Ramla: Kansas City Jewish community has special sister-city relationship with Jewish-Arab community

Two 13-year-old Arab-Israeli girls stab security guard in Ramla: Kansas City Jewish community has special sister-city relationship with Jewish-Arab community

Two Arab-Israeli teenage girls stabbed a security guard near the Ramla central bus station on Thursday, Feb. 4. Many Kansas Citians are familiar with Ramla as the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas... Read more...

Listening Post

Carole King Photo by Elissa Kline/CK Ranch SMILE, YOU’RE ON CANDID CAMERA — The focus of our spring Jewish Life magazine is on teens who recently became a Bar or Bat Mitzvah here in the Kansas City... Read more...

Jewish community puts its heart and sweat into building Mitzvah House

Photo by Scott Fishman Rabbi Beryl Padorr (far left), shared vision coordinator at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah, gave the closing benediction at the Home Blessing of the Mitzvah House this... Read more...

Memorial in the works to honor April 2014 Jewish community shooting victims

It has been almost two years since a senseless hate crime took the lives of Dr. William Lewis Corporon, his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, and Teresa LaManno. On April 13, 2014, Dr. Corporon and Reat... Read more...

Spinning Tree’s ‘13’ brings the Jewish ritual to the stage

The cast of Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of ‘13’ includes Samuel Wise (front row, from left), Joshua L. Holloway, Cael Kuhn, Emerson Pereira, Janie Carr and Allison Banks. Middle row: Holly... Read more...

Photographer/anthropologist Frederic Brenner to speak on migration

Social anthropologist and photographer Frederic Brenner has been photographing Jewish communities in over 40 countries for more than 25 years. His photographs will be on display at The J through Feb.... Read more...

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Ruth Margolies, rebbetzin emeritus of Congregation Beth Shalom, recently celebrated her 90th birthday with friends at Village Shalom. Those celebrating include Betty Brand (from left), Toba Maslan, Carol... Read more...

HBHA first graduating class remembers their special school with fondness

Members of the Hebrew Academy’s first graduating class took this photo with then-Hebrew Academy president Hyman Brand (seated) at their 1976 graduation. Shown are Giselle (Gigi) Walters (Wildman) (from... Read more...

Improvisational comedian draws most material from audiences

Danny Lobell will entertain at Congregation BIAV’s Purim Gala on Sunday, Feb. 28. Jewish comedian Danny Lobell doesn’t know much about Kansas City, except that the Royals won the World Series Championship... Read more...

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KU Hillel’s Birthright solidifies student’s Judaism

KU Hillel’s Birthright solidifies student’s Judaism

Sophomores Ariel Silverman (left) and Mackenzie Haun (right) were two of 36 students who were members of the KU Birthright trip to Israel in January. They are pictured in Tel Aviv-Yafo. To decide on a... Read more...

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Religious freedom in Israel still needs addressing Read more...

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Insulting attack When I created Rabbis for Romney prior to the 2012 election, I was attacked by 1,600 Rabbis for Obama. Liberal rabbis are doing so again following the article “Rabbi for Trump seeks... Read more...

Why the Kansas City Jewish Film Festival matters

Shawn Edwards There are more than 100 Jewish film festivals in the United States. Seen as a way to provide an authentic connection to Jewish heritage, the popularity of Jewish film festivals has grown... Read more...

A moving memoir of life in the late 20th century

“Now Everyone Will Know: The Perfect Husband, His Shattering Secret, My Recovered Life (A Memoir)” by Maggie Kneip. (Garden Street Books, 2015). Read more...

Book Review: Here are some Shabbos meals with flair

“Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes”  by Laura Frankel.  (Agate Surrey, (c) 2015, 256 pages) SAN DIEGO — Laura Frankel knows a thing or two about kosher food. As the former chef and founder of... Read more...

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Support without substance I was appalled by Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg’s statement of support for Donald Trump as reported in the Debra Rubin article in the Dec. 31, 2015, edition of The Chronicle (“Rabbi... Read more...

New, almost new and rediscovered Israeli authors

“The Seven Good Years,”  by Etgar Keret. (Riverhead Books, 2015)   “Lies, First Person”  by Gail Hareven. (Open Letter, 2015)   “Thirst: The Desert Trilogy”  by Shulamith... Read more...

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Don’t forget community’s first Jewish Book Fair I was excited to read that Chabad House Center planned to initiate their first-ever Jewish Book Fair on Dec. 20. But I wanted to correct the article... Read more...

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Adapt to climate change Elisabeth Kolbert, in an article titled, Unsafe Climates (The NewYorker Magazine Dec. 7, 2015) writes of climate conditions in Syria that allegedly have caused the displacement... Read more...

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Brand Bar Mitzvah

Brand Bar Mitzvah

Addison Brand Elliot Brand and Jasmine and Jonathan Kaplan announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Addison Brand, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Addison is the grandson of... Read more...

Stein Bar Mitzvah

Stein Bar Mitzvah

Yosef Stein Marla and Gideon Stein of Jerusalem, Israel, announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Yosef Paz Stein, on Feb. 13, at their local Conservative synagogue in Beit Hakerem. Read more...

Kalla Bruce Engagement

Rebecca Kalla and Corey Bruce Elise Bruce-Bush and Carl Bush III of Louisburg, Kansas, and Robert and Phyliss Bruce of Kansas City, Missouri, announce the engagement of their son, Corey Blake Bruce,... Read more...

McManus Birth

Luna Belle McManus Shira and Keith McManus of Austin, Texas, announce the birth Nov. 2, 2015, of a daughter, Luna Belle McManus. Read more...

Wasserman Birth

Henry Jacob Wasserman Taryn Gort-Wasserman and Matthew Wasserman of Overland Park, Kansas, announce the birth Aug. 12, 2015, of a son, Henry Jacob Wasserman. Read more...

Tankard Birth

Crosby James Tankard Frank and Tracy Tankard of Kansas City, Missouri, announce the birth Aug. 26, 2015, of their son, Crosby James Tankard. Read more...

B’nai Jehudah exec honored by NATA

Jeanne Adler At the recent conference of the National Association for Temple Administration (NATA), Jeanne Adler, executive director of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah, was awarded the Myron... Read more...

Jackson Birth

Mara Elaine Jackson Brandi and Willis Jackson announce the birth Jan. 2, 2016, of a daughter, Mara Elaine Jackson. Read more...

Levine Bar Mitzvah

Jack Levine Jay and Kate Levine announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jack Levine, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Congregation Beth Shalom.  Jack is the grandson of Art and Linda Levine and James... Read more...

Glazer Davidson Engagement

Leah Glazer and Michael Davidson Marcee Davidson, and Bradley and Sherry Davidson, all of Overland Park, Kansas, announce the engagement of their son, Michael Davidson, to Leah Glazer, daughter of Lenny... Read more...

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Eisen, Burton M.

Eisen, Burton M.

Burton M. Eisen Burton M. Eisen, 80, Kansas City, Missouri, passed away suddenly Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at Menorah Medical Center. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 31, at The Louis Memorial Chapel;... Read more...

Kander, Ann Benjamin

Kander, Ann Benjamin

Ann Benjamin Kander Ann Benjamin Kander passed away Jan. 26, 2016, at the age of 89. While her death was not exactly unexpected, it is a shock to imagine life without her heart, her courage, the love... Read more...

Waldmann, Sophia

Sophia Waldmann Sophia Waldmann, 94, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Jan. 30, 2016. Read more...

Fishman, Morris

Morris Fishman Morris Fishman, 73, of Merriam, Kansas, passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at his home. Funeral services were to be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, at The Louis Memorial Chapel with burial to... Read more...

Zurovsky, Bertha Sher

BERTHA SHER ZUROVSKY Bertha Sher Zurovsky, 99, passed away Jan. 23, 2016, at The Atriums. Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge... Read more...

Kline, Constance (Connie)

Connie Kline Connie Kline, 76, born June 19, 1939, to Meyer and Ida Goldstein, passed away Jan. 5, 2016. Connie was a 1957 graduate of Southwest High School where she belonged to a sorority. She was past... Read more...

Margolin, Harriet Rose (Ruskin)

Harriet Margolin died on Jan. 13, 2016, at Delmar Gardens in Lenexa, Kansas. Graveside services were held Friday, Jan. 15, at Rose Hill Cemetery. Donations are suggested to the Parkinson’s Foundation,... Read more...

Tasman, Zelda Shalinsky

Zelda Shalinsky Tasman Zelda Shalinsky Tasman, 92, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, at her home in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the fourth child out of eight children of the late Freda and Herman Shalinsky.... Read more...

Mattleman, Bea

Beatrice “Bea” Snyder Mattleman, passed away on Dec. 27, 2015, at her home in the Abramson Center for Jewish Life, North Wales, Pennsylvania. The funeral took place on Dec. 30, 2015, in Southampton,... Read more...

Turk, Rowena Dorothy Unger

Rowena Dorothy Unger Turk Rowena Dorothy Unger Turk passed away on Jan. 10, 2016, at Saint Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born on March 17, 1939, at the University Hospital in... Read more...