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Bring an open mind: Exhibit of Bak’s work ‘reflects an art oscillating between expectation and dismay’

Bring an open mind: Exhibit of Bak’s work ‘reflects an art oscillating between expectation and dismay’

Samuel Bak’s ‘About Time,’ 1999 Since the tender age of 3, Samuel Bak has always known he would be an artist. A Jew born in Vilna, Poland, in 1933, the year Hitler came to power, he has said his... Read more...

Gallery owner has long history with artist, Kansas City

Gallery owner has long history with artist, Kansas City

Bernie Pucker It’s been a long time since Bernie Pucker lived in Kansas City and attended Congregation Beth Shalom. But Pucker’s love for his hometown, and his lifelong respect and admiration for... Read more...

Congregations believe in Jewish camp so much, they send their educators

This summer will be the third time Shelley Hedrick has been on staff at GUCI. She is pictured (far right) with B’nai Jehudah campers who attended in 2013. Jewish identity experts will emphasize three... Read more...

Jewish Community Center begins process to find new CEO

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, The J, has taken the first step to find a new leader to replace Jacob Schreiber, who resigned as president and CEO last month. His last day was Jan.... Read more...

Listening Post

The KU Unity Torah Scroll was completed and dedicated at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life at KU on Sunday morning. After the final letters were written by the scribe, Rabbi Berel Sosover (from left),... Read more...

The essence of our identity’: Students, Chabad supporters to dance and celebrate first Torah scroll written at KU

Students and leaders at KU Hillel took time Monday to be a part of the KU Unity Torah, a project coordinated by the Chabad Center for Jewish Life. The Torah will be completed and dedicated on Sunday, Feb.... Read more...

Jewish television network available by streaming, but not cable, in Kansas City area

JBS, the Jewish Broadcasting Service, offers exclusive news coverage of events that affect the Jewish people across the world, including in-depth reports on the turmoil in Israel from last summer. “I... Read more...

HBHA dinner chairs look forward to a successful event

Ann and Kenneth Baum, Civic Service Award dinner honorary co-chairs. The 2015 Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy Civic Service Award dinner Chairmen Renana and Michael Abrams and honorary Co-Chairs Ann and Kenneth... Read more...

‘ILLUMINATIONS: The Art of Samuel Bak’ comes to Kansas City March 6

Samuel Bak “ILLUMINATIONS: The Art of Samuel Bak,” a collection of 20 paintings on loan from Facing History and Ourselves, will open during First Friday on March 6 at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center... Read more...

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Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy Kindergarten students Penina DeLuca and Brody Feldman show off the ‘grass heads’ that they and their classmates made as part of a special Tu b’Shevat celebration. HBHA... Read more...

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It’s the bomb, stupid …

It’s the bomb, stupid …

Rabbi David M. Glickman Legendary campaign manager James Carville coined the phrase “The economy, stupid,” in the war room of Clinton’s 1992 campaign reminding his team of the only issue that mattered... Read more...

Letter to the Editor: Let Israelis handle their issues

I would like to respond to Rabbi Nemitoff’s open letter to “Bibi,” published in the Feb. 19 edition of The Chronicle.  The rabbi is very concerned about the investigation of Israeli corrupt politicians. The... Read more...

Letter to the Editor: Thanks Community Legacy Fund

The Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation recently received a grant from the Community Legacy Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City to help implement and improve its facility... Read more...

An open letter to Bibi

Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff Mr. Prime Minister: I just returned from eight days in Israel. As always, it was a remarkable time, made even more incredible when I awoke each day knowing that I was in a place... Read more...

You can’t fight radical Islam with radical Islamists

The White House’s announcement of its conference on “Countering Violent Extremism” names Boston as one of the pilot cities where law enforcement officials have developed partnerships with Muslim... Read more...

Impatient with intellectual dishonesty

“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share it.” Tolstoy One strikingly poignant article, and an opposing view to the Page 1 article published in The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle... Read more...

Audio-Reader helps visual impaired

Did you know that volunteers for the Audio-Reader Network read The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle every week? Your local newspaper is available for free, in audible format, via a closed circuit radio and... Read more...

More balanced article needed

Beginning on Page 1 of the of The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle of Jan. 29, 2015, Ron Kampeas criticizes Speaker John Boehner for his invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Sorry, but the remainder... Read more...

Obama letting Iran off the hook

Netanyahu will speak to Congress, and the front page of the Chronicle reports that some Jewish organizations and Jewish members of Congress are in a snit. The White House is outraged. Sorry, but the remainder... Read more...

Strengthen our community: Ask someone you love to become Jewish

Many of you know that from 1998 to 2003 I served as chair of the Committee on Conversion for the Central Conference of American Rabbis (the international association of all Reform rabbis). As chair of... Read more...

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Abrams Bar Mitzvah

Abrams Bar Mitzvah

Jacob Louis Abrams Michael and Arlene Abrams announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jacob Louis, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Kehilath Israel Synagogue. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is... Read more...

Wright Bar Mitzvah

Wright Bar Mitzvah

Eric Wright Stacy and Allen Wright announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Eric Aaron, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Sorry, but the remainder of the article... Read more...

Kaplan Bar Mitzvah

Jonah Kaplan Julie Kaplan announces the Bar Mitzvah of her son Jonah at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Village Shalom. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is only available for our subscribers. Click... Read more...

Erenberg Reichman Engagement

Elizabeth Erenberg and Michael Reichman Phil Erenberg of Studio City, Calif., announces the engagement of his daughter, Elizabeth (Liz) Erenberg, to Michael Reichman, son of Allan and Nancy Reichman... Read more...

Boresow Birth

Jackson Boresow Danny and Katie Boresow announce the birth Feb. 16, 2015, of a son, Jackson Donald Boresow. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is only available for our subscribers. Click here... Read more...

Iken Birth

Ryan Phillip Iken Corey and Michelle Iken of St. Louis, Mo., announce the birth Nov. 17, 2014, of a son, Ryan Phillip. Sorry, but the remainder of the article is only available for our subscribers. Click... Read more...

Levinson Bat Mitzvah

Molly Levinson Jennifer Levinson and Scott Levinson announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Molly Beth Levinson, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Congregation Beth Torah.She is the granddaughter... Read more...

Lieberman Bar Mitzvah

Jacob Lieberman Amy and Zach Lieberman announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jacob, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Jacob is the grandson of Cynthia and... Read more...

Weisberg Birth

Benjamin Charles Weisberg Emily and Alec Weisberg announce the birth Dec. 15, 2014, of a son, Benjamin Charles. They are also the parents of Daniel and Nathan. Read more...

Weiss Birth

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Fine, Diane Rudolf

Fine, Diane Rudolf

Diane Rudolf Fine, Diane Rudolf Fine, 72, of St. Louis, Mo., passed away on Feb. 16, 2015, after a seven-year battle with cancer. Diane was born on Nov. 13, 1942, in Chicago and was the devoted daughter... Read more...

Gaba, Tzivia J.

Gaba, Tzivia J.

Tzivia J. Gaba Tzivia J. Gaba (nee Pollack), 88, of Overland Park, Kan., died on Thursday, Feb. 19 at her home at The Atriums. Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at Louis Memorial Chapel followed by... Read more...

Goldberg, Terry Susan

Terry Susan Goldberg Terry Susan (Russell) Goldberg demonstrated the same grace, courage and determination she brought to living life as she endured, then ended, her battle with Multiple System Atrophy... Read more...

Koenig, Lise Nielsen

Lise Nielsen Koenig, 70, beloved wife of 51 years of the late Leonard I. Koenig, passed away Feb. 12, 2015, surrounded by family and friends.  She was predeceased by her parents, Jorn and Henny Nielsen,... Read more...

Byers, Robert Louis

Robert Louis Byers passed away Feb. 15, 2015, in St. Louis, Mo. Beloved husband of Ruth Byers; dear father and father-in-law of Bruce (Maija Meijers), Linda (Ed Piccolo) and Tom (Eileen O’Toole) Byers;... Read more...

Sackin, Elaine Ruth

Elaine Ruth Sackin Elaine Ruth Sackin passed away Feb. 13, 2015. She was born on Aug. 27, 1916, to L.G. Galamba, Sr. and Sylvia Rae Galamba. She was the beloved wife of Erwin R. Sackin. They celebrated... Read more...

Davidson, Raymond

Raymond Davidson Raymond Davidson died Feb. 6, 2015. Services were held Feb. 9 at Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis; internment followed at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Chesterfield, Mo. Read more...

Eisenbach, Shirley (Spector)

Shirley (Spector) Eisenbach, 81, passed away peacefully on Jan. 26, 2015, in Boca Raton, Fla. Shirley was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 18, 1934, to Helen and David Spector. Sorry, but the remainder... Read more...

Kushner, Phillip

Phillip Kushner, 58, passed away Feb. 7, 2015. Graveside services were held Feb. 9 at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Harvesters. Read more...

Morgen, Daniel David

Daniel David Morgen Daniel David Morgen, 95, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away on Jan. 21, 2015. Funeral services were held on Jan. 22 in Wichita, Kan.  Dan was born in Cleveland,... Read more...