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Happy Hanukkah! Impressive projects combine creativity with technology

Happy Hanukkah! Impressive projects combine creativity with technology

The grand-prize winner of the 21st annual Hanukkah Art Contest is this plywood and copper Hanukkiah created by Isaac Baran, a seventh-grade student at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy.Photo by Scott Fishman... Read more...

It’s been a wonderful life for pediatrician Kurt Metzl

It’s been a wonderful life for pediatrician Kurt Metzl

Dr. Kurt Metzl (left) and his wife Marilyn (far right) enjoy family time with sons Jordan, Josh, Jonathan and Jamie. Read more...

Inspirational couple ‘front and center’ of Jewish initiatives

The Mordechai Award will be presented to Dr. Jay and Margie Robinow at the 2018 BIAV Purim Gala. The Gala will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. Read more...

Listening Post

For the second year, members of the community will light the menorah by the fire pit between Pinstripes and The Brass Onion Restaurant at Prairiefire each night at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 19. Our... Read more...

FBI identifies Missouri man who made bomb threats to Jewish institutions in Kansas City

A Urich, Missouri, man is being investigated for making several bomb threats to Jewish institutions in the Kansas City area and in Washington, D.C. The man was arrested on Thursday, Nov. 30, and charged... Read more...

Chabad at Mizzou purchases the home it rented for six years

Last week, Chabad at Mizzou completed the purchase of the house it had been renting for the past six years. Dacie Cowles (far right), along with her son-in law Finley D. Gibbs, officially passes the key... Read more...

Week in Houston fulfilling experience for local man

Jeff Misler (far right) with some of Team Rubicon volunteers he worked with in Houston. In the latter days of August this year the costliest hurricane on record hit Texas, causing nearly $200 billion... Read more...

HBHA sees rising number of legacy students

This year almost half of HBHA’s kindergarten students are the second generation to attend the Jewish day school. Among those students and their families are Evan Schlozman (front row, from left), Jeremiah... Read more...

Reporting the news versus guarding our safety

Last week I saw a clip of Megyn Kelly TODAY where she asked the NBC reporter who was covering the Matt Lauer sexual misconduct scandal if she thought she was covering this story about her friend and colleague... Read more...

Listening Post

For more than 15 years, Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) MO-KAN Post 605 has conducted an annual Holiday Gifts for Vets (HGV) Program. This year they delivered more than 400 gifts bags to the VA Hospitals... Read more...

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Engaging the next generation in giving

Engaging the next generation in giving

Banks such as this one can help young children learn how to divide their funds into three categories: savings, spending and charity. Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Naked aggression as described by The Chronicle The front page of the Dec. 7 edition of The Chronicle carries a large rebuke of recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It vigorously supports warnings... Read more...

Experiencing ‘the tribe’ at Chabad on Campus’ New York Shabbaton

arena Krojanker and Hannah Tuner rode the subway while attending the Chabad on Campus Student Leadership Conference in New York City earlier this month. Read more...

The festival of Hanukkah: Victories for rights and liberties echo from ancient times to inspire us

The story of Hanukkah recounts the actions of stalwart Maccabee leaders and the revolt that saved the Jewish people. The Book of Judith, which is also intertwined with the victories of Hanukkah, chronicles... Read more...

The ‘definitive biography on Golda Meir’ paints notable portrait of Israel’s female prime minister

Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel” by Francine Klagsbrun (Schocken, hardcover, Oct. 10, 2017) Whenever a special revealing work is published, the publishers often use the word, “unexpurgated... Read more...

How to choose the right charities to support

NEW YORK — This past Veterans Day, as I reflected on the bravery of those who served our country, I also thought about the number of charities that purport to help our heroes. Did you know that there... Read more...

Book explores Jewish professor’s experience in Qatar

“The Doha Experiment: Arab Kingdom, Catholic College, Jewish Teacher” by Gary Wasserman. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2017)  In 2006, Gary Wasserman accepted a professorial position teaching American... Read more...

Why you should invest in cancer research in Israel

NEW YORK — As a busy criminal defense attorney with a roster of high-profile clients, I am not known to shy away from a fight. It doesn’t hurt that I grew up in Brooklyn, the scrappy son of immigrants... Read more...

Kansas City Star purveyed Palestinian anti-Israel propaganda

The Kansas City Star’s Oct. 17 Op-Ed, “Hanan Ashrawi is a Palestinian peacemaker,” contained numerous misleading and false claims, potentially inciting hate and violence against Jews and supporters... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Sexual harassment is everyone’s problem Though two other readers responded to Rabbi Rosenberg’s letter (“Sexual harassment discussions become unruly,” Nov. 2), I felt a need to respond as well.... Read more...

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Lindenlaub Bat Mitzvah

Lindenlaub Bat Mitzvah

Hannah Lindenlaub Adam and Debbie Lindenlaub announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Hannah Riley Lindenlaub, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Scholarship Honors

Scholarship Honors

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Hurst Birthday

Diana Hurst, a former member of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah and a resident of Leawood, Kansas, celebrated her 78th birthday on Nov. 13. A family celebration, including relatives who traveled... Read more...

Hammer Bar Mitzvah

Avi Hammer Daniel and Sylvana Hammer announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Avi Hammer, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Kehilath Israel Synagogue. Read more...

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Franke Honor

Seth Franke Seth Franke, son of Michael and Allison Franke, was selected a member of the Blue Valley North High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. Read more...

McManus Birth

Liam Bear McManus Shira and Keith McManus of Austin, Texas, announce the birth Aug. 14, 2017, of a son, Liam Bear McManus. They are also the parents of Luna Belle. Read more...

Wasserman Birth

Nora Ivy Wasserman Dr. Taryn Gort-Wasserman and Matthew Wasserman of Overland Park, Kansas, announce the birth Sept. 29, 2017, of a daughter, Nora Ivy Wasserman. They are also the parents of Mikaela Kalina... Read more...

Theiss Honor

Jake Theiss Photo by Jordan Photography Jake Theiss, a senior at Blue Valley North High School, achieved his Eagle Scout ranking Sunday, Nov. 5. For his Eagle project, he built four dog houses and two... Read more...

Mandelbaum Berg Engagement

Aron Mandelbaum and Nicole Berg David and Jody Berg of Owings Mills, Maryland, announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Jaye Berg, to Aron Michael Mandelbaum, son of Mark and Ellie Mandelbaum... Read more...

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Amster, Florene "Florie"

Florene “Florie” Amster of Phoenix,  Arizona, died Dec. 8, 2017. Read more...

Dorfman, Dorothy Jean

Dorfman, Dorothy Jean

Dorothy Jean Dorfman, 93, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, 2017. Funeral services were held Dec. 10, 2017, at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery.... Read more...

Halpern, Michael Alan

Michael Alan Halpern, 68, of Kansas City, Kansas, died of cancer Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at Hospice Atlanta Center. Read more...

Agron, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Agron, 63, of Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away at his home on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. Funeral services and burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Kehilath Israel Blue... Read more...

Rosen, Jeanette Phyllis

Jeanette Phyllis Rosen passed away in Kansas City, Missouri, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at 84 years old. Graveside services were held Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Mount Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,... Read more...

Taylor, Jean Beverly

Jean Beverly Taylor, 87, of Olathe died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at the Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Mount Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,... Read more...

Sosland, May R.

May R. Sosland, 106, passed away Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at Kingswood Manor, Kansas City, Missouri. Entombment services were held Nov. 28, 2017, in the Rose Hill Cemetery Mausoleum. Read more...

Marder, Henry Irving

Henry Irving Marder, 86, passed away on Nov. 20, 2017. Henry was born on Nov. 23, 1930, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Fannie Mae and Irving Marder. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1948 and... Read more...

Rubenstein, Richard B.

Captain Richard B. Rubenstein, U.S. Navy Retired, passed away on Nov. 24, 2017, at his home in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 93 years old and he died of natural causes. Born Nov. 2, 1924, he was a lifelong... Read more...

Glassman, Gertrude 'Trudy' (Stolov)

Trudy Glassman, 94, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Nov. 14, 2017, at the Kansas City Hospice House. Graveside services and interment were held Nov. 16, 2017, at Rose Hill Cemetery. Kindly omit... Read more...