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Family’s cooking show combines love of food and high-tech

Family’s cooking show combines love of food and high-tech

Eleven-year-old Bree Katz may not have known it when she was just a preschooler, but what started out as an afternoon of fun and family bonding has become something family and friends near and far enjoy,... Read more...

Scholar in residence brings new perspective to aging wisely

Scholar in residence brings new perspective to aging wisely

Rabbi Rachel Cowan is passionate about aging wisely. But what is it exactly? “It’s an agenda for a new stage of life that has never existed before in human history, which is the healthy years between... Read more...

A trail of coincidences sends BIAV Torah south of the border

By Carol Katzman Special to The Chronicle   Little did Miamian Tomi Revai know that when he sat next to Rabbi Ari Rockoff at a Jewish Learning Institute in Virginia, it would lead to the transfer... Read more...

Listening Post

Barbara Bayer, Editor ANOTHER RISSIEN PARODY — Every time I looked at Facebook Monday I saw a link to Matt Rissien’s latest YouTube video, “Let Them Go,” a Passover parody of the “Let It... Read more...

B’nai Jehudah sells Jeannette and Jerome Cohen Retreat Center

After nearly a year on the market, The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah closed the sale of its Jeannette and Jerome Cohen Retreat Center on Feb. 27, 2014. The sale price was not disclosed.  The... Read more...

Israel once again study abroad option at University of Kansas

By Kelli White, Contributing Writer Study abroad. That’s something many college students dream of — especially those studying different languages and cultures. But for University of Kansas students... Read more...

Books showcase Passover recipes to make your mouth water

By Barbara Bayer, Editor As the editor of a Jewish newspaper you would think it’s simply impossible that Passover would sneak up on me, but it did. It’s less than two weeks before the first Seder... Read more...

Listening Post

By Barbara Bayer, Editor BATTER UP — A loyal reader and Royals fan informed me late last week that the Royals have a Jewish player on the roster this season. Hopefully we’ll get a more up close and... Read more...

Many local rabbis advocate religious pluralism in Israel

By Barbara Bayer Editor   Religious pluralism is a phrase that’s being tossed around a lot these days. What exactly does it mean and why does the local rabbinical community, or the Jewish community... Read more...

IDFWO helps widows and children cope and thrive after tragedy in Israel

By Barbara Bayer Editor   Those who know Harvey Bodker understand that he can get very emotional about the causes he deeply believes in. His newest cause is the IDF Widows & Orphans Organization... Read more...

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Visibility doesn’t equal solid future We have all remarked countless times how ubiquitous are Jews in the fields of business and finance, cultural arts and social services and charitable pursuits,... Read more...

Desert development: Ben Gurion University makes innovation happen

Desert development: Ben Gurion University makes innovation happen

David Ben-Gurion had a vision for the Negev to be the future for the Jewish state’s growth and prosperity. A pioneer, he trusted in the Jewish people to transform a seemingly uninhabitable desert into... Read more...

Judaism, Israel and free speech

By Rabbi Moti Rieber Guest Columnist   Recently the issues of free speech and academic freedom have been prominent in the news and in our conversations. In response to a heartfelt but intemperate... Read more...

We must reduce gun violence

In December I sat with 5,000 other Reform Jews and joined in an erev Shabbat service that was uplifting and heartfelt, musical and deeply engaging. It was a blast! … but for me the most poignant part... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Service honors Judy Jacks Berman They came by the dozens. Chairs were added to the back of the room. Young children sat on the floor in front of the bimah. Educators, grandparents, parents, school age... Read more...

Leadership in stressful times: Jews in America then and now

As President’s Day approaches, we can rededicate ourselves to protecting the liberties we enjoy today by reflecting on Jewish life in colonial America, when we were granted both citizenship and religious... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

One-side article I thought the J Street/ Peace Now item in the Jan. 30 issue (written by Ron Kampeas, distributed by JTA) was remarkably one-sided. It addresses the Obama/Kerry Iran strategy, but neglects... Read more...

Taglit Birthright’s Israel trip life-changing experience for KU student

Boker tov, Kansas City! The average person lives for about 27,375 days. I am only 18 and I have already had the 10 best days of my life. It sort of seems a little crazy. Now you are probably curious... Read more...

Katja, Israel is a democracy

(Editor’s note: This is a response to a guest column by Katja Edelman headlined “Bibi, can you hear me” published in the Dec. 19 issue.) As a citizen of Israel, resident of Jerusalem, I thank... Read more...

Give meaning this Super Sunday

For many years, Super Sunday has been a cornerstone of the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. Recently, however, many people have shied away from both volunteering and answering the phone. Deserved... Read more...

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Conley Wedding

Conley Wedding

Janina Greissl and Benjamin Conley were married Sunday, Jan. 26, at Omphoy Resort, Palm Beach, Fla. The bride is the daughter of Michaela Greissl and Uwe Greissl and the granddaughter of Gunther and... Read more...

Strauss Bat Mitzvah

Strauss Bat Mitzvah

Emily and Kip Strauss announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Lily Elizabeth, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Lily is the granddaughter of Mary Dees... Read more...

Stein Birth

Adam Stein and Paula Mahayosnand of Jersey City, N.J., announce the birth Nov. 20 of a daughter, Kaya Rose Mahayosnand Stein. They are also the parents of Isabella. Grandparents are Herb and Alice Stein,... Read more...

Chernoff-Hermanson Engagement

Steven and Mary Anne Chernoff of Lenexa announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Chernoff, to Daniel Hermanson, son of Arnold and Sheri Hermanson of Overland Park. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter... Read more...

Boresow Bat Mitzvah

Stephanie and Bobby Boresow announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Grace Anna, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Gracie is the granddaughter of Carol... Read more...

Eric Blank Bar Mitzvah

Mitchell and Shari Blank announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Eric  Blank, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Congregation Beth Torah. Eric is the grandson of Sue Miller and the late Neil F. Miller... Read more...

Ryan Blank Bar Mitzvah

Mitchell and Shari Blank announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Ryan Blank, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Congregation Beth Torah. Ryan is the grandson of Sue Miller and the late Neil F. Miller... Read more...

Marchick Bat Mitzvah

Rose Marchick and Clint Pitts announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Lily Marchick, at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Congregation BIAV. Relatives and friends are invited to worship with the family.... Read more...

Alexander-Kubisch Engagement

Edward and Cheryl Alexander of Lenexa announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Shira Alexander, to James Benjamin Kubisch, son of John and Cynthia Kubisch of Tucson, Ariz. The bride-to-be... Read more...

Alexander-Pollock Engagement

Edward and Cheryl Alexander of Lenexa announce the engagement of their daughter, Shana Alexander, to Brad Pollock, son of Sandy and Marty Pollock of Marlboro, N.J. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter... Read more...

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Alpert, Philip Yigal

Phil Alpert of Kansas City, Mo., passed away on Thursday, March 27, at the Holmesdale Nursing Home where he had been recovering from heart complications. Graveside services were held on April 1 at Mount... Read more...

Bates, Sandra

Bates, Sandra

Sandra Bates, 73, of Leawood, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held Monday, April 7, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, followed by entombment... Read more...

Spector, Sylvia

Sylvia Spector, 86, of Austin, Texas, peacefully passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at Heartland Nursing Center in the presence of her loving children and friends. Services were to be held at 2:30 p.m.... Read more...

Titens, Sherman

Sherman Titens, 81, of Leawood, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital-Plaza. Funeral services were held Friday, March 28, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial at Rose Hill... Read more...

Mendelsohn, Michael Barry

Michael Barry Mendelsohn, 68, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Village Shalom. Graveside services were held Friday, March 21, at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery. The... Read more...

Wolf, Jack

Jack Wolf, 79, of Houston, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014.  He was married for 44 years to the late Marlene Wolf. Jack is survived by a brother, Joe Wolf and his wife Fran of Kansas City, Mo.,... Read more...

Levitch, Morris

Morris Levitch, age 94, Munster, Ind., formerly of Overland Park, passed away on Thursday March 6, 2014, from natural causes. Morris was the beloved and devoted husband to Frances (nee Waisblum), cherished... Read more...

Louis, Christa I.

Christa I. Louis, 81, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the Kansas City Hospice House. Graveside services and burial were Monday, March 17, at Rose Hill Cemetery. Contributions... Read more...

Hellerstein, Stanley, M.D.

Dr. Stanley Hellerstein, age 87, died March 7, 2014, at his home in Kansas City from complications of congestive heart failure. The funeral will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at the New Reform... Read more...

Reice, Sylvia

Sylvie Schuman Reice, 94, of New York City, died peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Graveside services were held Sunday at New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, N.Y. The family suggests... Read more...