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From Baghdad to Kansas City: Treasures of Jewish life in Iraq to be presented at National Archives in cooperation with MCHE

From Baghdad to Kansas City: Treasures of Jewish life in Iraq to be presented at National Archives in cooperation with MCHE

This colorfully illustrated French and Hebrew Haggadah was published in Vienna in 1930. It was restored by the National Archives and Records Administration Preservation Programs and will be on display... Read more...

Blitt’s ‘Harnessed Love’ exhibit opens June 3 at The J

Blitt’s ‘Harnessed Love’ exhibit opens June 3 at The J

Rita Blitt International artist Rita Blitt and the Jewish Community of Greater Kansas City, The J, have a deeply-rooted connection.  It started as a child. Growing up Jewish in Kansas City, Blitt attended... Read more...

Listening Post

Jeff Wright, vice president of Cancer Services at University of Kansas Hospital, presents Annette Bloch the 2015 Philanthropist of the Year Award given by Nonprofit Connect. Photo by Sabrina Staires BLOCH... Read more...

Good Shabbos KC event in the Crossroads aims to connect young Jews

Young adults in the Jewish community gathered earlier this year at Moishe House for a traditional Shabbat dinner. Young adults in the Kansas City Jewish Community will come together from 5:30 to 7:30... Read more...

Homegrown rabbi finds his calling serving the Jews of Poland

Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis (left), formerly of Kansas City and now of Warsaw, Poland, reads the Ten Commandments for Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations, who was in Oswieciem, Poland, the city... Read more...

KU graduates first special Jewish studies major

Three students graduated this month from the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Kansas. Molly Rissien (center) is the first to graduate with a special major in Jewish studies. Morgan Goldstein... Read more...

Two Jewish music men perform with the Kansas City Symphony: Acclaimed violinists Noah Geller and Pinchas Zukerman collaborate at Helzberg Hall

Noah Geller When a group of talented musicians take the stage, the result can be magical. Audiences in Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts are in for a treat at the end of the month... Read more...

Families find support in Village Shalom memory-care programs

Great Days Social Club participant Bryce Jones (left) shares a laugh with Village Shalom Day Stay Coordinator Paula Jones. Life offers no guarantees. When retirees Sharon Ward and Bryce Jones met in... Read more...

Jewish women help lead the way for Brian Injury Association of Kansas & Greater KC; Memorial Day set for 28th Annual Amy Thompson Run for Brain Injury

Robin Abramowitz amd Bev Jacobson On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, thousands of runners and walkers will participate in the 28th Amy Thompson Run for Brain Injury, the major fundraiser for the Brian Injury... Read more...

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In March, Overland Park Police Officer David Cole (left) and Jewish Federation President and CEO Todd Stettner (right) used Automatic External Defibrillators and performed CPR on Les Rosenfeld (center)... Read more...

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Letter to the Editor - Story evokes fond memories

Imagine my surprise when I saw my name appear in the articles about my AZA #22 Nordaunian Chapter (Nordaunian AZA’s Matzo Ball continues to bring community together, May 7). Sorry, but the remainder... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - Memories of Abe Meth

I was happy to read that Mr. Meth was still up and around. And healthy at 102.  I remember when he first came to work at Beth Shalom Synagogue at 34th and Paseo.Sorry, but the remainder of the article... Read more...

An open letter to Jonathan Edelman

Dear Jonathan, You and I have a lot in common. We have both spent roughly 18 years living in Kansas City. We were both fully engaged with Jewish life there; you graduated from HBHA, as did my older children.... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - The left and the K.C. Jewish Chronicle

In the April 16, issue of the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle we are treated to a treatise on Obama’s tender care for Israel (Obama stresses how much he cares for Israel, Page 1). Sure. The article fails... Read more...

Letter to the Editor - Celebrate their accomplishments

The Jewish community commemorated Yom HaShoah on April 16. Holocaust survivors, members of the second, third and fourth generations and others who lost loved ones in the Shoah lit candles, said Kaddish,... Read more...

Holocaust fiction in the 21st century

“The Last Witness,” a thriller by Jerry Americ. (The Story Merchant, 2014) “How Sweet It Is!” by Thane Rosenbaum. (Mandel Vilar Press, 2015) “Fugitive Colors,” a novel by Lisa Barr. (Arcade,... Read more...

They’ll know us by our love

“Words that come from the heart go to the heart.” As I write this, I have just returned home from St. Peter’s Church to commemorate the yahrzeit of Bill Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno,... Read more...

There is no simple answer for discrimination, anti-Semitism

I have always felt safe knowing that I live in a country where my religious freedom is a priority. The First Amendment clearly lays out that each citizen of the United States is guaranteed the right... Read more...

Yom HaShoah: The founders’ legacy to unite Jews

The cornerstone of the American Holocaust survivors’ legacy is the government sponsored Yom HaShoah commemorations. These government-backed commemorations were created as a means of engaging elected... Read more...

What’s the matter with religious freedom laws?

Some years ago I asked a local African American community leader why he discriminated against gay men and women. He answered, “The Bible prohibits their lifestyle.” I said, “You mean the same... Read more...

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Golder Bat Mitzvah

Golder Bat Mitzvah

Sarah Golder Heather Schlozman and Robert Golder announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Sarah Miriam Golder, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Read more...

Seigle Bat Mitzvah

Seigle Bat Mitzvah

Sydney Seigle Beth and Howard Seigle announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Sydney Marie Seigle, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah.   Read more...

Davis Krinsky Engagement

Joel Davis and Sharon Krinsky Marsha and Seymour Krinsky announce the engagement of their daughter, Sharon Krinsky, to Joel Davis. Sharon is also the daughter of the late Jocelyn Krinsky. Joel is the... Read more...

Horing Honor

Ari Horing Ari Horing graduated May 9 from Loyola Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated cum laude with a 3.5 GPA. Read more...

Rozen Honor

Laura Rozen will be presented with the Annual Father Robert F. Drinan National Peace and Human Rights Award on June 9 in Washington, D.C. The award is given by the Council for a Livable World, PeacePac... Read more...

Schuster Bat Mitzvah

Ayelet Schuster Rabbi Neal Schuster and Tamara Lawson Schuster announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Ayelet, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 30, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Goodman Birth

Daniel and Emily Goodman of South Orange, New Jersey, announce the birth April 14 of a son, Reuben Isaac Goodman.  Grandparents are Bernard and Susan Goodman of Olney, Maryland, and Peter and Barbara... Read more...

Cole Birth

Michele and Jared Cole of New York, New York, announce the birth April 25 of a daughter, Magnolia Wren. Grandparents are Elisa and James Pener of Kansas City, Missouri, and Dena and Quentin Cole of Leawood,... Read more...

Ullman Bar Mitzvah

Jack Ullman Susan and Lee Ullman announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jack Michael Ullman, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Jack is the grandson of Ella and Bernie Ullman... Read more...

Stein Bar Mitzvah

Zachary Stein Eric and Kathy Stein announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Zachary Aaron, at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, Illinois. Zachary is the grandson of... Read more...

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Arkin, Jason Aaron

Arkin, Jason Aaron

Jason Aaron Arkin Jason Aaron Arkin touched the lives of many. He offered smiles full of kindness and warmth to friends and strangers alike. He celebrated the love of family and friends and the great... Read more...

Becker, Fran

Becker, Fran

Fran Becker Fran Becker, 78, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away on her own terms on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, after a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held May 21 at Louis Memorial Chapel; burial... Read more...

Blatt, Beverly Ruth

Beverly Ruth Blatt Beverly Ruth Blatt, a longtime resident of Pompano Beach, Florida, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at The Preserve at Palm-Aire. Beverly was born on July 4, 1928, in Kansas City, Missouri.... Read more...

Galamba, Beverly Lou

Beverly Lou Galamba Beverly Lou Galamba, 87, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at her home. No services are scheduled. Read more...

Greenberg, Kyle

Kyle Aaron Greenberg of Olympia, Washington, died unexpectedly on March 31, 2015. The son of Linda (Mandelkehr) and David Greenberg of Columbia, Maryland, Kyle is also survived by his brother Greg Greenberg... Read more...

Mondschein, Anna (Leniower)

Anna (Leniower) Mondschein Anna (Leniower) Mondschein, aged 93, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2015, at Village Shalom following a brief illness. Services were held May 21 at Louis Memorial Chapel;... Read more...

Beiser, Sylvia Epstein

Sylvia Epstein Beiser Sylvia Epstein Beiser, 104, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away May 14, 2015, at The Atriums. Funeral services were held Sunday, May 17, at The Louis Memorial Chapel; interment... Read more...

Erlich, Ruth Ann

Ruth Ann Erlich Ruth Ann Erlich, 94, passed away quietly Sunday, May 17, 2015, at her daughter’s home. Previously she was a longtime resident of Village Shalom; where she lived in the Alzheimer’s... Read more...

Gerson, Corrine Judy

Corrine Judy Gerson Corrine Judy Gerson, 77, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away May 14, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Graveside services were held Sunday, May 17, at Mount Carmel... Read more...

Hipsh, Helen Sara

Helen Sara Hipsh Helen Sara Hipsh, 95 of Leawood, Kansas, passed away May 13, 2015. Funeral services were held May 15 at Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. The family suggests... Read more...