Congregation Beth Torah will host the second annual “Spring Session,” a concert featuring 100 percent original Jewish songs by local composers, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, under the direction of Beth Torah Music Director Emily Tummons. Cantors, rabbis, music directors and other musicians will join forces to present 23 songs by 17 songwriters from the Greater Kansas City Jewish community.
Written by Hayley Berger, Special to The Chronicle
The Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation will host “An Evening of Song and Opera,” a musical event with cantor Benjamin Matis and pianist Jack Winerock at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2. Together the two will perform a wide mix of music from Italian opera, to Yiddish and Broadway theater, to traditional cantorial songs.
VAAD’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LEAVING — The Kansas City Jewish community is losing one of its 18 Under 40 when Rabbi Mendel Segal, executive director and rabbinic coordinator of The Vaad HaKashruth of Kansas City, moves to Florida with his family at the end of June. Following Rabbi Segal’s announcement late last week, Vaad President Jeff Goldenberg said the kosher authority’s board was just beginning to determine how they will handle the search for a new director.
Former President Barack Obama’s administration did some good things for Israel despite the two governments’ disputes, and Israelis are hopeful that relations between the United States and Israel will improve under President Donald Trump’s administration, Consul General of Israel to the Southwest Eitan Levon said this week.
KANSAS, MISSOURI SENATORS SIGN LETTEr URGING ACTION ON THREATS TO JEWISH INSTITUTIONS (WASHINGTON: JTA) — The U.S. Senate unanimously joined in urging the Trump administration to take action to stem the wave of threats against Jewish Community Centers and other institutions, saying their viability had been made vulnerable by the harassment. Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts and Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill signed the letter.
DOCUMENTARY TO AIR ON KCPT — “Fast Break: The Legendary John McLendon,” a new documentary film based on a book by Milton S. Katz, Ph.D., is set to air at 8:30 p.m. March 13, 16 and 18 on KCPT. The film, created by University of Kansas alumni and directed by KU film and media studies professor Kevin Willmott, highlights the little-known coach who’s also credited with introducing now-ubiquitous basketball plays.
The faces of students and staff light up when Seymour Krinsky walks into Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. Whether he visits one of his three grandchildren who currently attend the school, or stops in to show HBHA off to a friend or a donor, Krinsky makes it a priority to stay connected with the school, the staff and the students.
Last week Kehilath Israel Senior Rabbi Jeffrey Shron announced to synagogue members that he and his wife Hedy plan to make Aliyah to Israel after the High Holy Days in the fall. One of the Shrons’ three children, daughter Carla, lives in Israel with her husband, Elie, and four children.
When The New Reform Temple celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1992, Paul Uhlmann Jr., the congregation’s first president (who passed away in 2016), said that despite initial dire predictions of an early demise, “we find ourselves flourishing — dedicated to a philosophy that is not for everybody, but is designed for those to whom the meaning of Reform Judaism is important.”