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SM East’s JSU responds to anti-Semitism with ‘United Against Hate’

SM East’s JSU responds to anti-Semitism with ‘United Against Hate’

Laura Martasin The Jewish Student Union (JSU) at Shawnee Mission East High School is planning an April 25 event at the school called “United Against Hate: Past, Present and Prevention.” Read more...

Rabbi Rami Shapiro to visit Congregation Beth Torah, teach ‘perennial wisdom’

Rabbi Rami Shapiro to visit Congregation Beth Torah, teach ‘perennial wisdom’

Rabbi Rami Shapiro Rabbi Rami Shapiro keeps his door wide open. Read more...

Left versus right: Journalists Tobin and Goldberg to debate future of Israel’s soul

Jonathan S. Tobin It is universally accepted that if you get two Jews in the same room, you’re going to hear three opinions. At the same time, though, there has existed a commitment to matching passion... Read more...

ADL, Americans United for Separation of Church and State call Missouri directive unconstitutional

The Anti-Defamation League of Missouri/Southern Illinois joined last week with Americans United for Separation of Church and State St. Louis Chapter to express profound disappointment at Gov. Eric Greitens’... Read more...

Director puts the spotlight on new artists with new works program

Marissa Wolf For those that are tired of the same old things on television, or fed up of the sequels and remakes at the local Cineplex, Kansas City Repertory Theatre is offering an alternative with the... Read more...

Yom HaShoah events planned in the community

Several events in the local Jewish community and Topeka are scheduled in the next few weeks to commemorate the Holocaust. All programs listed below are free and open to the public and appropriate for... Read more...

Listening Post

REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST —  Survivor Sonia Golad spoke about the Holocaust a lot and her daughter, Midwest Center for Holocaust Education President Joyce Hess, said she always ended her talks with... Read more...

Scholar in residence delves deep into different types of prayer

Rabbi Nancy Flam According to Rabbi Nancy Flam, prayer is like a symphony — you would appreciate it more if you understood the music better. Of course this is a metaphor, but her message is that if... Read more...

Beth Torah to officially install Javier Cattapan as senior rabbi

Rabbi Javier Cattapan On Friday, April 28, Congregation Beth Torah kicks off a weekend celebration to formally install Rabbi Javier Cattapan as its spiritual leader. Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, poet,... Read more...

HBHA Theater to perform ‘The Laramie Project’

HBHA will present ‘The Laramie Project’ on April 26 and 27. Those involved in the production include: Jacob Bell (front row, from left), Jesse Ernstein, Mia Velasquez, Leah Sosland, Amanda Sokol and... Read more...

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From sadness to happiness in Israel: Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

From sadness to happiness in Israel: Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

Shiran Cohen Yom HaZikaron is the national Remembrance Day observed in Israel for those who have fallen in defense of the country since 1860. As of May 2016, that number was 23,447. Read more...

Days of Remembrance: the Jewish community of the Greek Isle of Rhodes

Days of Remembrance: the Jewish community of the Greek Isle of Rhodes

More than half a century after the Holocaust, I found myself on the steps of the Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue, built in 1577 in Rhodes, the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands. Read more...

Earth Day is a Jewish holiday

April 22 marks Earth Day, which has been celebrated worldwide since 1970. It is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year. I would suggest that bringing a more specifically Jewish consciousness... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Campus indoctrination College campuses are making our grandchildren agnostic or atheist. A recent Pew Research Center found 71 percent among non-Orthodox are intermarrying. Read more...

My first AIPAC Policy Conference left me feeling hopeful

Israeli emissaries Shiran Cohen (from left), Bar Sananes of Palm Beach and Dana Berman of Delaware were among the 19,000 delegates that attended the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

AIPAC policies transcends party politics Having just attended another AIPAC Policy Conference, it’s hard to accept the annual mischaracterization of what occurred, and the criticism of AIPAC as partisan.... Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Dangerous reporting Although my wife, Rachel Perkal, and I currently reside in the Chicago area, we have kept a subscription to the KCJC for all of the years since we have moved away from Kansas City... Read more...

SevenDays of Kindness is important for everyone

My life’s purpose is to “Connect, Inspire and Empower Community.” That is the mantra I live by — not just in business, but in everything that I do. If we seek to come together as united citizens... Read more...

Letters to the Editor

A treasure lost With the passing of Anita Loeb we have lost a true treasure. Anita helped countless numbers of people in all the endeavors with which she was involved. Read more...

Help young Israeli soldiers through the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

Lift one soldier and raise a nation. Read more...

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Jacobson Bat Mitzvah

Jacobson Bat Mitzvah

Emma Peri Jacobson Beth Jacobson and Eric Jacobson announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Emma Peri Jacobson, at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Read more...

Glickman Bat Mitzvah

Glickman Bat Mitzvah

Sydney Glickman Pam and Ted Glickman announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Sydney Anne, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Congregation Beth Shalom. Read more...

Tiechtel Honors

Mina Tiechtel and Mendel Tiechtel display the awards they earned at International Chidon HaMitzvos, a competition on the teachings of Maimonides, in Brooklyn, New York, last month. Seven months of diligent... Read more...

Cardozo Bat Mitzvah

Rylie Cardozo Alan and Sheri Cardozo announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Rylie Elizabeth, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Landever Bat Mitzvah

Elyse Landever Alan and Gwen Landever announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Elyse Leah, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Jacob Birth

Luca Zander Jacob Andrew and Julia Jacob announce the birth Nov. 21, 2016, of a son, Luca Zander.  They are also the parents of Gavin Levy, Crew Emerson, and Leila Emilie. Grandparents are Jill Jacob,... Read more...

Local student named one 2017’s Shooting Stars

Stella Shapiro Shawnee Mission South student Stella Shapiro has been named by the Arts Council of Johnson County as a 2017 Shooting Star finalist. The Shooting Stars program honors Johnson County high... Read more...

Wexler Nauronyte Engagement

Micaela Wexler and Zivile Nauronyte Genovaite Nauroniene and Sanislovas Nauronis of Siauliai, Lithuania, announce the engagement of their daughter, Zivile Nauronyte, to Dr. Micaela Wexler. Micaela is... Read more...

Granoff Bat Mitzvah

Gabriella Granoff Dara and David Granoff announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Gabriella, at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Congregation BIAV. Read more...

Fish Honor

Elliot S. “Eli” Fish Elliot S. “Eli” Fish, formerly of Kansas City, was elected to the board of directors of the prestigious Diamond Club West Coast, headquartered in Los Angeles. Fish is president/CEO... Read more...

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Jacobson, John 'Jack'

Jacobson, John 'Jack'

John (Jack) Jacobson, a resident of Point Clear, Alabama, died on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Read more...

Joseph, Susan (Bloomberg)

Susan (Bloomberg) Joseph, Encino, California, formerly of Kansas City, passed away April 13, 2017. Read more...

Switow, Joan

Joan Switow, 84, passed away on April 11 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She and her husband, Ed, lived in Overland Park, Kansas, for eight months until they moved to Scottsdale with their children. Joan was born... Read more...

Goodman, Brenda Mae

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Kaufman, Arvin Jay

Arvin Jay Kaufman died unexpectedly in Kansas City on April 7, 2017, at the age of 68. Read more...

Krashin, Lois

Lois Krashin, 82, of Henderson, Nevada, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017. She was born on Nov. 19, 1934, to Henry and Lillian Zwern (nee Rutledge). Formerly of Kansas City, Missouri, she was a... Read more...

Greenstein, Ida Harlow

Ida Harlow Greenstein, 99, died March 28, 2017, at Menorah Medical Center. Services were held March 31 in the Yukon Chapel at Mount Carmel Cemetery; burial followed. Kindly omit flowers. The family... Read more...

Gross, Eileen Marie Davis

Eileen Marie Davis Gross died March 31, 2017, at age 95 in Kansas City, Missouri, the city of her birth. Read more...

Kaynan, Martin G.

Martin G. Kaynan, 89, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at his home from ALS. Read more...

Gordon, Lenore Janet

Lenore Janet Gordon passed away at her home on Feb. 19, 2017. She was 89 years old. She passed with peace and grace with her adoring family by her side. She was born Aug. 17, 1927, in New York City to... Read more...