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Embracing the community: Javier Cattapan’s unique journey brings him to Judaism, the rabbinate and Beth Torah

Embracing the community: Javier Cattapan’s unique journey brings him to Judaism, the rabbinate and Beth Torah

Rabbi Javier Cattapan will be officially installed as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Torah on Saturday, April 29.Photo by Scott Fishman Javier Cattapan took an unusual path to the rabbinate. A native... Read more...

Never forget the best way to overcome hate is with love

Never forget the best way to overcome hate is with love

Lori Dollman helps her mother, survivor Regina Dollman, light the first candle representing the 6 million Jews that perished in the Holocaust during the Candlelighting Ceremony Sunday at the communitywide... Read more...

Martha Gershun Legacy Fund for Older Foster Youth honors Jackson County CASA executive director’s retirement

Martha Gershun Despite retiring from Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) at the end of April, Martha Gershun’s mission to serve the abused/neglected children helped by CASA will... Read more...

John Isenberg to be honored for a lifetime of kindness by Synergy Services

John Isenberg Celebrating the tremendous impact of kindness in overcoming violence in our community, Synergy Services is set to host the 27th annual Kindest Kansas Citian Awards Dinner. Read more...

Former librarian writes children’s book

“Muffin & Mamma Make Challah,” Louise Siegel; illustrations, Valery Herman; available by order from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Read more...

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Harry Friedman BERKLEY FAMILY TO BE HONORED — On Wednesday, May 3, the AdHoc Group Against Crime will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its founding by former Mayor Pro-Tem and advocate for the underserved,... Read more...

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 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...

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Delicious Passover food Once again, I am happy to say “todah rabbah” to the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City for sponsoring the Passover Meals prepared by Cathy Levin and her “chefs,”... Read more...

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

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...

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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...

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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...

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Maker Bar Mitzvah

Maker Bar Mitzvah

Asa Maker Stephanie Kolb and Josh Maker announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Asa Samuel Maker, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at Congregation Beth Torah. Read more...

Myers Jacobs Engagement

Myers Jacobs Engagement

Rachel Myers and Bradley Jacobs Allison and Alan Myers announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Erin Myers, MD, to Bradley Michael Jacobs, son of Cyndie and Alan Jacobs. Read more...

Lebovitz Wedding

Akiva and Yehudit Lebovitz Yehudit Goldstein and Akiva Lebovitz were married March 21, 2017, at Jerusalem, Israel. Read more...

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

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...

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Gandal, Helen Rose

Helen Rose Gandal, 89, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Graveside services were held Monday, April 24, 2017, at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.... Read more...

Ginson, Sandra Ruth

Sandra Ruth Ginson passed away of April 23, 2017. Graveside services were held Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to... Read more...

Lappeman Jr., Sam Ben

Sam Ben Lappeman Jr. passed away on April 7, 2017. He was 84. Sam was truly a remarkable man. Read more...

Smith, Beth K.

Beth K. Smith died peacefully at her home April 19, 2017, after 96 full and gracious years. Read more...

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...