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Tikkun olam backbone of Rabbi Moti Rieber’s life, work with Kansas Interfaith Action

Tikkun olam backbone of Rabbi Moti Rieber’s life, work with Kansas Interfaith Action

Rabbi Moti Rieber spoke at the last week’s Interfaith Invocation in Topeka, which corresponded with the opening of the 2018 Kansas legislative session. Read more...

Jewish Federation dollars support humanitarian work in Israel and Eastern Europe

Jewish Federation dollars support humanitarian  work in Israel and Eastern Europe

Barb Kovacs (left), Women’s Philanthropy Campaign co-chair, visited one of the Orr Shalom emergency foster homes in Kansas City’s partner community in Ramle, Israel. The foster homes, which provide... Read more...

Muslim, Jewish and Christian teens finding a way to connect

This group of Muslim, Christian and Jewish students participating in an interfaith program spent their first meeting getting to know each other last year at Pinstripes in Overland Park. Read more...

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Kansas City native Rabbi Rachel Short, founder of Ahava ‘Aina in Hawaii, is pictured on the far left of this photo. Read more...

A ‘rose’ in January: Shoshana Gortenburg is the community’s first Jewish baby of 2018

Shoshana Marie Gortenburg, born Jan. 3, 2018, is the first child of Carah and Isaac Gortenburg. Read more...

Jewish and Muslim teens, two Reform synagogues help celebrate refugees’ first birthday in U.S.

Refugee children settled by Jewish Vocational Services enjoyed celebrating their birthday at last year’s party with cake, games, balloons and face painting. Refugees who have been resettled in the... Read more...

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Many young adults from our area have spent time visiting Israel this winter break on Birthright trips, including three Haith siblings who are participated in Shorashim Birthright. On the trip they met... Read more...

Political novice hopes to bring fresh perspective to Mission City Council

Sollie Flora will be sworn in as a Mission, Kansas, councilwoman on Monday, Jan. 8. Sollie Flora defeated long time Ward IV incumbent, Mission City Councilwoman Suzie Gibbs, in the Nov. 7 election. She... Read more...

Greenberg suits up for Kansas City Tornados

Grant Greenberg takes a shot while playing in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2017. Team USA won the gold medal in men’s basketball. Dov Halickman Photography Read more...

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Danny O’Neill, founder of The Roasterie, sits with his mentor, Henry W. Bloch, co-founder and honorary chairman of H&R Block, at The Roasterie’s newest shop in the H&R Block building. Read more...

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Be a kidney donor In the fall of 2004, I traveled from a small town in rural northeast Kansas to Israel to altruistically donate my left kidney to 10-year-old Moshiko Sharon of Moshav Hodaya. Read more...

Getting old is not for sissies

Getting old is not for sissies

“Millard Salter’s Last Day” by Jacob Appel. (Gallery Books, 2017) Read more...

Letter to the Editor

An eye-opener Lee Levin’s paean to the “incredible successes of the Trump administration…” (Trump’s successes, Dec. 28, 2017) sets the stage for an equally factual recap by Levin when the stock... Read more...

Believing Jesus is the messiah is not compatible with Judaism

    “Are you a Jew who believes in Jesus as your messiah?” Read more...

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Todah rabbah On behalf of The J, I want to thank the collectors whose Hanukkah menorahs were on display at the Jewish Community Campus this month. Virtually every visitor left the show expressing gratitude... Read more...

Touching the land of Israel

On Jim Sluyter’s recent trip to Israel, the president and CEO of The J visited the Western Wall. Read more...

#MeToo movement should bring about societal change

Last week, the people of Alabama spoke loud and clear when they voted against Roy Moore in his bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Much of that can be credited to the #MeToo movement. Read more...

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A great mentor It was a well written article by Ellen Portnoy about my friend and mentor, Dr. Kurt Metzl. Unfortunately, there was not enough room to share some other aspects of Dr. Metzl’s career.... Read more...

Engaging the next generation in giving

Banks such as this one can help young children learn how to divide their funds into three categories: savings, spending and charity. Read more...

Letter to the Editor

Naked aggression as described by The Chronicle The front page of the Dec. 7 edition of The Chronicle carries a large rebuke of recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It vigorously supports warnings... Read more...

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Feinstein Rambhia Engagement

Feinstein Rambhia Engagement

Max Feinstein and Pooja Rambhia Eddie and Gloria Baker Feinstein announce the engagement of their son, Max Moses Feinstein, to Pooja Hitendra Rambhia, daughter of Dr. Hitendra and Priti Rambhia of Long... Read more...

Campbell Honor

Campbell Honor

Samantha Campbell Samantha Campbell, daughter of Brian and Dana Campbell, Overland Park, recently graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public health and... Read more...

Gortenburg Birth

Carah and Isaac Gortenburg announce the birth of a daughter, Shoshana Marie, on Jan. 3, 2018. Shoshana is the granddaughter of Karen and Michael Gortenburg, and Rob and Rhona Mancuso of Jupiter, Florida.... Read more...

Merl Bar Mitzvah

Akiva Merl became a Bar Mitzvah Saturday, Dec. 9, at Kingsway Jewish Center in Brooklyn, New York. Read more...

Katz Lowenstein Engagement

Susan Katz and Lon Lowenstein Susan Elizabeth Katz and Lon J. Lowenstein of Overland Park announce their engagement. Read more...

Allen J. Block Scholarship awarded to two UMKC students

Block Real Estate Services LLC (BRES) recently awarded Jacob Greenbaum (second from left) and Nick Auer (third from left) the Allen J. Block Scholarship Award. Shown with them are Charles C. Connely, IV,... Read more...

Lindenlaub Bat Mitzvah

Hannah Lindenlaub Adam and Debbie Lindenlaub announce the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Hannah Riley Lindenlaub, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Read more...

Scholarship Honors

Rahima Hussien (from left), Arlene Shalinsky and Abby Lueckenotte Read more...

Hurst Birthday

Diana Hurst, a former member of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah and a resident of Leawood, Kansas, celebrated her 78th birthday on Nov. 13. A family celebration, including relatives who traveled... Read more...

Hammer Bar Mitzvah

Avi Hammer Daniel and Sylvana Hammer announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Avi Hammer, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Kehilath Israel Synagogue. Read more...

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Josephson, Rita Doris Seavey

Rita Doris Seavey Josephson passed quietly Thursday evening, Jan. 11, 2018, in her home at The Atriums in Overland Park, Kansas, at age 89. Known for her colorful personality and loving attachment to family... Read more...

Kramsky, Jeffrey Allan

Kramsky, Jeffrey Allan

Jeffrey Allan Kramsky, 70, passed away on Dec. 31, 2017. He was the husband of Helaine Bender Kramsky. They shared over 40 years of marriage together. Read more...

Sander, Warren

Warren Sander, 59, of Collierville, Tennessee, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, following a battle with cancer. Funeral services were set to take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Louis Memorial... Read more...

Sky, Zena C.

Zena Sky, born on Aug. 26, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York, passed away on Jan. 8, 2018, peacefully at the Kansas City Hospice House. Read more...

Bayles, Marcia

Marcia Bayles passed away on Jan. 2, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. She had just recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Read more...

Grossman, Alice Jean

Alice Jean Grossman, born Aug. 27, 1952, in Kansas City, Missouri, died peacefully with loved ones by her side after a courageous battle with gastric cancer. Read more...

Spitcaufsky, Beverly Sue

Beverly Sue Spitcaufsky, a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, Florida, died peacefully in her home on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. Read more...

Goldman, Michele

We are celebrating the life of Michele Goldman who passed away early in the morning on Dec. 29, 2017, with family around her. Michele was born in San Luis Obispo, California, on Feb. 9, 1942, to Sterling... Read more...

Levine, David Lee

David Lee Levine, of Kansas City, Missouri, died peacefully on Dec. 28, 2017. He was 82. Read more...

Quito, Edith

Edith “Miss America” Quito of Olathe, Kansas, passed away on Dec. 28, 2017, at the age of 92. Graveside services were held Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at Sheffield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations... Read more...