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Roadmap to Wellness: Integrating Science and Jewish Spirituality

For spiritual seekers who have both feet planted firmly on the ground: this 4 week workshop is based on mounting evidence that religion and science are not adversaries, but allies which, working together, can improve our lives and our world. 

Learning modalities include an exploration of Positive Psychology,  prayer, meditation, and guided imagery.

Sundays: July 20, 27, August 3, 10 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Conference Room A (Theatre/Heritage Center Entrance)

Co-facilitated by Jeff Greenapple and Svetlana Sorkin. Click here for instructor bios.

Register online. Early Bird Registration: $50; Registration After July 14: $60 Call 913-327-8077 for more information.

An Evening of Courage, Inspiration... and Music
Featuring Israeli Terror Victim Kay Wilson

Thursday, August 14
7:00 p.m.
Jewish Community Center Social Hall

In 2010, Kay and a friend were attacked by terrorists. Her friend died and Kay, stabbed over a dozen times, was left for dead. Join us to hear this dynamic speaker share her story of survival and gratitude. A jazz composer and pianist, she will also perform original compositions.

This presentation is generously sponsored by Rich & Judy Hastings, OneFamily, KC Killel and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.


Now Offering Nia with Marcelle Rudnick!

Wednesdays 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Studio 1 (upper level of the JCC)


Additional class Sundays 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Studio 2 (upper level of the JCC)

Voucher System: One class: $13   Four classes: $44     Eight classes: $80

Purchase by calling Lauren Levin at 913.327.8007

What is Nia?

    • Nia is sensory-based movement combining Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do,
      Aikido, jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance, yoga,
      Alexander Technique and the teachings of Moshe Feldenkraiss.
    • It empowers people of all shapes and sizes to balance form with freedom, personalizing movements for pleasure and personal comfort.
    • Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.
    • For more information about the Nia experience, click here.
    • For more information about Nia at the JCC call Jill Maidhof, Director of Jewish Life & Learning at 913.327.8077

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If you're a news junkie, this highly popular class is for you!  Receive articles in advance of each meeting and lend your voice and opinions to our lively discussions about current events in Israel and around the world.

Facilitated by Rabbi Scott White.

Classes meet on Wednesdays 12:30-1:45 pm in Club Room 3 (upper level of the Campus).

Registration Required

June 11, 18 (2 sessions) $20 *

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (5 sessions) $50

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (5 sessions) $50

November 5, 12, 19, 26 (4 sessions) $40

August 6, 13, 20, 27 (4 sessions) $40

December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (5 sessions) $50

September 3, 10, 17, 24 (4 sessions) $40

January 7, 14, 21, 28 (4 sessions) $40

 *NO class on June 4, JCC closed for Shavuot

This class is made possible by a generous gift from the Porter-Hill-Gill Foundation:THANK YOU. 

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Diane Botwin and Audrey Asher lead highly focused discussions of literature with Jewish content: contemporary and historical poems, short stories and essays. Each reading can be completed in one sitting and is available in advance; participants should come to meetings familiar with the monthly selection(s).


10:30 am - 12:00 pm every third Sunday of the month from fall to spring

Club Room 3 (upper level of the campus)

Welcome to the 13th year of the Great Books Discussion Group. This season we will complete the seven remaining stories of The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories. Page numbers in the list below refer to that anthology. All readings with an asterisk and without page numbers are available online by clicking the reading title:

Aug. 17

Postscript to a Dead Language by Melvin Jules Bukiet

p. 415

Poetry: Hebrew by Danny Siegel, A Linguistic Problem by Dan Pagis, If it was a place by Jen Maidenberg


Sept. 21

Poetry by Marge Piercy: The Ram's Horn, Coming Upon September, Tashlich, Heading of the Year


Oct. 19

Broken Glass by Deborah Eisenberg


Nov. 16

Bottles by Alcina Lubitch Domecq

p. 430

Cherries in the Icebox by David Grossman

p. 438

Three Nightmares by Ilan Stevens

p. 447

Dec. 21

Sideways by Uri Gnessin


Jan. 18

My Brother by Benjamin Tammuz


Feb. 15

Useful Ceremonies by Francine Prose

p. 386

The Prophet's Dilemma by Shalom Auslander


Mar. 15

Bloodshed by Cynthia Ozick


Apr. 19

The Applecake by Allegra Goodman


The Art Biz by Allegra Goodman

p. 459

May 17

Endless Visibility by Jonathan Rosen

p. 455

Poetry by Yehuda Amichai: Letter of Recommendation, All the Generations Before Me



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