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1. Upcoming Events 

2014 Yom HaShoah / Holocaust Memorial Service

Sunday, April 27

1:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Campus

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Jews of Hungary. Mirra Klausner, a member of the 2nd Generation and the daughter of Tiberius and Carla Klausner, is the program Chair. Mirra's father Tiberius is a Holocaust Survivor and native of Romania which was liberated by the Russians.

The moving candle lighting ceremony will include Holocaust survivors, Children of Survivors, Grandchildren of Survivors, Jewish War Veterans, students, and a representative of the entire Jewish community. Six candles will be lit in memory of the six million Jews who perished and in honor of those who survived the Nazi genocide.

This event is coordinated by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Jewish Community Center, and the Jewish Community Relations Bureau|American Jewish Committee. Local Jewish organizations are co-sponsors. The community is invited to attend at no charge.


Larger Than Life: Biblical Bronzes by Richard Edelman

Opening Reception

Sunday, May 4

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Meet the artist and view more than 25 of his works on display and for sale

About Richard Edelman

More than 25 works on display May 4 - May 31 in the Jewish Community Center's Galleria

"Bronze is an ancient metal which I believe to be strongly lends itself to storytelling. My work in bronze began about three years ago after exclusively working in steel and stainless steel. I wanted to engage with the stories you will see told here using an ancient method of creating sculpture.

There is something marvelous about the process of creating a sculpture in bronze...the artist begins with the ancient clay of the earth and the calcified plaster of the ancient sea beds and creates a form with his hands. The model is then molded and cast in metal using the disappearing wax method of antiquity. The hand work is pleasant, sublime, thrilling...silent.

Listen carefully to the cold silence of these bronze pieces. They may speak to you. Feel free to touch them and read their lips."

Richard Edelman was born in Davenport, Iowa and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information, click here.

Celebrate Israel @ 66 - Yom HaAtzmaut

Tuesday, May 6

5:30 p.m. in the Social Hall of the Jewish Community Campus

Entertainment: Live music with Tizmoret Orchestra plus additional entertainment with JCC's Encore Dance Troupe & HBHA Choir.

Celebrate Israel's 66th birthday with great Israeli food, fun kids activities, including Sifryat Pajama (Israeli PJ Library). Take "Israeli tourist" photos of you, your family & friends in Israel and make care packages for IDF soldiers. There's something for everyone at Yom HaAtzmaut!

Event is free and open to the public. Israeli food is available for a nominal fee.

For more information, contact Yahav Barnea at


2. Monthly Noon Hour Presentations

Note: March Presentation Rescheduled for April 9th

Noon Hour Presentation - Wednesday, April 23

12:00 - 1:15 pm

Jewish Community Center - MAC Room

*Yes, bring lunch!

Warning Signs of Anti-Semitism

And What Each of Us Can Do

Featuring Mary Greenberg, MSW, Ph.D.
Founder of the Holocaust Remembrance Forum for the State of Kansas

Noon Hour Presentation - Monday, May 5

12:00 - 1:15 pm

Jewish Community Center - MAC Room

*Yes, bring lunch!

An Unexpected Tale of Friendship During WWII

Featuring Nina Edelman

3. Great Classes

Now Offering Nia with Marcelle Rudnick!

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

Studio 1 (upper level of the JCC)

$13/class - enjoy one free class and if you like it, enroll monthly!

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.

 or call Lauren Levin at 913.327.8007

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

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

May 7, 14, 21, 28 (4 sessions) $40

June 11, 18, 25 (3 sessions) $30 (NO class on June 4, JCC closed for Shavuot)

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

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 done in one sitting and are available in advance, so that participants come to meetings familiar with the monthly selection(s).

FREE from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm/Every third Sunday of the month (Please note - NO meeting on February 16th)

Club Room 3 (upper level of the campus)


Page numbers below cite to The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories, edited by Ilan Stavans; other readings may be acquired by clicking on the blue title of the selection. The Hill of Evil by Amos Oz can be acquired by contacting Lauren Levin, or 913-327-8007.


April 20

The Community Seder  by Gerald Shapiro
The Seder by Teresa Porzecanski

May 18

Poetry by Marge Piercy: Toldot, Midrashim

June 15

The Hill of Evil Counsel by Amos Oz (52 pgs.)


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