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A Century of Striving
July 22, 2014
Article detailing the histories and current operations of Kansas City engineering firms HNTB and Black & Veatch. HNTB turned 100 in 2014, and Black and Veatch will follow in 2015. A section on Burns &...
A Coda to a Musical Career
April 30, 2010
Article profiles pianist Myrna Braverman who is retiring after 20 years as a teacher at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. For the past decade she has performed with Yachad: The Traveling Tefillah Band. Braverman...
A Larger-Than-Life Philanthropist
September 10, 2010
Article about the life of Norman Polsky who died September 2, 2010. Polsky, chairman of Fixture Furniture, was active in many community organizations and a major philanthropist. He also published a monthly...
A Stellar Education Ahead...Allons-y!
November 19, 2014
Profile of the French-immersion school Academie Lafayette, described as an "urban success story" due to the high standardized test scores of its students. The school was established in 1999 as a public...
Beth Shalom, Ohev Sholom Eye Merger
January 23, 2009
The leaders of congregations Beth Shalom and Ohev Sholom have begun to explore in depth the possibility of a merger between the two synagogues. Ohev Shalom, established in 1878, is the oldest synagogue...
Bittermans Make Sure Customers 'Have a Sweet Day'
June 1, 2007
Article features Bitterman Family Confections located at 3107 Gillham Road. They have been in business for three generations of their family and are known by their slogan "Have a Sweet Day." Marilyn Bitterman...
Black Judaism Has Roots in Kansas
September 18, 2009
Article describes how "Black Judaism" grew out of a congregation in Lawrence, Kansas, called Church of God and Saints of Christ (COGASOC). The COGASOC congregation was founded in 1896 by a former slave,...
Book Seeks to Restore Cub's Great Jewish Heritage
April 7, 2006
A new book entitled Johnny Kling: A Baseball Biography by Gil Bogen has recently been published. The author contends that Kling was Jewish although Kling's wife Lillian asserted he was not. Kling was a...
Car Dealers Meet New Challenges
August 14, 2009
Article profiles several of Kansas City’s Jewish car dealers including Bud Brown Automotive (formerly Bud Brown Chrysler/Plymouth), Bob Sight Ford (formerly Schlozman Ford), and Weinberg Motors (formerly...
Center Cornerstone Reveals Nothing But Memories
May 28, 2010
The Jewish Community Archives of Kansas City recently held an event to remove the cornerstone from the old Jewish Community Center (JCC) building at 8201 Holmes Street. JCC occupied the building from 1961-1986....
Child Philanthropist Helps Children's Mercy Hospital
December 18, 2009
Article profiles nine-year old Jack Novoor, who has raised nearly $6,000 for Children's Mercy Hospital. The December 2009 fundraiser at the Jumping Jax recreation center will be the fourth that Novoor...
Community Archives Wants Your Stuff
August 13, 2010
The Jewish Community Archives of Greater Kansas City is housed at The Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Kansas City. Its new executive director, Judy Parelman, has put out a call for contributions...
Community Leader Remembered
August 28, 2009
Article and obituary for John W. Uhlmann (64), a Jewish community leader. Uhlmann served as president of the Jewish Federation and Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. He was also chairman of the board of The Uhlmann...
Article profiles Israeli architect, Moshe Safdie, designer of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Center. Safdie was also the architect for the Atriums on the Plaza condominiums. The article contains color...
Dan White Images of Kansas City Jazz Artists at American Jazz Museum
May 1, 2006
Review of "The Fine Art of Kansas City Jazz: the Photographs of Dan White".
Article profiles the New York Bakery & Delicatessen, 7016 Troost. Now owned and operated by Jim and Barbara Holzmark, it still "cranks out the corned beef as it nears 100".
Diamonds & Furs
Profiles of four local luxury retailers and their owners. Missy Wang Smart is president of Alaskan Fur Company; Cathy Tivol is CEO of Tivol Jewls; Stephen Burstein own's Stephen's Fine Jewelry, Inc.; and...
Downtown Developers Bring Blighted Spots Back to Life
Article profiles three developers who pioneered in Kansas City's downtown renaissance: Shaul Jolles in the Crossroads District, Mel Mallin in the River Market area, and Mike Rainen in North Kansas City....
Gadfly Makes Film Decrying Power of Eminent Domain
March 12, 2010
Profile of Kansas City filmmaker Phillip Klein and his documentary film "Begging for Billionaires: the Attack on Property Rights in America," which exposes eminent domain abuses in Missouri and Kansas....
Article profiles sculptor Stretch. In his studio/gallery at 1830 Locust he creates sculpture out of steel and glass. Stretch is also owner of Grinders restaurant at 417 E. 18th Street.
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