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What happens when home is no longer home?

The recent flood of people seeking refuge across the globe has brought in its wake a surge of interest in the personal and communal effects of human migration. As a social anthropologist and internationally -  acclaimed  photographer, Frédéric Brenner has been exploring these issues for over 30 years.  Using the Jewish experience as his frame of reference to explore universal questions, Brenner will share his images and observations about the following issues:

What does Judaism look like in different parts of the world?
Given the disparities of practice, is there such a thing as "The Jewish People"?
What happens when Jews wander away from or are rescued out of their birthplaces and childhood homes? Do they feel displaced or "at home" in their new surroundings? Do they belong or feel consigned to eternal "otherness"?
Given these issues, how do we define "Jewish culture", and is it melting, evaporating or Intensifying?

Frederic Brenner | Tuesday, February 23

7:00 pm in the White Theatre of the Jewish Community Campus

Presentation followed by book sale and signing, plus reception
Advance Tickets: $18 per person | Register Here>
At the Event: $22 per person 
Mr. Brenner's works will be on public display in the Campus Galleria February 1 - 28

Click here for photographic brochure on Frédéric  Brenner. 

Click here for Hadassah Magazine article on Frédéric  Brenner.  

The Midwest Jewish Artists Laboratory Network (MWJAL) is a project of The J, The Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee, The University of Wisconsin Hillel in Madison, The Sabes JCC in Minneapolis, and The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. Together, we are engaging more than 70 professional artists to nurture Jewish knowledge, meaning and fellowship.

Our work will be framed by the year-long exploration of a theme chosen by artists from all five cities, entitled Echoes: Voices of Wisdom.

Artists (“Fellows”) in each city are meeting once or twice monthly over the course of the year to explore, react to, share and internalize the meaning of Jewish sources related to the annual theme. While each city will operate independently, we will become more than the sum of our parts through regular communication. This process began with a five city retreat in Milwaukee this fall, during which we studied with national educators, celebrated Shabbat, and shared ideas.

In Kansas City, we invite you to join us in exploring the theme by participating  in related programming and artist-led community workshops.

The 2015-2016 program will culminate in an exhibit/showcase featuring works by the artists and an engaging exhibition by and about community workshop participants.

Major funding for the Jewish Artists Lab is provided by 






Team Trivia Bowl 

A night of fun and games presented by Kehilith Israel Synagogue and The J

The object of the evening is to have FUN!

8 Rounds: Team members collaborate on answers, submitting one answer sheet at the end of each round.

Points are awarded for correct answers and prizes are given to each member of the winning team at the end of each round.  

Special fun tie-breakers in case teams tie a round. 

Master Round: Teams submit answers by the end of the sixth round. 

Extra points awarded for being the first to produce "Let's Make a Deal" items asked for throughout the evening.

Grand prize is given to each member of the overall  highest scoring team at the end of the evening.  

 Jewish Community Campus

Saturday | March 12
Check-in starts at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket price includes competition, food and prizes
$10/person before Thursday | March 10 at 4 p.m. 
$12/person after March 10
Register online here>
Register as a team of up to 10 people or individually and be assigned
Contact Jill Maidhof at (913) 327-8077 or


Trumping Hunger

An afternoon of social and duplicate bridge benefitting the JFS Food Pantry. 

Jewish Community Campus 
Sunday | April 3
1 pm to 4:30 pm
Refreshments served

Cost: $7 per person PLUS, please bring two non-perishable items for the Food Pantry (food or toiletries)
Bridge players can register individually, as couples, or as tables
Deadline: Thursday, March 31st 

Register online here>
Or, call (913) 327.8007
Reservations may also be made at The J's Main Reception Desk

Duplicate players: This will be a Unit Championship Tournament. Scores will be calculated on a
stratified basis and points will be awarded through the American Contract Bridge League. 

To view an event flyer, please click here> 

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