Mazal Tov!

Eric Poe, 2021 Chatan Bereishit

Eric Poe grew up mostly in the KC area. He joined Beth
Shalom in the mid-90s where he and his wife, Helaine Cohn,
were married a few years later. Both he and his wife were
members of Tefillah 2000 and the inaugural adult b’nei mitzvah
class. Eric is a Board Member, serves on the Ritual Committee,
is part of the Rising Song group, is a Zoom Minyan regular,
and serves as a tech advisor for the synagogue. He is also
studying Talmud as part of the 14th cycle of the worldwide
Daf Yomi project. Eric graduated from UMKC with a Bachelor
of Information Technology degree. He is a team manager and
software developer. He is an ambassador for CoderDojoKC, an
organization that teaches children how to program computers,
and for Kansas City Women in Technology, an organization
that supports and mentors local women in various technology
fields. He and his wife are raising two daughters, Hannah and
Rachel. Hannah is currently studying for her bat mitzvah in

Connie Simon, 2021 Kallat Torah

Connie Simon has been a member of Beth Shalom since
1992. Since becoming a member, Connie has served on both
the Beth Shalom Board of Directors and the Board of
Directors for Sisterhood, where Connie is the Co-Chair and
Treasurer of the Gift Shop. Connie has also served as High
Holiday Appeal Co-Chair, Torah Fund Co-Chair, Torah
Fund Treasurer and Sisterhood Vice President of Education.
Connie has also served on many Blue Valley School
committees, the PTA & PTO Boards at Cottonwood Point
Elementary, Oxford Middle School and BVNW High
School and volunteered for Federation, NCJW and KCUSY.
Connie grew up in St. Louis at Shaare Zedek (Kol Rhina)
where she was President of SZUSY. After high school,
Connie attended Emory University in Atlanta where she
earned BA’s in Psychology & Sociology. Connie worked in
medical research, grant writing and administration and,
after moving to Kansas City, worked as a Senior Coordinator
and Research Associate for the KU Cancer Center. Connie
has been a teacher at the Beth Shalom Preschool since 2006,
where she loves helping young children discover and learn.
Connie has been married to her husband Richard for 30 years
and they are the proud parents of two children, Benjamin and
Elie, both alumni of Beth Shalom Preschool.

Happy 75th Birthday Bill and Marge Scholsberg!

In honor of their 75th Birthdays, Bill and Marge Scholsberg are inviting you to celebrate with them with a boxed lunch kiddush on July 17, 2021.


Nora Pearl and Jack Finn Goldberg

Hannah Harris and Jerry Enslein are thrilled to announce the birth of their twin grandchildren, Nora Pearl and Jack Finn. The proud parents are Sarah Mandel and Ilan Goldberg and the big brother is Remy Goldberg, of Baltimore, Maryland.

Congrats to our 2021 Graduates! We are so proud of you! 

Ezri Oliver Heisler

Ezri Oliver was born on February 24, 2021. He is the son of Elena and Ben Heisler, and brother of Micah Leo Heisler. 

Wishing Bobbi Arenson a very Happy 91st Birthday on December 12, 2021! 

Sophie Andrea Silver

Sophie Andrea Silver was born on November 20, 2020. She is the daughter of Renee Polsky Silver and Lawrence Silver, and the sister of Nathan and Elaine Silver. Sophie is the grand daughter of Larry and Ellen Polsky, and Sarene Silver, Jack Jagoda and Ken Silver.

Caleb August Temkin

Caleb August Temkin was born on November 20, 2020. He is the son of Emma (Eisemann) and Eli Temkin and the grandson of Leslie Mark and Mark Eisemann of Mission Hills, Kansas, and Harvey and Barbara Temkin of Netanya, Israel. He is the great grandson of Elinor Eisemann.

Dr. Laura Fromm Kantor & Mr. Josh Kantor

Laura Stephanie Fromm and Josh J. Kantor were married Saturday, Aug. 23, 2020, at Rosehill Gardens. It was a small, socially distanced outdoor ceremony with just the bride and groom’s closest family members and friends. All other guests and bridal party that could not attend joined via livestream. 

Congratulations to Hanan Hammer, Chatan Torah, and Miles Ross, Chatan Bereishit, as they will be honored as 2020 Congregation Beth Shalom volunteers. 

2020-2021 KCUSY Board Members Installation

Dr. Stacy Handler Elkon & Dr. Jacob Elkon

Mazal Tov to Gabrielle and Michael Handler on the marriage of their daughter. Dr. Stacy Handler and Dr. Jacob Elkon were married on July 5, 2020 in Newport, RI, before a gathering of 25. The local Providence Rabbi officiated, reading some remarks prepared by Rabbi Alan Cohen.  

We are excited to announce that Stefanie Williams was chosen to become Beth Shalom’s new Executive Director! 

Congregation Beth Shalom would like to congratulate the Class of 2020. We are so proud of all the hard work it took to see this day come and wish you well on your journeys ahead! 

Madeline Abrams-Daughter of Stephen and Mara Abrams
Addison Brand-Son of Elliot Brand and Jasmine Jacobs Kaplan
Eli Cohavi-Son of Melanie Cohavi and David Cohavi
Hannah Cole-Daughter of Brian and Karen Cole
Gavi Glickman-Son of Rabbi David and Annie Glickman
Mirra Goldenberg-Daughter of Jeffrey Goldenberg
River Hennick-Daughter of Elizabeth Hennick
Halle Hurst-Daughter of Richard and Lisa Hurst
Daniel Rose-Son of Mark and Julye Rose
Sara Saidel-Daughter of Hazzan Tahl Ben-Yehuda and Eric Saidel
Gabrielle Scicchitano-Daughter of Zvia Zadock and Frank Scicchitano
Jeff Soloman-Son of Max and Julie Soloman
Jack Ullman-Son of Lee and Susan Ullman
Brady Wordsworth-Son of Jeffrey and Jamie Wordsworth
Jack Zwillenberg-Son of Joseph and Julie Zwillenberg

Gavi Wolff Berman

Rabbi Courtney and Jeffrey Berman announce the birth of their son, Gavi Wolff, on February 14, 2020. His big brother is Micah. The very proud grandparents are Judy Jacks Berman and Steve Berman. 

Amy Schultz was unanimously selected as the 2019-2020 Beth Shalom Sisterhood Past Presidents’ Leadership Recognition Award Honoree.

Lennon Eloise Meklir

Sara and Derek Meklir of Los Angeles proudly announce the birth of their second daughter, Lennon Eloise, born Dec 26, 2019; big sister is Micah Linda. Sara is formerly of Prairie Village, Kansas. Grandparents are Allen and Susan Lebovitz, Sam Meklir and the late Linda Meklir of Detroit. Great grandparents are Kate Lebovitz and the late Eugene
Lebovitz. Lennon Eloise is named after her maternal great grandfather and paternal grandmother. 

Devin Noah Sher

Rachel Ann and Stephen Scott Sher of Culver City, California announce the birth of their son, Devin Noah Sher, on September 18, 2019. Grandparents are Linda House and the late Harold J. House of Overland Park, Kansas, Denise Sher of Oceanside, California and Michael and Julie Sher of Shanghai, China. Great grandparents are Susan Sher of Perris, California and Philip Gianni of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Great grandparents of blessed memory are Isidor and Rose House of Kansas City, and Kenneth Sher of Perris, California, and the late Samuel and Jean Rogozenski z”l. 

Kobi Zev Fine

Kobi Zev Fine was born on December 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. He
is the son of Katja Edelman and Ari Fine and the grandson of
Debbie Sosland-Edelman and Alan Edelman and Renee and Howard
Fine. He is the great grandson of Blanche and Neil Sosland and the late
Dr. William and Doris Edelman. Kobi was warmly welcomed by his big
sister Noa Dorit Fine.

Ross Simchat Banot

On November 30, 2019 the Ross Cousins had their Baby Naming in Goldsmith Hall. The girls are the granddaughters of Miles and Sally Ross. 

Congratulations to Ernie Rosenthal, Chatan Torah, and Amy Schultz, Kallat Bereishit, as they will be honored as 2019 Congregation Beth Shalom volunteers.

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