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Article by JCRB|AJC Board member Naomi Kauffman, published in the Jewish Chronicle (print and online) June 18, 2015

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In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march, click here to read about "A Civil Rights Journey: Blacks and Jews Travel the Road Together" in the Kansas City Globe.


Kansas City Jewish Chronicle - January 1, 2015

Event in honor of Martin Luther King brings many faiths together

People of all faiths are invited to come together for a special service in support of civil rights and to further the work of an icon of the 20th century who strived to make all people equal. 

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service is a joint presentation of the Jewish Community Relations Bureau|American Jewish Committee (JCRB|AJC) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference....(continue reading)

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Kansas City leader discovers why Brussels matters

BRUSSELS — A recent festive gathering in the capital of Belgium, saluting the vital importance of the relationship between Europe and the United States, highlighted the unique role of one Jewish organization, AJC, in deepening those ties. The occasion was the 10th anniversary celebration of the AJC Transatlantic Institute (TAI).

“We are here tonight to celebrate our shared values,” TAI Director Daniel Schwammenthal told the audience of more than 250. Dozens of European Parliament members, ambassadors to the EU and Belgium, Jewish leaders from across Europe, and civil society partners, as well as AJC leaders from across the United States, participated in the gala, which took place in the same hotel ballroom where AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization headquartered in New York, launched its Brussels operation in 2004.

“Brussels is the political nerve center of Europe,” said Harvey Kaplan, a long-time leader in the Kansas City Jewish community, who traveled to Brussels for the celebration and related meetings with European policymakers. “Understanding what takes place here, what the European Union does, is enormously important for us because it touches directly on the challenges that confront Jews, indeed democratic countries, worldwide.” Kaplan is a member of the board of directors and former chair of the JCRB/AJC.

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