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Driving out Darkness in the Heartland: 2024 Regional Summit on Combating Antisemitism

About the Summit

April 2024 marked 10 years since a gunman, fueled by antisemitism, murdered three innocent civilians on the campus of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and at Village Shalom. Our tight-knit community was left shaken and grief-stricken.

Unfortunately, levels of antisemitism in the US have risen 305% in the decade since (2014-2022). In response, JCRB|AJC hosted our region’s first-ever Summit on Combating Antisemitism — Driving Out Darkness in the Heartland.

While we cannot undo the past, we can educate others, provide resources to allied institutions, and aim to fight antisemitism together. The Summit included a Unity Seder on April 15th and a day-long Symposium on April 16th, featuring AJC CEO Ted Deutch and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff as our keynote speakers among other speakers.

Symposium Session Video Recordings

Unity Seder & Symposium Photos




American Jewish Committee


White Family Supporting Foundation | Humanities Kansas | Anonymous 

John and Marny Sherman | Ann and Tom Isenberg |

City of Kansas City, MO

Resurrection | Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City |

University of Missouri - Kansas City | The Abelson Family 

John and Jenny Isenberg | Irv and Ellen Robinson | Barry Kaseff & Lynne Melcher | Jewish Community Center of Greater KC

Carol and Tom Barnett | Jason and Andrea Krakow | Edward Goldstein and Rachel Krantz | Carol and David Porter | Michele and Harvey Kaplan | Bonnie and Matt Siegel | Lisa and Jerry Bernard | Sue and Lewis Nerman | AdHoc Group Against Crime | Clint Hylton Agency | Dr. Thomas Hastings

Midwest Center for Holocaust Education | Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy | SevenDays | GEHA | Dr. Ken and Sheila Sonnenschein | Jewish Family Services | Congregation Beth Torah | Vicky and Howard Mayer | Lisa and Ken Schifman | Gail and Gary Weinberg | Howard and Ro Jacobson | Beth and Steven Cole | Stewart and Esther Stein | Victor and Annie Wishna | Jered and Corey Nussbaum | Combat Antisemitism Movement | Urban League of Greater Kansas City | Congregation Beth Shalom | Dr. Bill and Kathi Rosenberg | Mary Zahner Bauer | Micah Levine | Michael and Sherry Blumenthal | The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council | Regnier Family Foundation | Amicus Institute for Governance | KC Chamber | Byrne Pelofsky + Associates | Allison Berey and John Lorei 

In-Kind Supporters: Bernstein-Rein