WP Annual Meeting to Feature Presentation, Exhibit at WWI Museum

Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation will host its annual meeting, Be A Woman of Impact, on Monday, August 27 at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.

The event will feature the museum’s senior curator, Doran Cart, who will share insights on American Jewish women’s efforts in the war.

“Throughout the war, Jewish women across the country showed their support of the war effort in many ways, both on the home front and overseas. We are excited to learn how Jewish women supported the war efforts 100 years ago,” said Alissa Yamnitz, who is co-chairing the annual meeting with Rosanne Rosen.

“We are pleased to be able to bring this unique topic to the Jewish women of Kansas City while, at the same time, celebrating the work we continue to do as a community to support Jewish people in need – here at home and around the world through our work at Jewish Federation,” said Rosen.

After the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour through the museum’s visiting exhibit, For Liberty: American Jewish Experience in WWI. The exhibit takes a broader look at the promise, trials, tribulations and lasting effects of World War I on the American Jewish population. Items in the exhibit include Irving Berlin’s draft registration card, a photo of the Passover Seder for the American Expeditionary Forces in Paris in 1919, and a letter from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee appealing to Jewish philanthropists like Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck & Company.

In addition to this look inside the American Jewish experience during WWI, the evening will honor outgoing Women’s Philanthropy Chair Lisa Bernard and install incoming Chair Barb Kovacs and the 2018-19 Women’s Philanthropy board of directors.

“This is truly a celebration of all women in our community – past and present,” said Laurie Goldstein, director of Women’s Philanthropy.

The event begins with an hors d’oeuvres reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the board installation and program at 7:00 p.m. All women in the Jewish community are invited; spouses are also welcome to attend. Tickets are $18; reservations can be made at jewishkansascity.org/WP2018, or by calling 913.327.8107.