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Rabbi Michael Zedek

For 26 years Rabbi Michael Zedek served as the senior rabbi of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah, choosing in 2000 to leave the congregation and accept the title of rabbi emeritus. Next month, he will return to the pulpit for one night as the Reform congregation’s featured speaker at Shabbat Shuvah on Friday, Oct. 7. Erev Shabbat Services begin at 6 p.m., preceded by Bisseleh Nosh at 5:30 p.m.

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Rabbi David Glickman, senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom and president of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City, presents a rare book to Beth M. Whittaker, assistant dean of distinctive collections and director of Spencer Research Library, and John Younger, professor of classics and academic director of Jewish studies at the University of Kansas.

The Rabbinical Association recently came into possession of a very rare book, “Die alten jüdischen Heiligthümer,” (“Jewish Ceremonial Law and Custom”), by Johann Lund (1638-1686), printed and bound in Hamburg, Germany, in 1701.The Rabbinical Associated decided to give it to the University of Kansas department of Jewish studies and it will be housed in the Spencer Research Library. The presentation was made earlier this month.

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Dr. Mark Molos, of WestGlen Gastrointestinal Consultants, is the first doctor in the U.S. outside of clinical trials to use the revolutionary colonoscopy pillcam, a vitamin-sized pill containing a tiny camera.

Say goodbye to invasive screening colonoscopies that require anesthesia, a day off work, someone to drive you home, and a long tube used in a procedure suite. A Jewish physician, Dr. Mark Molos of WestGlen Gastrointestinal Consultants, is the first doctor in the U.S. outside of clinical trials to use the revolutionary pillcam, a vitamin-sized pill containing a tiny camera that records the same view offered by a colonoscopy.

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The Nerman Family — Sue (from left), Jerry, Margaret and Lewis, shown with ‘Shoppers,’ a 1976 life-sized sculpture by Duane Hanson — are honorary chairs for the ArtsKC annual fundraiser set for Thursday, Oct. 6.

Jerry Nerman knows he has a keen eye for beautiful objects ranging from contemporary art to fine watches. The Nerman Family are among the most prominent collectors of contemporary art in the United States, and have been chosen as honorary chairmen for the ArtsKC seventh annual Inspiration Breakfast Oct 6.

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Rabbi Daniel Kirzane came to Miss Michelle and Miss Susan’s 2-year-olds’ preschool class at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah to help them affix the mezuzah they created on their class doorway and led them in a special prayer.

PLANTING THE SEEDS OF OUR FUTURE — “As my ancestors planted for me before I was born, so do I plant for those who will come after me.”

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Rabbi Shaya Katz

The KC Kollel has hired a new full-time rabbi, Rabbi Shaya Katz, and has begun offering a series of educational programs in the community once again. Last year, a transition year for the Kollel, Rabbi Ari Adler offered some programming on a part-time basis in addition to his full-time teaching position at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. Rabbi Adler left the area last month.

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The Jewish community came together to spiritually prepare for the coming Days of Awe at a special program and service on Saturday night. Following presentations by participating rabbis about how they spiritually prepare for the holidays, a beautiful and inspiring Selichot service was led by area clergy and a community chorus. The ritual of changing the Torah covers to one specifically designed for the High Holy Days was led by each congregation’s designated leader. Pictured here are Rabbis Alan Londy (from left), David Glickman, Javier Cattapan, Daniel Kirzane, Cantor Sharon Kohn, Rabbi Art Nemitoff, Hazzan Tahl Ben-Yehuda, Rabbis Jonathan Rudnick, Beryl Padorr, Scott White and Linda Steigman.

YUMMY BLINTZ BRUNCH — For 51 years Temple Beth Shalom has sponsored a Blintze Brunch. This week The Topeka Capital Journal’s editors, in its Best of Topeka magazine, chose the event as the best Ethnic Event in Northeast Kansas. The annual event is held in April at the Reform congregation. In addition to a brunch buffet, it features a bake sale, gift shop and a silent auction. Here’s what the editors had to say about what must be a delicious way to spend a Sunday in Topeka:

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Merilyn Berenbom and Stanley Bushman led the Bushman Community Endowment Program, established in 2007, with the support of Foundation staff. The program concluded with last week’s Jewish Community Foundation event at the Museum of Prairiefire.

More than 150 people gathered in the Great Hall of the Museum at Prairiefire Thursday, Sept. 15, as the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City celebrated the conclusion of the Bushman Community Endowment Program and the launch of the ongoing Create a Jewish Legacy initiative that will build on its success.

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In a recent family photo, new KC Kollel Rabbi Shaya Katz holds infant daughter Elka while his wife Rikki holds 2-year-old son Dovi. The Katzes moved here from Riverdale, New York, in early August to rejuvenate the KC Kollel.

Rabbi Shaya Katz has had a busy summer. In May he earned his Master of Social Work degree from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and in July he was ordained by the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, both associated with Yeshiva University in New York City. By the first week of August, he was living in Overland Park and visiting the newly re-opened kosher section at Leawood’s Hen House Market.

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