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Trudy Jacobson (from left) joins chef and What Jew Wanna Eat blogger Amy Kritzer and Barb Kovacs, Women’s Philanthropy campaign co-chair, at a recent campaign event.

Throughout her life as a businesswoman, volunteer and philanthropist, Trudy Jacobson counts a lot of strong women among her list of mentors.

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“Praying the Bible: Finding Personal Meaning in the Siddur, Ending Boredom & Making Each Prayer Experience Unique” by Rabbi Mark Levin, available Aug. 5, 2016 from Jewish Lights Publishing, paperback, $18.99, or Amazon.com, $17.31.

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Ellen Katz will perform her ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ retrospective at B’nai Jehudah on Saturday, Sept. 10.

An “edu-tainer” is someone who both educates and entertains and that’s exactly what Ellen Katz does with her retrospectives of super-musicals — the definition of a musical play that is brilliantly crafted and has social, cultural and artistic achievement.

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Joy Koesten

PRIMARY WINNERS — In case you somehow missed the news last week, Joy Koesten, a member of Kehilath Israel Synagogue, defeated incumbent 28th District Rep. Jerry Lunn in the Republican primary for the Kansas House of Representatives on Aug. 2. She does not have a Democratic challenger in the Nov. 8 general election, so she will be off to Topeka in January.

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STP BBQ — Smoked to Perfection, the Reserve Grand Champion team at the 2015 Kansas City Kosher BBQ Championship: Riley Johnson (front row, from left), Sebastian Fraley and Olivia Fraley. Back row: Lisa Bernard, Shane Johnson, Rabbi Mendel Segal, Scott Fraley, Food Network judge Simon Majumdar, Jerry Bernard and Justin Hansen. Photo by Josh Mawhirter

Tastes good. Looks good. Nice texture.

These are the three criteria the Kansas City Barbeque Society uses to judge entries in barbecue contests, and these same criteria will apply to entries in the 5th Annual Kansas City Kosher BBQ Championship.

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NCJW is giving abused/neglected kids served by CASA, who are aging out of foster care, the goods to help them establish their first home. At the Storage Mart at 91st and Metcalf, which is donating space to house the goods until needed, are NCJW’s Carla Oppenheimer (from left), CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties Executive Director Amy Boydston and Jackson County CASA Executive Director Martha Gershun.

It’s shocking what happens to youths who age out of the foster care system without finding a permanent home. Helping change the course of these abused/neglected youths’ lives is the goal of a new program in which the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Kansas City Section (NCJW) is joining with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to provide a helping hand to get these young adults started on the road to a successful life.

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On Monday as workers busily prepared for the re-opening of the Leawood Hen House, those working in the kosher section took time out for a quick photo marking the occasion. Shown are delicatessen service manager Ashley Salazar (from left), chef Peter Castillo, Balls Food Stores President David Ball, and mashgiachs Ben Kopelman and Max Johnston. Photo by Scott Fishman

Keeping kosher in Kansas City can be quite a challenge.

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