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Shaniya Carter, a patient at Children’s Mercy Hospital, was one of 15 patients who participated in a mask-making activity led by Kaley Wajcman, an art therapist at the Epsten Gallery. The gallery and the hospital began an official partnership earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Children’s Mercy Hospital

Last year Bill Kort, president of Epsten Gallery Foundation’s board of directors, announced that the gallery wanted to widen its net by increasing its programming to appeal to an even broader range of people in the community. A year later, Kort can report that the gallery’s net has indeed widened and its programs are now taking place on both sides of the state line.

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Adena Goldberg and Elana Goldenberg celebrated completing Tractate of Megillah during the Class of 2016’s graduation ceremony.

In the Jewish community, we are all — more or less — familiar with the Torah, also known as the five books of Moses. The Talmud, which frequently cites the Torah, is another well-known book — the book of Jewish law. A huge collection of doctrines and laws compiled before the eighth century, the Talmud is the repository of Jewish oral tradition, which contains Jewish civil and ceremonial law.

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Harold Koch was instrumental in getting the city of Leawood to proclaim June ASK month.

"Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?”

That’s a question the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence encourages every parent to ask before a child visits a friend’s home.

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Chana Shear has become a Zionist during her service in the Israeli army saying “My reason for continuing on, and what helped me through, was knowing that I was fighting to defend my home.” Photo by Barry A. Kaplan

In May, just weeks before she turned 21 and before being discharged from the Israeli army, Chana Shear, daughter of Rob Shear of Overland Park and Miriam Ben Shoshan of the Jerusalem suburb of Maaleh Adumim, was the only person in the Home Front Command of the Israel Defense Forces to be awarded the Outstanding Soldier Award.

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A rendering of Village Shalom’s major expansion, announced this week, shows changes to be made to the campus. 1.The independent living addition will house 60 retirement living apartments — each with its own underground parking space. 2. The new courtyard villa building will house 13 retirement living residences. It will also feature underbuilding parking. 3. The Main Street common area will feature an independent living dining venue, a pub, theater, library, media center, day spa and outdoor community space. 4. The new free-standing memory care community will have 48 residences and an adult day care space. 5. The existing memory care area will be renovated to create a boutique-style short-term rehabilitation and therapy center.

Village Shalom has revealed its plans for a major expansion and repositioning project that will transform the manner in which the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) serves area seniors.

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Yosef Silver snapped this photo of big, black clouds the evening of Lag b’Omer right before the sirens sounded.

A LAG B’OMER TO REMEMBER — Lag b’Omer this year fell on Thursday, May 26. There were many planned outdoor activities, including Chabad and The Shul-Leawood.

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Congregation Beth Torah bid farewell to Rabbi Rick Shapiro and his wife Lynn on Friday, June 17.

MOVING FORWARD — A flash mob of singers clapped, sang and danced on Friday, June 17, to Rabbi Rick Shapiro’s favorite version of Oseh Shalom to close the separation service at Congregation Beth Torah as Rabbi Shapiro moves on to another interim assignment.

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High school students from Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy and University Academy participated in a Civil Rights Tour of the South this spring. This photo was taken on the first day at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

EXCITING MILESTONE APPROACHING — Jewish Community Foundation is thrilled to be reaching an important milestone.

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Dr. Ayala Zoltan Rockoff

Members of the Jewish community were horrified by events April 13, 2014, when two people were shot and killed in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Campus while a third was murdered in the parking lot at Village Shalom. At that time representatives from PROJECT CHAI, the trauma and bereavement arm of the international organization Chai Lifeline, provided programming and counseling to assist students at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy as they headed back to their school, located on the Campus, following the tragedy.

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Rabbi Michael Lerner speaking during a pre-tape of “Meet the Press” at the NBC studios in Washington, D.C., April 12, 2006. Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press

GOING GLOBAL —For some reason there’s not much going on locally this week, so  this week we’re dedicting this space to national and international tidbits. 

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Rabbi Jeremy Stern

Rabbi Jeremy Stern, executive director of ORA (Organization for the Resolution of Agunot), will be the Scholar in Residence at Congregation BIAV June 17-19. His mission is to bring awareness to the growing crisis of agunot, Jewish women whose husbands refuse to give them a religious divorce known as a get.

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