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This week Congregations Beth Shalom and Ohev Sholom began holding a joint minyan three days a week at the Appelman Synagogue at Village Shalom, where this photo of Rabbi Scott White (left) and Rabbi David Glickman was taken.

Over the years the Kansas City Jewish community has become known for its cooperative endeavors. In that spirit, Congregations Beth Shalom and Ohev Sholom have agreed to join together for morning minyan three days a week at Village Shalom. The Conservative congregations will pray together for Shacharit services on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Two Arab-Israeli teenage girls stabbed a security guard near the Ramla central bus station on Thursday, Feb. 4. Many Kansas Citians are familiar with Ramla as the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City provides funding for several programs in the area.

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Photo by Scott Fishman Rabbi Beryl Padorr (far left), shared vision coordinator at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah, gave the closing benediction at the Home Blessing of the Mitzvah House this past Sunday, Jan. 31.

“The Jewish community should be extremely proud.”

Led by Barry Kaseff, the local Jewish community banded together to build a “Mitzvah House,” for Heartland Habitat for Humanity. Mark Naster, Heartland Habitat’s director of corporate and foundation relations, announced the coming together of an entire Jewish community “has not been done by any other Habitat affiliate in the country.”

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The cast of Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of ‘13’ includes Samuel Wise (front row, from left), Joshua L. Holloway, Cael Kuhn, Emerson Pereira, Janie Carr and Allison Banks. Middle row: Holly Jackson, Darcie A. Hingula, Jordan Haas, Katie Hulla, Libby Terril, Sheridan Mirador and Callie Fabac. Back row: Jackson Berland, Jared Berlin, Fisher Stewart, Jackson Tomlin, Jake Bartley and Devyn Trondson

Thirteen is that uneasy, angst-filled and shaky time of life when one tries hardest to fit in while one’s body is filling out. As one 13-year-old recently posted as her status, “So far, being 13 is like one long extended pimple.” For most Jewish kids, approaching or turning 13 also means becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

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Ruth Margolies, rebbetzin emeritus of Congregation Beth Shalom, recently celebrated her 90th birthday with friends at Village Shalom. Those celebrating include Betty Brand (from left), Toba Maslan, Carol Goldstein, Evelyn Gibian, Gitta Azorsky, Rene Goldman, Debra Rubin, Dolores Sosnow, Berenice Haberman, Sandi Rozen, Rickie Haith and Ruth Margolies (seated).

SECURING RELIGIOUS RIGHTS FOR ISRAEL’S LIBERAL JEWS — On Sunday, the Reform and Conservative movements, with the pioneering efforts of Women of the Wall, won — after 25 years — a place for liberal Jews to pray at The Wall (see related stories on page 6 and 22). This praying area will not be under the auspices of the Israeli Chief Rabbi, and as such constitutes government recognition of Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel for the first time.

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Danny Lobell will entertain at Congregation BIAV’s Purim Gala on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Jewish comedian Danny Lobell doesn’t know much about Kansas City, except that the Royals won the World Series Championship and we’re famous for barbecue, but plans to bone up on it before he visits here in February. He will entertain at Congregation BIAV’s Purim Gala taking place from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City’s grant cycle is open as part of the 2016 local allocations process. The process includes completion of the Jewish funders’ common grant request form as well as a program budget form, which can be found at www.jfedkc.org. Applications are due no later than Monday, Feb. 29. Contact Ellen Kort at Jewish Federation, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with any questions prior to completion or submission of an application.

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Carole King Photo by Elissa Kline/CK Ranch

SMILE, YOU’RE ON CANDID CAMERA — The focus of our spring Jewish Life magazine is on teens who recently became a Bar or Bat Mitzvah here in the Kansas City area.

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It has been almost two years since a senseless hate crime took the lives of Dr. William Lewis Corporon, his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, and Teresa LaManno. On April 13, 2014, Dr. Corporon and Reat were killed in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Campus where Reat was to audition for a singing competition; LaManno was killed in the parking lot of Village Shalom where her mother lived.

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Social anthropologist and photographer Frederic Brenner has been photographing Jewish communities in over 40 countries for more than 25 years. His photographs will be on display at The J through Feb. 29 and Brenner will speak at The J on Feb. 23.

What happens when home is no longer home?

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Members of the Hebrew Academy’s first graduating class took this photo with then-Hebrew Academy president Hyman Brand (seated) at their 1976 graduation. Shown are Giselle (Gigi) Walters (Wildman) (from left), Irving Cohen, Susan March, Rabbi Kalman (Cary) Levine, Debbie Sosland (Edelman) Michael Firestone, Harriet Puritz (Almaleh), Andrew Jacobs and Bonnie Nussbaum (Mannis).

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Kansas City’s only Jewish day school, is marking a milestone this year. The school will celebrate its 50th anniversary — quite an accomplishment for an institution that started with only a handful of students in a small building.

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Nominations are now being accepted to identify Kansas City’s future Jewish leaders through 18 under 40, an initiative of Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City. Jewish Federation is seeking nominations for innovative business professionals, academic thought leaders, community activists and thoughtful philanthropists who identify as Jewish and are between the ages of 21 and 39.

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