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Congregation Beth Shalom announced last week that its board of directors has approved a recommendation to build a sacred space at its facility at 14300 Lamar Ave. in Overland Park.

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Rabbi Scott White

Rabbi Scott White, spiritual leader of Congregation Ohev Sholom since 2005, will conclude his tenure at the congregation in the summer of 2019.

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Mort and Helene Singer

Congregation Beth Israel Abraham & Voliner is looking forward to “unmasking” and honoring two BIAV heroes — Mort and Helene Singer — at its annual Purim Gala on Sunday, March 12.

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Eileen Bluestone Sherman

Those who think they know Norman Rockwell from his years of illustrating Saturday Evening Post covers don’t know the whole story. At a very early age, Rockwell learned, “Don’t show life as it really is, but how folks want it to be.” And that sums up his life as an artist.

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Shown at the interfaith vigil for refugees and immigrants on Feb. 5 are Rabbi Mark Levin (front row, from left), rabbi emeritus of Congregation Beth Torah; Hilary Cohen Singer, executive director of JVS, and Shabina Kavimandan. Back row: Fariz Turkmani, Syrian immigrant; Ahsan Latif, Crescent Peace Society president; and Bill Rose-Heim, Disciples of Christ and Greater KC Interfaith Council director.

‘SUPPORTING REFUGEES — More than 1,300 people attended a vigil for refugees and immigrants on Sunday, Feb. 5, at Overland Park Christian Church. An additional 1,900 people viewed the vigil on live-stream. The organization that planned the event, KC for Refugees, is a grassroots organization that helps refugees being settled by Catholic Charities, Della Lamb Community Services and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS).

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That Bob Cutler — he’s always starting something.

He’s had a knack for it since 1987, when he started C3, a company that creates products for restaurant clients to entertain and differentiate their brands for families with children.

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This photo of Brody Robert Presson Shalley was taken on Feb. 1, when he was 17 days old. He is receiving nutrition through IV while another tube through his mouth helps release some of the tension in his GI tract.

Most newborns spend a day, maybe two, in the hospital before going home with mom and dad. But Brody Robert Presson Shalley, The Chronicle’s First Jewish Baby of 2017, isn’t that lucky. Born five weeks early (his due date was Feb. 14) at Children’s Mercy Hospital at 12:12 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, he is expected to continue making the hospital’s neonatal unit his home for the next four to six months.

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Jay Lewis, executive director of KU Hillel, was the master of ceremonies at the 2012 TEDxOverlandPark event titled “Game-Changers.”

Ever feel like you have this great idea but don’t know what to do with it? Well, TEDxOverlandPark, a local offshoot of the nationally known TED, might be the answer.

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Jay Michael Gilman

‘FIRST THEY CAME FOR’ — Earlier this month a play based on the poem “First They Came For” by Martin Niemoller and inspired by Elie Wiesel’s “Night” debuted in Philadelphia. Why do we write about it?

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Rabbi Rockoff runs twice a week in preparation for Rabbis Can Run, a 10K event held in conjunction with the Jerusalem Marathon to raise money for Kav L’Noar of Israel.

If you’ve seen a man running in the area of 99th and Antioch wearing a BIAV Minayn Man sweatshirt, it’s likely you’ve caught a glimpse of Rabbi Dani Rockoff training for his first ever 10K run. Rabbi Rockoff and two other North American rabbis will be participating in the inaugural Rabbis Can Run event to raise money for Kav L’Noar of Israel. The rabbis will be running the 10K portion of the Jerusalem Marathan, set for March 17 in Jerusalem.

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In this photo a JVS refugee family receives a food box donation for a local charity.

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) and Jewish Family Services (JFS) are joining forces to help the Kansas City refugee community with much-needed food and transportation beginning next month.  JVS is the largest refugee resettlement agency in the metropolitan area, resettling over 5,000 refugees in the Kansas City community since 2004.  Last year alone, JVS resettled almost 600 refugees from 14 different countries.

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Jonathan Arlan walked across the French Alps in 2015.

Jonathan Arlan decided to walk across the French Alps almost on a whim.

A seasoned traveler and avid indoorsman, Arlan was inspired one day to take a long trek.

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