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Sidney Carr, 90, of Overland Park, Kan., died Nov. 7, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice House. Funeral services were held Nov. 10 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City Hospice House or the charity of one’s choice.

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Dr. Barbara Kahn

The discovery of a new class of lipid molecules that enhance insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control offers a promising new avenue for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. A team of scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Salk Institute discovered this new class of molecules.

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“Home is a place that I leave, and the place to which I return. The invitation to leave is as strong as the call to return, and in that movement, I consider home to be the journey itself.”

Nick Carswell, musician, film maker, webmaster.

 

Nick Carswell is one of seven artists selected in the summer to participate in the Jewish Community Center’s second annual Community Art Fellowship Project, presented in partnership with the InterUrban ArtHouse. Their visual art and performances will be presented to the community at the Jewish Community Center (The J) on Sunday, Dec. 7.

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Avi Dichter

For the first time ever, a former Member of Knesset and chief of Israel’s security agency will be the keynote speaker at the Israel Action Forum. Sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the event features The Honorable Avi Dichter Tuesday night, Dec. 9, at the White Theatre on the Jewish Community Campus.

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Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, right, and lawmaker Eliezer Stern at a news conference Nov. 2 about the government’s conversion reform.

Earlier this month the Israeli government adopted a major reform expected to ease the path to conversion for hundreds of thousands of Israelis now prohibited from marrying in the Jewish state.

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The local group of Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom had its inaugural meeting at the end of October. Shown at that first gathering are Hadas Moshonov (from left); Sarah Aptilon; Fatima Chaudhri; Sheila Sonnenschein, a national advisory board member of Salaam Shalom; Allison Berey; Inas Younis, local co-leader; Founder and Executive Director Sheryl Olitzky; Farah Jafri and Vicky Kulikov, co-leader.

Jewish people — as evidenced by many, many events this year, even in our area — are no strangers to hate. Muslims face a lot of hate as well. Some Jewish and Muslim women are coming together as part of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, to move toward peace and away from hate by learning and understanding more about each other. Recently a local chapter of Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom formed and had its first meeting.

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The Philanthropist of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Mary Davidson by Dr. Joe Sopcich, President of Johnson County Community College. Photo by Charles St. Clair

At its annual National Philanthropy Day celebration, held Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Mid-America Chapter honored Dr. Mary Davidson with its Philanthropist of the Year Award.

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We reported last spring that Chiefs super fan Gary Friedman, through an auction, won the opportunity to attend the 2014 NFL Draft as a guest of the Chiefs and the NFL. Just last week he got an unexpected package from this trip, a set of football cards describing each of the fans who were able to represent their teams at the May draft. In case you can’t read the photo, it says, “When Gary was 15 years old in 1963, he decided to purchase a Chiefs season ticket. He never could’ve imagined that he’d be hooked for life. ‘Became a family tradition; wife, kids go to every game,’ Gary said. ‘We visit my Chiefs brick before entering the stadium.’”

HANUKKAH RADIO — Thanks to reader Maury Kohn, we know that SiriusXm will once again have Radio Hanukkah on channel 68, beginning Dec. 16. It runs through Dec. 24 and will feature a wide variety of Hanukkah music including contemporary, traditional and children’s Hanukkah classics.

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Mindy Corporon discusses events planned to commemorate the first anniversary of the April 13 tragedy, where her son, Reat Griffin Underwood, and her father, Dr. William Corporon, were killed in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Campus. Terri LaManno was also killed that afternoon in the parking lot of Village Shalom.

It’s been seven months since the community was sent into shock by the shootings at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom, which killed Dr. William Corporon, Reat Griffin Underwood and Terri LaManno. Last week plans were announced to commemorate the anniversary, and to show the world, that faith wins.

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HBHA Head of Jewish Studies Rabbi Avi Weinstein (from left), HBHA Head of School Howard M. Haas and Rabbi Barak Cohen met to discuss the opportunities of replicating the HBHA model in St. Ives, Australia. Not pictured is Rabbi Daniel Rockoff, HBHA Matmidim program director.

Raised in Davenport, Iowa, Rabbi Barak Cohen never expected his career would take him all the way to Australia, only to bring him back to the Midwest in order to research Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy’s renowned dual-track Jewish studies program. Rabbi Cohen is bringing the knowledge he picked up in Kansas City and at other North American Jewish day schools to Masada College, a K-12 Jewish day school located in St. Ives, Australia. Masada’s goal: To implement a dual-track Jewish studies program similar to that of HBHA.

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