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Blair Hawkins

It’s been said that from all bad things come something good. In the Jewish community, 155 days after the tragedy on April 13 in which three people were murdered in the parking lots of two Jewish institutions, that good thing is the hiring of a director of community security.

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Elana Goldberg
David Helfand

For the first time ever, two people from Kansas City’s USY chapter — Elana Goldberg and David Helfand — are serving as the American leaders of Nativ in Israel. Both are also graduates of the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy.

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This photo was taken at Congregation Ohev Sholom on Labor Day, after the morning minyan, the day before Susan Choucroun was murdered. Choucroun is standing on the right, dressed in the dark pink shirt with her hair pulled back, with her hands on the shoulders of Shir-El Rudnick, who is wearing the Double Bubble shirt.

Just after morning prayers at Ohev Sholom last Monday (Sept. 1), Susan Choucroun posed for the group photo accompanying this article. Twenty-seven hours later, she was murdered.  

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As part of the Beans&Greens program, low-income families can take their SNAP debit cards to participating farmers markets, where they receive tokens to purchase SNAP-eligible food.

We live in the breadbasket of America and are surrounded by farms, so it should be easy to get affordable, healthy and locally grown food into everyone’s hands, right? For low-income families trying to make

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become so popular even young children have gotten into the act at the Beth Shalom Rose Family Early Childhood Education Center. The preschool teaches Jewish Values as a core part of its curriculum. The value of tzedakah is one of the first values taught to the children as well as tikkun olam, making the world a better place. Here Judy Jacks Berman, the school’s director, accepts the ALS Ice Bucket challenge from Vicki Diamond and Anne Rosel French. All the Pre-K kids helped Miss Judy fulfill this challenge, thus participating in helping to make our world a better place!

AGEING WISELY — Marna Dolginoff called me the other day, wanting to share a story with me about her friend and cousin, Leah Cohn. It seems about six months or so ago, Cohn called the marketing office at

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BORTNICK HERE TONIGHT — Ethan Bortnick will be performing a live concert at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Folley Theater. As of Monday tickets were still available. You may remember he was the

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“Payback: The Case for Revenge,” by Thane Rosenbaum. University of Chicago Press, 2013.

With Ferguson in the news, the horrendous murders in South Kansas City, and the execution of Steven Sotloff, “Payback” is an important book although it is not an easy read. It is a work in which a legal scholar examines

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Strangers No More, an interfaith group to help women of different faiths understand each other better, was founded following the shootings on April 13 by Nancy Brown (clockwise from left), Marcia Rittmaster, Sharon Ritter and Judy Hellman. It is a joint program of the Jewish Community Relations Bureau|American Jewish Committee and the United Methodist Women of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

Following the shooting April 13 that killed three non-Jewish people at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom,

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