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David Broza

You may or may not have heard of singer-songwriter David Broza, but in Israel he’s a superstar. The public will have two opportunities to see him while he is here as Congregation Beth Shalom’s Kaplan Scholar Artist-in-Residence.

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Lezlie Zucker

Lezlie Zucker wants her voice to be heard. Whether singing, acting or writing a play, she has always wanted to reach people through the arts.

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Rabbi Simon Jacobson

The Devinki, Pack and Kolkin families have invited one of the most sought after Chabad rabbi speakers in the Jewish world to speak at Kehilath Israel Synagogue in honor of Maria Devinki, of blessed memory. This year marks the fifth anniversary of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother’s death.

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This TP Hanukiyah was created by HBHA student Evie Fried, who was in third grade when she entered the 2015 contest.

The 20th annual Hanukkah Art Contest is open for entries. Deadline for entries is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. The first candle will be lit Saturday night, Dec. 24, and a photo of the winning piece of art will be published in the Dec. 22 edition of The Chronicle.

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Joy Koesten will begin her first term as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives in January.

Republican Joy Koesten will represent District 28 in the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka when the legislative session begins Jan. 9. Koesten was part of the wave of newcomers who booted out incumbents in the August primary, when she defeated two-term incumbent Jerry Lunn. She was unopposed in the general election.

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(Above) A photo of the post office building’s loading dock, and (below) an architectural rendering of a community porch into which the dock will be transformed.

Nicole Emanuel’s vision for InterUrban ArtHouse expanded recently when her organization bought the post office property at 8010 Conser St. in downtown Overland Park.

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CDC teacher Jessica Hamburg works with 4- and 5-year-olds in one of the The J’s pre-K classrooms. The J and The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah are creating a partnership beginning with the 2017-18 school year where The J will manage the Reform congregation’s preschool.

With the shared objective of providing outstanding early learning for infants to pre-kindergarten, The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah and The Jewish Community Center (The J) are moving forward with a new collaboration.

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KC Chiefs player Mitchell Schwartz, one of a handful of Jewish NFL players, visited HBHA last week for an HBHA Chiefs Pep Rally. He is pictured here with HBHA first-graders, who acted as cheerleaders to welcome Schwartz. Approximately 400 people attended the pep rally, which took place at the Jewish Community Campus, including students, HBHA parents and other Jewish community members. Schwartz spoke to students about the importance of education, working hard to achieve your goals and life as a Jewish professional football player.

THERE IS HOPE — A new musical anthology, “There is Hope,” has been put together by David Paskin and Menachem Creditor to help people heal from the recent divisive election. KC native Rabbi Larry Karol is one of the artists featured on “There is Hope.”

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Village Shalom’s annual Ages of Excellence Celebration Wednesday, Nov. 16, attracted 550 people to the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Event chairs were Bruce Kershenbaum (left) and Alana Muller (right), who are shown with featured speaker Thomas L. Friedman. Kershenbaum called the event ‘a big success.’

WHERE LIFE SHINES — Village Shalom’s marketing slogan is “Where Life Shines” and its light was shining bright at its annual Ages of Excellence Celebration last week. Volunteer extraordinaire Sandi Lerner was honored that evening.

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Dr. John Lantos

Dr. John Lantos, director of the Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center, deals daily with literal life-and-death questions — yet he says “there is no more important issue” than the one that will be argued and decided at The Ruth Fredman Cernea Great Latke Hamantash Debate, sponsored by Congregation Ohev Sholom, which takes place at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Campus.

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Last month Rabbi Mendel Segal (center, holding trophy) won the Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship. He is with event organizers Sandy Dorf (left) and Brian Rubenstein.

RABBI Q WINS DALLAS KOSHER BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP — Mendel Segal, the Kansas City rabbi who finished second in last year’s inaugural competition, came back to Texas for another helping and won the Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship on Sunday, Oct. 30.

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