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The grand-prize winner of the 21st annual Hanukkah Art Contest is this plywood and copper Hanukkiah created by Isaac Baran, a seventh-grade student at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy.Photo by Scott Fishman

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Dr. Kurt Metzl (left) and his wife Marilyn (far right) enjoy family time with sons Jordan, Josh, Jonathan and Jamie.

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For the second year, members of the community will light the menorah by the fire pit between Pinstripes and The Brass Onion Restaurant at Prairiefire each night at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 19. Our friends at Prairiefire said Eight Bright Nights Prairiefire Perks will be available to those in attendance following each lighting. This photo was taken at Prairiefire during Hanukkah 2016/5777.

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This year almost half of HBHA’s kindergarten students are the second generation to attend the Jewish day school. Among those students and their families are Evan Schlozman (front row, from left), Jeremiah Wajcman, Eitan Wajcman, Shira Wajcman, Samantha Wajcman, Chloe Feldman, Sammy Katz, Coby Kopelman, Adam Berenbom, Eliana Berenbom, Raya Zigler and Orli Zigler. Back row: Jake Schlozman, Mia Feldman, Rebecca Speier, Kim Fogel, Mike Berenbom and Shira Zigler.

For more and more students, school at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy is a family affair. Over the last few years, the school has seen a rising number of legacy students — pupils who have a parent who also attended HBHA. In this year’s kindergarten class, 16 of the 34 students are legacies.

 “This particular kindergarten class, their independence is extraordinary. Often kids when they start their parents walk them in. These 5-year-olds don’t want their parents to walk them in, because they’ve been here (before with older siblings or their parents),” said Howard Haas, HBHA’s head of school.

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For more than 15 years, Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) MO-KAN Post 605 has conducted an annual Holiday Gifts for Vets (HGV) Program. This year they delivered more than 400 gifts bags to the VA Hospitals in Kansas City, Leavenworth, and the St. Michaels Veterans Shelter in Kansas City. The photo above was taken on Monday, Dec. 4, when close to 200 gift bags were delivered by post members and supporters to the Leavenworth VA Hospital & Domiciliary. Pictured are Howard Eichenwald (from left), Meyer ‘Mike’ Katzman — HGV program chairman, Dan Mock, Scott Bronston, Steven Schorr, Marv Korn, Sheldon Turetsky, Gary Swanson, Mark Slatkin, Larry Gordon, Sally Gordon and Keith Silvers. JWV Post 605 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Jewish Community Campus. For JWV membership information, call Larry Silverman at 913-888-8030.

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“Have You Heard?” by Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman, 10 color 

illustrations, 32 pp., Schiffer Publishing Ltd., $14.99

Explaining the Ten Commandments to a child can be difficult, but Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman makes it easy in his new book “Have You Heard?” Translating each commandment from the original Hebrew, Rabbi Glickman pares each one to its very basic premise.

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Last week I saw a clip of Megyn Kelly TODAY where she asked the NBC reporter who was covering the Matt Lauer sexual misconduct scandal if she thought she was covering this story about her friend and colleague the same way she had handled other similar stories. The reporter, Stephanie Gosk, said she had wondered more than once about that herself and decided she was indeed giving it the same thorough coverage as she had other stories she had reported on the subject.

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