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Eric Greitens (center), the state of Missouri’s first Jewish governor, attended a Hanukkah party on the seventh night of Hanukkah on Dec. 18 at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion. The party was hosted by Chabad. Shown with Greitens is Rabbi Yitzchak Itkin (left) from Chabad on the Plaza and Rabbi Avraham Lapine of Chabad at Mizzou.

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For the ninth consecutive year, the KC area Chabad emissaries traveled to Topeka to light up the night for Hanukkah, specifically the 9-foot menorah, inside the Kansas State Capitol. Those attending the event included Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel (from left), Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Rabbi Mendy Wineberg and Rabbi Schneur Perman.

MAN BEHIND NATIONAL BOMB THREATS SENTENCED (JNS) — Juan Thompson, the St. Louis-based former news reporter arrested in connection with eight bomb threats against Jewish institutions, was sentenced to five years in prison by a federal court in Manhattan on Dec. 20.

U.S. District Court Judge Kevin Castel sentenced Thompson after hearing a statement from his ex-girlfriend Francesca Rossi, who said she feared for her life due to Thompson. Castel called her statement “perhaps one of the most eloquent presentations I’ve heard in this courtroom.”

“He painted me as an anti-Semite, a racist, a drunk, a slut, a drug dealer, a child pornographer and a gun runner,” Rossi said.

Thompson, a former reporter for The Intercept, was arrested in early March.

According to the FBI, Thompson threatened JCCs in San Diego and New York City, Jewish schools in New York and Michigan, a New York City Jewish history museum, and the Anti-Defamation League. Thompson reportedly made several of the threats in the name of Rossi and also in his own name.

In late March, an Israeli-American teenager living in Israel was arrested in connection to a majority of the more than 100 bomb threats made against JCCs and other Jewish institutions earlier this year.