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A Urich, Missouri, man is being investigated for making several bomb threats to Jewish institutions in the Kansas City area and in Washington, D.C. The man was arrested on Thursday, Nov. 30, and charged with assaulting two FBI agents who were executing a search warrant in the case.

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Last week, Chabad at Mizzou completed the purchase of the house it had been renting for the past six years. Dacie Cowles (far right), along with her son-in law Finley D. Gibbs, officially passes the key to the home to Rabbi Avraham and Channy Lapine (far left)

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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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Writer Jon Adam Ross and director Chantal Pavageaux study text and receive local ideas that will inform their play.

Mix a well-known story from the Torah with a talented playwright and add in a healthy amount of Kansas City perspectives and the result is “The Sarah Play,” a new play to be performed at The White Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3.

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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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Anticipating the arrival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mathew and Bonnie Siegel (from left) and Enid and Pete Levi wait at the podium of the Prime Minister’s Office. They were among 70 participants from around the country participating in an AIPAC mission to Israel. Pete Levi is the current KC AIPAC council chair and Bonnie Siegel is the immediate past chair.

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Sollie Flora

MAZEL TOV SOLLIE — In case you missed it, Sollie Flora was elected to the City of Mission City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Flora, who is Jewish, defeated incumbent Suzanne Gibbs and Bill Nichols. She is a civil litigation attorney at Berkowitz Oliver LLP in Kansas City, Missouri. Flora, 31, will be sworn in on Jan. 8.

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