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Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City is working alongside the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and Jewish Federations across North America to raise funds for emergency assistance to victims of Hurricane Harvey. To donate, go to www.jewishkansascity.org

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The community of Houston has been devastated by unprecedented flooding over the past few days with more rain and rising floodwaters expected throughout the week.

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Leah Nash (second from left) was initially presented her award as Educator of the Year at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy’s graduation last May. Nash will officially receive her award at this year’s Jewish Federation Annual Gathering on Sept. 7 at Teva Pharmaceuticals. Shown with Nash are Rabbi Avi Weinstein, HBHA head of Jewish Studies, HBHA Head of School Howard Haas, and Alan Edelman, recently retired Jewish Federation associate executive director. Visit www.jfedkc.org to RSVP for the Annual Gathering.

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More than 65 players and volunteers attended Greater Kansas City Hadassah’s Fall Mah Jongg Tournament on Sunday, Aug. 20. The day included mah jongg play, food and fun. Shown with tournament director Sherry Abramowitz (far right) are the day’s winners Suzy Goldstein and Aimee Patton (from left), tied for third place; Lee Daniels, second place; and Davida Pessen, first place.

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Members of Kehilath Israel Synagogue Adult B’not Mitzvah class, taught by Rabbi Jeffrey Shron (far right) include Maureen Minoofar (from left), Debbie Adamous, Sherry Davidson, Laura Daniels, Marian Kaplan, Cheryl Intrater and Carolyn Braverman. Not picture are Adriana Rosales and Joyce Zeldin. Photo by Scott Fishman

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Ezra Smith

JERUSALEM — People often ask whether coming to Israel on a summer youth program influences young people. Ezra Smith, 20-year-old son of BIAV members Bruce and Karen Smith, is a good example of how that experience changes one’s life. Smith came to Israel on the NCSY Kollel program during the summers of 2013 and 2014.

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