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Tu b’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat, which begins at sunset Jan. 30, is called the holiday of the trees and the holiday of the fruit. It is also called Chamisha asar b’Shevat.the 15 of Shevat. The Tu comes from the Hebrew letters, tet vav, which adds up to 15.

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Jewish Federation’s 2017 Campaign Leadership is comprised of Lisa Bernard, Women’s Philanthropy board chair (from left); Howard Weiner, Campaign Cabinet co-chair; Lisa Schifman, financial resource development director; Ward Katz, Campaign Cabinet co-chair; Dr. Helene Lotman, president and CEO; Dan Scharf, Major Gifts chair; Trudy Jacobson, Campaign chair; Barb Kovacs, Women’s Philanthropy Campaign co-chair; Seth Katz, Young Adult Campaign co-chair’ Amy Shapiro, Women’s Philanthropy Campaign co-chair; Jeremy Antes, Ben Gurion Society co-chair; John Isenberg, Board chair; and Andrew Cotlar, former financial resource development associate. Not pictured: Mike Berenbom, Ben Gurion Society co-chair, and Hannah Reissner, Young Adult Campaign co-chair.

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Many young adults from our area have spent time visiting Israel this winter break on Birthright trips, including three Haith siblings who are participated in Shorashim Birthright. On the trip they met a group of three Rosenzweig sisters from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pictured visiting Masada are Ellie Haith (from left), Sydney Rosenzweig, Taylor Rosenzweig, Jenna Haith, Lauren Rosenzweig and Jake Haith.

THE TORCH IS PASSED — At the beginning of 2018, longtime Chronicle advertiser and Realtor Anita Chaplick decided to step away a bit from her Better Homes & Gardens real estate team, handing over the management reigns to her partner, Lisa Ruben.

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Sollie Flora (left) was sworn in Jan. 8 as a member of the Mission, Kansas, City Council along with Debbie Kring, Arcie Rothrock and Hillary Thomas. Flora was elected to her first four-year term in November.

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Barb Kovacs (left), Women’s Philanthropy Campaign co-chair, visited one of the Orr Shalom emergency foster homes in Kansas City’s partner community in Ramle, Israel. The foster homes, which provide emergency care for babies ages 0-3 years, are one of the safety net services supported by Jewish Federation elective Israel & Overseas funding.

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Refugee children settled by Jewish Vocational Services enjoyed celebrating their birthday at last year’s party with cake, games, balloons and face painting.

Refugees who have been resettled in the Kansas City area within the past year will celebrate their very first birthday in America on Sunday, Jan. 21. Congregations B’nai Jehudah and Beth Torah are partnering with Jewish Vocational Services to make this happen.

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