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The Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation will be honored with the Civic Service Award at HBHA’s upcoming dinner March 29. Pictured here are Tom (from left), Mary Jo, Henry, Marion, of blessed memory, Liz and Bob Bloch. Photo by Mark McDonald

According to Henry Bloch, his father used to frequently say, “When you have three meals a day, it’s time to help the next person.” 

It is this mindset that made the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation an obvious choice to receive Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy’s Civic Service Award at the school’s upcoming dinner on Sunday, March 29. 

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Adam Schlozman

GUITARIST ON A MISSION — Take Five Coffee + Bar presents the Adam Schlozman Trio at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13. The website says the coffee bar’s ongoing quest is “to find and showcase the best music in Kansas City southern suburbs.” In promoting Schlozman’s appearance this week, the website says “It’s been our pleasure to watch him develop from our earliest days doing jazz at Take Five when he was a high-school phenom tearing up Pat Metheny tunes with the Know Idea Trio, to become, in just five years, a sought-after pro in a town rich with phenomenal guitarists. From one local jazz writer, he’s already drawing comparisons with the great Steve Cardenas. Come see him lead his own trio with bassist Joel Stratton and drummer Matt Leifer.”

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Rabbi Mendy Wineberg believes that the ideal situation is for every member of the Jewish community to have a place of worship within close proximity to their home. While he knows Chabad House Center of Kansas City can’t open a location on every corner where a Jewish family lives, he knows they can do the next best thing; open up a Chabad House where the most number of Jewish people live.

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SevenDays-Make A Ripple, Change the World is the overarching theme of a series of community events scheduled April 7-13 to commemorate the tragic events that took place a year ago outside of the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom. Three innocent people — Dr. William Corporon, his grandson Reat Underwood and Teresa LaManno — lost their lives at the hands of a Neo-Nazi shooter. 

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Members of AEPi at the University of Kansas held a 48-hour rock-a-thon last year on campus. Shown here are Adam Newberg (front row, from left), Brandon Cotter, Sean Mallers and Matthew Engelson. Second Row: Edmund Post (in chair), Alex Rowe. In back is Matthew Multack.

ROCKING FOR CANCER RESEARCH — For the fifth time, AEPi at the University of Kansas held a rock-a-thon to raise funds for awareness for a philanthropy. For 48 hours last week, an AEPi brother rocked in a chair on Wescoe Beach.

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Bernie Pucker

It’s been a long time since Bernie Pucker lived in Kansas City and attended Congregation Beth Shalom. But Pucker’s love for his hometown, and his lifelong respect and admiration for his boyhood spiritual leader, Rabbi Gershon Hadas, is a big reason Kansas Citians will be able to view the upcoming exhibit “ILLUMINATIONS: The Art of Samuel Bak.” 

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John Hancock, the new Republican Party chairman for Missouri, should resign.

He has proved the point. He is an anti-Semite. 

His own words leave no doubt. 

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Tom Schweich

St. Louis — Sam Fox still recalls the day many years ago that a friend asked him to speak to a young Bryan Cave lawyer who was writing a book on management. Grudgingly, the busy businessman and philanthropist agreed to spare half an hour as a favor.

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Barry Kaseff (from left), Stacey Belzer and David Herbet were ready to work on a Habitat House for Kaseff’s 50th birthday. This year Kaseff is organizing The Mitzvah House, a Habitat for Humanity project being co-sponsored by more than 15 Jewish organizations.

When Barry Kaseff of Leawood turned 40, he didn’t want a big party. Instead, he asked family and friends to join him for the day in building a Habitat for Humanity home.

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This summer will be the third time Shelley Hedrick has been on staff at GUCI. She is pictured (far right) with B’nai Jehudah campers who attended in 2013.

Jewish identity experts will emphasize three areas when advising parents how to raise a child to become an involved Jewish adult: visit Israel, belong to a Jewish youth movement and attend Jewish overnight camp. At least two local Reform congregations — Congregation Beth Torah and The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah — think sending their children to overnight camp is so important that they send their religious school directors there as well.

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