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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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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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The KU Unity Torah Scroll was completed and dedicated at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life at KU on Sunday morning. After the final letters were written by the scribe, Rabbi Berel Sosover (from left), Bob Cutler was given the honor of raising the Torah for all to see while Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel proudly assists. Photo by Rachel Bayer

AM YISRAEL CHAI — Some people never get a chance to celebrate the completion of a new Torah. I have been privileged to witness such a momentous occasion three times in the past four years — each time it has been an exciting and heartwarming experience. {mprestriction ids="1,3"}Sunday’s Torah Completion Ceremony at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life at KU did not disappoint and the very cold weather did not keep approximately 150 people including KU students and parents, KU dignitaries such as Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, the mayor of Lawrence and a large group of KU Chabad supporters from attending. As Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel said, the completion of this Torah, which took seven months, tells the story of the vibrancy of the KU community. The Torah was written in Jerusalem and students and members of the community had opportunities to write letters all over campus and feel proud as they were reminded by the rabbi that, “One letter is as you have written the whole thing.” The Tiechtels have been in Lawrence for nine years now and have seen the Jewish community at KU grow by leaps and bounds, and he noted he was beyond delighted to share the day with everyone, also saying it will be a moment we will always treasure and remember. Indeed, it may be the one and only time I will ever see a school mascot, in this case Big Jay, help as the scribe, Rabbi Berel Sosover, writes a letter in the Torah! There was truly a lot of love, excitement and ruach in Lawrence on Sunday. Mazel tov!

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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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