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Adena Goldberg, third from right, witnessing the spot where open fire pits once stood outside of the gas chambers — at Treblinka, just outside of Warsaw.

For 13 years I have been taught many aspects of Jewish life and Jewish history. Living a Jewish life and learning from Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, I became confident in my Jewish education. As I got older, Holocaust studies was integrated into our education. We read testimonials, the facts, the numbers. We even meet with survivors and heard their stories of triumph.

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Elana Goldenberg takes a seat at Makhtesh Ramon, a geological phenomenon located in southern Israel. 

When I arrived in Israel for the first time this past March, I expected to be overcome with a rush of emotion. What kind, I was never entirely sure, but something inside me — most likely due to experiences of my peers — strongly believed that Israel would overwhelm me.

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Members of the Friends of Sheffield board of directors gathered last month to celebrate the completion of the ‘Restoring Honor Campaign.’ Seated are Rita Shapiro (from left), Barb Stras, Jackie Kraft, Judy Lanes, Ted Seligson, Dr. Edward Haith, Regina Pachter. Back Row: Anne Bratt, Gertie Epstein, Chuck Heaton, Arlene Shalinsky, Barbara Cosner, Barbara Heaton, Rene Goldman, Shirley Unell, Rickie Haith, Judy Bell, Spencer Schere, Steve Rothstein, Maurine Pachter, Dion Lutzk and Megan Pener. Not pictured are Jerry Bernard, Lauren Hoopes, Elisa Pener, Morris Rogozenski and Pam Rosenberg. Photo by Elisa Pener

Last month we celebrated the completion of the “Restoring Honor Campaign,” which brought beauty and serenity back to the sacred grounds of Sheffield Cemetery.

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HBHA and University Academy students crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the scene of the 1965 Selma civil rights march.

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA), a Jewish day school in Overland Park, Kansas, and my home since kindergarten, has always emphasized the pursuit of justice. In the past few years, the effort to more closely connect HBHA high schoolers to the local and global community through social justice work enabled my classmates and me to partner with Kansas City, Missouri-based University Academy (UA) students.

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The hunt for red horseradish

This true story was inspired by the movie, “The Hunt For The Red October,” although it’s not about a submarine.

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Earlier in the school year, HBHA second-graders Isadora Swerdlove (from left), Ethan Hobbs, Sid Linafelt and Lily Blinn helped Howard Haas, head of school, wish everyone a happy new year. Immediately after this photo, the group enjoyed apples and honey for a sweet new year.

What an exciting 50th anniversary for Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy!

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President’s Saudi trip confusing 

No one can deny that President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia was a part of his last-minute bid to ensure his legacy.

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Rabbi David M. Glickman

I remember my first AIPAC national Policy Conference my freshman year at University of Michigan in 1992. We rode all night in a bus from Ann Arbor to Washington, D.C., to join the hundreds of other student delegates and thousands of adult delegates to lobby our members of Congress on the importance of the United States–Israel relationship.

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Evoking Holocaust to promote political agenda unacceptable

I have never written a letter to The Chronicle or any other paper in my entire life. However, after reading the article in the March 10 issue of the Chronicle entitled, “Foxman: Trump knew his Hitler-like salute was evoking fascist symbolism,” I felt that I had to respond.

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About 85 people attended the AIPAC convention from the Kansas City Jewish community including Hedy Shron (right) and her grandson Simcha Shron, who is from East Brunswick, New Jersey, but counted as a part of the Kehilath Israel contingent.

In Syria, hundreds of thousands of people have died, and the death toll rises each day, as millions are forced to flee the country. In Uganda, 1,500 die each day in displaced persons camps; at least half a million to date.

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