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My life’s purpose is to “Connect, Inspire and Empower Community.” That is the mantra I live by — not just in business, but in everything that I do. If we seek to come together as united citizens of the world, there is no telling the heights we can reach. And yet, from time to time, someone tries to prove me wrong. To challenge the assumption that none of us is as strong as all of us.

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A treasure lost

With the passing of Anita Loeb we have lost a true treasure. Anita helped countless numbers of people in all the endeavors with which she was involved.

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 “A Horse Walks Into a Bar” by David Grossman. (Knopf, 2017)

While this novel portrays the performance of an Israeli stand-up comedian, it is not funny.

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Support Kansas’ Muslims against ignorance, vilification and targeting

At the beginning of the last century my great-grandparents and many others like them immigrated to the United States from Poland and Russia.

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Anti-Semitism fact of life

For a long time the phrase “Israel’s right to exist” has bothered me and I have to give vent to my problem with it.

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Ace Allen, M.D. Guest Columnist

I did some fact checking in regards to Lee Levin’s Feb. 9 letter (Muslim countries should welcome their own refugees) in support of banning Muslim refugees from entry to the U.S. The following is what my research found.

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Why Congregation B’nai Jehudah supports refugees

The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah loves refugees. We are committed to supporting refugees resettled in the Kansas City area, to educating the Jewish and general community about refugee resettlement, and to advocating to advance the cause of refugee resettlement and support in Kansas City and the United States.

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In his Feb. 9 letter, Lee Levin articulately challenged the premises of the many articles in the Chronicle decrying the executive order delaying (not stopping, just delaying) refugee immigration from several Muslim countries. Levin raised some simple, direct questions for the community and asked for answers, not pejoratives.

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Guest columnist Dawn Aronoff (first row, far right) was a participant in the 2014 JWRP Israeli journey. Shown with her in Israel are Staci Kahn (first row, from left), Sherri Bell and Gevura Davis. Second row: Stacey Wright, Patricia Neyman, Jessica Rudnick-Kaseff, Andrea Levitan, Sue Haas and Linda Cambier.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project’s 2017 eight-day Israeli journey, co-sponsored by the Kansas City Kollel. I had the opportunity to participate in this program in the summer of 2014. I was not seeking the trip, and no one was encouraging me to go. I randomly ran into a woman I had never met before who asked me if I wanted to go to Israel — I said sure.

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I was not sad on Monday when I found out more Jewish Community Centers had received bomb threats that forced evacuations. I was not sad later that day when I found out Chessed Shel Emeth Cemetery was vandalized and over 100 stones were toppled. I was not sad.

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Mr. President: Get it right about the Holocaust

As Rabbi for Trump I have constantly fought for Mr. Trump.

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