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Sonia Warshawski (front) attended the West Coast premiere of ‘BIG SONIA’ in November at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Also in attendance were No’coel Stark (from left), co-executive producer; Leah Warshawski, producer, co-director and Sonia’s granddaughter; Regina Kort and Morrie Warshawksi, two of Sonia’s three children; and Todd Soliday, co-director.

Leah Warshawski set out to tell the story of her grandmother, Sonia Warshawski, who is now 91 and one of the Kansas City area’s last Holocaust survivors who speaks publicly about her wartime experience.

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Henry Bloch (right) and co-author John Herron review a chapter of the new book ‘Navigating a Life: Henry Bloch in World War II.’

Once upon a time, America’s Tax Man was America’s Airman.

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Jack Winerock and Benjamin Matis will perform at the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation’s ‘An Evening of Song and Opera’ on Sunday, April 2.

The Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation will host “An Evening of Song and Opera,” a musical event with cantor Benjamin Matis and pianist Jack Winerock at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2. Together the two will perform a wide mix of music from Italian opera, to Yiddish and Broadway theater, to traditional cantorial songs.

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Rabbi Dani Rockoff completed his first 10K last week when he ran as part of the Rabbis Can Run delegation at the Jerusalem Marathon on March 17. He raised $5,704 for Kav L’Noar of Israel, a special family center in Israel that provides subsidized behavioral and emotional rehabilitative services to adolescents at risk and their families. He finished the race in 1:03:26. Former Kansas Citians Maayan Hoffman and her son, Shlomo, also ran the 10K race and finished in 56:11.

VAAD’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LEAVING — The Kansas City Jewish community is losing one of its 18 Under 40 when Rabbi Mendel Segal, executive director and rabbinic coordinator of The Vaad HaKashruth of Kansas City, moves to Florida with his family at the end of June. Following Rabbi Segal’s announcement late last week, Vaad President Jeff Goldenberg said the kosher authority’s board was just beginning to determine how they will handle the search for a new director.

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Consul General of Israel to the Southwest Eitan Levon spoke at the Jewish Community Campus Monday night.

Former President Barack Obama’s administration did some good things for Israel despite the two governments’ disputes, and Israelis are hopeful that relations between the United States and Israel will improve under President Donald Trump’s administration, Consul General of Israel to the Southwest Eitan Levon said this week.

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The infamous Westboro Baptist Church is at it again, this time pointing its hate toward the Jewish community. The photo of this sign was snapped last week outside the Topeka church by Topeka Beth Sholom’s Rabbi Debbie Stiel.

KANSAS, MISSOURI SENATORS SIGN LETTEr URGING ACTION ON THREATS TO JEWISH INSTITUTIONS (WASHINGTON: JTA) — The U.S. Senate unanimously joined in urging the Trump administration to take action to stem the wave of threats against Jewish Community Centers and other institutions, saying their viability had been made vulnerable by the harassment. Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts and Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill signed the letter.

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Mayor Sly James made a surprise visit to Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy on Feb. 28 to show his support of the Jewish community in light of recent events.

DOCUMENTARY TO AIR ON KCPT — “Fast Break: The Legendary John McLendon,” a new documentary film based on a book by Milton S. Katz, Ph.D., is set to air at 8:30 p.m. March 13, 16 and 18 on KCPT. The film, created by University of Kansas alumni and directed by KU film and media studies professor Kevin Willmott, highlights the little-known coach who’s also credited with introducing now-ubiquitous basketball plays.

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Returning this year to the Spring Session concert is an ensemble comprised of area Jewish music leaders. Emily Tummons (from left), Cantor Sharon Kohn, Hazzan Tahl Ben-Yehuda, Linda Salvay, Rachel Black and Lara Steinel. Lezlie Zucker is also in the ensemble. Several of the women are composers as well as performers, and will have the following songs featured at this year’s event: ‘Oseh Shalom’ (Tummons), ‘Achein Yeish Adonai’ (Kohn/Gray), ‘Ani Ma’amin’ (Salvay), ‘To One in Sorrow’ (Black), and ‘By the Rivers’ (Zucker).

Congregation Beth Torah will host the second annual “Spring Session,” a concert featuring 100 percent original Jewish songs by local composers, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, under the direction of Beth Torah Music Director Emily Tummons. Cantors, rabbis, music directors and other musicians will join forces to present 23 songs by 17 songwriters from the Greater Kansas City Jewish community.

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Seymour Krinsky with two of his HBHA granddaughters, junior Kayla and ninth-grader Mirra Goldenberg.

The faces of students and staff light up when Seymour Krinsky walks into Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. Whether he visits one of his three grandchildren who currently attend the school, or stops in to show HBHA off to a friend or a donor, Krinsky makes it a priority to stay connected with the school, the staff and the students.

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Rabbi Jeffrey Shron

Last week Kehilath Israel Senior Rabbi Jeffrey Shron announced to synagogue members that he and his wife Hedy plan to make Aliyah to Israel after the High Holy Days in the fall. One of the Shrons’ three children, daughter Carla, lives in Israel with her husband, Elie, and four children.

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The Crescent Peace Society held their first ‘Meet a Muslim’ program in December of 2016 at Matt Ross Community Center in Overland Park. Congregation Beth Torah and the Crescent Peace Society are jointly hosting ‘Meet a Muslim Event at Beth Torah’ from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 26. The event is free and open to the public.

Join others from a variety of faiths this month at an event aimed getting to know neighbors in the community.

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