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The Nerman Family — Sue (from left), Jerry, Margaret and Lewis, shown with ‘Shoppers,’ a 1976 life-sized sculpture by Duane Hanson — are honorary chairs for the ArtsKC annual fundraiser set for Thursday, Oct. 6.

Jerry Nerman knows he has a keen eye for beautiful objects ranging from contemporary art to fine watches. The Nerman Family are among the most prominent collectors of contemporary art in the United States, and have been chosen as honorary chairmen for the ArtsKC seventh annual Inspiration Breakfast Oct 6.

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Author Jamie Metzl’s latest novel lures readers back into the world of human genetic engineering and virtual reality, and into contemplation of their moral and ethical consequences.

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In a recent family photo, new KC Kollel Rabbi Shaya Katz holds infant daughter Elka while his wife Rikki holds 2-year-old son Dovi. The Katzes moved here from Riverdale, New York, in early August to rejuvenate the KC Kollel.

Rabbi Shaya Katz has had a busy summer. In May he earned his Master of Social Work degree from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and in July he was ordained by the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, both associated with Yeshiva University in New York City. By the first week of August, he was living in Overland Park and visiting the newly re-opened kosher section at Leawood’s Hen House Market.

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In “Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension,” author Sam Arbesman wants his readers to develop a friendship with the technology they experience in everyday life, even though most of us do not understand how it works.

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The cover of “Eat My Schwartz,” by Mitch (left) and Geoff Schwartz. Courtesy St. Martin’s Press

From matzah balls to footballs, two Jewish brothers recall their journey to the NFL

At 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, veteran NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz isn’t just a force of nature, but a product of good ol’ Jewish nurture.

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Rabbi Daniel Kirzane came to Miss Michelle and Miss Susan’s 2-year-olds’ preschool class at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah to help them affix the mezuzah they created on their class doorway and led them in a special prayer.

PLANTING THE SEEDS OF OUR FUTURE — “As my ancestors planted for me before I was born, so do I plant for those who will come after me.”

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Rabbi Shaya Katz

The KC Kollel has hired a new full-time rabbi, Rabbi Shaya Katz, and has begun offering a series of educational programs in the community once again. Last year, a transition year for the Kollel, Rabbi Ari Adler offered some programming on a part-time basis in addition to his full-time teaching position at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. Rabbi Adler left the area last month.

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Camp Kefiada campers in Israel’s Negev region sang happy birthday and surrounded Jori Simon with a group hug for her 22nd birthday at an afternoon assembly.

Last year Jorie Simon, 22, planned to get a taste of Israel through Birthright/Taglit, spending her time with other students who attended Illinois colleges through the Shorashim program. She ended up staying on for four additional weeks and “had the summer of her life,” according to her mother, Debby Simon.

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Temple Beth Sholom in Topeka recently celebrated Rabbi Debbie Stiel’s 10th anniversary as the congregation’s rabbi. The honor of lighting the candles and saying Kiddush at the celebration went to the Stiel family — sons Jonah (left) and Micah (third from left), husband Steve and Rabbi Stiel.

GRATITUDE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE — The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City held its 83rd annual meeting and what it characterized as its first annual gathering last week.

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Pella Fingersh has chaired or co-chaired numerous events in the Jewish community over the years including Village Shalom’s Ages of Excellence Celebration in 2013. Photographed at the event are James Klein (from left), Ages of Excellence co-chairperson; Keith and Vicki Novorr; featured speaker Bob Woodward; Fingersh; and Wanda and Steve Wilkinson.

Fingersh to be honored at International Lion of Judah Conference

The epitome of strength, fortitude and generosity, Pella Fingersh has long served as a beacon of hope and perseverance for the Jewish community in Kansas City.

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