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Rabbi Simon Jacobson

The Devinki, Pack and Kolkin families have invited one of the most sought after Chabad rabbi speakers in the Jewish world to speak at Kehilath Israel Synagogue in honor of Maria Devinki, of blessed memory. This year marks the fifth anniversary of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother’s death.

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Dr. Andrew Jacobs has been a practicing sport psychologist for 36 years, and throughout his practice, people have been asking him to write a book, especially one about youth sports.

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Village Shalom’s annual Ages of Excellence Celebration Wednesday, Nov. 16, attracted 550 people to the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Event chairs were Bruce Kershenbaum (left) and Alana Muller (right), who are shown with featured speaker Thomas L. Friedman. Kershenbaum called the event ‘a big success.’

WHERE LIFE SHINES — Village Shalom’s marketing slogan is “Where Life Shines” and its light was shining bright at its annual Ages of Excellence Celebration last week. Volunteer extraordinaire Sandi Lerner was honored that evening.

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Dr. John Lantos

Dr. John Lantos, director of the Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center, deals daily with literal life-and-death questions — yet he says “there is no more important issue” than the one that will be argued and decided at The Ruth Fredman Cernea Great Latke Hamantash Debate, sponsored by Congregation Ohev Sholom, which takes place at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Campus.

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Last month Rabbi Mendel Segal (center, holding trophy) won the Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship. He is with event organizers Sandy Dorf (left) and Brian Rubenstein.

RABBI Q WINS DALLAS KOSHER BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP — Mendel Segal, the Kansas City rabbi who finished second in last year’s inaugural competition, came back to Texas for another helping and won the Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship on Sunday, Oct. 30.

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Mike Katzman is one of the oldest active members of the local Jewish War Veterans post. Photo By Scott Fishman

When you sit down with Meyer “Mike” Katzman and listen to his story, you know right away he’s a fighter.

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Joanna Slusky

Joanna Slusky, an assistant professor of molecular biosciences and computational biology at the University of Kansas, was chosen as a Moore Inventor Fellow by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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This TP Hanukiyah was created by HBHA student Evie Fried, who was in third grade when she entered the 2015 contest.

The 20th annual Hanukkah Art Contest is open for entries. Deadline for entries is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. The first candle will be lit Saturday night, Dec. 24, and a photo of the winning piece of art will be published in the Dec. 22 edition of The Chronicle.

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Joy Koesten will begin her first term as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives in January.

Republican Joy Koesten will represent District 28 in the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka when the legislative session begins Jan. 9. Koesten was part of the wave of newcomers who booted out incumbents in the August primary, when she defeated two-term incumbent Jerry Lunn. She was unopposed in the general election.

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(Above) A photo of the post office building’s loading dock, and (below) an architectural rendering of a community porch into which the dock will be transformed.

Nicole Emanuel’s vision for InterUrban ArtHouse expanded recently when her organization bought the post office property at 8010 Conser St. in downtown Overland Park.

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CDC teacher Jessica Hamburg works with 4- and 5-year-olds in one of the The J’s pre-K classrooms. The J and The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah are creating a partnership beginning with the 2017-18 school year where The J will manage the Reform congregation’s preschool.

With the shared objective of providing outstanding early learning for infants to pre-kindergarten, The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah and The Jewish Community Center (The J) are moving forward with a new collaboration.

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Rabbi Daniel Kirzane presented the Jewish history of refugees at a community forum on refugee resettlement held Monday night at the Jewish Community Campus.

“Things are substantively different in the world,” said Hilary Cohen Singer, executive director of Jewish Vocational Services (JVS). “Refugees are a big topic today.”

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