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Dr. David Rudman

For the first time in at least 20 years Menorah Medical Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City have joined together to provide programming for the Jewish community. The first such program — MENsch Night Out — takes place Wednesday, June 28, at Menorah.

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Ricardo Zepeda moved to Israel in June 2016 and joined the IDF in March 2017.

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Kansas City native Rabbi Stephen Karol was among the 40,000 who attended the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York on Sunday, June 4.

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Abe Meth (right) reads the Megillah on Purim at his congregation in Sun City, Arizona.

MAY HIS MEMORY BE A BLESSING — Abraham Meth passed away on May 27 in Sun City, Arizona, just a few days before his 105th  birthday. A Holocaust survivor, Meth moved to Kansas City from Hungary in 1948 and lived here until the mid-70s, when he moved to Arizona. While he lived here, Meth served in many capacities at Congregation Beth Shalom. According to the funeral home in Arizona, the family did not prepare an obituary.

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KU Mr. Hillel participants include Gabe Herstig (from left), Max Gendler, Mike Johnson, Joel Gutovitz, Will Cohen and Jacob Milgrim.

On April 26, KU Hillel hosted its first ever Mr. Hillel competition where six Jewish men participated in various activities that were ranked and voted on by student audience members. From stand-up comedy to trumpet and guitar performances to an original rap song written about Hillel and Judaism, the talent portion of the evening proved to be quite entertaining.

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Last year’s Father’s Day Run proved to be a fun way to kick-off the day for dads and kids alike. Photo courtesy of Mile 90 Photography

The Village Shalom Father’s Day Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, June 18. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m., with registration and pre-race festivities kicking off at 6 a.m. The 5- and 10-kilometer run/walk brings hundreds of runners and community members to the Village Shalom campus each year. This will mark the 30th consecutive year for the fundraiser that benefits the retirement community’s memory care programming.

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Members of JWV MO-KAN Post 605 placed a wreath during the Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2016, at the Korean War Memorial at 119th and Lowell in Overland Park. Post members attending the ceremony included Steven Schorr (from left), Abe Kopec, Lloyd Hellman, Larry Gordon, Mark Slatkin, Marv Korn and Larry Jabenis. The post, along with the Jewish Community Foundation, is planning a book to honor area Jewish veterans.

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As graduation ceremonies take place all over the country, two Kansas Citians were recognized by the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles on Monday, May 15. Elana Rose Nemitoff (left) earned a Masters of Jewish Education degree and is continuing her studies to become a rabbi. Tamara Lawson Schuster, MAJE/MAJCS, was awarded the Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa, celebrating 25 years in Jewish education post master’s degree. She is the director of admissions at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy.

HELP ‘BIG SONIA’ GET TO THE BIG SCREEN — ‘BIG SONIA,’ the documentary about irrepressible 91-year-old diva, Kansas City business owner and Holocaust survivor Sonia Warshawski, has launched a campaign to bring the award-winning film to theaters this fall.

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