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Late at night following the shootings at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom in April 2014, I wrote a column that I was not afraid of being at those places. In the last two weeks, Jewish Community Centers across the country, including our own J at the Jewish Community Campus, have received bomb threats — thankfully none of which were found to be credible. So, I sit here once again writing … and I am still not afraid.

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Dr. Jonathan Jacobs

Jonathan Jacobs, M.D., is the new president of the medical staff at Menorah Medical Center, and Heather Kort, D.O., is the new president-elect.

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en Auxier and Peggy Friesen star in Victor Wishna’s play ‘Shearwater.’ Opening night for the play was rescheduled to Jan. 25.

FROM NEBRASKA TO TENNESSEE — Kansas City native and Kansas grad Rabbi Craig Lewis announced last week he is leaving Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, “The South Street Temple,” in Lincoln, Nebraska, to become the rabbi at Mizpah Congregation in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Scott Fishman went to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and found the puzzle that features several of his photos.

A NEW BUNDLE OF JOY — And the first Jewish baby for 2017 is … Brody Robert Shalley!

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The Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s production of the musical revue “Side by Side by Sondheim” is scheduled to run Jan. 27 through Feb. 19 at the Spencer Theatre on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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We have all experienced it. Someone in your life, be it a friend, a spouse, a partner, or a coworker, apologizes to you and instead of feeling better you feel worse. When someone tells you they are sorry and follows it up with a “but” statement as to why they were hurtful, you are not actually receiving an apology.

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Joy Koesten in the House of Representatives at the Kansas State Capitol during leadership voting in December.

A little more than a year after she decided to run for political office for the first time, Joy Koesten will be sworn in for a two-year term in the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka when the legislative session begins Monday, 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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Craig Salvay

Maggie Osgood Nicholls of Overland Park will be one of the region’s 10 most talented choreographers featured at “A Modern Night at the Folly.” Last year, for the Midwest Jewish Arts Lab (MJAL), she choreographed five professional dancers to perform a piece inspired by a painting from the Holocaust.

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Scott Fishman went to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and found the puzzle that features several of his photos.

A NEW BUNDLE OF JOY — And the first Jewish baby for 2017 is … Brody Robert Shalley!

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Scott Fishman went to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and found the puzzle that features several of his photos.

A NEW BUNDLE OF JOY — And the first Jewish baby for 2017 is … Brody Robert Shalley!

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In a speech on Sunday night, Jerusalem Post political analyst Gil Hoffman said Israelis are looking forward to a Trump president.

With just one week remaining before the inauguration, many members of the Jewish community here and across the country continue to be conflicted about the upcoming Donald Trump presidency. On the other hand, Israelis are not concerned. In fact, Jews in Israel are looking forward to a Trump presidency.

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Judy Hellman once again co-chaired the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service on Sunday, Jan. 8, along with The Rev. Robert Lee Hill. The event is sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Jewish Community Relations Bureau|American Jewish Committee. The theme was Remembering, Reflecting and Renewing: Justice and Equality NOW. Hellman has been JCRB|AJC’s representative for this event for 27 years. Photo by Rabbi Mark Levin

STILL WAITING ON FIRST JEWISH BABY — As of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, The Chronicle had not gotten word of a Jewish baby being born in the metro area.

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