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Jay Michael Gilman

‘FIRST THEY CAME FOR’ — Earlier this month a play based on the poem “First They Came For” by Martin Niemoller and inspired by Elie Wiesel’s “Night” debuted in Philadelphia. Why do we write about it?

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Eileen Bluestone Sherman

Those who think they know Norman Rockwell from his years of illustrating Saturday Evening Post covers don’t know the whole story. At a very early age, Rockwell learned, “Don’t show life as it really is, but how folks want it to be.” And that sums up his life as an artist.

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Shown at the interfaith vigil for refugees and immigrants on Feb. 5 are Rabbi Mark Levin (front row, from left), rabbi emeritus of Congregation Beth Torah; Hilary Cohen Singer, executive director of JVS, and Shabina Kavimandan. Back row: Fariz Turkmani, Syrian immigrant; Ahsan Latif, Crescent Peace Society president; and Bill Rose-Heim, Disciples of Christ and Greater KC Interfaith Council director.

‘SUPPORTING REFUGEES — More than 1,300 people attended a vigil for refugees and immigrants on Sunday, Feb. 5, at Overland Park Christian Church. An additional 1,900 people viewed the vigil on live-stream. The organization that planned the event, KC for Refugees, is a grassroots organization that helps refugees being settled by Catholic Charities, Della Lamb Community Services and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS).

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SportFans is a windsock that clips onto the outside of a vehicle’s window. It lights up via wind power to display themed designs.

That Bob Cutler — he’s always starting something.

He’s had a knack for it since 1987, when he started C3, a company that creates products for restaurant clients to entertain and differentiate their brands for families with children.

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This photo of Brody Robert Presson Shalley was taken on Feb. 1, when he was 17 days old. He is receiving nutrition through IV while another tube through his mouth helps release some of the tension in his GI tract.

Most newborns spend a day, maybe two, in the hospital before going home with mom and dad. But Brody Robert Presson Shalley, The Chronicle’s First Jewish Baby of 2017, isn’t that lucky. Born five weeks early (his due date was Feb. 14) at Children’s Mercy Hospital at 12:12 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, he is expected to continue making the hospital’s neonatal unit his home for the next four to six months.

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Ed Fried, a first-generation American and son of two Holocaust survivors, was among the hundreds who gathered Sunday at Kansas City International Airport to protest the executive order barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

Since its founding in 1949 to support Holocaust survivors, JVS has worked to resettle refugees from around the world. It is now the metro’s largest refugee resettlement agency, and this week, with the help of members of the Jewish and general communities, it is fighting for the rights of refugees to settle here in the United States.

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This image from Sherri Jacobs’ coloring book is from Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27). Abraham, a man surrounded by idolatry, contemplates a different reality, and discovers the path of Monotheism. He is instructed to leave his land, his home and his family to journey to a distant place, and fulfill his destiny.

“The Illuminated Torah” 

by Sherri Jacobs

Available through Amazon.com

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Rabbi Rockoff runs twice a week in preparation for Rabbis Can Run, a 10K event held in conjunction with the Jerusalem Marathon to raise money for Kav L’Noar of Israel.

If you’ve seen a man running in the area of 99th and Antioch wearing a BIAV Minayn Man sweatshirt, it’s likely you’ve caught a glimpse of Rabbi Dani Rockoff training for his first ever 10K run. Rabbi Rockoff and two other North American rabbis will be participating in the inaugural Rabbis Can Run event to raise money for Kav L’Noar of Israel. The rabbis will be running the 10K portion of the Jerusalem Marathan, set for March 17 in Jerusalem.

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In this photo a JVS refugee family receives a food box donation for a local charity.

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) and Jewish Family Services (JFS) are joining forces to help the Kansas City refugee community with much-needed food and transportation beginning next month.  JVS is the largest refugee resettlement agency in the metropolitan area, resettling over 5,000 refugees in the Kansas City community since 2004.  Last year alone, JVS resettled almost 600 refugees from 14 different countries.

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Jonathan Arlan walked across the French Alps in 2015.

Jonathan Arlan decided to walk across the French Alps almost on a whim.

A seasoned traveler and avid indoorsman, Arlan was inspired one day to take a long trek.

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Crane Brewing was selected the 2016 Small Business of the Year and was recognized at the 22nd annual Raytown Chamber Celebration Luncheon held on Jan. 25. In its recognition, the chamber said this group of owners took a personal passion and turned it into a successful business. Crane Brewing has embraced the Raytown community and Raytown is proud to have the words “Brewed and Bottled in Raytown, MO” on each label. Crane Brewing was originally distributed in the Kansas City metro area and eastern Kansas. It has now available in the Missouri cities of St. Louis, Columbia, Springfield, Branson, Joplin, Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, and Tulsa and Oklahoma City in Oklahoma. It also opened a new Taproom in November. Shown at the celebration are Chris Meyers (from left), Congregation Beth Torah member Michael Crane, and Christian Coryell. For more information visit www.cranebrewing.com.

‘HEART DECO’ — Norm Ledgin is promoting his new book “Heart Deco.”

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