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John Isenberg

Celebrating the tremendous impact of kindness in overcoming violence in our community, Synergy Services is set to host the 27th annual Kindest Kansas Citian Awards Dinner.

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“Muffin & Mamma Make Challah,” Louise Siegel; illustrations, Valery Herman; available by order from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

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Jonathan S. Tobin

It is universally accepted that if you get two Jews in the same room, you’re going to hear three opinions. At the same time, though, there has existed a commitment to matching passion about serious issues with respect and discipline so that those who disagree can live with dignity within the same community. The Talmud records numerous disagreements between the sages Shammai and Hillel, describing them as disagreements for the sake of heaven.

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Marissa Wolf

For those that are tired of the same old things on television, or fed up of the sequels and remakes at the local Cineplex, Kansas City Repertory Theatre is offering an alternative with the OriginKC: New Works Festival, part of the Rep’s new works program. OriginKC: New Works Festival will feature two world premiere productions in rotating repertory from April 28 to May 28 at the Copaken Stage, including “What Would Crazy Horse Do?” by Larissa FastHorse, and “Man in Love” by Christina Anderson.

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REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST —  Survivor Sonia Golad spoke about the Holocaust a lot and her daughter, Midwest Center for Holocaust Education President Joyce Hess, said she always ended her talks with “You do not have to love everyone, but you must not hate.” I’d say that’s very good advice today.

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Rabbi Javier Cattapan

On Friday, April 28, Congregation Beth Torah kicks off a weekend celebration to formally install Rabbi Javier Cattapan as its spiritual leader. Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, poet, essayist, and educator, will lead the installation ceremony and other weekend activities as the scholar in residence. The Kansas City community is invited and encouraged to join, along with many of Rabbi Cattapan’s family and friends, in officially welcoming Rabbi Cattapan into our community.

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Harry Friedman

BERKLEY FAMILY TO BE HONORED — On Wednesday, May 3, the AdHoc Group Against Crime will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its founding by former Mayor Pro-Tem and advocate for the underserved, Alvin Brooks, at the Eighth Annual Community Guardian Awards.

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Several events in the local Jewish community and Topeka are scheduled in the next few weeks to commemorate the Holocaust. All programs listed below are free and open to the public and appropriate for children 13 and older.

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Rabbi Nancy Flam

According to Rabbi Nancy Flam, prayer is like a symphony — you would appreciate it more if you understood the music better. Of course this is a metaphor, but her message is that if we better understood the structure of liturgical prayer and how it is meant to move us, we would access the spiritual component that is missing by just going to shul and letting “whatever happens happen.”

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