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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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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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Drs. Shari and Michael Sokol are once again chairing Kehilath Israel Synagogue’s annual Grand Givers event. Photo by Scott Fishman

Kehilath Israel Synagogue is celebrating an important milestone this month as its largest fundraising event turns 40.

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Kansas City’s 2017 Jewish Film Festival (KCJFF) will feature six diverse films from Israel and beyond. Now in its 18th year, the festival is presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. It opens Sunday evening, Jan. 8, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 22. All the films will be screened in The White Theatre at the Jewish Community Campus.

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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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Judy Dubrov

ONE JEW, ONE VOTE FEATURES LOCAL WOMAN — At the end of this election cycle, JTA, one of The Chronicle’s national Jewish news services, published short profiles on 11 different Jewish voters prior to this week’s election.

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