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Thank you for your support

On behalf of SAFEHOME’s Jewish Outreach Program on family abuse and dating violence, thank you for supporting Shake It For SAFEHOME, the Sukkot program that took place during hol hamoed (weekdays of the festival).

We appreciate the scores of people from across the Jewish community who came to Maloney’s Sports Bar and Grill to celebrate Sukkot, enjoy a kosher supper, and support SAFEHOME in a fun and unique way.

This idea originated with Rabbi Glickman of Congregation Beth Shalom, who served on the committee. However, the program received widespread Jewish institutional support from Beth Shalom, Kehilath Israel Synagogue, Congregation Beth Torah, Congregation Beth Israel Abraham and Voliner, The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah, Congregation Kol Ami, Community Kollel of Kansas City — Rabbi Shaya Katz and Jay Robinow. In addition the following individuals offered their support: Carol and Dave Porter, Kathleen Stone, Michael and Paula Penzner, Adam Daniels, Andrew Heisler, Evie and Bob Grant, Jane and Josh Sosland, Jennifer Paul, Julye Rose, Carol Ducek, Marvin Snelzer, and a very generous anonymous benefactor.

SAFEHOME’S Jewish Outreach Program is funded by the Flo Harris Foundation. If you have any questions about SAFEHOME, please call or email Susan Lebovitz at 913-378-1518 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Susan Lebovitz,CVM

Jewish Outreach Coordinator

Volunteer Manager

Vote for Hillary 

Why Hillary?

As our parents used to say “Because we said so.”

But there are many more good reasons to vote for her on Nov. 8

All of these are her opponent, Donald Trump.

Put aside, if you can, Mr. Trump’s bombastic, egotistical, immoral, mean-spirited nature. Just take a close look at the policies he supposedly will promote if elected, as set out in his debate appearances.

He would annul the North American Free Trade Act. A disaster of historical proportions, he says. Why you might ask. No answer. What arrangement will replace it in an increasingly global business world?

He would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Why you might ask? No answer. What is wrong with giving health care to 20 million medically indigent Americans? What would replace it?

He would bar Syrian women and children refugees from coming to America. He says they are terrorists.

He would bar all Muslims from coming to America. Again, he says they are terrorists.

He would bar Mexicans from coming to America. He claims they are murders and rapists and are responsible for all the crime in this country.

Tax rates would be cut, especially for the top 1 percent and corporations, increasing the deficit. Gov. Brownback has already demonstrated the futility of this strategy as a device to create jobs.

He would put American troops into Syria.

He has alienated most of the women in this country, together with most of the minorities. His campaign pictures an America that most of us could not support.

Mrs. Clinton, on the other hand, promotes policies that are directed toward the benefit of all Americans and encourages the best instincts and character of this nation. She supports Israel against those who threaten its existence. She supports NATO, especially important in light of the increasing militarism of Russia. She supports the betterment of all peoples through economic growth. She understands how to work through the tangle of Washington structures. Compare that with Mr. Trump’s prospects, where he has insulted and belittled the Republican establishment that controls, and may continue to control, the Congress. 

America is a great nation, though not without flaws. Mrs. Clinton is a smart, experienced political person, though not without flaws. Her leadership, however, will deal with the needs of all Americans, unlike that of Mr. Trump, who can only lead what he sees in the mirror.

On Nov. 8, vote for Mrs. Clinton in support of the best of America’s traditions

Joel Pelofsky

Kansas City, Missouri

Bye KC

This week I moved away from Kansas City. In my 39 years in this crazy world, I have moved too many times to count, and yet I say with complete sincerity, this is the first time I’ve ever moved not wanting to.

For the many of you who don’t know me, a little over a year ago my four beautiful children moved to Israel. The reason I’m leaving — the only reason — is to finally be with them once again.

I have been living in Kansas City for the past three years. Obviously there were some trials and tribulations along the way; nevertheless, I fell in love with the city and its phenomenal Jewish community.

I grew up in New York. For a New Yorker, moving to Kansas is odd and unnerving. But those of us who do it never look back. The expectation is boredom and a feeling of being out of place. And yet there I was, rarely bored, with a feeling that can only be described as home. 

This city is filled with many of the kindest, most caring people I have ever encountered. And looking past the bumps in the road, my time here has been amazing.

I would like to thank the Jewish community of Kansas City — in particular the members of Congregation BIAV — who graciously, selflessly and instantly became my family when my children flew across the world. There are no words to adequately express my gratitude. 

Farewell Kansas City! You will always be in my heart. I look forward to when we meet again.    

Yitzchak Jaffe

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