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Stop humiliating American rabbis

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Diaspora needs to continue to support Israel

Last week the Israeli government went back on its word about a new egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.

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Condoning the hate it condemns

The letter from officers of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (GKCIC), charitably speaking, can only be interpreted as the result of ideological blindness.

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GKCIC takes a stand against rally

We call upon the Kansas City community to join with us, the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, in rejecting any agenda that furthers hate, violence and discrimination.

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Ever since I was a young child and took my first trip to Israel, I knew that it held a special place in my heart. I did not know quite what it was at the time, but I knew that I had to return at some point. My family and I took our second trip to the Holy Land for my younger brother’s Bar Mitzvah, and I left with that same feeling inside of me.

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The itenerary of Jewish Federation Women’s Mission 2017 included a graffiti art tour in Tel Aviv. Shown here are Phyllis Carozza (front row, from left), Lori Ravis, Diane Ravis, Marge Schlosberg, Diane Davidner, Beth Liss, Michele Kaplan and Janey Goodman. Back row: Federation’s Financial Resources Director Lisa Schifman, tour guide, Lisa Bernard, Sandi Fried, Federation President and CEO Dr. Helene Lotman, Jenny Isenberg, Lynn Poskin and Amy Ravis Furey.

A little over a year ago, Lisa Schifman, financial resource development director at Jewish Federation, approached me to chair a trip to Israel for the women of Kansas City. I was excited as I have seen the energy that mission trips bring back to a community.

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In May, a group of 10 HBHA alumni worked to restore honor to a Jewish cemetery in Wodzislaw, Poland. Shown here in front of salvaged matzevot (memorial stones) are Jordan Pollack (back row from left), Mikayla Davis, David (Doobie) Robinow, Avery Parkhurst, Sam Matsil, Joel Gutovitz and Daniel Jezmer. Front row: Turner Sousley, Leah Levy, Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis and Ethan Kaseff.

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Gross misrepresentation of facts

As a former resident of Dearborn, Michigan, I find Lee Levin’s letter published in the June 15, 2017, issue of The Chronicle inconsistent with reality, and a gross misrepresentation of life in Dearborn, and the Detroit area.

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When I first came to town in 1997, Jewish Kansas City was thriving. All the major shuls were filled with families and children who were dedicated and committed to their respective synagogues. There were at least 150 B’nai Mitzvah each year, and after school religious programs had high enrollment numbers. Each synagogue ran many successful programs and events, both religious and social, and the JCC membership was predominantly Jewish.

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