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As a pulpit rabbi, I am privileged to officiate at dozens of funerals per year.  I witness first-hand how families and friends assess the lives of the recently deceased.

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Proud ‘nasty woman’ responds to absurd letter

I purposely waited until after the election to write this. My response is in regard to the letter written by Dr. David S. Jacobs that was published Nov. 3 in The Chronicle.

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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).

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While at Eretz Bereshit, this past summer’s KC Kollel/Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project participants struck a tree yoga pose as a symbol of the empowerment they felt from our JWRP experience.

How do you sustain the continuity of the Jewish people? It is a daunting thought if you sit with that question alone. However, a group of eight Jewish women came together in 2008 from different walks of life, affiliations, observances and ages to begin a powerful dialogue. The conclusion was that by bringing Jewish women from around the world together in Israel, they could empower these women to return home and infuse Jewish values within themselves, their family and their community.

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KU Chabad Co-Director Nechama Tiethtel and Megen Pener.

It takes a special kind of person to be able to instantly connect with Jews of all ages and religious backgrounds. Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel and his wife Nechama are special. They have been role models, spiritual guides and friends to hundreds of students over the past 10 years, including myself.

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B’nai B’rith continues to be vibrant

I attended B’nai B’rith International’s annual Leadership Forum, held this year in Washington, D.C., in mid-September.

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I found the article written and published in the Jewish Chronicle entitled “Prayer and Tennis: A Rosh Hashanah Thought” profoundly disturbing, insulting and divisive.

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Clinton corruption

My old friend, Joel Pelofsky, would have us vote for Hillary.

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Overland Park native Lara Portnoy works for the Peres Center for Peace and took this photo with Shimon Peres in 2015.

I recently attended the funeral of the late ninth president of Israel, Shimon Peres. Because I work for the Peres Center for Peace, the nonprofit organization that he founded 20 years ago, I like to tell people that he was my boss, but my actual boss would disagree.

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Shiran Cohen, the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City’s Israel emissary, shows some cards made by children at Congregation Beth Shalom that will be sent to soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces during the High Holidays.

After two months of traveling in Central America and visiting my family in Israel, it is time to start a new year of serving as your shlicha (Israel emissary). I’m here for my second year to serve as the Kansas City Israel Emissary bringing Israel, my homeland, to Kansas — now my second home.

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