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Author: Gabrielle Abrams

Danica Roem and Other Minority Leaders are Victorious in Off-Year Elections

Election night, Nov. 8, 2017 was more than a routine change of power. It marked a historic night for LGBT Americans and other minorities as several female, transgender, and members of racial and religious minorities were elected for leadership roles that had never seen such diversity before. One of these victories came for Danica Roem, a transgender woman, who defeated incumbent Bob Marshall for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Roem is the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislative body. Her political platform is centered around solving infrastructure issues, supporting the Va. public...

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“You Be You” Teen Mental Health Campaign Launched at HBHA

This year the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) has implemented the You Be You teen mental health campaign. This campaign, created by the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition (GKCMHC), has responded to concerns from local parents who lost children to suicide and a rise in teen depression. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2007-2015, the rates of teen suicide doubled among girls and increased by over 30% in boys. There has also been 37% increase in teens suffering from a major depressive episode (MDE) from 2005-2014. A MDE refers to a period of more...

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The End to Traditional Sports as We Know It? Esports Rise in Worldwide Popularity

Take the competitiveness and adrenaline of athletic sports. Mix in the strategy of chess. Top it off with sitting in a comfortable chair. What do you get? Esports. Esports, the  industry of multiplayer video game competitions, has grown significantly in recent years, now reaching an audience of 226 million people worldwide. That number even includes people that pay for tickets to watch others play video games in sold out arenas. This 21st-century concept has become the perfect fusion of passions for video game fans, allowing them to competitively participate and root on their favorite gamers. But it raises the...

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Plays of the 1950’s Remain Relevant in Modern Society

Slider image by Cory Weaver In late March and early April of this year, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) students watched A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City (JCC). A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of a black family from Chicago enduring racism in the 1950s. Fahrenheit 451, written in 1953, portrays a dystopian world in which firemen burn books and information is concealed from the public. The setting of these two stories may seem...

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HBHA Students Welcome Refugees Through Artwork

“Without Immigrants there would be no USA”, “#refugeeswelcome”, and “The Great American Melting Pot” were just a few of the many posters that were hung by eighth grade students at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) in Feb. 2017. The goal of this public display is to publicize the welcoming community that HBHA and the connecting Jewish Community Center (JCC) have to offer refugees. The effort to create and display these posters was spearheaded by eighth-grader Abby Kreisler with assistance from HBHA faculty and her classmates.   Kreisler remarked that stumbling upon the quote by David Slack, “Remember sitting in...

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