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Author: Gabrielle Abrams

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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HBHA Blood Drive Draws in both New and Returning Donors

On Friday, Jan. 20, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) hosted its annual blood drive. Students, faculty, and members of the community were invited and encouraged to donate blood in the Jewish Community Center (JCC). The drive was held by the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City as it has been for the past decade at HBHA. HBHA Upper School Principal, Todd Clauer, and an HBHA junior who chose to remain anonymous, participated in this year’s blood drive. Clauer is an returning blood donor, having donated 24 times in the past, equivalent to at least 3 gallons. This was...

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A Weekend in Birmingham

This March, freshman and sophomore students at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) had the opportunity to travel to the American South for a nine day trip Civil Rights trip. The longest stay of the trip was a four day weekend spent in Birmingham, Ala. The experience in Birmingham began Thursday March 17th with a day spent touring the city’s historic sites. This was the HBHA students’ final day with their new friends from University Academy (UA). The two schools began preparing for this trip together in November of 2015, bonding with one another and learning about the sites that...

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High School Students Take a Trip to the Truman Library

On Jan. 15, 2016, 11th and 12th grade Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) United States government students visited the White House Decision Center at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo. During the week preceding the field trip, the two government classes (the Advanced Placement and 11th/12th class) combined to learn about Truman’s decision making in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Earlier that year on July 26, 1945, the United States, China, and United Kingdom called for the surrender of the Japanese with the alternative as complete destruction. In response, or lack thereof, the Japanese...

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