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Author: Julia Paul

“LGBTQ Jew?” – New Winterim Offering Sparks Conversation on LGBTQIA Inclusivity at HBHA

During HBHA’s annual Winterims this year, there was a new class option offered: “LGBTQ Jew?” taught by English Department Chair R. Gina Renee. LGBTQIA stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual. Throughout the week, the intimate class of four students discussed the hushed topic of LGBTQIA rights and gave the students a glimpse into the lives of those who fall under any and all categories of LGBTQIA as well as looking at the issue from a Jewish perspective. Over the past decade, the media attention and acceptance of LGBTQIA rights has grown exponentially, but there is...

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When State and Federal Governments Can’t Agree: The Weed Question

Written by Julia Paul and Sara Saidel  The legalization a marijuana, a drug that is both legal and illegal at the same time in the US, has proven to be an extremely controversial subject for the past three decades. The unrelenting movement for the legalization of marijuana had led to a weed revolution in the business world. This has subsequently generated a great deal of media attention as well. However, problems arise when the substance is deemed legal in certain states but has remained illegal under federal law.   Although 25 states and the District of Columbia currently have...

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Visit to Aquarium Serves as a Hands-On Learning Experience for Marine Biology Students

On Wednesday Nov. 30, the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) high school Marine Biology class embarked on an adventure to the Henry Doorly Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska. After a three hour trip from Overland Park, Kan. to Omaha, Neb. in a van, the students arrived at the aquarium eager to begin their jam-packed day filled with hands on experiences in marine life. Throughout the semester, the students in marine biology learned about the wonders of marine life by maintaining a large classroom fish tank.  We “designed and put fish in Mr. Welton’s tank” said freshman River Hennick. With a...

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Hostility Towards Israeli Athletes in the 2016 Olympics

Israel competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from Aug. 5 to 21, 2016. They sent their largest delegation ever this year, with 47 athletes competing in 17 sports. The Olympic Games are supposed to represent unity between the countries of the world. At the games, athletes put politics aside and engage in the international festivities. Unfortunately, conflicts between Israel and the rest of the  Middle East were not forgotten during the 2016 Olympics. After the Lebanese team boarded a bus provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), on the way to the Opening Ceremonies,...

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Uniting to Pursue Justice: HBHA and UA Students Join Together on Civil Rights Journey

Written by Haidee Clauer and Julia Paul. For the past year, high school students from Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) and  University Academy (UA) have been forming a bond that would lead to a life changing experience. Students from both high schools began working together in 2015 through Communities Creating Opportunities (CCO), an organization that gathers volunteers to address community issues, including increasing voter registration. After phone-banking, volunteering, and organizing a candidates forum, they began their next active pursuit of justice: a Civil Rights Tour of the American South. Starting in August 2015, the HBHA and UA faculty began...

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