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Seg. 1: Topeka Mayor De La Isla | Seg. 2: Mental Health Resources | Seg. 3: Faith & COVID-19

Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City
Rabbi Mark Levin, retired founding Rabbi of Congregation Beth Torah, took a turn reading from the Village Shalom Haggadah during a virtual Passover Seder.

Segment 1: Hospitals in the capital city are within their capacity, but some residents bristle at stay-at-home orders.

A large number of residents in Topeka are obeying requests to stay at home. Others, the city's mayor said, take offense at the government ordering them to do something they don't want to. She explains some of the hurdles her community is navigating.

Segment 2, beginning at 16:50: Social isolation can inflame anxiety and depression.

Anxiety is often rooted in a lack of control, and there's a lot people can't control during a global pandemic. Good mental health care can make a big difference, but finding it while you can't leave the house isn't always easy.

Segment 3, beginning at 33:05: During these times, religious leaders agree worship done at home is no less meaningful.

With Passover taking place on Wednesday and Easter on Sunday, Christians and Jews in Kansas City are celebrating in new ways. A rabbi and a pastor explained how their congregations are getting by in a world of virtual seders and church services.

KCUR wants to hear stories of what’s helping you get through these tough times.

Whether it’s a random act of kindness or a personal ritual, let us know. Leave a voicemail at 816-398-8207 ‬with your brief story, name, and where you live. You can also email a voice memo to KCUR producer Mackenzie Martin at mackenzie@kcur.org.

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