Traditions in the Jewish faith, helping those in need and Thanksgiving shopping and football were subjects of the Missourian's best photos last week.
Pinar Istek took this photo of Shawn Hayden, left, and his wife, Dora Hayden, who walk to their van with Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity members Ray Sanders, Brandon Gregory and Kyle Shannon after receiving Thanksgiving Food Drive packages Sunday at Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center at MU. The Haydens, who have five children, also take care of Dora Hayden's brother, who has Down syndrome. Alpha Phi Alpha has hosted a food drive every year since 1995 to help low-income families in mid-Missouri.
Avremi Lapine attaches a mezuzah, a small capsule containing handwritten scriptures, to his front door as his wife, Channy, and 9-month-old son, Mendel, watch in this photo by Nick Michael. According to Jewish custom, a mezuzah should be attached to the right doorpost of every door. Because the Lapines' previous residence was an apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y., they had to buy 12 extra mezuzahs to outfit their new house in Columbia. The Lapines are emissaries for their faith — an international sect of Orthodox Judaism known as Chabad-Lubavitch. They hope to encourage greater observance of the Torah and a closer connection to God in Columbia.
Susan Haines washes Elaine Grev's hair at The Captain's Quarters, a beauty salon that caters to cancer patients, in this photo from Katie Currid. Grev, who has been a customer for 30 years, had breast cancer two years ago, and the cancer is now in remission. Haines made a promise to her own sister, who eventually died of cancer, that she would help other women with the disease. Haines opened The Captain's Quarters in 1977 with her husband; she expanded her services specifically for cancer patients in 1988.
Istek took this photograph of MU student Tony Lee, who slept in his car while waiting for his friends Friday morning in the parking lot of Best Buy. Lee had been waiting for them for 20 minutes. With earlier store openings, shoppers hoping to score Black Friday deals waited outside stores on Thursday night.
Sarah Hoffman snapped this photo of Missouri quarterback James Franklin, who is tackled by Kansas safety Bradley McDougald near the end of the first quarter. Missouri defeated Kansas 24-10 in the Border Showdown game on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.