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Jewish Dayton Blog

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LIFE & LEGACY- 2024 National Conference

LIFE & LEGACY- 2024 National Conference

Last week, Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Executive Director of Development and Strategy Janese R. Sweeny joined with colleagues from across the U.S. and Canada for the 2024 Life & Legacy Leadership Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. The conference was...

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Still Fighting for Our Freedom

Still Fighting for Our Freedom

We hope everyone had a wonderful Passover! It was a very nice time for our community to come together and celebrate the freedom and perserverance of the Jewish people. It was also a difficult time, as we know there are still over 100 hostages being held captive in...

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Six Months

Six Months

Six months have passed since the tragic and heinous events of October 7th in Israel. Six months of incredible heartbreak, devastation, and sadness. Over 1,200 Israel lives were lost, 134 hostages remain in Gaza, and over 600 IDF soldiers have lost their lives in...

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Jewish Dayton Calendar

Jewish Dayton Calendar

Dayton Jewish Observer

Dayton Jewish Observer

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Associate Prof. of Psychology and Department Chair Michael Anes is a beloved member of the faculty at Wittenberg University in Springfield. So beloved that the graduating class of 2024 named him an honorary member — the second time he’s received such an honor The post Before co-leading Fulbright trip to study Holocaust in Poland, Wittenberg prof. proclaims Israel committing genocide in Gaza appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer ‘We feel you have our back’ “We had been in the restaurant — it was a Friday afternoon bar mitzvah. We work all together, and it was a nice party,” chef/restaurateur Uri Arnon told 150-plus community members after the Israeli dinner he prepared The post Local updates connected to the Israel-Hamas war appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

    Daniel Kahn, son of Neil and Gina Kahn, has graduated from Sinclair College. He was awarded two Associate Degrees of Applied Science: one in automation and control technology with robotics, the other in electro-mechanical engineering technology. Daniel plans to use his degrees working for a manufacturing concern. Danielle The post Mazel Tov! appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

By Rabbi Cary Kozberg Temple Sholom, Springfield Jewish tradition teaches that Shavuot is z’man matan Torateynu—the time of the giving of our Torah. It commemorates the moment when, after bringing us out of Egypt to Sinai, God called us to be a “kingdom of priests and a holy people” and The post A Shavuot love letter appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Rabbi Samuel B. Press,who guided Beth Abraham Synagogue along Conservative Judaism’s path toward women’s full equality in worship, died April 29 at the age of 87. He served Beth Abraham, the Dayton area’s only Conservative Jewish congregation — then at Salem Avenue and Cornell Drive in Dayton View — from The post Beth Abraham Rabbi Emeritus Samuel B. Press dies at 87 appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

By Stephen Silver, JTA When Mel Brooks was filming The Producers, he recalled an executive approaching him and saying, “The curly-haired guy—he’s funny looking. Fire him.” Brooks said he would fire the actor, but never intended to actually do it. And when The Producers came out, it became a classic The post Gene Wilder doc salutes comedy legend appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

By Linda Buchwald, New York Jewish Week In the documentary Nathan-ism, Jewish artist Nathan Hilu is hardly ever without a Sharpie or crayon in his hand, drawing something from his memories. Hilu was a Lower East Side native who, as a U.S. soldier at 19, was assigned to guard Nazi The post Doc unspools storied life of Jewish outsider artist, Nuremberg trials guard Nathan Hilu appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

By PJ Grisar, Forward Enough time has passed, the Vatican decided in 2019, to examine the record of Pope Pius. The church unsealed papal archives long sought after by historians, and researchers have begun to paint a damning portrait. Pius XII, the head of the church through World War II, The post The true story of a 6-year-old Jewish boy who was baptized, kidnapped, and raised by the Pope appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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