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Jewish Dayton Blog

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Something for Everyone: Find Your Connection

Something for Everyone: Find Your Connection

Here at Jewish Dayton, we strive to live our mission every day - caring for those in need, strengthening Jewish life, and creating connections among Jews- acting locally, in Israel, and around the world. CONNECTION is truly important during the cold winter months, and...

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Our Work is Far from Over

Our Work is Far from Over

Like many in our Jewish community, I am continually distressed by the events of October 7th and the heartbreak of the war in Israel. Over the past four months, supporters of Israel have followed the situation closely, hoping for a speedy and peaceful resolution to...

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Jewish Dayton Calendar

Jewish Dayton Calendar

Dayton Jewish Observer

Dayton Jewish Observer

DeMille’s silent Ten Commandments at 100

The first biblical epic’s Jewish connections go surprisingly beyond the obvious By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer In the early 1980s, a group of amateur archaeologists discovered the remains of the City of Rameses buried beneath dunes of sand. Over a period of 30 years, with significant fundraising and The post DeMille’s silent Ten Commandments at 100 appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

A rabbi answers her congregants’ question: Why do they hate us?

By Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTA When I asked Rabbi Diana Fersko why she decided to add to the growing list of recent books written about antisemitism, she referred to Passover. On the holiday, Jews tell and retell the familiar story of the Exodus, she explained, and often add to it. The The post A rabbi answers her congregants’ question: Why do they hate us? appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Unanimously approved wording expresses sympathy, not blame, in Israel-Hamas war. By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer The Dayton City Commission unanimously passed a resolution Dec. 20 on the “current conflict in the Middle East” that “urgently calls for a cease-fire with the release of all civilians being illegally held The post Dayton City Commission’s cease-fire resolution attempts tightrope walk appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

By Julia Gergely, New York Jewish Week In March 2022, Jack Waksal thought he recognized Sam Ron, the keynote speaker at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual South Florida dinner in Boca Raton. But he couldn’t quite place him — after all, at 97, Waksal had met thousands of people The post Survivors reunited after 80 years — one formerly from Dayton — tell their tale in short documentary appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Steve Markman, commander of Dayton’s Jewish War Veterans Post #587 — who served on and off in that role since 2008 — died Jan. 2. He was 76. Under his leadership, the post volunteered at the Dayton VA Medical Center, participated in naturalization ceremonies to welcome new citizens, coordinated the The post Longtime JWV post commander dies appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

The community is invited to attend the Dayton area’s Scout Shabbat service, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10 at Beth Abraham Synagogue. The service will honor participating Scouts, Scouters, and Scout Alumni. Scouts of all faiths are welcome. Current Scouts and Scouters are asked to register at miamivalleybsa.org/calendar and to wear The post Scout Shabbat, Feb. 10 appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Judaism’s Worldview Series Jewish Family Education with Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer The brainchild of Jewish philanthropist Harold Grinspoon, PJ Library is a free Jewish book club for families that provides more than 1,100 unique stories for celebrating Jewish values, traditions, and culture, and strengthening Jewish connection and The post Unity or diversity? appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Mazel Tov

Josh Alpert, Dayton BBYO city director, has been nominated by the chapter’s teens for the David Bittker Unsung Hero Award, an award presented annually by the international BBYO organization to an outstanding adviser who demonstrates integrity, humility, dedication, and hard work. Josh not only serves the area’s Jewish teens; he’s The post Mazel Tov appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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