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Explanation of Federation’s Role with the Agencies and Observer

As an integrated Federation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton encompasses Federation programs and activities, as well as those from the Jewish Community Center (JCC), Jewish Family Services (JFS), and the Jewish Foundation. Our structure provides leadership, management, and support for the entire organization.

The Dayton Jewish Observer is a Jewish newspaper, focusing on local, national, and global news and events relevant to the Jewish community. It is edited and published by Marshall Weiss, through funding and support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton and the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton.

The Jewish Federation

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton & its Agencies care for those in need, strengthen Jewish life, and create connections among Jews — acting locally, in Israel, and around the world.

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The Jewish Community Center

From its first inception in the early 1930s, the JCC of Greater Dayton has been integral to the Dayton Jewish community. As a social hub, activity center, and immersive cultural portal, the JCC is here for everyone.

Jewish Community Center of Greater Dayton Mission Statement
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Dayton provides a universal sense of belonging in the hearts and minds of Greater Jewish Dayton. The creative programming ideas educate and impart Jewish values to all members of the community, regardless of age, creed, nationality, or religion.

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Jewish Family Services

If someone feels his or her life is out of control, Jewish Family Services (JFS) can help put everything back on track. Our professional JFS team reviews options available for medical or emotional needs and walks people through the maze of information available, looking at our services and community options.

Jewish Family Services of Greater Dayton Mission Statement
Guided by Jewish traditions, JFS provides individuals and families within the Miami Valley with the tools and services to lead a happy and healthy life.

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Jewish Foundation

Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton Mission Statement
The Jewish Foundation builds the Dayton Jewish community’s future, ensuring through endowments and donor advised funds that we pass the tradition of building on for generations to come.

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The Dayton Jewish Observer

The Observer reaches 6,949 readers in approximately 3,232 households. It is sent to every identifiable Jewish home in the community free of charge and is also distributed in select, upscale locations throughout the Miami Valley.

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Jewish Observer

Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid appointed Israel’s first special envoy for combating antisemitism and the delegitimization of Israel, naming Israeli American artist and author Noa Tishby to the position April 11 in Jerusalem. Tishby will keynote the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton’s Presidents Dinner in the rotunda of The post Israel’s first-ever envoy to combat antisemitism will keynote Federation Presidents Dinner May 15 appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

A poem for Yom Hashoah

    By Zoe Kourlas, Grade Eight, Hastings Middle School 2022 Max May and Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, sponsored by the Greater Dayton Holocaust Education Committee   The post A poem for Yom Hashoah appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Area Reform leaders mourn HUC vote to end residential rabbinical program in Cincinnati

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer To say Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati’s connections with Dayton-area Reform congregations run deep would be an understatement. It was natural for the architect of Reform Judaism in the United States, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, to reach out from his Cincinnati perch to The post Area Reform leaders mourn HUC vote to end residential rabbinical program in Cincinnati appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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