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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

Congregations plan for another Covid Passover

Passover begins at sunset, Saturday, March 27 — one year and two weeks after Covid cases began to take hold in the United States. At the time, area Jewish congregations scrambled to provide virtual Passover programming, Seders, and to-go Seder meals. This year’s offerings come with the hope for Covid-free The post Congregations plan for another Covid Passover appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Paula Shoyer’s gift this Passover: Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook

Just in time for Passover, kosher cooking maven/author Paula Shoyer’s Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook is now in print from Sterling Epicure. With 46 kosher-for-Passover recipes alone, from soups and salads to appetizers, sides to main courses and desserts — a number of which are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free — The post Paula Shoyer’s gift this Passover: Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

By Rabbi Elchonon Chaikin, Chabad of Greater Dayton It was one year ago, on March 1, 2020, that my wife, Mussie, and I landed back in Dayton with a group of nine Jewish teens from the annual International CTeen Shabbaton. It was an incredible weekend, full of Jewish pride, learning The post Free(dom) during Covid appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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