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More Conversation Needed

More Conversation Needed

When I heard that Dave Chappelle was hosting Saturday Night Live (SNL), I had some apprehension. Dave Chappelle is known for having very strong commentary on current events. So, I figured his monologue would most likely be filled with references to Kanye West, Kyrie...

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Combatting Antisemitism

Combatting Antisemitism

Earlier this week, I traveled to Chicago for the General Assembly (GA). The GA brings together Federation leaders from across North American and Israeli Jewish communities to explore complex issues facing the Jewish people. This annual conference (which had taken a...

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Four Years Later

Four Years Later

On October 27, 2018, a gunman opened fire on the Tree of Life Synagogue, killing 11 innocent people. As we approach the four-year anniversary of this tragic event, we still continue to see an increase in antisemitism and acts of hate across the country. Just over the...

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Event Recap – When Does Life Begin?

Event Recap – When Does Life Begin?

Last night, the Jewish Community Relations Council presented “When Does Life Begin: Jewish Perspectives.” It was an amazing program. We had 88 participants, with all but two people staying on the Zoom until the end. The community was enthralled. The event explored...

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When Does Life Begin?

When Does Life Begin?

As I see things, my life as a Jew has an incredible blueprint for living that stems from the teachings of the Torah and our great rabbis over the ages. I learn something meaningful and new every time I engage in Jewish study. So, what does Jewish tradition say about a...

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Shining the Light on JCRC

Shining the Light on JCRC

If you attended our Annual Meeting this past Wednesday, you may have seen a new face in the crowd. We are proud to announce our newest staff member, Chen Shterenbach, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Senior Director. Chen grew up in a moshav/village in...

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We’re Back

We’re Back

While our world is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been fortunate to resume some of our pre-COVID activities. One of these activities is our Annual Meeting. We held modified meetings in 2020 and 2021, however there is something very special about...

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The Importance of 83

The Importance of 83

Over the past year, I have mentioned in a few WHIMS how we as an organization faced some staff turnover during the months following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of this was due to retirements and career changes. What I didn’t mention in those WHIMS was...

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The Jewish Agency and Russia

The Jewish Agency and Russia

After a few months hiatus, the WHIM is back. Lots has happened between my last WHIM and today. As Daytonians, Americans, and a worldwide Jewish community we have faced many challenges over recent months. During this time, I have been trying to focus on the positive....

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Jewish Observer

‘The Jews hate us,’ Riverside pastor says from pulpit

American Jewish Committee: ‘This type of incendiary language makes Jews less safe’ By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Ten minutes into his Sunday, Nov. 27 morning sermon at Anchor Baptist Church in Riverside, the congregation’s pastor, Mike Elliott, told churchgoers, “The Jews hate us. You do know that, right? The post ‘The Jews hate us,’ Riverside pastor says from pulpit appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Hillel Academy celebrates six decades

‘Evolving with the times,’ K-6 Jewish day school thrives with project-based learning By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer When Hillel Academy opened as Dayton’s first Jewish day school in September 1961 — with just a kindergarten — the little fanfare it garnered was in Dayton’s daily papers. Nothing about The post Hillel Academy celebrates six decades appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Update – Felony charges against 3 Miami U. students who vandalized Hillel’s sukkah lowered to criminal damages

Oxford Police Department: ‘No religious bias involved’ By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Three Miami University students who turned themselves in six days after vandalizing Hillel at Miami’s sukkah had their felony charges dropped down and were convicted of criminal damages, a second-degree misdemeanor, in Butler County Court on The post Update – Felony charges against 3 Miami U. students who vandalized Hillel’s sukkah lowered to criminal damages appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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