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Yevgeny Kutik. Photo: Corey Hayes.
Dayton

Russian-Jewish violinist Yevgeny Kutik returns to the Miami Valley for a series of concerts, performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Sept. 28, 29, and 30 at the Schuster Center. A native of Minsk, Belarus, Kutik immigrated to the United States with his family when he

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Left, Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds; Right, his son, Pastor Chris Edmonds
Dayton

Pastor Chris Edmonds, son of late Righteous Among the Nations honoree Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, will share the story of how his father saved 200 Jewish GIs, at Temple Israel’s Shabbat service on Friday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. During the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, the Germans captured the

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Sisters Hermene (L) and Josephine Schwarz, founders of the Dayton Ballet, the Schwarz School of Dance, and the Linden Center Dance School. Photo: Dayton Daily News Collection, Special Collections 
& Archives, Wright State University
Dayton

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer “I wanted to do whatever my sister did,” Carol Ann Shockley recalls. “She was three-and-a-half years older than me. And I wanted to be just like her. She wanted to dance.” Carol Ann’s sister was the late Jeraldyne Blunden, founder of Jeraldyne’s School

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By the 1870s, Prussian-born Jew Gustave ‘Gus’ Lindeman was one of Cincinnati’s most popular caterers. Photo courtesy of Ellen Notbohm.
Dayton

Caterer for the banquet that divided American Judaism in 1883 is buried at Temple Israel’s Riverview Cemetery. By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer It’s no exaggeration to say that the person who set in motion the contours of American Judaism we know today is buried at Temple Israel’s Riverview

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Wittenberg University students and faculty about to help restore a section of the Jewish cemetery at Lodz as part of their field study trip to Poland, May 15-June 10 . Photo courtesy of Dr. Michael Anes and Dr. Heather Wright.
Dayton

Spouses teach Psychology of the Holocaust, Ideology & Identity in Polish Culture By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer “Our trip is very, very different than many trips to Poland (that is, among those which have any sort of Holocaust theme), as we really try to understand the Catholic majority

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shofar
Dayton

By Rabbi Nochum Mangel, Chabad of Greater Dayton The high point of Rosh Hashanah and the unique mitzvah (commandment) of the day is the blowing of the shofar. The words of the holiday prayer book are deep and their extraordinary poetry is beautiful and moving, but the focus of the

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Candace R. Kwiatek
Dayton

The Bible: Wisdom Literature Jewish Family Education with Candace R. Kwiatek Frontier justice. Outlaw gangs. Gunslingers. Vengeance-seekers. Accurate or not, these images of the Wild West reflect widely-held views about the American era of westward expansion. They’re not all that different from images of a periodically chaotic, lawless, and violent

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Rachel Haug Gilbert
Dayton

With Rachel Haug Gilbert, The Dayton Jewish Observer Annie Greene earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near East Languages and Civilizations. Upon graduating from Oakwood High School in 2006, she first attended McGill University in Montreal before completing her master of arts degree at the University

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Adam Driver and John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman. Photo: Focus Features
Dayton

Movie Review By Charles Dunst, JTA In 1965, two young Jewish men, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were murdered along with black activist James Chaney by Ku Klux Klansmen in a Southern horror memorialized in the 1988 film Mississippi Burning. My own Jew-adjacent summer camp showed the film to us

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Lamb Stew with Pomegranate
Dayton

By Shannon Sarna, thenosher.com The sweetest time of year is upon us, quite literally: It’s Rosh Hashanah. And while I know most families have their standard holiday dishes they make year after year, sometimes it’s nice to swap in a new appetizer, alternating main dish or quick but delicious new

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