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ZAKA search-and-rescue USA volunteers work with the FBI at the scene of a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018. Credit: ZAKA Search and Rescue USA.
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By Stephen Renas Three days after the Oct. 27, 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh that left 11 dead, Jews in the Dayton area came together to mourn. Those from the community at large were invited to participate. In my estimation,

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Look for The Adventures of Bark Mitzvah Boy each month in The Dayton Jewish Observer and at this site.     To read the complete January 2019 Dayton Jewish Observer, click here.  

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By Marcy Oster, JTA A Huber Heights man was convicted Dec. 17 of a hate crime for attacking a man he thought was Jewish. Izmir Koch, 33, was found guilty by a judge for his part in the assault of a man smoking a cigarette outside a local restaurant on Feb. 4, 2017.

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Edwin Harold Gessel, age 94 formerly of Dayton, died in Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Mass. on Nov. 14. He was born in Philadelphia on May 20, 1924 to Cecelia and Jacob Gessel. He is survived by children Ira Gessel (Abigail Bordeaux), Louise Gessel (Martin Larson), and Michael Gessel (Marcy Gessel); grandchildren

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Titi Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013, shares her story with students at Miami University’s Hillel in Oxford, Nov. 6
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With Rachel Haug Gilbert, The Dayton Jewish Observer At the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired of Ohio conference in October, Hallie Greenfield was honored as the 2018 Outstanding Ohio Orientation and Mobility Specialist. In addition, she was awarded the biannual J. Kenneth Cozier Memorial

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U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice delivers an address Oct. 30 at the Dayton area Jewish community’s memorial for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. Photo: Peter Wine.
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By Walter H. Rice Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio Walter H. Rice delivered this keynote address on Oct. 30 at the Dayton area Jewish community’s memorial for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. I am neither a rabbi nor a faith-based leader; nor

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Standing for the U.S. National Anthem at Temple Israel on Oct. 30 during the Dayton area Jewish community’s memorial for the victims of the Oct. 27 Pittsburgh synagogue massacre (L to R): Rabbi Nochum Mangel, Chabad of Greater Dayton; Rabbi Joshua Ginsberg, Beth Abraham Synagogue; Rabbi Judy Chessin, Temple Beth Or; and Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Temple Israel. Photo: Peter Wine.
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By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer More than 1,300 people from a mosaic of religious, cultural, and ethnic communities across the Miami Valley came together at Temple Israel on the evening of Oct. 30 to remember the 11 Jews murdered in a Pittsburgh synagogue by an antisemitic gunman three

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By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Two days after its 41st Annual Friendship Dinner, The National Conference For Community and Justice of Greater Dayton issued an apology “to our guests and especially members of the Jewish community in attendance for the prayer offered before dinner.” In her Oct. 31

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At the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries Gala Dinner, Nov. 4, Rockland Community College, Suffern, N.Y. Photo: Itzik Roytman/Chabad.org.
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By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer “You know what I’ve always wanted to do?” I said to Motti Seligson and Chaim Landa of Chabad.org when I caught up with them at a conference this summer. “I’ve always wanted to attend the Chabad emissaries annual dinner.” “Let’s do it!” they

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Steven Skybell leads the cast of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s production of Fiddler On The Roof In Yiddish, directed by Joel Grey. Photo: Victor Nechay/ProperPix.
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Folksbiene’s Yiddish Fiddler raises the roof in New York Theatre Review By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer When the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene opened its production of Fiddler On The Roof In Yiddish in July, few would have guessed it would be running five months later — and on

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