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yahrzeitcandle
Dayton

Helen Abramovitz, age 88 of Dayton, passed away Oct. 20 at Cypress Pointe. Mrs. Abramovitz was retired from Good Samaritan Hospital as a counselor, a member of Beth Abraham Synagogue, a board member of Jewish Family Services, a member of the Citizen Review Board for Montgomery County Juvenile Court, a

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chase
Dayton

Dispatch sports writer and Dayton native will talk about The Chase, Nov. 5 By Marc Katz, Special To The Observer Woody Hayes wrote a book more than 40 years ago called You Win With People. The school he’s most famous for coaching, Ohio State, still does that, as Columbus Dispatch

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Kidney donor Debbie DiSalvo with recipient Jerry Halasz (Photo: Scott Halasz)
Dayton

By Scott Halasz Special To The Observer They often crossed paths at social and religious functions around town. But now my Dad, Jerry, and Debbie DiSalvo will be forever entwined thanks to her selfless act. On July 27, Debbie donated a kidney to my 73-year-old father. At the University of

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Photo illustration of author Brian Forschner at the grave of Anna Markowitz, Beth Jacob Cemetery (Marshall Weiss)
Dayton

More than 100 years ago, five Dayton girls and young women were strangled and raped. Brian Forschner says he knows who did it. By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Brian Forschner descends the hill to the back edge of Beth Jacob Cemetery on Old Troy Pike. He finds the

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Ronald Zehrfeld (Johnny) and Nina Hoss (Nelly) in Phoenix. Schramm Film.
Dayton

Movie Review By Michael Fox, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Battered by the camps, the female protagonist of German director Christian Petzold’s Phoenix returns to Berlin after the war like a ghost back from the dead. The film purposely depicts Nelly (played by the filmmaker’s regular muse, Nina Hoss)

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Blood sweat and tears cover
Dayton

By Michelle Tedford, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Is Steve Katz a rock star? The founding guitarist of Blood, Sweat & Tears and three-time Grammy winner wrote his memoir to answer that question. His conclusion: Who cares? Speaking by phone from his home in Connecticut, Katz said that “Who cares?”

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Rabbi Sherre Zwelling Hirsch
Dayton

Book Review by Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles The word rabbi is derived from the Hebrew term meaning my master, which leaves a lot of room to describe what a rabbi actually does. A rabbi is trained to be the spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation, of course,

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icreamqueen
Dayton

Rags to riches on the Lower East Side Book Review By Gloria Kestenbaum New York Jewish Week From the reeking slums of the Lower East Side to the rarefied air of Park Avenue and Palm Beach, Susan Jane Gilman’s The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street is a tart page-turner across

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surveyplug
Dayton

“Your paper is much better these days. I even read it now,” a community member earnestly confided to me a year after we began publishing in 1996. It’s been a few years since The Observer has conducted a readership survey, and it’s time to find out what you think. Please

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Butternut squash and sage challahs. Photo: Shannon Sarna
Dayton

Crowd-pleasing recipes for leisurely meals outside By Shannon Sarna, JTA Sukkot is such a beautiful holiday: eating outdoors, decorating the sukkah, and enjoying the flavors of fall with family and friends. The fasting is over, and the craziness of the New Year rush has passed. You can leisurely enjoy long

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