Centennial Family Mission, February 2011 ‘If the goal of the trip was to reconnect with our Jewishness and the state of Israel, it worked.’ Riding camels at a Bedouin camp Photos and Story by Marcia Schonberg Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer The tour bus displaying the “2010 Jewish Federation

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Religion, February 2011 By Rabbi Bernard Barsky, Beth Abraham Synagogue Most days it was Barry the Messiah who greeted me first when I entered the Brooklyn daycare center for those suffering from mental illness. I worked there for a year, 2002-03, as a rabbinic pastoral intern, and Barry had a

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Fiddler national tour, February 2011 By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer John Preece as Tevye On Sept. 22, 1964, an improbable musical about Jewish peasants in pre-revolutionary Russia opened at New York’s Imperial Theatre. Almost 50 years since that opening, Fiddler on the Roof remains one of the most

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Mike-sell’s makes kosher products, February 2011 Mike-sell’s employees with a few of their 29 kosher products (L to R): Marketing Dir. Luke Mapp, Plant Manager John Hines, Purchasing/Regulatory Manager Jennifer Terrell, Lab Technician Laura Trego, and Operations Exec. V.P. David J. Smith By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Not

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Retirement of Helen Thomas award brings wave of hate to SPJ national president, Jan. 31, 2011 By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer  Hagit Limor, an investigative reporter for Cincinnati’s WCPO-TV, says she knew she’d learn a lot during her year as national president of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Feinstein challenge, March 2011 For the 14th year, The Feinstein Foundation of Cranston, R.I. will divide $1 million among anti-hunger agencies nationwide to spur food donations during March and April. The Jewish Federation Food Pantry, through its Hametz for the Hungry campaign, will take part in this challenge for the

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Purim recipes, March 2011 By Eileen Goltz, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer It doesn’t matter if you fashion your favorite dough into Purim villain Haman’s hat, pockets, or ears; these recipes will ensure that your Purim is festive, fun and delicious. And here’s a general tip: To fold into

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Ahead Of Her Time Review, March 2011 Film Review by Michael Fox, Special To The Observer  Ruth Gruber It was a volatile, uncertain and anxious world in which Ruth Gruber came of age in the late 1920s and early ‘30s. But it was also surprisingly open to exploration for a

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Ajami review, March 2011 A scene from Ajami Film Review by Michael Fox, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Even by the high standards set by Israeli films in the last few years, Ajami is a knockout. A crackling urban drama shot with unblinking realism and steeped in astringent Middle

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Religion, March 2011 By Rabbi Samuel B. Press, Rabbi Emeritus, Beth Abraham Synagogue  As we approach the observance and celebration of Purim, I choose to share selected thoughts on the holiday, ideas which may serve as a catalyst for our own reflections. Rabbi Samuel B. Press The lodestone which initiates

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