Children’s author Kate Feiffer, May 2011 A spate of Kate Children’s author brings three programs to town By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer   Kate Feiffer The last time Kate Feiffer was in Dayton, she was a documentary filmmaker. Now, she returns as the author of nine acclaimed children’s

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Children of the Bible Series Jewish Family Identity Forum By Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer Pick up a children’s Bible storybook and you’re likely to see the characters depicted as youngsters — Isaac toddling up the mountain to the altar, Joseph taunting his brothers with a coat of

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Jewish Family Identity Forum By Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer, January 2011 Sinai. Its impact on the course of human experience has never been equaled. For a year, this column has focused on exploring Aseret haDibrot, The Ten Sayings of Jewish tradition known more generally as the Ten

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Scrolls of Survival is the theme of the Dayton Area Yom Hashoah Observance: A Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust, on Sunday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at Beth Jacob Synagogue, 7020 N. Main St. in Harrison Township. Rabbis and members of Dayton’s four synagogues will share

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Each of Dayton’s four synagogues is home to a Torah scroll that served European Jewish communities until the Nazi occupation. Here are their stories.

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Children of the Bible Series Jewish Family Identity Forum By Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer I recently read the acclaimed biography The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore. Like two photo albums set side by side, it alternately traces the lives of two African-American

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The Ten Commandments: A series Jewish Family Identity Forum By Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer, December 2010 In one of my favorite family stories, my husband managed to tame the “greed monster.” We were carting our young children through the grocery store, to their usual chants of “I

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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. The lodestone which initiates my observations are the beautiful words of

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Film Review by Michael Fox, Special To The Observer 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 woman with uncommon brains, drive, daring and backbone. Dreaming

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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 East irony, Ajami sinks its hooks in the

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