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Dayton

Louis I. Hoffman, age 82, formerly of Dayton, died April 11 in Columbus. Mr. Hoffman was a highly respected and very successful criminal defense trial lawyer for over 50 years in Dayton. He received the highest rating for ability and integrity from a national rating for 20 consecutive years, was

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Avi Gilbert (L) and Menachem Simon harvest microgreen crops at Hillel Academy Jewish day school, March 7. Photo: Marshall Weiss.
Dayton

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Hillel Academy Jewish day school, which champions a project-based approach to learning, has made indoor farmers of its fifth- and sixth-grade students. With help from a registered dietitian nutritionist — and now from a hydroponic farming educational initiative in Israel — Hillel students

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Dayton Philharmonic Music Director Neal Gittleman (at piano) leads the first rehearsal with members of six choirs for the Unity Through Harmony concert. Photo: Cantor Jenna Greenberg.
Dayton

More than 150 singers with six choirs from various faiths and cultures began rehearsing in March for Unity Through Harmony: A concert of sacred music from around the world, a performance with the Dayton Philharmonic on April 7 at the Dayton Masonic Center. The concert brings together Corinthian Missionary Baptist

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12-year-old Masha with her mother in their Chicago apartment, 1991
Dayton

By Masha Kisel, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer In the late 1980s and early ‘90s, American Jewish communities went out of their way to welcome refugees from the former Soviet Union. They opened their hearts and homes to grateful, meekly smiling families. There was a lot of nodding and

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U.S. Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) meets with Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton CEO Cathy Gardner on Capitol Hill, March 13
Dayton

Staff from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton joined representatives of Ohio’s seven other Jewish Federations for a fly-in to Washington, D.C. on March 13 to advocate on Capitol Hill for increased security funding for faith-based and cause-based nonprofits at risk for terror attacks. “Since the Pittsburgh attacks and the

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UNITY
Dayton

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton has signed on as a coalition partner with the Dayton Unit NAACP’s Community Celebration: An Afternoon of Love, Unity, Peace and Diversity, to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 at McIntosh Park, Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and West Riverview

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Cheryl Temkin
Dayton

Women of the Wall North American Liaison Cheryl Temkin will provide an update on the organization’s efforts in Israel, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at a Havdalah event hosted by Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Dr. Women of the Wall champions women’s ability to pray aloud, with Torah scrolls

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Beth Abraham Synagogue's first-known location, a rented room at the southeast corner of Fifth and Wayne, is now the site of the Dublin Pub
Dayton

As part of its yearlong 125th birthday celebrations, Beth Abraham Synagogue will present Where It All Began: A Toast To Our Founders, beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Participants will first meet at Beth Abraham Cemetery, 1817 W. Schantz Ave. in Kettering for a brief history tour led

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Entry from the 2018 Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest
Dayton

The Greater Dayton Yom Hashoah Remembrance will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 at Beth Abraham Synagogue, 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. This year’s program will honor area survivors and liberators along with student winners of the annual Max May and Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Art and

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Scott Halasz, The Marvelous Mr. Mazel
Dayton

With Scott Halasz, The Dayton Jewish Observer Irwin Dumtschin’s work as president of the Beth Abraham Men’s Club has garnered some serious attention. He was recently named the 2019 Ma’asim Tovim (righteous actions) Award winner for the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs KIO region. The highest award a region can

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