Rabbi Haviva Horvitz
Dayton

By Rabbi Haviva Horvitz, Temple Beth Sholom, Middletown Have you ever looked closely at the month of February? What does it have to offer? It is the shortest month of the year with fewer than 30 days. It is usually cold and dark, and frequently depressing. It is the middle

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Candace R. Kwiatek
Dayton

The Bible: Wisdom Literature Jewish Family Education With Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer I met my future husband through a kipah-clad classmate at my Jesuit graduate school who mentioned a synagogue on a bus line. Don’t ask — it’s a long story filled with unexpected lucky coincidences. In

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Composer/performer Noah Aronson
Dayton

Beth Abraham Synagogue, Temple Beth Or, Temple Israel, and PJ Library will present Noah Aronson as their artist-in-residence over the weekend of Feb. 22-24 at all three congregations. An adjunct faculty member of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, the composer and performer is

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Renate Frydman, author of Anschel's Story: Determined To Survive
Dayton

When the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center opens at its new home — in Cincinnati’s Union Terminal on Sunday, Jan. 27 — Dayton’s survivor community will be well-represented. Following the 1 p.m. opening ceremony and ribbon cutting, survivor Renate Frydman — the Miami Valley’s longtime champion of

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BMB.indd
Dayton

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

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memorialcandle
Dayton

Ronald (Ron) Bressler died on Dec. 24 at Brookdale of Englewood with his devoted wife of 61 years, Irene Bressler, by his side. He is survived by his children, Dawn Bressler Kaye (Dr. Jack Kaye) of Annandale, Va., Kevin (Karen) Bressler of Dayton, and Andrew (Shellie) Bressler, of Washington, D.C.;

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From top left, clockwise: Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan, a young participant at the 2018 Los Angeles Women’s March, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Women’s March participants in Las Vegas in 2018. (JTA Collage/Farrakhan Photo: Monica Morgan/WireImage/Getty Images; Girl Photo: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images; Mallory, Sarsour and protestors. Photos: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.
Dayton

By Josefin Dolsten, JTA With the Women’s March only days away, local chapters and major progressive groups are continuing to distance themselves from the national leadership, which is scrambling to hold on to its big tent. Though the national organization was once seen as a beacon of hope for progressives following Donald

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Cover photo for the Dayton Women's March Facebook event page.
Dayton

National Women’s March leaders’ tolerance for antisemitism overshadows local event Editor’s note: The Dayton Women’s March has been cancelled due to inclement weather hitting the Dayton area on Saturday. By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Masha Kisel of Oakwood joined the first national Women’s March in Washington, D.C. in

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Israeli-American author Moriel Rothman-Zecher has returned with his wife to Yellow Springs, where he lived for much of his childhood. He’s stepped back from left-wing activism for now, to focus on parenting and writing. Photo: Marshall Weiss.
Dayton

An Interview With Moriel Rothman-Zecher By Marshall Weiss, The Observer It’s been a year of roller coaster highs and lows for Moriel Rothman-Zecher, who with his wife, Kayla, moved from Jerusalem to his childhood home — the hippie-centric village of Yellow Springs, Ohio — in November 2017. The Israeli-American’s first

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Israelis (standing, from L) Hanaa Younis and Dalida Biromi meet Daytonians (seated, from L) Salwa Shalash and Dr. Ramzieh Azmeh at the Boonshoft CJCE for a Partnership2Gether women’s dialogue program. Photo: Peter Wine.
Dayton

By Martha Moody Jacobs, Special To The Observer Women who are activists in Dayton’s interfaith community met their counterparts from Israel when the Jewish Federation hosted a delegation of 13 Israelis over four days in November as part of the Federation’s Partnership2Gether program. For almost a year before their arrival

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