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Dayton

By Jordana Horn, Kveller.com My son’s Bar Mitzvah happened about two months ago. Obviously, being the proud Jewish mama that I am, I have to say the kid nailed it. But I am not here to write The Ultimate Kvell. Rather, I’d like to share with you the lessons I

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The Thorpe children and their parents Miriam Taylor Thorpe (3rd from right), and Martyn Thorpe (2nd from right), celebrate Esther’s B’nai Mitzvah with congregant Hava Fleming. Photo courtesy of Miriam Taylor Thorpe.
Dayton

By Josefin Dolsten, JTA When Esther Thorpe came out as non-binary a year ago, identifying neither as male nor female, Miriam Taylor Thorpe was worried. Esther’s mother already had a child come out as gay and feared that Esther, 14, would have trouble finding a Jewish community that would be

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Dayton

At its annual conference in June, the American Jewish Press Association presented its first-place Simon Rockower Award for Journalistic Excellence in American Jewish History to The Dayton Jewish Observer, in the category of publications with circulation below 15,000. Observer Editor and Publisher Marshall Weiss received the award for his article,

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Dayton

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton will reveal its major upcoming community priorities, at its 108th annual meeting, on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture and Education. The priorities came out of the Jewish Dayton Dreams Big visioning study and focus groups, which

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Dayton

Look for The Adventures of Bark Mitzvah Boy each month in The Dayton Jewish Observer and at this site.     To read the complete August 2018 Dayton Jewish Observer, click here.

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Dayton

Albert Schneider, age 98 of Cincinnati, formerly of Dayton, passed away July 5 at his residence. Mr. Schneider was a member of Beth Jacob Congregation. Mr. Schneider is survived by his wife of 62 years, Beryl; daughters and sons-in-laws, Abbe and Eric Froimson of Shaker Heights, Nancy and Ed Schulman

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Norris Cole in his Maccabi Tel Aviv uniform. Photo: Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Dayton

By Marc Katz, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Norris Cole broke into a wide smile. “Yalla Maccabi!” he said with gusto. “Yalla Maccabi! That’s the number-one chant they use. Yalla Maccabi!” Approximating “let’s go,” Cole repeats the Hebrew chant with pride as he flashes the championship ring he won

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The book Jewish Community of Dayton features more than 200 images, including this portrait of the combined Beth Abraham/Beth Jacob Bar Mitzvah Class of 1937-38 shown on the bima (stage) at Beth Jacob. Photo: Beth Abraham Synagogue.
Dayton

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer “He Who blessed our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — may He bless this entire holy congregation along with all the holy congregations . . . and those who dedicate synagogues for prayer and those who enter them to pray, and those who

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IDF Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Nitzan Nuriel briefs Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (Center) and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio at the Gaza border as part of their AJC Project Interchange trip to Israel, May 9. Photo: AJC.
Dayton

Whaley concerned that support for Jewish state could become a partisan issue By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer In the American Jewish Committee’s briefing before Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley chaired a delegation of four U.S. mayors to Israel in May, AJC’s Melanie Maron Pell told the participants, “If you

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According to Screen Education’s 2017 study of session one campers at Camp Livingston, 92 percent experienced gladness and 41 percent experienced frustration at having no smartphone access at camp. Photo: Camp Livingston.
Dayton

Cincinnati-based study to be broadened to more Jewish overnight camps this summer By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer A study last year at a Jewish overnight camp serving the region concluded that its campers are far more glad than frustrated to be disconnected from their smartphones while there. This

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