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Look for The Adventures of Bark Mitzvah Boy each month in The Dayton Jewish Observer and at this website.     To read the complete June 2022 Dayton Jewish Observer, click here.

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Barbara Gerla, nee Ullman, age 65, passed away May 7, beloved daughter of Louis J. and Doris Ullman, devoted wife of Harry Gerla, loving mother of Rachel (Adam) Wilson and Kenneth M. Gerla, dear sister of Alan J. (Margie) Ullman and Howard (Rimma) Ullman and dear sister-in-law of Lisa G.

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Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid appointed Israel’s first special envoy for combating antisemitism and the delegitimization of Israel, naming Israeli American artist and author Noa Tishby to the position April 11 in Jerusalem. Tishby will keynote the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton’s Presidents Dinner in the rotunda of

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    By Zoe Kourlas, Grade Eight, Hastings Middle School 2022 Max May and Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, sponsored by the Greater Dayton Holocaust Education Committee  

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By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer To say Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati’s connections with Dayton-area Reform congregations run deep would be an understatement. It was natural for the architect of Reform Judaism in the United States, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, to reach out from his Cincinnati perch to

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By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer In the April issue of The Observer, we interviewed Centerville resident Maryna Braginsky, who shared what her immediate family in Ukraine endured over the first weeks of Russia’s invasion. Her mother was sheltering in the basement of her house in Sumy, a city

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UD law professor on why it couldn’t happen today, how & why the U.S. Supreme Court raised the free speech bar By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Though they were all in their 20s and 30s, the five young men were already well-respected in their professions and for championing

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By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer While being interviewed March 22 as part of an Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Public Affairs video series, civilian employee Brian Koontz said the greatest moment of his career was in 2007, “when Israel destroyed a Syrian reactor that was in a

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By Marshall Weiss, The Observer Centerville is now the home of U.S. manufacturing for an Israeli company that produces universal, autonomous drone docking and recharging stations. Niv Aharoni, CEO and founder of Strix Drones, made the announcement April 11 at Sinclair College’s National UAS Training and Certification Center. “We were

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By Rabbi Tina Sobo, Temple Israel How do we approach seemingly mythical, magical, or otherwise logically implausible creatures referenced in the Bible and rabbinic literature (Midrash, Mishnah, Talmud)? Using Natan Slifkin’s book, Sacred Monsters as a primary source, I explored this question in a recent lecture. One congregant asked why

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