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Harriet June Blumenthal (nee Briskin), passed away peacefully on April 19 in her home in Cincinnati. She was 97 years old and is survived by three children, Stephany (Aaron) Schechtman, Gary (Helene) and Mark (Susan); seven grandchildren (Alan, Joel, Michelle, Josh, Rachael, Emily and Chelsea); and one great-grandchild (Samara). Mrs.

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By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer It was September 1993 when Rabbi Judy Chessin started an adult Torah study class at Temple Beth Or in Washington Township. “Although we read the Torah portions weekly, hardly any of us had looked at it with adult eyes,” she recalls. What started

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Parents’ tenacity moves mountains to improve children’s quality of life By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer In an operating room at Dayton Children’s Hospital on April 8, 4-year-old Benny Landsman of Brooklyn, N.Y. received the first new clinical trial of an FDA-approved gene therapy for Canavan disease. Neurosurgeon Dr.

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By Marshall Weiss, Editor and Publisher, The Dayton Jewish Observer When the Jewish Federation hired me in January 1996 to start a Jewish newspaper for the Dayton area — with the first issue out in time for Passover — two widely-cited industry figures weighed heavily on me: nine out of

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In November 1938, following Nazi Germany’s Kristallnacht attacks on Jews, their property, businesses, and synagogues, a Gallup poll asked Americans if they approved or disapproved of the Nazi treatment of Jews in Germany. Ninety-four percent disapproved, six percent approved. When asked, “Should we allow a larger number of Jewish exiles

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Local genealogist Diana Nelson will present part two of Introduction to DNA Testing, 10 a.m., Sunday, May 2 via Zoom for Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy & History. Nelson is the education chair of the Greene County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and a member of the Miami Valley Jewish

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When Dayton native Jeany Nisenholz-Wolf and her husband, Jeffrey Wolf, first saw artwork by former slave Bill Traylor, they knew there was more to the story than what they were viewing. “There was such a mystery there to unravel and the desire to go beyond the two-line description about a

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By Rabbi Leibel Agar, Beth Jacob Congregation Spring has always been my favorite time of the year, even when I was a young child. I grew up in upstate New York and the winters were always pretty nasty-biting cold, with ice and snow more often than not. Even after moving

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Considering Creation Series Jewish Family Education with Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer The legendary second-century sage Rabbi Akiva grew up in the land of Israel poor, ignorant, and illiterate, eventually becoming a shepherd for a wealthy Jerusalemite. Despite his circumstances, Akiva eventually mastered the Torah, oral tradition, and

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Rabbi Michael Cook, the only American rabbi to serve as a full professional chair in New Testament, with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, died March 30 at 79 in Cincinnati. Over 45 years, Cook taught thousands of HUC-JIR students — many of whom became rabbis — empowering them, in

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