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By Curt Schleier, JTA Instinctively, director-choreographer Jerome Robbins (né Rabinowitz) knew the musical that he was preparing for Broadway was something far greater than just the story of a Jewish family facing persecution in czarist Russia. So at one of his early meetings with the creatives behind the project, he

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Documentary examines ‘miracle’ of World Baseball Classic By Jonathan Mark The New York Jewish Week The 2018 documentary, Heading Home, about Team Israel’s Joe Hardy-like ride through victory after victory in the Major League’s 2017 World Baseball Classic, is a sports documentary, of course, but a love story all the

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By Michael Fox Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Benjamin Ferencz was the lead prosecutor in the Nuremberg trial of 24 officers who led the Einsatzgruppen (mobile SS extermination squads) that murdered more than a million Jews and other “enemies of the state” in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe. Just 27 when

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By Michael Fox Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Palestinian writer-director Sameh Zoabi achieves something altogether remarkable with his second feature film, particularly at this moment in time: He finds humor in the tattered relationship between Israelis and Palestinians. “The whole idea of Tel Aviv on Fire is that we

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By Rabbi Haviva Horvitz Temple Beth Sholom, Middletown The word commencement is a noun, which is defined as a beginning or a start. It is also used when referencing a ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred on graduating students. Doesn’t that seem contradictory? Those who are graduating and

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With Scott Halasz, The Dayton Jewish Observer Sammy Caruso showed the importance of donating blood by using his creativity — and his veins. The recent Oakwood High School graduate was one of five $1,000 scholarship winners in the 2020 Community Blood Center/Vectren Lead The Way Scholarship competition. Sammy, the son

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A Bisel Kisel with Masha Kisel, The Dayton Jewish Observer Mukbang is not as porny as it sounds, although this genre of online entertainment is almost equally voyeuristic. Originating on South Korean television in 2010, the term is a composite of the words meokneun (to eat) and bangsong (broadcast). It

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By Dr. Betsy Stone ejewishphilanthropy.com We’re all in crisis right now. Between managing work and home, facing the loss of summer camps and the diminishment of services, worrying about cutbacks in our offices, trying to teach and work and parent and manage our own feelings, Covid-19 has brought out the

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Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Temple Israel has canceled its Dayton Jewish Cultural Festival, which was scheduled for Aug. 9. “The health and safety of our community is our top priority,” said Courtney Cummings, Temple Israel’s music and program director. She added that the temple will hold its Oy Vey

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Cyrile “Cissy” Ellison, age 88 of Kettering, passed away May 8 at Kettering Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Herman “Curly” Ellison; parents, Sidney and Fanny Gressel; sister, Selma Chernikoff and brothers, Yale and Philip Gressel. Mrs. Ellison is survived by her

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