By Marc Katz and Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Felix Garfunkel was lucky. He lived. The Holocaust survivor found his life’s love in Erika, had three children, became a doctor and has lived since 1958 in the United States, mostly in the Dayton area, where he is now retired.
Jew in the Christian World By Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer Immortalized in the most popular of Christian folk-hymns, grace seems an unlikely topic for a Jewish Bible study class. Well-known to Christians, the term is generally familiar to Jewish audiences only in the expression grace after meals
Jew in the Christian world Jewish Family Education with Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer Following a two-year courtship, Conservative synagogues B’nai Tzedek and Ohav Shalom in Cincinnati recently joined together in a marriage ceremony, forming Congregation Etz Chaim. Attended by hundreds dressed in tuxedos and gowns, it was
Jew in the Christian world Jewish Family Education with Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer During a book discussion that raised questions about Jewish history, rituals, and beliefs, one of the Christian attendees said to me, “Thank you so much for your comments. I’ve met Jewish people before, but
By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton There were many reasons why my path should never have crossed that of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, whose 20th yahrzeit (anniversary of his death) the world has just marked. My Jewish experience was limited to the liberal variety, and my
Dayton’s Jews of color share their stories By Michelle Tedford, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Janice Davies-May’s most recent steps on her lifelong spiritual journey were down the hallway at Temple Israel. It was the first Shabbat after her Oct. 19 Bat Mitzvah with the temple’s adult B’nai Mitzvah class.
Ousted rabbi sues previous congregation in Pa. claiming interference with his contract at Dayton synagogue By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer In an Oct. 23 letter sent to members of Beth Jacob Congregation, President Dr. Herman Abromowitz wrote that he and the three other executive officers of the synagogue’s
By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Rabbi Janice Garfunkel, who served as the rabbi of Temple Sholom in Springfield from 2004 to 2010, died on Oct. 26 in Cincinnati after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 54. Born in New Jersey, she and her family moved to
How the Great Dayton Flood shifted the course of Jewish life here By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer For nearly three days, the Israel family huddled on the roof and in the attic of their home, 241 Sycamore St. in Dayton. Trapped above the waters March 23-25 during the
Above, you’ll see the sheet music cover for a Yiddish song. Written in 1912, The Titanic’s Disaster honors the memory of Isidor and Ida Straus, who bravely went down with the ship in the early hours of April 15, 1912. If one thinks at all about Jewish connections to the