DJCC 100 percent rating DJCC Dir. of Early Childhood Services Audrey MacKenzie On Feb. 11, Dayton Jewish Community Center Director Cheryl Carne announced that the DJCC’s early childhood services program received a 100-percent rating during an unannounced visit by Ohio’s early childhood licensing bureau. The Ohio Department of Job and

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Joyce Dumtschin 20 years By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Cantor Joyce Dumtschin Every Rosh Hashanah and at a fair number of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs at Temple Beth Or, Cantor Joyce Dumtschin and her husband, Irwin, sing the Debbie Friedman arrangement of Shehecheyanu, the blessing thanking God for

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Second local mikvah Groundbreaking for the Miami Valley Mikvah at Sugar Camp in Oakwood, Feb. 1, 2009. Miami Valley Mikvah to open in Oakwood By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Only a month after the Dayton Ritualarium Society’s new mikvah facility on the campus of Beth Jacob Synagogue in

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Open house at new mikvah The Dayton Ritualarium Society will host an open house for women at its new Rosenberg Dayton Community Mikvah, on the grounds of Beth Jacob Synagogue, on Sunday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. Ritualarium Society mikvah attendants Chana Fox, Devorah Mangel and Jane Novick will host

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Hillel Chinese celebration Hillel Academy kindergartners and first graders helped art teacher Scott Gibbs build this dragon puppet, which the students paraded in the lunch room on Jan. 26, the Chinese new year   By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Students, faculty and staff of Hillel Academy Jewish day

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Ophir Azoulay profile Ophir Azoulay with his IDF reserve unit at the Philadelphia Corridor Beth Jacob Synagogue ritual director returns to IDF for Gaza op By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer From the moment he landed at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport in the early morning hours of Jan. 6, Ophir

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By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton What had changed since last August, when I had first visited Mumbai? Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin The Indian army squad in a sandbagged position in front of the Knesset Eliyahu Synagogue, where Gabi Holtzberg had served as rabbi. The Shabbat meals being held

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Vatican relations op-ed By Marshall Breger WASHINGTON — Last month, Pope Benedict XVI lifted the order of excommunication of four bishops associated with the priestly Society of Saint Pius X. One of those bishops, Richard Williamson, is a known Holocaust denier. After two weeks of intense Jewish and non-Jewish “shock

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Yom Hashoah 2009 Cherie Rosenstein Local Holocaust survivor Cherie Rosenstein will share her story of survival, during the Dayton Area Yom Hashoah Observance, on Sunday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Or. The entire community is welcome to this program — in remembrance of the victims of the

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Yom Ha’atzmaut 2009 Ido Port and Alfred Molina in The Little Traitor This year’s community Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration will be held on Wednesday, April 29 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Temple Israel. In addition to food for purchase from Bernstein’s Fine Catering, carnival games, face painting, and craft activities for children,

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