Temple Beth Or expansion Rendering of Temple Beth Or with a new 8,500 square-foot social hall complex (L) and updated facade Despite capital campaign shortfall, Temple Beth Or to expand and renovate – with economies of scale By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Two years ago, the board of

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Interview with Armond Budish Beachwood’s Armond Budish first Jew to hold position By Marilyn H. Karfeld, Cleveland Jewish News Pundits have called him “an ATM with legs” for his fund-raising prowess and “the second most powerful official in Ohio” for his political clout. Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish But on

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By Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Temple Israel Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz Over the last 20 years or more, the Internet has made major contributions to the world as we know it, connecting nearly everyone to a world larger than we ever could have imagined. At the same time, the Jewish community also

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Arranged feature Zoe Lister Jones (L) and Francis Benhamou star as fervently religious Jewish and Muslim women who forge a friendship in Arranged   Story of Jewish and Muslim arranged marriages opens film festival By Debra Nussbaum Cohen, The New York Jewish Week Devout Jews and Muslims in New York,

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The Little Traitor review Film part of Israel Independence Day celebration Review By Michael Fox, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer There was a time, not so many years ago, when the British were the despised enemy that the Jews of Palestine fought with every means at their disposal. Ido

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Blessed filmmaker comes to Dayton Documentary recreation of Hannah Senesh and her mother imprisoned by the Nazis   Filmmaker to attend Dayton premiere By Michael Fox, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer For generations of American Jews, an innocent, unformed teenager hiding in an attic in Amsterdam has personified the

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Yiddish film Review by Michael Fox, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer What’s most striking about Yiddish Theater: A Love Story, Dan Katzir’s valuable documentary about a crucial week in the life of the last Yiddish stage company in New York, is its refusal to wallow in bathos. Filmmaker Dan

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Sixty Six director Gregg Sulkin and Helena Bonham Carter in Sixty Six Director Paul Weiland brings autobiographical Bar Mitzvah tale across the pond By Michael Fox, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer When Paul Weiland was growing up in London and his schoolmates chose sides to play soccer, he was

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Coping with Canavan By Marshall Weiss The Dayton Jewish Observer Children of mixed marriages can still inherit genetic diseases most commonly associated with Ashkenazi Jews The first thing you notice about Brooklyn Van Skoyck is how beautiful her eyes are. The second thing you notice is how loved the 4-year-old

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Gutmann’s escape from Nazi Germany By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Max Gutmann Max Gutmann, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Elder-Beerman Stores Corp., passed away on March 26 in Hilton Head, S.C. at the age of 86.In the fall of 1999, as he was preparing to dedicate

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