Afro-Semitic Experience The Afro-Semitic Experience   By Scott Halasz, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer With apologies to Jimi Hendrix, the Experience is alive and well. But this one isn’t about Purple Haze or a Foxy Lady. This is the Afro-Semitic Experience and it’s coming to Dayton as part of

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Religion, December 08 By Rabbi Kari Hofmaister Tuling, Temple Beth Shalom, Middletown Rabbi Kari Hofmaister Tuling Once, when I visited a childhood friend of mine, I had the opportunity to talk at some length with her Orthodox husband. As we were returning from synagogue one morning, he turned and asked

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Interview with Wendy Mogel Festival and Joffe Day of Jewish Learning present Skinned Knee author and psychologist Wendy Mogel on raising self-reliant children By Michelle Tedford, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Wendy Mogel Our children are over-scheduled, over-indulged, over-protected, anxious and irresponsible, says clinical psychologist Wendy Mogel. One solution

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Modern Modiin The view from Rabbi David and Simone Sofian’s condominium overlooking Modiin  Modern Modiin a foothold for liberal Jewish practice in Israel By Rabbi David M. Sofian Have you heard of a place called Modiin? In Jewish tradition we know Modiin is where the Maccabean revolt broke out. Unfortunately,

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‘Peace’ forum at UD By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Brochure distributed as part of Jerusalem Women Speak At a Dayton stop on the lecture tour, Jerusalem Women Speak, billed as “women working for a peaceful and just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” one panelist threw her support behind

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Bernstein to close kosher grocery By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Steve Bernstein In 1997, Steve Bernstein decided to make over his restaurant, Uptown Deli, into a kosher grocery, in addition to his catering business, Bernstein’s Fine Catering. Eleven years later, he has seen his catering business go through

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Bert Brant obituary By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Bertram Brant Bertram Brant, who served as the first director of Covenant House, from 1972 to 1982, died Oct. 17 at the age of 92. His career in Jewish communal service spanned 35 years. The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton

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BA mezuzah project By Jennie Szink, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer 12-year-old Ben Green and his mother, Cheryl Levine, design mosaic art for Beth Abraham’s mezuzah project Fourth-grader Sam Green said he was aware of the ethical and religious meaning behind the mezuzah, but since he passes one several

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The Hennings By Martha Moody Jacobs, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Stephanie and Doug Henning At a work training seminar in March 2005, juvenile probation officer Stephanie Blum found herself partnered with a substance abuse counselor (now fellow probation officer) named Doug Henning. The two worked for different agencies

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By Martha Moody Jacobs, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer When Jill Abromowitz and Brent Gutmann marry in June at the Schuster Center, it will be the result of a romance spanning three continents, thousands of miles, and multiple time zones. Still, the two met in a homey way. “Jill’s

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