Religion January 09 By Rabbi Bernard Barsky, Beth Abraham Synagogue Despite all the Internet blather during the recent presidential campaign that Jews had reason to fear Barack Obama — because he was a secret Muslim, educated in a madrassa, a covert enemy of Israel and a friend of terrorists —

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Zwick profile Director Edward Zwick (R) with Daniel Craig and Alexa Davalos on the set of Defiance By Michael Fox, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer In the gripping World War II drama Defiance, the Jews fight back. That’s all you need to know about Edward Zwick’s saga of survival

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By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin of Chabad of Greater Dayton remembers the Holtzbergs at Chabad’s memorial program for the victims of terror in Mumbai A standing-room crowd gathered at Chabad of Greater Dayton in Oakwood on the evening of Dec. 2 in memory of the

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By Marshall Weiss The Dayton Jewish Observer A post-mortem from the heroes who helped bring one of the nation’s most dangerous hate groups down.   FBI informant Dave Hall infiltrated the Aryan Nations from 1997-1999   Of all the hate groups on its radar in the 1990s, the federal government

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Mikvah now open By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Chana Fox, president of the Dayton Ritualarium Society How long does it take to collect 1,200 gallons of rainwater? In the case of the Dayton Ritualarium Society’s new mikvah facility on the grounds of Beth Jacob Synagogue in Harrison Township,

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Scout Shabbat 2009 The Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will host their joint Annual Scout Shabbat at Beth Abraham Synagogue on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. Scouts and adult Scouters of all faiths are welcome to attend; area Jewish Scouts from

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Israel Rally January 09 By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer More than 300 people representing 19 Miami Valley synagogues and Jewish organizations came together for a community Israel Solidarity Rally on Jan. 7 at Temple Israel. The event was coordinated by the Jewish Federation. The rally’s message, according to

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Kopmar in recital 09 Cantor Jerome B. Kopmar Jerome B. Kopmar, who served as cantor of Beth Abraham Synagogue from 1969-1996, will present a recital at the synagogue on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature works by Brahms, Handel, Schubert, Schumann and Verdi. “I’m also doing

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Religion February 09 By Rabbi Judy Chessin, Temple Beth Or, Chair, Dayton Synagogue Forum Rabbi Judy Chessin While Jews go to great lengths to avoid “racial” stereotypes, science confirms distinctive genetic markers which tie Jewish people to a common Middle Eastern ancestral population. Studies of DNA sequences indicate that Jewish

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Children of the Bible Series Jewish Family Identity Forum By Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer Open our family’s Friday evening photo album and you would see dinner at the dining room table with a tablecloth and candles. Wine and blessings. Two challot. Birkat hamazon — the blessing after

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