Beth Abraham Torah readings Beth Abraham encourages members to lead challenging weekly ritual Cantor Andrea Raizen (Center) with Beth Abraham Synagogue lay Torah readers (L to R): Elaine Arnovitz, Steve Horenstein, & Norm Lewis   By Martha Moody Jacobs, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Shavuot, which falls this year

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Sons of Israel plays key role among Jewish bike clubs A Sons of Israel meet-up at  Temple Beth Or in Washington Twp. By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer In the two years since its founding in Dayton, the Sons of Israel motorcycle club and its president, Ron Wynne, have

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Profile of Stanley Blum By Meghan McDevitt, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Sunlight streams through the large windows in the lobby of the Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture and Education, brightening a corner where a group of senior citizens are clustered around a table. A woman, bundled in a

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May 2009 religion column By Rabbi Samuel Fox, Rabbi Emeritus, Beth Jacob Synagogue Rabbi Samuel Fox The colorful, exciting and jubilant march of the graduation season is rapidly approaching. High schools and colleges across the country are preparing for this important day in the lives of students, parents, relatives, and

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On Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m., Dayton Playhouse will present Asher’s Command by Marilyn Felt as part of its Flip Side series. Based on a true story, Asher’s Command takes place in 1988 in the West Bank during the first intifada. Looking back over 18

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Archives   This image of a 1928-29 dance class at the Jewish Federation’s JCC at 59 Green Street is among the thousands of photos, documents and artifacts that comprise the collection of the Jewish Federation’s newly established archives By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Last year, most historical materials

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Alysa Stanton profile By Sue Fishkoff, JTA Alysa Stanton isn’t particularly interested in being a standard-bearer. Alysa Stanton She’s proud to be black, proud to be a woman and proud to be a 45-year-old single mother who raises her adopted child on her own. And when she says that on

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Shmuley on teen sex By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Rabbi Shmuley Boteach A few weeks ago, Oprah featured two teenagers, all of 14 years old, who had decided they were going to progress their fledging relationship to full-on sex. The mother of the boy, hearing of her son’s plans, went to

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Maurice Gordon obituary Partisan fighter Maurice Gordon with the Torah his family rescued Englewood resident Maurice Gordon, who served with the partisan resistance in the forests of Belarus during World War II, died on May 20 at his home. He was 78. Gordon and his family were among more than

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Nancy Cohen profile The journey to Judaism of Temple Israel’s new president Nancy Cohen at Temple Israel. ‘I’ve always felt embraced, accepted, encouraged.’ By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer A few weeks into her role as president of the Dayton area’s oldest and largest Jewish congregation, Nancy Cohen sits

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