September 2009 By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Film series begins Selichot weekend at Beth Abraham Film maven Rabbi Azriel Fellner will kick off Beth Abraham Synagogue’s new film series, screening three vintage movies over Selichot weekend, Sept. 11 through 13. Fellner, who served for 18 years as rabbi

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The aspirations of the Jews who founded Dayton’s major arts ensembles enrich us to this day By Burt Saidel, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer June 1999 Dayton’s rich arts life is the envy of many cities that are much larger and more metropolitan. We enjoy and support fine orchestral

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By Robert Thum, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer May 2000 The early years: Dayton’s first Jewish settlers The Hebrew Society incorporated as K.K. B’nai Yeshurun. Shown here is the congregation’s first temple, used from 1863 to 1892, at the corner of Fourth and Jefferson Streets Joseph Lebensburger, chairman of

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By Samuel Heider, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer September 2009 My name is Samuel Heider. I was born in Poland in a small village by the name of Biljkow, 70 kilometers from Warsaw. I was the son of very religious Jewish farmers. My father, oleh hashalom, was a gerer

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The David Urbansky Story The 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Reenactment Group served as a guard of honor for the dedication of David Urbansky’s new gravestone on Dec. 10, 2000 at United Jewish Cemeteries on Montgomery Road. A bugler played taps at the conclusion of the dedication.  Corporal David Urbansky Medal

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History of flags in sanctuaries By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Though historians don’t have a clear picture of when American Jews first began placing U.S. flags in their sanctuaries, it appears Old Glory’s widespread display in American culture is linked to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in

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Judaic scholarship at Miami Valley The Miami Valley School’s first Sinai Scholars Funders’ bi-monthly independent study open to all Jewish 9th & 10th graders By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Philanthropists Patti and Lee Schear have established a scholarship program to enroll more Jewish high school students at The

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Ohio SPJ Awards 2009 In September, The Dayton Jewish Observer received two awards from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. Rabbi Bernard Barsky Winning the 2009 First Place Award for Best Religion Reporting was Rabbi Bernard Barsky of Beth Abraham Synagogue for the article Jewish Perspectives on Abortion in the

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Interview with Esther Jungreis Esther Jungreis to give inspirational talk at Beth Jacob By Masada Siegel, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer October 2009 Esther Jungreis Esther Jungreis offers a simple message which comes from experiencing a complex life. Her father was chief rabbi of Szeged, Hungary, where she spent

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Gary S. Frohlich By Arlene Fine, The Cleveland Jewish News Ashkenazi Jews share a history rich in Eastern European traditions and a strong sense of community. But they also share an increased incidence of Jewish genetic disorders (JGD) such as Gaucher, Tay-Sachs, familial dysautonomia, cystic fibrosis, Niemann-Pick and Canavan. Early

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