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By Gary M. Kramer, The Jewish Exponent PHILADELPHIA — I covered weddings for the Jewish Exponent for many years, but I never thought I’d have the chance to write about my own nuptials. As a gay man, marriage was not a reality for Mike, my partner of 17 years, and me.

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Jewish Family Education with Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer Years ago, my girlfriend noticed her new co-worker surreptitiously examining her throughout the day. Puzzled, she finally asked why and was stunned to learn that her co-worker was looking for horns. Egregious misconceptions about Jews and Judaism are common:

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By Rabbi Haviva Horvitz, Temple Beth Sholom Middletown The question is asked: Which month has 28 days? The answer is, of course, all of them. However, three years out of every four, February has only 28 days. Have you ever considered how many holidays there are in such a short month?

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With Rachel Haug Gilbert, The Dayton Jewish Observer Joni Watson, an art teacher with Dayton Public Schools and vice president of the Dayton Education Association, was appointed by the National Education Association to the NEA Women’s Issues Committee. She is one of 12 women across the country appointed to this

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Leshon Ima, Mother Tongue, with Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer It is hard to believe that again we are celebrating the lovely day of Tu B’Shevat, a day known as The Holiday of the Trees and celebrated on the 15th day of the fifth month

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  The Jewish Internet with Mark Mietkiewicz, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Kosher and vegetarian. Sounds easy: just drop the meat and dig right in. Cutting meat from your diet — and from your kitchen — may simplify things, but there still are kashrut pitfalls out there, as we’ll

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                              Look for The Adventures of Bark Mitzvah Boy each month in The Dayton Jewish Observer and at this site. To read the complete February 2015 Dayton Jewish Observer, click here.

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Last year yielded a bumper crop of babies to Dayton’s Jewish community — at least 18 by the Jewish Federation’s count. To celebrate this mini-population explosion — and to connect young Jewish children and their families across the Dayton area — the Jewish Federation and its PJ Library program will

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Tom Blum, age 95 of Dayton, passed away Dec. 31. Mr. Blum was a suit salesman at Rike’s for many years, a member of Beth Jacob Congregation, Army veteran of World War II, member of Jewish War Veterans Post 587, and Disabled Veterans of America. Through the years he was

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Myths and Misconceptions series The Jewish Family Identity Forum with Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer My father-in-law, Jack Kwiatek of blessed memory, had an unusual habit when out for a walk: he would scrutinize the sidewalk cracks. Why, you might ask, as I did on numerous occasions —

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