The Palestine table at Miami Valley Upper School’s May 10 World Affair presented maps indicating that all land in the state of Israel was stolen from Palestinians. Photo: Devorah Schwartz.
Dayton

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer When the Sinai Scholars program established a Judaic studies track at The Miami Valley School in 2009, a goal of its founders was to prepare Jewish high school students to defend Judaism and Israel against negative attacks when they would go to college.

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antisem
Dayton

By Jackie Congedo and David Bernstein The resurgence of antisemitism on both sides of the ideological spectrum, exhibited in novel and sometimes deadly ways, demands that Jewish communities reevaluate priorities and create new strategies to combat it. In the latter part of the 20th century, American Jews enjoyed a welcome

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Jewish Education Project’s David Bryfman (L) and teens discuss the findings of a major new study of Gen Z attitudes. Photo: Bindelglassphoto.
Dayton

New surveys shed light on overlooked segments. By Shira Hanau New York Jewish Week They are coming of age with Parkland and Pittsburgh and the hyper-polarized politics of Washington. And whether you call them the iGeneration or Gen Z, today’s teens and young adults — feeling at once vulnerable and

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Masha Kisel pregnant with twins.
Dayton

A Bisel Kisel with Masha Kisel, The Dayton Jewish Observer “You’re a Jewish mother. You understand,” I said to a mosaic of the Virgin Mary in the University of Dayton courtyard. I sought the mothering spirit wherever I looked, mentally conversing with trees, flowers, with images of mothers on cereal

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Scott Halasz, The Marvelous Mr. Mazel
Dayton

John John Groger, a rising senior at The Miami Valley School, placed fifth overall in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments 2019 High School National Championship Tournament in May. Also on the MVS team were John John’s brother, William, and Max Mader, son of Jenifer and Joe Mader. John John and

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Liberty Bell
Dayton

Our Dual Heritage Series Jewish Family Education with Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer “The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way,” begins Kurt Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Bergeron. Supported by ever-expanding amendments

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BMB.indd
Dayton

Look for The Adventures of Bark Mitzvah Boy each month in The Dayton Jewish Observer and at this site.     To read the complete July 2019 Dayton Jewish Observer, click here.

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Rabbi Levi Simon
Dayton

By Rabbi Levi Simon, Chabad of Greater Dayton “Modeh Ani, I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King, for you have mercifully restored my soul to me, your faithfulness is great.” These words are so important that they are the first words we utter every morning — while still

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Photographer Kali Spitzer uses a process that gives her work a weathered, antique look.
Dayton

By Josefin Dolsten, JTA At the age of 20, Kali Spitzer left her home in Victoria, British Columbia to travel north and immerse herself in the culture of her father, who is a member of the Kaska Dena, a First Nations people native to Canada. For around seven months, she

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Falafel
Dayton

By Shannon Sarna, The Nosher If you’ve never made falafel from scratch, I’m here to say it’s possible and it’s delicious. I was intimidated by the task until I jumped right in. But I couldn’t have done it without following a few expert tips. Ditch the canned chickpeas. Every expert

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