From top left, clockwise: Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan, a young participant at the 2018 Los Angeles Women’s March, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Women’s March participants in Las Vegas in 2018. (JTA Collage/Farrakhan Photo: Monica Morgan/WireImage/Getty Images; Girl Photo: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images; Mallory, Sarsour and protestors. Photos: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.
Dayton

By Josefin Dolsten, JTA With the Women’s March only days away, local chapters and major progressive groups are continuing to distance themselves from the national leadership, which is scrambling to hold on to its big tent. Though the national organization was once seen as a beacon of hope for progressives following Donald

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Cover photo for the Dayton Women's March Facebook event page.
Dayton

National Women’s March leaders’ tolerance for antisemitism overshadows local event Editor’s note: The Dayton Women’s March has been cancelled due to inclement weather hitting the Dayton area on Saturday. By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Masha Kisel of Oakwood joined the first national Women’s March in Washington, D.C. in

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Israeli-American author Moriel Rothman-Zecher has returned with his wife to Yellow Springs, where he lived for much of his childhood. He’s stepped back from left-wing activism for now, to focus on parenting and writing. Photo: Marshall Weiss.
Dayton

An Interview With Moriel Rothman-Zecher By Marshall Weiss, The Observer It’s been a year of roller coaster highs and lows for Moriel Rothman-Zecher, who with his wife, Kayla, moved from Jerusalem to his childhood home — the hippie-centric village of Yellow Springs, Ohio — in November 2017. The Israeli-American’s first

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Israelis (standing, from L) Hanaa Younis and Dalida Biromi meet Daytonians (seated, from L) Salwa Shalash and Dr. Ramzieh Azmeh at the Boonshoft CJCE for a Partnership2Gether women’s dialogue program. Photo: Peter Wine.
Dayton

By Martha Moody Jacobs, Special To The Observer Women who are activists in Dayton’s interfaith community met their counterparts from Israel when the Jewish Federation hosted a delegation of 13 Israelis over four days in November as part of the Federation’s Partnership2Gether program. For almost a year before their arrival

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A New Year’s Eve feast at the home of Masha Kisel and Sam Dorf. Center: Baked Salmon Stuffed and Served on Grechka (buckwheat). Clockwise from upper R: Vinegret (Beet Salad), Salat Olivier (Soviet Potato Salad), Salmon Caviar with crackers, and Shuba (‘Herring Under A Fur Coat’). Photo: Masha I. Kisel.
Dayton

By Masha I. Kisel, Special To The Observer Mr. Lieberman, the principal of Solomon Schechter Day School in Chicago, called all the Russian fifth graders into his office. He drew a triangle on the green chalkboard. “This is a Christmas tree,” he said. He drew a cross inside the triangle.

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Damon M. Joseph. Photo: DOJ.
Dayton

By Jane Kaufman, Cleveland Jewish News More than 400 Jews packed Temple Shomer Emunim in Sylvania Township on Dec. 11 to hear about a Holland, Ohio man’s plot to attack two Toledo-area synagogues. Damon M. Joseph, 21, who has the alias Abdullah Ali Yusuf, was arrested Dec. 7 and accused

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Deborah Lipstadt, the renowned Holocaust historian, is the author of the forthcoming book Antisemitism Here and Now. Photo: Osnat Perelshtein.
Dayton

By Ben Sales, JTA The advance copies of Deborah Lipstadt’s new book, Antisemitism Here and Now, display a cover photo of a white supremacist carrying a tiki torch. But that iconic image of the August 2017 white power rally in Charlottesville, Va. could now be replaced by another one: Police

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Rachel Haug Gilbert
Dayton

With Rachel Haug Gilbert, The Observer Filmmaker Julia Reichert is the recipient of the 2018 International Documentary Association’s Career Achievement Award. Her new documentary with Steven Bognar, American Factory, will be screened as part of the Sundance Film Festival’s 2018 documentary competition lineup. In November, the Dayton Chapter of the

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babka
Dayton

The Nosher Tu B’Shevat, the new year for trees, falls on Jan. 21 this year. Thanks to the folks at Jewish National Fund, here’s a one-of-a-kind babka made with the seven species of Israel. The original “tree people,” JNF has planted 240 million trees in Israel to date, making Israel

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King Solomon’s Idolatry by Salomon Koninck, 1644
Dayton

The Bible: Wisdom Literature Jewish Family Education With Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer Grocery shopping with a cranky grandbaby means a quick stroller run-and-toss through the aisles, a task I recently accomplished in a record 13 minutes. While unloading, however, I discovered two overlooked cartons of eggs in

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