Left: Rich Begel, founder of the Miami Valley Klezmer Ensemble. Right: Veteran Israeli broadcast journalist David Ze'ev Jablinowitz.
Dayton

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Along with the nosh, drink, vendors, and live animals we’ve come to expect at Temple Israel’s Jewish Cultural Festival, this year’s version will feature a new klezmer band — based here in Dayton — and a talk with one of Israel’s most seasoned

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Thousands of Palestinians protest by the border fence, as seen from the Israeli side, on the day the new U.S. Embassy opened in Jerusalem, May 14. Photo: Flash 90.
Dayton

By Donniel Hartman Late last night, on May 14, as the death toll in Gaza neared 60 human beings, my daughter called me with one simple question. “Abba, what are you writing about Gaza?” Before her call, I hadn’t intended to write. Gaza paralyzes me into silence. When I read

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Photo: Urilux.
Dayton

By Lev Gringauz, New Voices Young Jews are increasingly not affiliated with mainstream Jewish institutions and those institutions are panicking. But some aren’t lost at all. They’re just expressing their Jewishness elsewhere: at Facebook. They’ve built their own institution of sorts: Jewbook, a term referring to a community of Jewish

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Mussie & Rabbi Elchonon Chaikin with their daughter, Esther. Photo: Marshall Weiss.
Dayton

Chabad of Greater Dayton has hired a third couple, Mussie and Rabbi Elchonon Chaikin, to oversee its programming and outreach for Jewish teens, college students, and young adults in the Miami Valley. Mussie, 22, is from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. She most recently worked in a

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Rachel Haug Gilbert
Dayton

With Rachel Haug Gilbert, The Dayton Jewish Observer Sinclair Community College Prof. of Sociology Sean Frost has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Sinclair Faculty Assembly. Sean previously served as a divisional senator and vice president of the faculty assembly. Bonnie Beaman Rice is now director

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Dayton

By Rabbi Haviva Horvitz, Temple Beth Sholom, Middletown “Avinu Malkeinu, Our Father, Our King” . . . OK, it’s not Yom Kippur yet, and although a rabbi may begin to prepare sermons for the High Holy Days early, that’s not my focus here. But rather, I would like to highlight

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Cedar Village, Mason, Ohio
Dayton

Cedar Village’s board of trustees announced April 18 that it will sell its campus in Mason to an independent operator of senior living and skilled nursing facilities. “The agreement will enable all current residents to stay at Cedar Village, regardless of their insurance or payment strategy; the agreement also includes

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Marc Chagall: King Solomon, 1956, Original Lithograph.
Dayton

The Bible: Wisdom Literature A series by Candace R. Kwiatek, The Dayton Jewish Observer When Solomon ascended to the throne of Israel, God appeared to him in a dream and offered to give him whatever he desired. Solomon chose wisdom: an understanding heart to discern between good and evil. Solomon’s

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Rachel McAdams (R) and Rachel Weisz in Disobedience. Photo: Agatha A. Nitecka/Bleecker Street .
Dayton

By Naomi Pfefferman, JTA LOS ANGELES — Sebastian Lelio, the director who recently won the Academy Award for best foreign film for A Fantastic Woman, grew up Catholic in Chile knowing almost nothing about observant Jews. So when the Jewish actress Rachel Weisz approached him a couple of years ago

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg has attained pop culture icon status in the last decade. Photo: Magnolia Pictures
Dayton

By Josefin Dolsten, JTA NEW YORK — One of the first scenes in a new documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg features the Supreme Court associate justice, then 84, vigorously lifting weights, doing leg exercises and holding herself in a plank position. The much buzzed-about workout routine has only added to

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