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October 2019 Tishri/Cheshvan 5780 Vol. 24, No. 2


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Jewish Genealogical Society to include Ken Bravo, president of the Internathe Federation’s history preservation tional Association of Jewish Genealogiand research initiatives, including its cal Societies, will present the brunch archives housed at Wright State Univerdiscussion, The Nuts & Bolts of Jewish sity Special Collections and Archives. Genealogy, as the inaugural program of JG&H developed and Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy manages the Facebook & History, at 10 a.m., Sunday, group Growing Up Jewish In Oct. 27 at Beth Abraham SynaMiami Valley, Ohio, which gogue as part of the congreganow has more than 1,000 tion’s 125th anniversary. members. An attorney in Cleveland, Also sponsoring the Bravo has been engaged in gebrunch with JG&H and nealogy research for 35 years. As Beth Abraham Synagogue president of IAJGS, he hosted its is Temple Israel’s Ryter2019 International Conference on band Lecture Series. Jewish Genealogy in Cleveland The event is presented in July. Ken Bravo in memory of Marcia Jaffe, “For those who have not yet a longtime volunteer with the Dayton started on Jewish genealogy, I’ll show Jewish Genealogical Society, predecessor ways to get started, and for those who organization to JG&H. have started, you’ll learn new ways to Beth Abraham Synagogue is located find resources,” Bravo said. at 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. The JG&H is a new project of the Jewish cost is $7. R.S.V.P. to Beth Abraham Federation of Greater Dayton; it expands resources from the former Dayton Synagogue at 293-9520.

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Temple Israel will host a Sukkah in the City event at University of Dayton’s Humanities Plaza from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15. In partnership with UD Campus Ministries, Jewish faculty, staff, and students, the program will connect Sukkot’s themes of Jewish migration to the rights of refugees currently seeking asylum in the United States. “We will provide information about the inhumane actions of ICE and call to close the camps,” said Dr. Masha Kisel, a lecturer in English at UD, who is helping

to organize the event. “It’s important to show that Jews in the Dayton area are joining a nationwide Jewish sanctuary movement to combat xenophobia and oppose the current administration’s cruel policies.” Kisel added that the Sukkot program will kick off a number of other events throughout the year with Temple Israel intended to “express our moral outrage as Jews at the human rights abuses against asylum seekers and to seek legislation from our local representatives.”

Patterson & Jewish community topic of Wright Public Library talk, Oct. 13

ship between leaders of Dayton’s Jewish Marshall Weiss, editor and publisher of The Dayton Jewish Observer and project community and John Patterson, his company, and the village he director of Miami Valley Jewestablished. ish Genealogy & History, will Weiss will parse myths that present the talk, John Patterson persist to this day regarding and the Jewish Community, at 2 Patterson and the Jewish comp.m., Sunday, Oct. 13 at Wright munity, navigating the indusMemorial Public Library as part trialist’s legacy of civic benevoof its Far Hills Speaker Series lence and racism. with The Oakwood Historical The program is free and open Society. John H. Patterson to the public. Wright Library is While conducting research 1844-1922 located at 1776 Far Hills Ave., for his 2018 book, Jewish ComOakwood. For more information, call munity of Dayton, Weiss uncovered the library at 294-7171. documentation of a nuanced relation-

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By Marshall Weiss The Observer As painful as it is to revisit the horrors of the Holocaust, Samuel Heider feels an obligation to share his story with anyone willing to listen. More than a generation of middle and high school students across the Miami Valley have heard Heider tell how he was the only one of his family of Jewish farmers in Poland to survive the Holocaust, how he endured five concentration camps — including Auschwitz and Dachau — how he was liberated, and how he rebuilt his life in America. Now, at the age of 95, he has published his memoirs, Miracle of Miracles: A Dayton, Ohio Man’s Story of Holocaust Survival, so future generations will continue to learn and remember. Heider’s long-held desire to

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publish his memoirs became a reality almost two years ago, when Stevie Ann Kremer heard him give a speech at Wright State University. Kremer, originally a technical writer and editor, taught writing for several years at Wright State as an adjunct faculty member. “After his lecture, people were asking him questions and I heard somebody say, ‘Do you have a book?’ And he said, ‘No, but I want to write a book.’ So the bells went off in my head,” Kremer says. “I thought, here’s my next focus.” She wrote Heider a letter. He called her back. “I’ve still got the letter,” Heider says. “We decided we would meet

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and talk,” Kremer says. “He was convinced that I could do it, and I was convinced that I could do it. So we did it.” Heider gave her his notes from various lectures. Over the next year and a half, they’d talk for hours and she’d transcribe their conversations. “Then I’d print them out, read it to him, and we’d go through it again,” she says. In 1949, Heider, his wife, Phyllis, and their 2 1/2-year-old son arrived in Dayton with help from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Dayton’s Jewish Community Council, now the Jewish Federation. He had met Phyllis, a BergenBelsen survivor, in a displaced persons camp in Germany in Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page 1945. They were married and started their lives together in a DP camp. In Dayton, the Heiders had two daughters, and he entered the scrap metal business. It was in the early 1950s when Heider and other survivors who had settled here held

their first Holocaust commemoration, at Beth Abraham Synagogue. Each year after, the survivors would come together — to cry and remember. In 1964 this would become the Greater Dayton Yom Hashoah Observance. After the Heiders retired to Florida, they would return to Dayton to visit family and

friends at the High Holy Days and also between Passover and Yom Hashoah. At each year’s Yom Hashoah Observance, when his health permits, Heider chants El Maley Rachamim — a prayer for the peace of the departed soul — in memory of those who perished in the Holocaust. When Phyllis died after 69 years of marriage in 2014,



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Heider moved back to Dayton. He lives with one of his daughters and her husband. Because of his declining health, he rarely gives talks these days. Anyone who has attended one of his speeches will hear Heider’s voice across the 100 pages of his memoirs, which include numerous photos that range from his childhood through recent times. Most notable is the inclusion of a 1936 photo of his sister Laja; Heider managed to carry the photo under his arm for the five years he was in Nazi concentration camps. Graphic artist Dohn Roush, a friend of Kremer from their days at Centerville High School, designed the book’s cover and layout. Kremer, whose uncle served in the 101st Airborne Division in Europe during World War II, says she was taken with Heider’s faith. “That was the only thing that sustained him, and he helped people with theirs,” she says. “I was amazed at his strength: so many beatings, and starvation. And I’m surprised that even though he nearly died so many times, he kept pressing on. That sense of survival is amazing. “I was amazed that he actually had to face (Dr. Josef) Mengele. That was so frightening. He said he kept pinching his cheeks to make them rosy so he could look healthy.” Kremer says she hopes local book stores and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force — home of Prejudice and Memory: A Holocaust Exhibit — will sell the book, along with Holocaust museums.

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ADL’s D.C. counsel: ‘We cannot end antisemitism by ourselves’ “Jews are not responsible for antisemitism,” Washington, D.C.’s counsel for the Anti-Defamation League, Michael Lieberman, emphasized at the Jewish Federation’s annual meeting, Aug. 20. “And we cannot end antisemitism by ourselves. We need to stand with others if we think that we want them — expect them — to stand with us,” he told the audience at the Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture and Education. “In these times, there might be a tendency to say, ‘Let’s circle the wagons. It’s just us. Us against the world.’ And we need to say, ‘That’s not our approach. This is not the way we’re going forward.’ The way we’re going forward is with others. If you want a friend, you have to be a friend.” Lieberman — who led the coalition to enact the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act — and ADL’s new regional director, James Pasch, talked about the rise of antisemitism in the United States and strategies to counter it. “Our success is only as great as our community partners,” said Pasch, whose office is in Cleveland. “It’s the constant stream of communication between the ADL, the Federation and the JCC, (and) law enforcement. And if we’re not all on the same team, then we’re in big trouble. It’s those relationships, it’s that network that’s going to keep us safer.” One of Pasch’s first projects as regional director was to provide law enforcement with information about members of the Klan-affiliated Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana before their May 25 rally at Dayton’s Courthouse Square. “I called our Center on Extremism in D.C.,” Pasch said. “That team is combing the internet every day, uncovering everything they could possibly uncover. They handed me a thick packet with every Klan member that had potentially R.S.V.P.’d, might R.S.V.P. I worked directly with the Dayton Police to provide them all of that information.” Pasch said the ADL’s Center on Extremism also came into play immediately after James Reardon Jr. was arrested Aug. 17 for allegedly making a threat to

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Beth Abraham seeks nominations for Women of Valor Through Nov. 4, Beth Abraham Synagogue Sisterhood is accepting nominations for its 10th Women of Valor Luncheon, to be held May 6, 2020. The luncheon honors Jewish women across the Miami Valley who have made significant contributions to the Jewish and/or general community. To receive a nomination form, call Beth Abraham at 293-9520.

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DAYTON Fight against antisemitism is now priority of Christians United for Israel

will shine the light on bigots here in America that shoot up synagogues,” she says. “We will shine the light on those who would like to see Israel’s right of self-determination thwarted through economic antisemitism such as BDS, and we will shine the light on antisemites today Story and Photos By — not just those who stand Marshall Weiss, The Observer by burning crosses and white “It’s impossible to talk about robes, but we will shine the Israel without mentioning the light on all of them, wherever Bible,” Pastor Lyndon Allen tells they may be found. a half full but responsive audi“What you plan for the Jewence at the Victoria Theatre the ish people, God will do to you. evening of Sept. 1. Where your cause is Israel, you “Our motto as an organizacannot fail.” tion comes from Isaiah 62:1-2. Among the local churches ‘For Zion’s sake I will not hold to support the CUFI event are My peace, And for Jerusalem’s Dayspring Ministries in Beasake I will not rest, Until her Participants at Christians United For Israel’s Night To Honor Israel at the Victoria Theatre, Sept. 1 vercreek, whose lead pastor, righteousness goes forth as to promote one common mespressed. But Israel is not their Ken Day, is Dayton CUFI’S city brightness, And her salvation as did that 3,000 years ago. But he sage of justice and respect and oppressor. Their leadership is director; and Victory Christian a lamp that burns. The Gentiles recognized what was already tolerance that is applicable to all their oppressor. Their leadership Church in Kettering. shall see your righteousness, established truth.” people,” Halabi says. “And with is intentionally keeping them Pastor Gary Trenum, now And all kings your glory. You Across Main Street outside under their thumb, weaponretired from Victory Christian, shall be called by a new name, the Victoria, more than 30 dem- Israel’s policies in the occuizing normalization with their was CUFI’s first Dayton city Which the mouth of the Lord onstrators protest CUFI’s event. pied territories and the history between Israel and the Palestin- Israeli neighbors, keeping the director; he raised the funds to will name.’” Placards include the logo of ians, there hasn’t been this uploot for themselves, while these present the first Dayton Night Allen, central regional coorJewish Voice for Peace, an antiholding these values of human people have nothing.” to Honor Israel in 2015 at the dinator of Christians United for Zionist advocacy group. Signs rights, of dignity, of respect for Anti-Zionism, she tells the Schuster Center. Temple Beth Israel, then turns to the focus of read “Israel Is A Racist State” one another, and this is what we CUFI gathering, is antisemitism. Or in Washington Township has CUFI’s fourth Dayton Night To and “No Honor in Israel’s Ocwant to challenge, and there’s “You cannot profess to be a hosted two additional Night to Honor Israel. cupation of Palestine.” legitimate criticism of Israel.” Christian and not love the JewHonor Israel events for Day“We are loud against antisemSteve Farber of Columbus When asked if he believes ish people,” she says. “Anti-Ziton’s CUFI, in 2016 and 2018. itism, my friends. It’s not easy says he’s demonstrating as Israel has a right to exist, Halabi onism is not criticism of Israel. At the Victoria Theatre event, doing this. Antisemitic rocks are a member of JVP to stand Anti-Zionism denies Israel’s CUFI took up a collection to big. They’re seemingly impen“against the forces of CUFI and says all people have a right to right to exist.” benefit the Hillel at Miami etrable, seemingly unmovable. their wish to basically stamp out be part of political systems as equals. Because of the rising tide of University in Oxford and Yatar, But when you have the joy of the Palestinian people. It has “When Israel’s right to antisemitism in America, Sandy Israel’s elite volunteer counterthe Lord, which is our strength, to be prevented at all cost.” He exist is raised, it never raises Hagee Parker says CUFI has terrorism unit. you can do anything. says other protesters here are the issue of what that means launched its Shine A Light CamAudience members were en“Never again on the watch national members of JVP, but to Palestinians,” Halabi says. paign this year. couraged to join and donate to of the church will the Jewish there’s no chapter in Dayton. “Israel’s existence has come at She tells the audience that CUFI, which also has an Israel people be harmed.” Awad Halabi, an associate the dispossession of Palestinbattling antisemitism is the advocacy arm for Christians on Founded in 2006 by evanprofessor of history at Wright ians. It’s an issue of what is the practical exercise of the Chriscollege campuses. gelical Pastor John Hagee of State University, says he’s not nature of that existence. And tian faith, to be comforters of Event speakers included San Antonio, CUFI boasts seven protesting as part of an organithe nature of that existence has the Jewish people. Chabad of Greater Dayton Asmillion members and bills itself zation. The Kettering resident, become the occupied territories’ “We will shine the light sociate Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin as the “largest pro-Israel grassoriginally from Jerusalem, apartheid. And for the Palestin- not only on the terrorists like and Rabbi Cary Kozberg of roots organization in the United says that along with members ians’ dispossession.” Hamas and Hezbollah, but we Springfield’s Temple Sholom. States.” of JVP, people from churches Inside the Victoria, Hagee’s Just as U.S. Jews skew to the are protesting, “though they daughter, attorney Sandy Hagee left, CUFI’s Christian Zionists don’t officially represent” their Parker — chairwoman of the skew to the right, though Allen churches. 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Izmir Ali Koch, 34, was sentenced in July to 21/2 years behind bars for assaulting what he assumed was a Jewish man outside the Mirage Mediterranean Restaurant in Cincinnati to run “before they kill you.” The FBI is looking for a Russian Koch and others continued to attack American man after he failed to rehim until someone else pulled Koch off port to prison for assaulting a man he the victim. thought was Jewish. Two years after the attack, the victim Izmir Ali Koch, 34, was sentenced has feared retaliation from Koch “and in July to two-and-a-half years behind his associates,” according to court docubars for assaulting the man outside the ments. He has since moved to a new Mirage Mediterranean Restaurant in Cincinnati, Feb. 4, 2017. Facebook However, U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott permitted Koch, who was convicted of a federal hate crime and lying to the FBI about his role in the attack, to surrender himself the following month at a West Virginia federal prison by Aug. 16. On that February day in 2017, Koch stepped outside the restaurant with a group of friends Koch of Huber Heights failed to report to prison by Aug. and yelled that he hated Izmir 16 after he was sentenced in July to 21/2 years in prison for Jews, “wanted slaughter attacking a man he thought was Jewish in Cincinnati them” and asked “Who is a Jew?” home for safety reasons. A man said he was Jewish (even Despite his conviction, “Koch denies though it turned out that he wasn’t) yelling antisemitic remarks, denies atand Koch “ran up to him, punched him tacking the victim, denies lying to the in the back of the head, sending him to FBI, and even denies that the victim and the pavement,” the Cincinnati Inquirer witnesses in this case experienced fear,” reported, citing court documents. said prosecutors in the documents. The man “saw a heel coming at (his) face as he lay on the pavement, while Anyone with information about Koch’s his fiancée screamed,” per the docuwhereabouts is requested to contact the FBI’s ments, which also mention that another Cincinnati Field Office at 513-421-4310. person picked up the man and told him — JNS

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Ohio political leaders hold security conference for religious institutions Samuel M. Duchac, Dept. of Homeland Security

By Tami Kamin Meyer Columbus Jewish News Faith communities face similar challenges related to security for their houses of worship and institutions; concerns, solutions, and the need for assistance by the state and federal governments may be shared as well. For those reasons, the first Ohio FaithBased Security Conference, put together by the office of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, was held Sept. 5 at the JCC of Greater Columbus. About 150 attendees of various religious backgrounds — including Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and Jews — listened as some of Ohio’s political leaders discussed domestic

terrorism against the state’s faith-based communities. The conference also included Gov. Mike DeWine, Matthew Travis, deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Tom Stickrath, Ohio director of public safety. “We must keep houses of worship safe,” Portman said, adding, “there are threat assessments being provided about vulnerabilities” to churches, synagogues, mosques and other facilities housing religious activities throughout the state. The event itself was closed to media, but a press conference was held afterward. Portman also discussed big-

The event itself was closed to the media, but a press conference was held afterward.

otry, which he said is “far too common in our culture.” That hatred is manifested in several ways, one of which is threats of and actual violence against faith-related organizations and people. “We need to stand up to bigotry and hate and not allow it anymore,” he said. According to Portman, the mas- At the first Ohio Faith-Based Security Conference, Sept. 5 (L to R): U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, Gov. Mike DeWine, Matthew Travis, deputy director of the Department of sacre of 11 Jews at Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Tom Tree of Life SynaStickrath, Ohio director of public safety gogue in Pittsburgh terrorism and security jointly last year led to the security execute, Portman said he was address members of the state’s conference. “pleased with the response faith-based community. Soon after those murders, from faith-based groups.” The message, Portman said, Portman attended a memoIn May, Portman, along with would relate to “hardening rial service at the Youngstown Gary Peters, D-Mich, introfacilities.” Jewish Community Center. duced the federal Protecting Although the event took While there, it was suggested Faith-Based and Nonprofit nearly a year to plan and to him that experts in domestic Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page Organizations From Terrorism Act, a bipartisan bill that would appropriate $75 million annually for fiscal years 2020-2024 for the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program. That fund would provide grants to Ohio nonprofits and faith-based organizations seeking to secure their facilities against possible terrorist attacks. Fifty million of the $75 million would be earmarked to nonprofits and faith-based organizations located within high-risk urban areas. The remaining $25 million would be available to organizations falling outside those locales. The bill has yet to be heard in the Senate and House of Representatives. DeWine said he is concerned about “not giving oxygen to those who hate.” The governor spoke about the state’s efforts at combating mental health illness among

The Nuts & Bolts of Jewish Genealogy A brunch discussion with Ken Bravo, president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

ing security measures to help Ohio’s student population. He prevent attacks were also noted the state’s 2019 budget discussed. allocates $675 million to estabHowie Beigelman, executive lish a Student Wellness Success director of Ohio Jewish Comfund, giving every school in munities, said he was in total Ohio access to funds for some type of mental health detection support of the event’s mission, which was to “build upon and and treatment program. Terrorists have “an anti-social strengthen partnerships with officials in law enforcement and propensity for violence, which other faith-based we need to pick Funding organizations.” up earlier,” the governor said. opportunities for While a crosssection of religions Portman has was represented said he supports implementing at the conference, DeWine’s version security Beigelman said of red-flag laws measures to he was proud the that would allow help prevent event was held at police to take the JCC. guns from people attacks were “We are the deemed dangercanary in the coal ous to themselves also discussed. mine, so it gives or others, and supports efforts to ensure those us a responsibility and opportunity to help other faith-based with mental health problems groups learn from measures we are in the federal background have taken and lessons we have check system for gun purlearned,” he said. chases. Face-to-face meetings with The conference included conversations on best practices leaders of other faiths whose followers are under fire from for how to prepare, prevent, hate groups can also be reassurrespond, and recover from poing to Jews, said Beigelman. tential adverse events, accord“We see we aren’t the only ing to a news release. Funding ones facing hate,” he said. opportunities for implement-

Sunday, October 27 10-11:30AM @ Beth Abraham Synagogue (305 Sugar Camp Cir. Dayton, 45409) Presented by Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy & History, Temple Israel, and Beth Abraham Synagogue. This program is presented in memory of Marcia Jaffe. The cost is $7 per person. RSVP to Beth Abraham Synagogue, 293-9520. Have you ever wanted to learn more about your family’s history? Find out how to get started at Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy & History’s inaugural event. An attorney in Cleveland, Ken Bravo has been engaged in genealogy for 35 years. As president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies, Ken hosted the 2019 IAJGS Conference in Cleveland in July. Nosh on bagels and lox over Ken’s Jewish Genealogy 101 session, with ample time for Q&A afterward.

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Finding my connection to Israel the Sea of Galilee, the Judean Hills, By Devorah Schwartz the Negev, the Old City of JerusaFor seven years in a row, I have been lucky lem, the beaches of Tel Aviv, and so enough to spend my summers at Camp Wise many other places. Jewish overnight camp in Chardon, Ohio with However, none compared to the amazing friends, creating memories that I can final sunset that we experienced to only describe as blissful and wholesome. end our trip. We had just finished The month that I have chosen for seven years a tree planting activity and closing — to unplug and unwind from the outside world dinner in Neot Kedumim, not far — is the one month a year that I feel like the best, from where we began our trip. As most outgoing, adventurous version of myself. we said goodbye to our tour guides After attending Solel, the oldest village in and Israeli staff, we prepared ourcamp, we were given the opportunity to go on selves to be pulled away from our a month-long trip with our best friends who at new friends only an hour or two this point, are more like family. The destination: later at the airport. Israel. This sunset was the final bow: the At first I was a little nervous to give my month purple and pink clouds shrouding away to a new place I hadn’t found such a strong the horizon were the curtains comconnection with compared to camp. But quickly, ing to a close, to end the perforthe anxieties that I felt disappeared. I ended up mance of a trip that was nothing having the best summer I could ever ask for. short of spectacular. However, I went on this trip with a little more Sitting on the bus watching my than just having fun on my mind. Recently, I friends with tears streaming down experienced anti-Zionism for the first time at an their faces and feeling a sense of up close and personal level. It made me question longing to stay further, I wished how far I was willing to go to stand up for Israel that I could go back in time and rein uncomfortable I felt that no live each one of my sunsets to make situations, and what sure that the warmth stayed in my someone my age matter what heart forever to give me hope for could even do to be kind of day you an advocate. the next day. The beauty that Israel revealed in Not too long after, had, the sunset everything large and small was all I realized that it was was always a I needed to understand what I am bashert or meant standing up for now. to be that I was reminder that I returned home to Dayton and making the 11-hour the next day felt attached from 6,175 miles away flight to Israel less would be better. than a month later. to the kibbutzim, the shuks, the language, the people, the natural As soon as our bus scenery, and most importantly, the left Tel Aviv and I watched the vibrant cityscape sunsets that caught my eye every turn into rolling hills and then into fields of varievening. I decided that this new ous crops, I started to remember how much Israel connection that I made was what I had to offer. I hadn’t even gotten off the bus yet needed to stand up for. and already began to feel a connection I hadn’t The memories that I made this felt on my first trip a few years ago. Devorah Schwartz (top), with friends Ruby Cheistwer, Alex Swirsky, and Ellie Bloom at a summer are ones that I will carry As we settled into our hotel for the first Shab- bomb shelter near the Gaza border, painted by a local artist to beautify a harsh reality with me forever and now my hope bat of our trip, we decided to go out into the is that others will follow the same path and find the yard to take pictures. Speaking for teenagers who are amazing but as the trip went on, they only got better. connection that I found and never let go of it. known to take lots of photos, one of the best times to To me, the sunsets were so much more than just a repAs we say every year on Passover, L’Shana Haba’ah have a photoshoot is at the golden hour: when the sun resentation of the Earth’s transition from day to night. B’Yerushalayim. Next year in Jerusalem. And may is almost set and the light it gives off is golden and I felt that no matter what kind of day you had, the bright. This hue adds a heavenly glow onto everything sunset was always a reminder that the next day would countless numbers of people establish a new connecit touches. be better. If you closed your eyes and let the light shine tion to last a lifetime. Every single place we visited had a sunset with on your face, you could feel everything melt away into Devorah Schwartz is a junior at The Miami Valley School. brilliant red, purple, orange, blue, and pink highlights complete serenity. that could take your breath away. The first sunset was We watched the sunset on the Jordanian mountains, She lives in Oakwood.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Recent articles in The Dayton Jewish Observer, which claimed mass shootings are caused by White Nationalists, left out key facts. According to the Dayton Daily News, the Oregon District mass shooter was a registered Democrat. He carried the future murder weapon when he protested against the KKK rally in Courthouse Square. He fit right in with the

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heavily-armed antifa thugs. His ex-friend, Will El-Fakir, told the Dayton Daily News that the murderer was “definitely not a right-leaning person. His political views definitely leaned to the left. And believe it or not, he was actually pro-gun control.” The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the murderer had to pass a criminal background check when he bought

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The volume, Jews in Medieval England: Teaching Representations of the Other, coedited by Miriamne Ara Krummel (English, University of Dayton) and Tison Pugh (English, University of Central Florida) has been named winner of the 2019 Teaching Literature Book Award, an international, juried

Scott Halasz prize for the best book on teaching literature at the postsecondary level. It’s awarded biennially by the faculty in the graduate programs in English at Idaho State University. Jews in Medieval England examines the teaching of Jewishness within the context of medieval England. Members of the award committee praised its presentation of “a range of creative approaches” to help students “grapple with the archaic language and distant cultural norms of the medieval past, while also discerning how the medieval world shaped the intolerance and distrust that led to the Holocaust and continue to this day.” Six members of Dayton Jewish War Veterans Post 587 were among approximately 120 veterans to participate on Honor Flight Dayton’s Sept. 7 trip to Washington, D.C.: Bill Fried (Vietnam, Air Force), Al Friedman (Vietnam, Marines), Jerry Kuhr (Vietnam, Army), Steve Markman (Vietnam, Air Force), Alex Pearl, (Vietnam,

Jewish War Veterans who participated on a Dayton area Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., Sept. 7: (L to R): Jerry Kuhr, Steve Markman, Alex Pearl, Ira Segalewitz, Bill Fried, Al Friedman

Army), and Ira Segalewitz (Korea, Army). Joining them on the trip as guardians were Seth Perl and Scott Segalewitz. Guardians assist the veterans to make their trip as comfortable and safe as possible. Honor Flight is a national program that flies veterans of the World War II, Korea, and Vietnam eras to Washington, D.C. to visit national war memorials. Jamie Pavlofsky and Ellie Peace appear in a video and sing background vocals for Dayton Strong, a song written by Aimee James in response to the Oregon District massacre and other negative events the city has struggled through. Ellie, a student at Hillel Academy, is the daughter of Sara and Gus Stathes. Jamie says she was pleasantly surprised when she landed the part. “I honestly thought nothing of it because I didn’t

think I fit what (she) needed,” Jamie said. “And then…Aimee contacted me directly.” Rebecca Blumer has been accepted to the Isaac and Helaine Heller EIE High School in Israel program. She is now raising funds for the experience through Jewish National Fund’s Plant Your Way to Israel program. Formerly NFTY-EIE High, Heller High provides outstanding high school students with the opportunity to spend a semester in Israel under the auspices of the Reform movement. Rebecca is the daughter of Molly and Jeff Blumer. Felix Garfunkel has received the title of clinical associate professor emeritus with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Surgery. Juliet Glaser, development specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter, is helping plan its Oct. 5 Dayton Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Through Dec. 1, works from the 2019 Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest will be on display in the Dayton Art Institute’s South Gallery, on the lower level of the museum. The annual competition, sponsored by Renate Frydman and her family in memory of her grandfather Max May, is open to all area students in grades five to 12. It’s held under the auspices of the Holocaust Education Committee of the Jewish Federation. Send your announcements to scotthalasz1@gmail.com.




young adult division

ABOVE, LEFT: Arlene Cogen, Amazon #1 bestselling author and certified financial planner visited Dayton to talk

about her book "Give to Live" and discuss the many ways to meaningfully include philanthropy in your life. PHOTO CREDIT: Peter Wine ABOVE, RIGHT: The young adult division in Dayton met with the Cincinnati young adult group. Before playing Top golf they participated in an ice breaker to get to know each other. PHOTO CREDIT: Cheryl Carne

ABOVE: At the JFS L’Chaim 2019: Technology & The Independent You on September 16, we learned about: 1. how we

can use technology to improve our quality of life and maintain our independence; and, 2. how to protect ourselves and to recognize the signs of fraud, scams and financial exploitation. AND WE HAD FUN!!! Thank you to Marianne Bailey, The Senior Tutor, for an engaging presentation, to Sheri Sword and the Better Business Bureau for playing SCAM BINGO, and to our panelists – Marianne Bailey, Sheri Sword, Brooke Lynch from Adult Protective Services and C.A.A.N.E., René N. Gindelberger from River Valley Credit Union, and Geoffrey D. Larson from Ohio Senior Medicare Patrol, and the many vendors who shared their knowledge and expertise. PHOTO CREDIT: Peter Wine THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • OCTOBER 2019



THURSDAY 3 JCC Keeping it Reel: 93Queen 1-3:30PM @ Woodbourne Public Library (6060 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, 45459) We'll be showing the documentary film 93Queen, which delves into the story of Hasidic women who are creating Brooklyn's first all-female EMS corps. Discussion after the film will be led by Neil Friedman. Keeping it Reel is a collaboration between the JCC and the PBS award-winning documentary series POV. RSVP online at jewishdayton.org.

S FRIDAY 18 JFS OSHIIP Medicare Open Enrollment Medicare Check Up Day 19 9AM-3PM @ the Boonshoft CJCE. The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program will host a Medicare Check Up day for Montgomery County South at the CJCE. Appointments available starting at 9AM - 2PM. Please call Karen Steiger at (937) 610-1555 to reserve your time slot. SUNDAY 20 JCC Children's Theatre Auditions 1-4PM @ Boonshoft CJCE All children and teens in grades 3-12 are invited to audition for the JCC Children's Theatre production of Peter Pan Jr.! We ask that they come prepared to sing a verse and the chorus of a song of their choice. Register online at jewishdayton.org.

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SUNDAY 20 JFGD Women's Event with Lisa Barr 10AM-12PM @ Boonshoft CJCE Beloved author and journalist Lisa Barr returns to Dayton to talk about her Judaism, her personal life, her career, and how Federation has impacted it all. $20 per person, RSVP online at jewishdayton.org or over the phone at (937) 610-1555. This event is sponsored by the Pavlofsky and Miller families in loving memory of Carol Pavlofsky.

WEDNESDAY 23 JCC Children's Theatre Auditions 6:30-8:30PM @ Boonshoft CJCE Register online at jewishdayton.org.

THURSDAY 24 YAD (AGES 21-35) YAD Dinner 5:30PM @ Blind Bob's (430 E 5th Street, Dayton 45402) Join YAD for a quick dinner then we'll walk over to Wiley's for opening night of the Cultural Arts and Book Series with Sally Fingerett.

THURSDAY 24 JCC CABS Opening Night - Sally Fingerett 7-9PM @ Wiley's Comedy Club (101 Pine St. Dayton 45402) Sally Fingerett, contemporary, award-winning songwriter and performer and a founding member of the musical comedy group, The Four Bitchin’ Babes, joins us for an evening of laughter and song for our opening night event. $12 per person in advance/$18 per person at the door. RSVP online at jewishdayton.org. Special thanks to Wiley’s Comedy Club. Check out a full listing of CABS events on Page 28.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RSVP (unless noted): 937-610-1555 www.jewishdayton.org


M T W T F S S M T W T SUNDAY 6 PJ LIBRARY PJ Down on the Farm 5:30-7:30PM @ Warrick Farm 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 (8055 S. Union Road Miamisburg OH 45342) A special after hours event at Warrick Farm! PJ Library & PJ Our Way families enjoy dinner, hayrides, a petting zoo, and corn boxes! Register online at jewishdayton.org.

SUNDAY 6 PARTNERSHIP2GETHER Learn2Gether: Orientation 11AM - 12:30PM @ the Boonshoft CJCE Learn2GETHER Jewish Learning Program: Connecting with the Western Galilee through an Interactive Limmud. This is the first of seven sessions. Register online at jewishdayton.org.

RSVPs due at least 1 week before event. Events with no price listed are free.


SUNDAY 27 JG&H The Nuts & Bolts of Jewish Genealogy 10-11:30AM @ Beth Abraham Synagogue (305 Sugar Camp Cir, Dayton, 45409) Presented by Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy and History, Temple Israel, and Beth Abraham Synagogue. This program is presented in memory of Marcia Jaffe. The cost is $7 per person. RSVP to Beth Abraham Synagogue, 293-9520.

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Learn something new with the JCC! TUESDAYS @ THE J CONTINUES WITH MAHJONGG AND CANASTA GAMES If you have a table who would like to play, please call Karen Jaffe at (937) 401-1553.



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LIFE & LEGACY™ FAQ What is LIFE & LEGACY? LIFE & LEGACY is a partnership of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton that promotes afterlifetime giving to benefit the Dayton Jewish Community. The program allows our donors the opportunity to express their passion, purpose and commitment to the future of our beloved community. Q: Do I have to give money now? A: No. The first thing you need to do is sign a Letter of Intent which states your intentions to leave a legacy gift to the organization(s) of your choice. You can fund this gift through a retirement account, will or trust, life insurance policy, or cash. The choice is yours! Q: Do I have to completely change my will? A: Absolutely not! If you choose to leave a legacy gift through your will, you can arrange for a codicil or addendum rather than rewriting your current will. Q: Do you have to be wealthy to participate? I thought philanthropy wasn’t accessible to me. A: No – the LIFE & LEGACY program is for everyone! The minimum gift to establish your legacy is $1000.00. Interested in learning more? Contact: Janese R. Sweeny, Esq. jsweeny@jfgd.net (937) 401-1558 www.jewishdayton.org


A Biss'l Mamaloshen Trefn

| TREF-en | Verb:

1. To meet, encounter; find. 2. To guess, divine. 3. To happen, occur (with reflexive zikh) Expressions with Honik:  1 Me zol zikh trefn nor oyf simkhes!

We should meet only at happy occasion. 2 Er treft glaykh in moyl arayn! He can reach straight to his mouth! (said of a fool, whose greatest accomplishment is that he can bring food to his mouth without spilling it). 3 Nisht ale Purim treft zikh a nes. Not every Purim does a miracle happen.


Legacies, Tributes, & Memorials FEDERATION

THE RESILIENCE SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN MEMORY OF › Dan Weckstein The Fischoff Family PJ LIBRARY FUND IN HONOR OF › New home of Marcia and Ed Kress Gayle and Irvin Moscowitz PAST PRESIDENTS FUND IN HONOR OF › 65th wedding anniversary of Elaine and Joe Bettman Cindy and Larry Burick UNITED JEWISH CAMPAIGN IN HONOR OF › 90th birthday of Joe Bettman Judy Lipton › Marriage of Sam Burick and Anna Minkov › Marriage of Carrie Burick and Anna Dendy Debby and Dr. Robert Goldenberg Barbara and Jim Weprin Ellie and Bob Bernstein

› 50th wedding anniversary of Cindy and Larry Burick Ellie and Bob Bernstein › The retirement of Norman Weissman Marni Flagel IN MEMORY OF › Paul Michaelson Debby and Dr. Robert Goldenberg LINDA RUCHMAN FUND IN MEMORY OF › Garrett Whitman Judy and Marshall Ruchman JCC

EARLY CHILDHOOD FUND IN MEMORY OF › Alan Raphael › Steven Fishbein › Gilda Fishbein Suzi and Alan Berman BARBARA FLAGEL PLAYGROUND FUND IN MEMORY OF › Barbara Flagel Marni Flagel


JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES IN HONOR OF › 65th wedding anniversary of Elaine and Joe Bettman Judy Lipton › Special birthday of Bella Freeman › Special birthday of Sandy Ingberg Margy and Dr. Otis Hurst IN MEMORY OF › Steve Schoemann › Franklin Cohn Judy Lipton › Franklin Cohn › Steven Fishbein Margy and Dr. Otis Hurst FOUNDATION

JEREMY BETTMAN B’NAI TZEDEK FUND IN HONOR OF › 50th wedding anniversary of Cindy and Larry Burick Elaine and Joe Bettman

IN MEMORY OF › Alan Raphael › Gilda Fishbein Jean and Todd Bettman Elaine and Joe Bettman › Marilyn Lipp Elaine and Joe Bettman

Would you like to honor or memorialize someone in your life, all while making a meaningful impact on the Jewish community? Consider making a donation to a Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton Fund. Tribute and memorial donations can be made for a variety of reasons. Contact us at 937-610-1555 for more information.




PJ Down on the Farm

Community-driven "Dine outs" before Cultural Arts & Book Series Events Announced

Sunday, October 6 5:30-7:30PM @ Warrick Farm (8055 S. Union Road Miamisburg OH 45342)

A special after hours event at Warrick Farm! PJ Library & PJ Our Way families enjoy a kosher dinner, hayrides, a petting zoo, and corn boxes! RSVP online at jewishdayton.org

Want to nosh with friends before going to a Cultural Arts & Book Series event? Check out the casual, community driven dine outs that are being organized before the following events: Thursday, October 24 5:30PM @ Coco's Bistro (250 Warren St., Dayton, 45402) This dine out is held before Opening Night with Sally Fingerett Wednesday, November 6 5:30PM @ Carillon Brewing Co.(1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, 45409) This dine out is held before Matthew Goodman, The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team Tuesday, December 10 5:30PM @ North China Restaurant (6090 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, 45459) This dine out is held before Andrew Ridker, The Altruists The JCC is assisting in the RSVP process, call Karen Jaffe at (937) 401-1553 for questions or to reserve your spot within one week of the Dine Out. All dine outs are on your own. Only 20 spots available for each dine out.

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Hasidic Women Upend Tradition by Forming An All-Female EMT Corps in ‘93QUEEN,’ Airing September 17, 2018 on POV Paula Eiselt’s film portrays the challenges and eventual triumph of Hasidic Jewish women creating space for a new profession

93 Queen

Thursday, October 3 1-3:30PM @ Woodbourne Public Library

When Rachel “Ruchie” Freier introduces us to Borough Park, Brooklyn, one of the world’s largest enclaves of Hasidic Jews, she acknowledges the community’s prevailing view of a woman’s role: “The focus of a woman is being a mother. Any profession, or extra schooling, is discouraged.” In Paula Eiselt’s debut feature documentary, 93Queen, America’s first all-female EMT corps is born against this unlikely backdrop.

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Monday–Friday, 8:45AM–3:45PM Rise and Shine (7:30–8:45AM) and Stay and Play (3:45–6PM) available

We'll be showing the documentary film 93Queen, which delves into the story of Hasidic women who are creating Brooklyn's first all-female EMS corps. Discussion after the film will be led by Neil Friedman. Keeping it Reel is a collaboration between the JCC and the PBS award-winning documentary series POV. RSVP online at jewishdayton.org.

93Queen, directed by Paula Eiselt and produced by Eiselt and Heidi Reinberg, makes its national broadcast premiere on the PBS documentary series POV and pov.org on Monday, September 17 at 10 p.m. POV is American television’s longest-running documentary series now in its 31st season. The documentary is a co-production of American Documentary | POV and ITVS. As a practicing lawyer, Freier is already a member of the small subset of women in the community with professional degrees. She sees a need to rethink entrenched gender roles further when it comes to emergency services.

Traditionally, all EMTs serving Brooklyn’s Hasidic neighborhoods come from the exclusively male volunteer organization Hatzolah. Although the rules against contact between unmarried men and women are waived during medical emergencies, Freier explains, “Most Hasidic women want a woman to help them.” Hence the name of the new EMT organization she begins building, Ezras Nashim (women who help).

In a Hasidic enclave in Brooklyn, there are seemingly endless services tailored for the community—stores in Yiddish, school buses and even a dedicated EMS. Yet the corps is made up entirely of men, and one group of women wants to change that. On a mission to start the city’s first all-female volunteer EMS corps, these women are set on shattering the glass ceiling in the unlikeliest of communities.

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Community Events

Temple Israel & UD Sukkah: Tues., Oct. 15, 5-7 p.m. UD’s Humanities Plaza. Temple Beth Or Taco Tuesday & Family Night in the Sukkah: Tues., Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. R.S.V.P. to 435-3400.

Beth Abraham Sisterhood Annual Sunset in the Sukkah: Wed., Oct. 16, 6 p.m. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, dessert. $10 non-sisterhood members. 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. Synagogue Forum’s Basics of Learn2Gether Jewish Learning 293-9520. Judaism: 16 Mondays, 7-8:30 Program Orientation: Sun., Chabad Men’s Night Out in p.m. beginning Oct. 28. $75 Oct. 6, 11 a.m. Connecting the Sukkah: Wed., Oct. 16, single or couple includes book. to Western Galilee through R.S.V.P. to Rabbi Judy Chessin, interactive limmud. First of seven 6:15 p.m. Steak, cigars, and Scotch. 2001 Far Hills Ave., 435-3400. sessions. Boonshoft CJCE, Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to 643-0770 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. or chabaddayton.com. Discussions Register at jewishdayton.org. John Patterson & The Jewish Temple Beth Or Men’s Night Community: w. Marshall Weiss. Sally Fingerett opens JCC in the Sukkah: Wed., Oct. 16, Sun., Oct. 13, 2 p.m. Far Hills Cultural Arts & Book Series: 6:30 p.m. $5 for main dish, Speaker Series w. Oakwood Thurs., Oct. 24, 7 p.m. Wiley’s drinks. Bring dish to share. Historical Soc. at Wright Comedy Club, 101 Pine St., 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. Memorial Library. 1776 Far Hills Dayton. $12 in advance, $18 at R.S.V.P. to 435-3400. Ave., Oakwood. 294-7171. door. 610-1555, jewishdayton. org. Chabad Sukkot Party & Art Family Fest: Thurs., Oct. 17, 5:30 PJ Library Down on the The Nuts & Bolts of Jewish p.m. Dinner, street art. For Farm: Sun., Oct. 6, 5:30-7:30 Genealogy Brunch: w. Ken all ages. 2001 Far Hills Ave., p.m. Warrick Farm, 8055 S. Bravo, president, Int’l. Assoc. Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to 643-0770 Union Rd., Miamisburg. Dinner, Jewish Genealogical Societies. or chabaddayton.com. hayrides, petting zoo, corn Sun., Oct. 27, 10 a.m. At Beth boxes. R.S.V.P. to jewishdayton. Abraham Synagogue, 305 Chabad’s Young Jewish org. Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. (Also presented by Miami Valley Professionals Shabbat Dinner in the Sukkah: Fri., Oct. 18. Temple Israel Prayer & Play: Jewish Genealogy & History, Sat., Oct. 19, 4 p.m. At home of Temple Israel Ryterband Lecture 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to 643-0770 or Rabbi Sobo. 496-0050. Series). R.S.V.P. to 293-9520. chabaddayton.com.

Children & Youths

JCC Children’s Theatre Auditions: for Peter Pan Jr. Sun., Oct. 20, 1-4 p.m. & Wed., Oct. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Dr., Centerville. Register at jewishdayton.org.

Young Adults

YAD Dinner @ Blind Bob’s: Thurs., Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m. 430 E. 5th St., Dayton. Followed by Sally Fingerett at Wiley’s Comedy Club, 101 Pine St., Dayton. R.S.V.P. to 610-1555.

Screening of 93Queen: Thurs., Oct. 3, 1 p.m. Discussion w. Neil Friedman. Woodbourne Public Library, 6060 Far Hills Ave., Centerville. Presented by JCC.

High Holy Days

Chabad Rosh Hashanah Dinner: Sun., Sept. 29, 7 p.m. $25 adult, $10 child. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to 643-0770 or chabaddayton.com. Temple Israel Yom Kippur Education Session: Wed., Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m. Dr. Steve Arkin. Suicide Prevention. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. R.S.V.P. to 496-0050.

Sukkot/Simchat Torah

Beth Abraham Sukkah Decorating & Pizza in the Hut Women Lunch: Sun., Oct. 13, 11 a.m. Jewish Federation Women’s 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. Event: Sun., Oct. 20, 10 a.m. W. 293-9520. author/journalist Lisa Barr. $20. Boonshoft CJCE, 525 Versailles Temple Israel Sukkot & Pizza Dr., Centerville. R.S.V.P. to 610- in the Hut: Sun., Oct. 13, 6 p.m. 1555 or jewishdayton.org. Service followed by dinner. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. R.S.V.P. to 496-0050.

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Temple Israel Simchat Torah Consecration & Dinner: Sun., Oct. 20, 6 p.m. $5 for dinner. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. R.S.V.P. to 496-0050. Beth Abraham Simchat Torah: Mon., Oct. 21. 5:30 p.m.: Free light pasta meal. 6:30 p.m.: service, followed by ice cream. R.S.V.P. for dinner. 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Oakwood. 293-9520. Chabad Simchat Torah: Mon., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Includes dinner. Free. 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. R.S.V.P. to 643-0770 or chabaddayton.com.

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Who by fire? As the Jewish people, we were historically excluded from the sphere of moral concern not just in Europe but in the United States. Isn’t it our duty to expand our own capacity for empathy? Why was I a child immigrant who was allowed safe passage, while the children fleeing violence in Latin America find no asylum? Why are some inscribed in the citizenship rolls of our country and some are denied the asylum granted under the United States Refugee Act? But the current administraMasha tion’s blatant disregard for the Kisel rule of law is just one example of inequity. Morality and legality often do not coincide; we I imagine standing before the know that human justice is flawed. Divine Judge, asking for mercy At times it feels just as chalfor myself and my loved ones. lenging to find evidence of diSelf-critical by nature, it’s vine justice. The line bolded in easy for me to enumerate my long list of wrongdoings. I have our prayer books in the middle of Unetaneh Tokef reads, “But been keeping a running tab all year. But is that all that is meant repentance, prayer and righteousness avert the severity of by atonement? the decree.” It feels wrong. Here I am, on It suggests that each year the holiest day of the year, askGod seals our fate based on ing to be spared, while others moral merit. But how do we perish. make sense of this statement “Who by water, who by fire, when we witness so much who by sword, and who by wild beast.” Does the Unetaneh undeserved suffering and so much unearned privilege? Tokef imply that these terrible For the past few years, I have things will inevitably happen to been thinking a lot about Fysomeone, so we are just prayodor Dostoyevsky’s ing that they don’t novel The Brothers happen to us? I am Each year, I am responsible Karamazov. Dmitri, Ivan, and plagued by the Alyosha share a same questions for not terrible father; he is surrounding this a lecher, a rapist, a liturgy, and so each doing more year in my heart sooner. I am usurer, and a buffoon. As adults, they I edit the prayer responsible cannot forgive the for our troubled abuse and neglect times. This year I for feeling they endured as will ask God “who hopeless. children. by gun fire, who Their father, Fedor by tornado, who in Pavlovich, however, feels no detention camps?” pangs of conscience and conAnd while gun fire and tinues to enjoy all the debauchtornadoes may be close to the erous pleasures his ill-earned hearts of us living in the Daymoney can buy. ton area, as a former refugee, Dmitri, made livid by his fathe conditions in the detention ther’s shamelessness, wants to camps also deeply disturb me. exact revenge on the old man. The refusal of asylum to “How can he be allowed refugees should resonate with all Jews. After all, this was once to go on defiling the earth?” Dmitri exclaims in outraged our history, too. disbelief. In 1939, the MS St. Louis, a Ivan, unable to heal from ship transporting more than his own broken childhood, 900 Jewish refugees fleeing the becomes obsessed with the sufHolocaust — many of them fering of little children. children — was denied entry Explaining why he can no into the United States. Most of longer believe in God, he tells them died. On the High Holy Days, Jewish people all over the world will recite the Unetaneh Tokef liturgical poem, anonymously authored a thousand years ago, that urges worshippers to repent so that they may be inscribed into the Book of Life: “On Rosh Hashanah it is written, on Yom Kippur it is sealed.” This part of the service always feels the most urgent, and most challenging.

AUDITIONS Sunday, October 20, 1-4:30pm and Wednesday, October 23, 6:30-8:45pm @ the Boonshoft CJCE (525 Versailles Dr., Centerville OH) Children and teens in grades 3-12 are invited to audition for the JCC Children’s Theatre production of Peter Pan Jr.! Come prepared to sing a verse and chorus of a song of your choice. They may bring accompanying piano music or digital recording to sing along with. Please wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to learn basic choreography. The audition will last no longer than 45 minutes. Is your child or teen a “behind-the-scenes” kind of theatre person? We have positions helping with set construction, painting, costumes, and props. Please contact Meryl for more details. Rehersals begin October 30 and take place at the Boonshoft CJCE on Wednesdays from 6:15-8PM and Sundays 1:30-4:30PM. Performance dates are February 15 and 16, 2020. There is a $150 program fee for participating in Children’s Theatre. Reserve your audition timeslot online at jewishdayton.org. Contact Meryl Hattenbach at (937) 401-1550 or mhattenbach@jfgd.net for more information.


the story of a little serf boy whose master lets his hunting dogs tear apart his body as punishment for accidentally injuring his favorite hound’s paw. Dostoyevsky used real court cases in writing The Brothers Karamazov. The land owner who killed the little boy got off scot-free. Under Russian law of the time, the little peasant had no rights, and neither did his mother, who watched her son die. Dostoyevsky doesn’t provide a satisfying solution to the problem of unpunished moral crimes, but he shows us that rage and hopelessness bring no relief to Dmitri and Ivan. They only create more pain for themselves and others. The youngest brother, Alyosha, loves and forgives. Only by forgiving does he free himself to do good, to combat evil. On this Day of Atonement, I want to think about how I can do good too. I cannot accept that God’s plan includes mass shootings and family separation at detention camps. These evils are human creations. And I, too, am responsible for their existence. I am responsible for not doing more sooner. I am responsible for feeling hopeless. Some will die by gunfire and some in detention camps, but they don’t have to. Human mercy could lessen the decree. And so I ask God for mercy to enter the hearts of those in power and of those who feel powerless. I ask God for mercy to flood my own heart, to drown out anger and despondency. Amen. Dr. Masha Kisel is a lecturer in English at the University of Dayton.



CONGREGATIONS Beth Abraham Synagogue Conservative Rabbi Joshua Ginsberg Cantor/Dir. of Ed. & Programming Andrea Raizen Mornings, Mon. & Thurs., 7 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7:15 a.m. Sundays, 8:30 a.m. Evenings, Mon.-Fri., 5:30 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. w. Youth Service 10:30 a.m. 305 Sugar Camp Circle, Oakwood. 2939520. BethAbrahamDayton.org Beth Jacob Congregation Traditional Saturdays 9:30 a.m. Yahrzeit minyans available upon advance request. 7020 N. Main St., Dayton. 274-2149. BethJacobCong.org Temple Anshe Emeth Reform Rabbinic Intern Caroline Sim 320 Caldwell St., Piqua. Contact Steve Shuchat, 937-7262116, AnsheEmeth@gmail.com. ansheemeth.org Temple Beth Or Reform Rabbi Judy Chessin Educator/Rabbi Ari Ballaban Fridays 7 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. 5275 Marshall Rd., Wash. Twp. 435-3400. templebethor.com Temple Beth Sholom Reform Rabbi Haviva Horvitz See Web site for schedule. 610 Gladys Dr., Middletown. 513-422-8313. thetemplebethsholom.com Temple Israel Reform Senior Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz Rabbi/Educator Tina Sobo First Friday each month 6 p.m. All other Fridays 6:30 p.m. Saturdays 10:30 a.m. 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. 496-0050. tidayton.org Temple Sholom Reform Rabbi Cary Kozberg Fridays 6 p.m. 2424 N. Limestone St., Springfield. 399-1231. templesholomoh.com

ADDITIONAL SERVICES Chabad of Greater Dayton Rabbi Nochum Mangel Associate Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin Youth & Prog. Dir. Rabbi Levi Simon, Teen & Young Adult Prog. Dir. Rabbi Elchonon Chaikin. Beginner educational service Saturdays 9 a.m. adults, 10 a.m children. Sundays 9 a.m. 2001 Far Hills Ave. 643-0770. www.chabaddayton.com Yellow Springs Havurah Independent Services 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10-noon. Antioch College Rockford Chapel. Contact Len Kramer, 937572-4840 or len2654@gmail.com.

Not going to synagogue or fasting? You can still observe Yom Kippur. By Arielle Kaplan, JTA Much to my mother’s dismay, I’m not fasting on Yom Kippur and I’m not going to synagogue. Why? Because I don’t believe in God. But despite my lack of faith in a higher being, I take the High Holy Days very seriously. For those who need a refresher, here’s a crash course. On Rosh Hashanah, as the story goes, Jews are inscribed in one of three books: the Book of Life for heavenly saints, the Book of Death for toxic people; and a temporary “in between” book for the rest of us

Perspectives who have nine days to repent for our sins before our fate is sealed on Yom Kippur. As much as I want to believe that these books are real, I don’t. (For the record, I’d totally be in the in-between one.) But that doesn’t stop me from taking advantage of the holiday and making amends with those I wronged. Apologizing to someone, whether it’s a guy I ghosted or a friend I hurt is uncomfortable and easy to avoid. That’s why I love Yom Kippur; it nudges me to reflect on my behavior and confront issues I’ve pushed away. Skipping Kol Nidre and eating on Yom Kippur doesn’t make you a bad Jew, and there are plenty of other ways to make the holiday more meaningful to you. I asked a handful of people how they plan on observing the Day of Atonement without fasting or praying, and here’s what they said. “Growing up, I felt really out of place at synagogue. I wanted to do the kids’ services, or I’d try to hide in the bathroom. Yom Kippur was always

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One suggestion for marking Yom Kippur is writing down your intentions for the new year

a tough one to sit through, so I found other ways to celebrate. I find that reflecting and reaching out to people is very rewarding. I think that’s the main point of the holidays. I also make new goals for the start of the year and figure out how I can be a better person to others.” “Since finding my current spiritual community, I attend services. However, before that I would try to volunteer, or write letters to everyone I’d fallen out of touch with, or write a list of ways I was going to forgive myself and a vision board for what I hoped the next year would look like.” “I definitely like to write down my intentions on Yom Kippur. They’re more spiritual than my ‘resolutions’ for the regular new year. Those are more goal-oriented. It really has to do with the time of year for me rather than the holiday itself, since this time is arguably the beginning of the rebirth of the natural world and there’s something very renewing about the energy, and I like to tap into that. For the new year, my intentions are more powered by self-motivation and looking to get out of the ‘winter blues.’” “I’ve made my own little tradition of using the day of Yom Kippur to take a walk to my favorite park with a journal and write down some intentions for the new year. I’ve also been

sending out a mass email to all my friends sort of announcing my intentions and updating them on the past year (it’s a lot funnier than it sounds) and I’ve found it’s really helpful in holding myself accountable.” “Since I don’t belong to a temple anymore, I use Yom Kippur as a day to reflect and think about how I’m going to act differently over the coming year. On the regular New Year, my resolutions tend to be focused on diet, exercise, and my career, but for the Jewish one they’re more serious. I think about being more mindful, taking care of my mental health, and treating people with respect.” “I don’t feel a spiritual connection at synagogue unless I’m with my family in my hometown. On Rosh Hashanah I went to a beautiful synagogue with my aunt, but it just wasn’t meaningful. In the past, I haven’t fasted on Yom Kippur because it always fell on a big tailgate weekend in college, so I’m not accustomed to doing it. Instead of partying this year, I’m still not going to fast, but I’m taking a day off from work to reflect on the past year and repent for my sins by reaching out to people.” “One time I apologized to a friend on Yom Kippur for bullying her in middle school, but I haven’t reached out to anyone since then. I make resolutions for the year, and while my January resolutions are about living a better life, I like to focus my Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur intentions on being a better person. Like gossiping less and being more considerate than judgmental.” Arielle Kaplan is an editorial assistant at Alma.

Candle Lightings Erev Rosh Hashanah Sept. 29: 7:05 p.m.

Erev Sukkot Oct. 13, 6:43 p.m.

First Eve Rosh Hashanah Sept. 30: 8:01 p.m.

First Eve Sukkot Oct. 14, 7:39 p.m.

Torah Portions

Shabbat, Oct. 18, 6:35 p.m.

Shabbat Shuvah Oct. 4, 6:57 p.m.

Erev Shemini Atzeret Oct. 20, 6:32 p.m.

Oct. 5, Vayelech (Deut. 31:1-30)

Erev Yom Kippur Oct. 8, 6:50 p.m.

Erev Simchat Torah Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Shabbat, Oct. 11, 6:46 p.m.

Shabbat, Oct. 25, 6:26 p.m.

Oct. 12, Haazinu (Deut. 32:1-52) Oct. 26, Bereshit (Gen. 1:1-6:8)


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Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Year

Sept. 30-Oct. 1/1-2 Tishri Celebration of the beginning of the Jewish calendar year. Begins the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of repentance and prayer that ends on Yom Kippur. Celebrated with festive meals, including apples dipped in honey.

Yom Kippur

Day of Atonement

Oct. 9/10 Tishri The holiest day on the Jewish calendar, marking the end of the Days of Awe, spent fasting and in prayer. The sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn, signals the end of the holiday.


Festival of Booths

Oct. 14-20/ 15-21 Tishri Named after the huts the Jews lived in while wandering in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt. Marked by building sukkot to eat meals in during the festival, and in the synagogue by processions with the lulav (palm branches with myrtle and willow) and etrog (citron fruit).

Shemini Atzeret

Eighth Day of Assembly Oct. 21/22 Tishri Historically, it allowed an extra day in Jerusalem for Jewish pilgrims on their journey to the Temple. Tefillat Geshem (the prayer for rain), Hallel (Psalms of thanksgiving and joy), and Yizkor (memorial prayers) are recited.

Simchat Torah

Rejoicing of the Torah

Oct. 22/23 Tishri Annual cycle of reading the Torah is concluded and a new cycle begun. Celebrated in the synagogue with singing, dancing and Torah processionals.



The etrog: our best kept wellness secret By Rachel Myerson, JTA For most Jews, the etrog, a thickrinded citrus, is relegated to a fleeting, supporting role. Held beside the lulav (palm frond) once a year during the upcoming festival of Sukkot, the etrog (citron) is then left to dry out or, if it’s lucky, turned into jelly. We have massively underestimated this super citrus. The etrog is far more than a prop, it’s a wellness goldmine that’s been lauded throughout history — from Alexander the Great’s troops who may very well have (but probably didn’t) discover it when passing through Persia, to Buddhist monks in ancient China — for its wide-ranging healing properties. It also has great genes. As one of the oldest citrus varieties, the etrog is basically the great-great-grandfather of oranges and lemons, which were developed through hybridization with it. Luckily the Yemenite Jewish community stayed woke and quietly enjoyed the etrog’s numerous benefits for centuries until, 15 years ago, a shrewd entrepreneur named Uzi Eli set about introducing Israelis to the generations-old etrog-centric remedies passed down in his family. Known as the “Etrog Man,” Uzi opened a stall in Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market and Tel Aviv’s Carmel market more than a decade later. He’s a colorful character who once told me that his secret to looking far younger than his 70-plus years was etrog juice and breast milk — his sole form of nourishment until the age of 10. I spent a lot of time with Uzi and his daughter Maayan, who works the Tel Aviv stall with impossibly dewy skin while working as a culinary tour guide in Israel. For months I watched from afar, bemused, as they shpritzed and massaged various oils and creams on unsuspecting tourists on the promise that they would cure acne, fade wrinkles and increase libido. I stopped being a bystander when Maayan insisted on rubbing their etroginfused vitalium lotion, a “multi-use herbal concentrate (that) functions as a comprehensive local analgesic,” on a nasty-looking burn I’d acquired while wrestling my oven that morning. Two days later, with no trace of a scar, the burn was gone — and I was hooked. Like Uzi Eli, Ayurvedic medicine — a holistic healing system developed in India more than 3,000 years ago — uses etrog juice to curb nausea and excessive thirst. References in Ayurvedic literature from 800 B.C.E. have led many to believe that the citron is native to India. Others argue that it originated in China, where until today, a variety known as the Fingered Citron (also known as Fo Shou or, my personal favorite, Buddha’s


Hand), is used to treat nausea, bloating, and chronic coughs. The Greek philosopher Theophrastus, sometimes referred to as the “Father of Botany,” praised the vomit-inducing properties of the etrog, which he prescribed when “one has drunk a deadly poison.” This seems to be a Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans situation, best played only by the sturdy-stomached. For the more cautious, I’d suggest brewing a simple tea from the etrog’s leaves, or mixing etrog jelly with sugar and honey à la yuja-cha, a popular Korean cold remedy made with yuzu. Modern medicine advises avoiding the etrog’s seeds, contrary to the advice of Pliny the Elder, a Roman Empire-era Flavio/Flickr

commander, naturalist and etrog enthusiast who endorsed chewing the seeds to reduce morning sickness. Despite his dodgy advice, Pliny wasn’t alone in connecting the etrog to pregnancy. Due to its breastlike appearance, the citron is a feminine symbol in Jewish spiritualism and has long been linked to childbirth-related segulot (Jewish superstitious charms or rituals). One segula dictates biting off the pitum (stigma) to guarantee a son, or placing it under your pillow for an easy labor. To the cynics among you, I can only relay my sister-in-law’s story with a shrug: force-fed etrog jam by my mother-in-law when her contractions began on the promise that it would ensure the birth was as painless as possible, my niece basically fell out. After pestering my mom friends for intricate play-by-plays of their birthing experience, I take the view that anything that could potentially reduce the torment of childbirth is worth a try. When it comes to wellness, we need not look much further than Jewish healing and spiritual tradition. The etrog, which combines both, is an excellent place to start. Rachel Myerson is a freelance journalist from the United Kingdom now based in New York after a five-year stint in Tel Aviv. She has been published in Time Out, Vice, and the Forward.



A heritage of self-government

cupied with the Bible,” writes ability to recognize good and social and political commentaevil, people with unlimited tor Dennis Prager. liberty will ultimately follow the Prof. of American religious impulses that lead to satisfying history James Byrd adds, “The their own needs and desires. Bible was the most read book And yet, human nature (in revolutionary America), and craves accountability, a feedback almost everyone knew basic loop of praise or blame that biblical teachings and stories.” fosters awareness of actions and From Facebook to federal cautioned that such a form of For America’s colonies, the their consequences and personal buildings, the name-calling, government could only be permost animating of its messages growth. There are only three insults, and innuendo have petuated by the self-governed, was liberty, brought to life in main sources of accountability, supplanted conversation. In meaning a citizenry who could Prager explains: “If people are the wake of recent tornadoes self-regulate their behavior, am- the tale of the Israelites’ Divine deliverance from slavery not morally accountable to an and hurricanes, looters have bitions, and passions, explains under a tyrannical Pharaoh to all-powerful state, they need to plundered stores and homes David Gowdy, founder of The self-government guided by dibe accountable either to themin Dayton, Houston, and Fort Washington, Jefferson, and vinely ordained moral precepts selves — their own (subjective, Lauderdale. Madison Institute. revealed at Mt. Sinai. rationalizing, self-centered, “To this end, the founders So strong was America’s befallible) hearts and consciences fundamentally believed that the — or to a God who is moral ability to govern ourselves rests lief in the unand who judges each indiCandace R. with our individual and collec- alienable right God is the vidual…” tive virtue (or moral character).” to liberty, it essence Kwiatek was inscribed As for accountability, the This notion was famously captured by John Adams: “Our in the Decla- and basis of Exodus was once again the founders’ touchstone. Seven Constitution was made only for ration of InAmerican dependence. weeks after leaving Egypt, As an expression of disa moral and religious people. values Americans’ the Israelites arrived at Mt. pleasure, U.S. protestors have It is wholly inadequate to the political, reliSinai where they learned that adopted the British invention of government of any other.” gious, and economic freedoms, liberty isn’t a free-for-all. There, milkshaking — flinging milkSamuel Adams further together with the freedoms of God gave them practical and shakes, often mixed with other emphasized the vulnerability assembly, speech, and the press, moral laws designed to cultivate ingredients such as raw eggs, of self-government without a were specified in the Constituvirtue, necessary for building a pepper spray, or cement — at virtuous citizenry: “Neither tion’s Bill of Rights. And to healthy and long-lived society. their political and cultural opthe wisest constitution nor the protect it all, the Constitution And they would be accountponents. wisest laws will secure the libprovided a blueprint for a small able to God, the ultimate source Beyond the criminal undererty and happiness of a people of liberty and morality — not world, sex crimes including whose manners are universally government with limited enumerated powers. Liberty is at government, not their own misconduct with minors, rape, corrupt. He therefore is the the core of the Bible, and it is the hearts. The Israelites’ response, and trafficking have become truest friend of the liberty of essence of the American idea. “Na’aseh v’nishmah, We will commonplace among school his country who tries most to But liberty is no simple thing; do and we will understand,” staffs, Hollywood celebrities, promote its virtue.” and Wall Street financiers. Even more bluntly, Benjamin unrestrained, it leads to anarchy. echoes in America’s official Despite being created in God’s motto, “In God We Trust.” Sadly, it doesn’t take long to Franklin concluded, “Only a image, with free will and the One of the first versions of come up with examples of invirtuous people are capable of creasingly poor self-governance. freedom.” According to America’s So where did the founders get founders, self-government their revolutionary ideas that broadly meant a government linked liberty, self-government, under the control and direction and virtue? of its citizens rather than an outIt’s not surprising that they side authority — a democratic were inspired by the Bible. republic. “Every founder, no matter However, the founders what his theology was preoc-

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Literature to share The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl by Marra Gad. “‘How do you not hate everyone?’ (my friend Rosa) frequently asks after I share a story. ‘Because I’m the luckiest girl on earth,’ I say.” In her own voice, Marra tells her story of being born part-white, part-black, and Jewish, and adopted by two fiercely loving Jewish parents in the 1970s. Neither the general nor Jewish communities of Chicago were ready for someone like her. Yet she flourishes. An absorbing, extremely well-written tale of resilience, goodness, the tragedy of racism, and what it really means to be welcoming and to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Highly recommended. Gina from Siberia by Jane Bernstein. What is it like to move nearly 6,000 miles to a completely different country? This story recounts the experiences of one family that made the arduous journey from the former Soviet Union to a new home in New York. Their fears, challenges, discoveries, and new friendships are gently but honestly expressed through the eyes and antics of the family pet. Of particular note are the captivating illustrations: color and details enhance the narrative and invite discussion. An excellent addition to a youngster’s bookshelf.

the phrase In God We Trust appeared in Francis Scott Key’s 1814 The Star-Spangled Banner. In just a few words, he captured both the foundation and the transcendent nature of American self-government. We trust that God is the source of liberty — not fickle people or governments. We trust that God is the source of Divine rights, absolute and inviolable. We trust that God is the source of morality — a single objective standard of good and evil, not the subjective opinions of other people. We trust that God demands moral behavior from everyone and judges every individual accordingly. In other words, God is the essence and basis of American values. On the eve of the 1984 Presidential election, President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation. “The greatness of America doesn’t begin in Washington,” he reminded us, “it begins with each of you in the mighty spirit of free people under God, in the bedrock values you live by each day in your families, neighborhoods, and workplaces.” Liberty. Self-government. Virtue. These are part of Judaism’s legacy to the world. Yet no other country, religion, or culture has ever been founded on and guided by these three transcendent ideas except America. But some days I wonder: can we keep it?


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Gorgeous holiday recipes from Israel’s top chefs and set the fish standing (as if swimming) on a baking dish. Insert half a lemon in the fish’s cavity and fill the incisions with the herb-crème. 7. Bake the fish for about 18 minutes, until completely cooked and you see the cream begin to take on a darker golden color. 8. Remove and Sea Bass With serve the fish over a Roasted Peppers and generous bed of the Herb Cream Filling Sea Bass With Roasted Peppers and Herb Cream Filling peppers. Garnish with Chef Mor Cohen, parsley. the pan. Add the diced onions Herbert Samuel Restaurant, Ritz and cook until they become Carlton, Herzliya Stuffed Chard Leaves with translucent and tender. Pomegranate Molasses 4. Add the peppers and For the fish Chef Merav Barzilay, Meshek tomatoes and stir generously. 4 whole sea bass, deboned Add in the arak, bring to a boil, Barzilay, Tel Aviv and descaled (each fish reduce the liquid to about half. should weigh about 1 lb.) For the stuffed chard leaves 5. Add the oregano, reduce 2 lemons Large bunch chard leaves to a low heat and cover. Keep Salt and pepper to flavor (best if you can get it with cooking for about 20 minutes, large uniform leaves) regularly checking and adjustFor the herb cream: 2 cups cooked freekeh or ing the taste with salt. Remove 6 garlic cloves peeled quinoa 2 cups of freshly picked herb from heat and set aside until Purple onion, cut into small ready for serving. leaves (oregano, parsley, cubes and caramelized 6. Using a sharp knife, pierce basil, celery) 1/2 cup chopped celery sides of the fish ensuring the 1 baguette (just use the 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint cut reaches the middle. Cuts inside and not the crust) 1/2 cup mixed dried fruits, should be along the sides and 5 Tbsp. olive oil such as dried cranberries, along the fish’s spine. Sprinkle Salt to taste with salt and pepper to taste Continued on next page For the roasted peppers: 4 medium-sized onions (cut in half and diced) 8 garlic cloves diced 1 hot green pepper, cut in rings (optional) 8 fresh peppers that have been grilled and singed. The peppers should be sliced in A Healthy Alternative wide strips. We Use The Best Ingredients 6 tomatoes similarly roasted Prepared Fresh Daily and singed and sliced in strips 3 Tbsp. olive oil 1/2 cup of arak, ouzo or other anise-flavored liquor 536 Wilmington Ave. 1 tsp. freshly ground Dayton, OH 45420 oregano Salt to taste By Jessica Halfin The Nosher With Israeli food trending across the globe, now is a perfect time to add some authentic Israeli flavors to your holidays. Here are exclusive recipes from Israel’s top chefs to start your year on a sweet, beautiful note.


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Israeli recipes Continued from previous page dried figs and dried apples 2 Tbsp. chopped almonds 3 Tbsp. pomegranate molasses 1 Tbsp. salt Pinch white pepper For the sauce 2 Tbsp. olive oil Half a white onion, sliced 8 tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 clove garlic 2 Tbsp. pomegranate molasses Pinch cinnamon Pinch baharat spice













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1. Preheat oven to 350. 2. Blanch whole chard leaves in boiling water 20 to 30 seconds to soften, carefully open up each leaf and set down single file on a smooth surface. 3. Remove the stem from each chard leaf with a paring knife. 4. Prepare the filling: Mix all the filling ingredients together in a large bowl, and adjust seasoning to taste. 5. Fill the center of each leaf with a bit of filling (about 11/2 tablespoons, but the amount of filling will vary according to your leaf size). 6. Fold sides of the leaf inward toward center and roll from cut portion inward. Tightly pack the stuffed chard leaves into a baking dish and set aside. 7. Prepare the sauce: sauté onion and olive oil until golden. Add garlic and tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes start to fall apart, but not so much that tomatoes start to lose their color. 8. Add the spices and a bit of water if needed to get a thin sauce. 9. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste, then pour over the stuffed chard. 10. Cover baking dish, bake for about 20 minutes, until sauce is bubbly and the chard leaves are cooked through. 11. Serve with a garnish of chopped mint leaves and a light drizzle of pomegranate molasses. Cream Puffs with Candied Pecan and Date Honey Custard Pastry Chefs Itzik and Keren Kadosh from Kadosh Café, Jerusalem For the choux pastry 1/2 cup full-fat milk 1/2 cup water 8 Tbsp. butter 1 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. sugar 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sifted all-purpose flour 4 large eggs For the garnish 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds 1 tsp. egg white 1/2 tsp. powdered sugar For the pecan and date honey custard filling 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. full-fat milk 3 egg yolks Scant 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 vanilla bean (or 11/2 tsp. vanilla

extract) 1 cup chopped honey roasted or candied pecans 1/4 cup date honey 1/2 cup whipped heavy cream (from 1/4 cup heavy cream) 1. Preheat oven to 350. 2. To make the choux pastry: In a pan, bring the milk, water, sugar, salt and butter to a boil. Immediately take the pan off the heat and add the full flour amount all at once. 3. Mix with a wooden spoon and put the pan back on a medium low flame. Cook until the mixture starts to dry out and the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan to form a ball around your spoon. Take the mixture off the heat and let the mixture cool slightly. 4. In a mixer on low speed (or in a medium bowl by hand), add eggs one at a time, beating until each egg is thoroughly combined before adding the next egg. (Mixture will curdle initially, but then come back together as you beat it.) 5. Prep a baking sheet by lining with baking paper and tacking the paper down with a small dot of the choux pastry mixture on the underside of each corner. 6. Fill a large pastry bag with the mixture. Using a 6-inch round cookie cutter to guide you, pipe a fat 7-inch circle. The circle should be a bit raised and not completely flat. 7. Mix the almonds, egg white, and powdered sugar and spread it on top of the piped circles. Bake for 40 minutes, until deep golden brown, take out of the oven and set aside to let cool. 8. To make the pecan and date honey custard: Dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 cup cold milk. Add the egg yolks and sugar, and lightly beat into a fully combined mixture. 9. Pour the rest of the milk (3/4 cup plus one tablespoon) into a saucepan. Add the vanilla bean and bring to a boil. Remove the vanilla bean from the pot with a slotted spoon, split, and with the help of a spoon, scrape the seeds into the saucepan. Return the vanilla pod to the pot and lower the heat. 10. Add a third of the hot milk to the egg yolk mixture and beat well. Pour the tempered egg yolk mixture back into the hot milk mixture and cook over a low flame, stirring constantly for about two minutes, or until the mixture thickens and can coat the back of a spoon. 11. Remove the empty vanilla pod, add chopped pecans and date honey, and mix to combine. 12. Pour the mixture into a bowl and cover with a piece of plastic wrap, directly covering the surface of the custard. Let cool to room temperature, then chill for two hours in refrigerator. 13. After chilling, whisk the custard for about half a minute to get a smooth mixture without clumps. Whip cream, and fold into the custard mixture and transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large round piping tip. 14. To assemble: Cut the cooled choux pastries in half lengthwise, pipe a fat layer of custard and seal with the other half like a sandwich. Sift powdered sugar over the top as a garnish.



Folk songs, funny stories for JCC cultural series opener By Masada Siegel Special To The Observer “My whole life has been about music and storytelling,” Sally Fingerett says. “As a child, I believe they called it lying. Now it’s called being imaginative and creative.” Songwriter and performer Sally Fingerett opens the JCC Cultural Arts and Book Series with her one-woman show, The Mental Yentl Revue, Oct. 24 at Wiley’s Comedy Club in the Oregon District. The show debuted at Oy!hoo, The New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival. She recently translated her stand-up into a sit-down experience for readers with her book, The Mental Yentl, Stories from a Lifelong Student of Crazy, featuring her hilarious personal narratives. In Dayton, she’ll perform songs from her double disc anthology, along with readings from her comedy collection of essays. Fingerett has performed on over 800 stages around the United States, released 14 CDs, written music for theatre, television, and film, and contributed songs to 15 various compilation recordings. She was the 1990 Kerrville New Folk Award Winner for songwriting. Folk legends Peter, Paul and Mary recorded her composition, Home Is Where the Heart Is for their 1995 LifeLines CD/ PBS special, and the song was published in Contemporary Cabaret, a song book in which her music stands shoulder to shoulder with Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Fingerett has performed for the Putumayo Songwriter Festival at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and has been a featured musical guest on Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know, NPR’s Mountain Stage, and CBS Sunday Morning. The JCC Cultural Arts & Book Series opens with Sally Fingerett performing The Mental Yentl Revue at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24 at Wiley’s Comedy Club, 101 Pine St., Dayton. Tickets are $12 in advance, $18 at the door and are available at jewishdayton.org, by calling 610-1555, or the evening of the event.


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Singing for radio and TV, she has been the voice for Butterfinger, Hallmark, Sears, and A Star for Jeremy. As an actress, Fingerett performed with the national touring company of The Vagina Monologues. She’s also a founding member of the musical comedy group, The Four Bitchin’ Babes. Based in Columbus, Fingerett is a mother of three children. Throughout her career, she keeps evolving and coming up with creative ways to communicate and engage audiences around the country with her wit and humor. She got started playing the piano, making up words and stories. “It has been the constant in my life,” she says. “I started when I was 6, and it’s controlled me since. I’ve been doing it my whole life, while balancing my job as a nice Jewish girl, a good Jewish mother, a designated daughter, and a so-so first wife. I got the wife thing down however with my second marriage! I never needed to be famous, I always just wanted a job doing what I enjoyed.” Performing in the age of social media comes with plenty of people’s opinions, but that only motivates Fingerett even more. Her main goals while on stage are, “Don’t trip, don’t swear, make sure I’ve flossed before smiling to the crowd, try not to get offended when the poor man who was dragged to the show by his wife falls asleep in the fifth row, ‘cause we performers can see up to the sixth row, as a rule.”

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NYT columnist Bari Weiss’ book on fighting antisemitism Sam Bloom

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By Jesse Bernstein Jewish Exponent Bari Weiss, at 35, is a columnist at The New York Times and a veteran of the last decade-plus of American Jewish discourse. As an undergrad at Columbia University, the Pittsburgh native co-founded Columbians for Academic Freedom, which charged faculty with intimidating Zionist students. From there, she pronounced on Israel, the relationship between American Jews and liberalism and more for Tablet and The Wall Street Journal before she was hired by the Times. Weiss’ new book, her first, How to Fight Anti-Semitism, was released in September. She taxonomizes the different strains of antsemitism at home and around the globe, and gives some suggestions on how it might be effectively countered. Why did you write this book? I was supposed to write another book, and I’m on contract to write that book when I’m done promoting this one. But on the morning of Oct. 27, I was in Phoenix, Arizona, where I was supposed to give a speech the next day when I got a text in our family chat from my youngest sister saying, “There’s a shooter at Tree of Life.” Tree of Life is the synagogue where I became a Bat Mitzvah in 1997, in Squirrel Hill, the neighborhood where I grew up. Mister Rogers happened to grow up down the street. And it’s a place where my Dad sometimes goes on Shabbat morning. Thank God he wasn’t there, but 11 of our neighbors were, many of them he knew and some of them I did. I was supposed to go to Israel that week to go report on a story; I ended up flying home to Pittsburgh just to bear witness to what this white supremacist had done to my community, and sort of

witness the reaction to it. My Jewish identity is fundamental to who I am. It’s something I’ve always been very engaged with. But this sort of took it to a different level, and in the weeks and months following the massacre, I just found myself drawn back and back again to this topic, and it really felt like something I absolutely had to write about. You make the case that the Pittsburgh shooting was an era-defining event for the Jewish community in America. The negative consequences of that are manifestly obvious. But what opportunities do you see, postPittsburgh, for American Jews? It’s not as if there weren’t attacks before — I outline them extensively in my book — but nothing was really at this level, and then when Poway happened six months later, it was just like, wow, this is more than a one-off, this rising tide of hatred. The positive thing that came out of it is that at first glance, what happened in Pittsburgh was another pogrom. The difference historically is that, typically, the surrounding community and the authorities abetted in the attack, or stood by and watched the attack happen. The opposite happened in Pittsburgh. There was just an absolute outpouring of solidarity, and a real visceral sense from our neighbors that an attack on the Jewish community was an attack on them, too. And coming forward to defend us and stand by our side wasn’t, like, a favor. It was them standing up to defend their values and their right to live full and unashamed lives. The day after the attack, at Soldiers & Sailors, a big civic center in Pittsburgh, there was an interfaith service. And at that interfaith service — hundreds of people — the mourner’s Kaddish was recited in Hebrew. And the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which is our paper, printed


obviously, like, people who say, the words of the Kaddish in “We don’t want Jews to join Hebrew on the front page. our country club,” “we don’t When you think about that want Jews to move next door,” in the span of Jewish history, “we’re going to deny this Jew it’s just an absolutely remarkpartner in our law firm,” was able thing that that happened. totally a normal thing a generaAnd that gives me a tremention or two ago. dous amount of hope that Those things are all horrible, people really understand that and they’re vile and they’re rising antisemitism — the most wrong. But they don’t suggest obvious victims are the Jews. that Jews are the secret hand But the other victim, the one controlling the world. And that we forget about, is everythat’s something that’s just one else. much more essentially dangerBecause in a society where ous to us. antisemitism is sort of out in The reason that I want to the open, it is the signifier that connect Amalek and Robert the society is dead or dying. Bowers, in the same way that I And the desire to fight antiwant to connect, I don’t know, semitism comes from anyone that understands that fact about the conversos of Spain in the 1400s to the history, and a conversion out deep desire to ‘I feel like of Judaism that make sure that people had to enAmerica doesn’t I’ve been on a act in the Soviet succumb. holiday from Union, is just to history for most show that the In the book, that we’re you put Robert of my life as an things experiencing are Bowers, the Pittsburgh American Jew.’ not (just) now. I think that shooter, and maybe we’ve Amalek on a been lulled into complacency a continuum. What made you little bit. I feel like I’ve been on do that? I’m thinking about a holiday from history for most that especially in the context of my life as an American Jew. of what you describe as the And I think it’s important genteel antisemitism of midfor people to understand, as century WASPs as not being disorienting and scary as this of an eliminationist character, moment can feel, that we’ve but more, “Well, I hope my been here, many, many times daughter doesn’t marry a before. That could maybe feel Jewish person.” despairing, but to me it’s very That’s kind of the distinccomforting, actually, to know tion between what I think of as that this is part of the chain of anti-Jewish prejudice and antiour history, and there are lessemitism, which is an eliminasons to be learned. tionist conspiracy theory. But

OBITUARIES Charlotte Vangrov Horwitz, age 102, a native Daytonian, died Sept. 4 of natural causes. The widow of Dr. Alan S. Horwitz, she was a well known member of the community, active for many years in a number of organizations, including the Women’s Auxiliary of Good Samaritan Hospital (of which she was past president), the Dayton Ballet, and Beth Abraham Synagogue. She is survived by her brother, Sherman, of Cincinnati; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Jeffrey A. and Wendy, Jonathan and Beverly — both of the Dayton area — and Murray and Lisa, of Chevy Chase, Md.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends. A memorial service will be held for the public at a later date. Friends are encouraged to make donations in her memory to the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The family wishes to thank especially all the caregivers and staff of Lincoln Park Manor for their exemplary service and devotion. Alan D. Solkov, age 75 of Dayton, passed away Aug. 30. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery.


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OPENING NIGHT Thursday, October 24, 7PM @ Wiley’s Comedy Club (101 Pine Street, Dayton 45402)

Sally Fingerett, Stories from a Life Long Student of Crazy Sally Fingerett, contemporary award-winning songwriter and performer and a founding member of the musical comedy group, The Four Bitchin’ Babes, joins us for an evening of laughter and song for our opening night event. $12 in advance/$18 at the door. Special Thanks to

Wednesday, November 6, 7PM @ Carillon Brewing Company (1000 Carillon Blvd. Dayton 45409)

Wednesday, December 11, 7PM @ Boonshoft CJCE (525 Versailles Dr., Centerville 45459)

Matthew Goodman The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team

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Naomi Nachman Perfect Flavors: Creative, easy-to-prepare recipes inspired by my family and travels

Marra Gad The Color of Love: A Memoir of a Mixed Race Jewish Girl No cost.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 7PM @ The Dayton Art Institute (456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, 45405)

Andrew Ridker The Altruists

Lev Golinkin A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka * COMMUNITY READ

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 1:30PM @ One Lincoln Park (590 Isaac Prugh Way, Dayton, OH 45429)


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Views on Discrimination: Past & Present An Interview with Lev Golinkin led by Marshall Weiss No cost. Partnering with the JFS Active Adults

Profile for The Dayton Jewish Observer

The Dayton Jewish Observer, October 2019  

Dayton, Ohio's Jewish Monthly

The Dayton Jewish Observer, October 2019  

Dayton, Ohio's Jewish Monthly