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Trade alliance scores R&D grant for Lion Group & Israeli company By Marshall Weiss and Marc Katz, The Observer If Dayton’s Lion Group Inc. and Israeli company Artsys360 succeed on an R&D project, fire departments will be able to rely on 3D technology to locate firefighters in burning buildings. Lion and Artsys360 have received a two-year $950,000 grant from the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation to develop uniforms with this potential capability, thanks to the Dayton Region Israel Trade Alliance (DRITA). Andy Schwartz, Lion’s corporate counsel and chief procurement officer, announced the BIRD Foundation grant award at a DRITA informational event on July 19 at Patterson Homestead. “It’s one of Lion’s biggest projects in terms of both grant funding and R&D,” Schwartz told The Observer. “There are products on the market that have been made to develop this technology but they haven’t been very successful so far. We think that our solution could solve some problems others haven’t been able to solve.” Established in 1898, Daytonbased and family-owned Lion operates globally in three markets: emergency services,
ery County, and the Dayton military, and equipment management. Lion, its affiliates and Development Coalition. Montgomery County Ecobrands produce personal pronomic Specialist Pamela Fannin, tective equipment for firefightwho coordiers, as well as nates DRITA training equipfrom Dayment and faton, flagged cilities for first Schwartz about responders. this BIRD Artsys360, Foundation based in Hogrant, with a lon, Israel, defocus on first velops micro responders. radar technolThe govogy. ernments of “We’ve Israel and the done business United States with the Israel established the Fire and ResBIRD Foundacue Authority tion in 1977 to for 20 years or spark cooperaso, but not on tion between a very wideLion Corporate Counsel & Chief spread basis,” Procurement Officer Andy Schwartz American and Israeli highSchwartz said. tech businesses. One of Lion’s subsidiaries is Schwartz said he liked the currently buildidea of applying for a grant, ing a training but needed to identify a specific center outside of project — and an Israeli busiTel Aviv. ness partner. Schwartz said The late Larrell Walters at the Lion became University of Dayton Research involved with Institute helped Lion come up DRITA when it got off the ground with the idea for the firefighter locator project. in 2010. Walters contacted DRITA’s “We thought representative in Tel Aviv, that from a busiHadas Bar-Or, for her help to ness standpoint, it had value identify Israeli companies that and could help us make conwould be a good fit for Lion. nections with high-tech com“Larrell knew some Israeli panies in Israel to develop new companies that would be good technologies.” partners,” Schwartz said, “but DRITA is a collaborative of Continued on next page the City of Dayton, Montgom-
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Sept. 1 marks 50 years since the worst riot in Dayton’s history, one of 43 across the United States in the summer of 1966. With the 2014 book Blood in the Streets: Racism, Riots and Murders in the Heartland Marshall of America by local authors Daniel Weiss L. Baker and Gwen Nalls as a jumping-off point, in this issue we explore Jewish connections to the civil rights era and Dayton’s riots. For our October publication, we’ll look at Jewish involvement in the desegregation of Dayton’s public schools. In Blood in the Streets, Nalls and Baker share their personal experiences of 1966 to 1975 in Dayton. Though the book is carefully based on the historical record, it slides between true crime and historical fiction; the authors protect identities of some private citizens, condense events, and overlay their theory of a key crime that was never truly solved. With this in mind, Blood in the Streets should be required reading for anyone who cares about the wellbeing of our city.
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he wanted to get more options. So when he called Hadas, and it was close to deadline, he said, ‘You know, they really need to get somebody quickly.’” Bar-Or identified three potential partners from Israel, and Lion decided Artsys360 was the best fit. Lion and Artsys360 received word of the award in June; their total budget for the project is $2 million. “The way it works is we’ve started the project, but we haven’t received any money yet,” Schwartz said. “There are still a number of steps that have to be taken, that have to be met in order to get reimbursement for expenses.” “It’s an amazing project — $2 million, two years, developing a technology that would save a lot of lives,” Bar-Or said during her visit to Dayton to meet with business leaders here.
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Bar-Or has served as DRITA’s representative in Israel for two and a half years. “We now have more than 40 business agreements signed between the Dayton region and Israeli companies since I’ve been on board,” she said. “Some of them are NDAs (non-disclosure agreements), some service agreements, some R&D cooperation.” One project that continues to expand is the partnership between Sinclair Community College’s National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Training and Certification Center and Simlat Ltd. of Herzliya, Israel. Last year, Simlat customized its UAS training simulation systems for use at Sinclair’s UAS center. In August, Montgomery County provided $20,000 for the installation and operation of virtual live construction to the Simlat system at Sinclair. Simlat and Sinclair demonstrated these capabilities at Sinclair’s Unmanned Systems Academic Summit on Aug. 15. “Virtual live construction is a simulation exercise that can happen both in Israel and in Dayton at the same time,” Fannin said. In July, the Dayton Business Journal honored Sinclair with its 2016 First Place Innovation Index Award in the category of commercialization, for Sinclair’s project with Simlat. “They thought of Simlat at the beginning as a vendor,” Bar-Or said of Sinclair, “and now they see them as a true partner.”
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Author of Black Lives Matter position Rosh Hashana Challahs on Israel defends ‘genocide’ claim Order your fresh homemade round Challahs By Ben Sales, JTA NEW YORK — The co-author of the Black Lives Matter platform passage accusing Israel of "genocide" defended the term, saying Israel’s actions fit in its wider definition. Ben Ndugga-Kabuye co-authored the statement along with Rachel Gilmer, the former board member of a Zionist youth group. Ndugga-Kabuye told JTA he understood why Jewish groups disagree with the statement, but was perplexed that it has received so much attention. He compared it with the accusations of genocide that black activists have leveled at the United States and called the Israeli-Palestinian conflict one of many international conflicts U.S. black activists feel connected to. “The way we look at it is, we take strong stances,” NduggaKabuye, a New York City organizer for the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, told JTA. “The demand we’re making is we’re against the U.S. continuing funding and military aid to the government of Israel. These are all things that are going to be in debate.” The platform, released Aug. 2 by The Movement for Black Lives coalition, is largely a statement of the goals of a movement that coalesced around police violence directed against black people in the United States, mass incarceration of African-Americans and other domestic issues. But it also calls for ending U.S. military aid to Israel and accuses Israel of being an apartheid state. The platform includes a link to a website promoting the movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel called BDS. “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people” reads the Invest/Divest section of A Vision for Black Lives. A string of Jewish organizations, from the Anti-Defamation League to the Reform movement and National Council of Jewish Women, has condemned the genocide and apartheid language as well as the BDS endorsement. T’ruah, a rabbis’ human rights group that opposes Israel’s West Bank occupation,
historical genocides to deserve also criticized the document. the term, which he said could Most of the organizations connote unjust state killing of took pains to note that they are sympathetic to other parts of the a disadvantaged group. He compared his usage of the word platform, many of which jibe with liberal Jewish positions on to We Charge Genocide, a group the criminal justice system, eco- that opposes police violence in Chicago. nomic justice and “We’re talking immigration. about a structure of "While we are violent deaths that deeply concerned are state sanctioned, about the ongothat are without ing violence and accountability, and the human rights that are ongoing,” violations directed he told JTA. “We at both Israelis and can say this is Palestinians, we what’s happening believe the terms in Palestine and genocide and apartnot equate it with heid are inaccurate Ben Ndugga-Kabuye what’s happening and inappropriate to describe the situation," NCJW in South America. It doesn’t say it’s the same number of people wrote in a statement. "Further, being killed or the (same) manBDS is too often used to delegitimize Israel’s right to exist." ner of people being killed.” Ndugga-Kabuye said the Jewish Voice for Peace, which Israeli-Palestinian conflict is just supports BDS, was the rare Jewish group that endorsed the one of many international issues the platform comments on — platform in its entirety. including the dangers African Ndugga-Kabuye said state actions don’t need to rise to the migrants face in crossing the level of the Holocaust or other Continued on next page
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Continued from previous page Mediterranean Sea, or conflicts in Somalia, Colombia or Honduras. He said the passage on Israel is longer because “there’s a certain prominence to it, and that may require us to go a little more in detail.” But he said the statements about other conflicts, charging the United States with imperialist actions, are just as strong as the language condemning Israel. “I don’t see it as a special connection,” Ndugga-Kabuye said about the link between the
Movement for Black Lives and the Palestinian cause. “We stand in solidarity with Palestine, but it’s not any different than our connection with the Somali community. It’s not any different than our connection with the Colombian community.” The vast majority of the platform addresses issues unrelated to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its six sections deal with physical, social, economic and political discrimination against black people. Among its list of demands is an end to capital punishment, free universal education and a universal basic income for black Americans, the demilitarization of police,
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THE WORLD on the U.S. Jewish groups that have engaged in this anti-Black violence to retract their racist and harmful statements.” Mainstream Jewish groups rejected the notion that because they object to the use of the term “genocide” and the emphasis on Israel, they are opposed to the economic and social justice goals of the Black Lives Matter movement. The groups noted how difficult, if not impossible, it is for them to work with members of Black Lives Matter on common causes when the Israel language signals they are not welcome. “JCRC cannot and will not align ourselves with organizations that falsely and maliciously assert that Israel is committing ‘genocide,’” wrote Boston's Jewish Community Relations Council in a statement on the platform. That being said, the statement continued, "As we dissociate ourselves from the Black Lives Matter platform and those BLM organizations that embrace it, we recommit ourselves unequivocally to the pursuit of justice for all Americans, and to working together with our friends and neighbors in the AfricanAmerican community, whose experience of the criminal justice system is, far too often, determined by race.” Ndugga-Kabuye said he understood the term genocide could prevent some Jews from joining the Black Lives Matter movement, but said it was “something we have to consider, but it’s also something we have to accept.” He said negative Jewish reactions to the platform recalled the later years of the 1960s civil rights movement, when white and black allies split over tactics and ideology. He rejected the idea that accusing Israel of genocide makes the movement antisemitic, saying the accusation is not connected to Israel’s Jewish character. “Are you saying I’m committing genocide because of who I am, my identity?” Ndugga-Kabuye said, hypothetically placing himself in Israel’s role. “That would obviously be racist. But if you’re talking about a series of policies that are in place between one group over another, folks may argue we’re wrong, but the question of whether we’re antisemitic is another question altogether.”
Black church group in Missouri condemns Black Lives Matter statement on Israel An association of hundreds of predominantly African-American churches in Missouri condemned the recent platform of the Black Lives Matter movement labeling Israel an “apartheid state” and accusing it of genocide. In a statement published Aug. 14 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bishop Lawrence Wooten, president of the St. Louis chapter of the Ecumenical Leadership Council of Missouri, said that while Black Lives Matter plays a “vital role” in addressing racial violence by police, its language on Israel was misplaced. “The Ecumenical Leadership Council of Missouri, representing hundreds of predominantly African-American churches throughout the state, rejects without hesitation any notion or assertion that Israel operates as an apartheid country,” Wooten wrote. “We embrace our Jewish brethren in America and respect Israel as a Jewish state. JewishAmericans have worked with AfricanAmericans during the civil rights era when others refused us service at the counter — and worse.” Wooten also referred to two American Jews — Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman — who along with James Chaney, a young black man, were murdered in 1964 while doing civil rights work in Mississippi. “We cannot forget their noble sacrifices,” Wooten wrote. “Neither should Black Lives Matter.” Clarence Jackson, the council’s executive director, told JTA the statement emerged from a meeting held Aug. 5 between the council leadership and the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis. The JCRC, Jackson said, drew the black leaders’ attention to the controversy generated in the Jewish community by the Black Lives Matter platform. “They brought it to our attention,” Jackson told JTA. “We were quite shocked. We didn’t know about this.” — JTA
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Jews to blacks: thank you By Jeffrey Salkin In the wake of the Black Lives Matter pronouncements on Israel, many Jews have felt alone. How redemptive, therefore, to learn that an association of hundreds of predominantly African-American churches in St. Louis condemned that recent platform. Bishop Lawrence Wooten said that while Black Lives Matter plays a “vital role” in addressing racial violence by police, its language on Israel was misplaced. “The Ecumenical Leadership Council of Missouri, representing hundreds of predominantly African-American churches throughout the state, rejects without hesitation any notion or assertion that Israel operates as an apartheid country. We embrace our Jewish brethren in America and respect Israel as a Jewish state. JewishAmericans have worked with African-Americans during the civil rights era when others refused us service at the counter — and worse.” Wooten also referred to two American Jews — Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman — who along with James Chaney, a young black man, were murdered in 1964 while doing civil rights work in Mississippi. It is no accident that this statement of support came from black religious leaders in St. Louis — in the shadow of Ferguson, MO. In 2014, Jewish leaders and black leaders marched together in Ferguson to protest the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old who was shot to death by a police officer. From this, we learn a powerful lesson. Yes, there is anti-Israel feeling among some black groups. But, while such hateful ideology exists, it doesn’t have to surface. Sometimes, all it takes to strengthen the immune system against hate is something as simple as relationships. I would like to think that this is what happened in St. Louis. The Jews were there for the blacks, and they reciprocated.
All of which gets me thinking: what else have American blacks given American Jews? Their renewed sense of Jewish identity. Go back in time, to the 1960s, when the civil rights movement was just getting started. Yes, Jewish leaders helped the civil rights movement (those stories are etched into Jewish minds and souls like a catechism). But, in fact, it was the civil rights movement that gave American Jews the courage to be themselves as American Jews. American blacks were the first ethnic group to actually question and protest the dominant WASP identity of America. Ethnicity in America only became “fashionable” once American blacks showed that it was both possible and desirable to stand apart from the Leave it To Beaver world of bland, generic middle class life. Or, to put it this way: American Jews became “tribal” (with all of the good and not-so-good connotations of that term) only after black Americans showed that it was “acceptable” to be a tribe. Consider: Jerry Kirschen, a Jewish cartoonist of the late 1960s. His cartoons, which often appeared in radical newspapers, often bewailed the fact that, compared to black radicals, young American Jews were so lukewarm on their own identity. Jerry wasn’t kidding around; in the early 1970s, he made aliyah (immigrated to Israel), changed his name to Yaakov — and created the popular Dry Bones political cartoon, which has appeared in the Jerusalem Post since 1973. Or, consider: today, any Jewish student at almost any university can take a Jewish studies course — and in many places, can even major in Jew-
Blacks and Jews together, challenged the ethnic and cultural status quo in America.
ish studies. Back into the time machine, please. Before the mid 1960s, there were very few Jewish studies courses at American secular universities. Those courses emerged at approximately the same time as African-American studies became a reality. In fact, Julius Lester is perhaps the only academic to have taught in both the AfricanAmerican studies program and the Jewish studies program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. You will retort that Jews are still white (except for those who aren’t), and you need to read Eric Goldstein’s book on how Jews, in fact, actually came to be considered as white in America. You will retort that JewishAmericans never, ever, suffered anywhere near as much as African-Americans have suffered. And you would be right. You can count on the fingers of both hands the number of American Jews who were murdered for being Jewish. But, both blacks and Jews worked together on an important project — that might have had even more lasting value than civil rights marches. Blacks and Jews, together, challenged the ethnic and cultural status quo in America. The cross-pollination between black culture and Jewish culture is a deep, powerful, complex, and nuanced story. And we need to tell that story, because it is a quintessentially American story. Meanwhile, to all of the African-American churches in St. Louis that stood up to the anti-Israel forces in the Black Lives Matter movement — thank you. May we always have the holy privilege of marching together. Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin is the senior rabbi of Temple Solel in Hollywood, Fla. Distributed by Religion News Service.
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[BBYO] has been one of the most fun experiences during the past 3 years of my life, and I am sad to have to leave it when I graduate high school. It is made up of some of the most welcoming and incredible people you will ever meet, many of whom you’ll be friends with for your entire life. Thirty plus years later, even my father is still in touch with his BBYO friends from the 80s. I have met some of my best friends in BBYO, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t joined. Even as I write this article, I am sitting in a room with friends from Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio that I know because of BBYO. After I went to my first BBYO convention, I realized that I wanted to take on a bigger role in BBYO, so I ran for and was elected to my chapter’s board and later became the president, giving me many new leadership opportunities and tons of new skills. BBYO also looks very good on college applications, especially if you decide to pursue some of the many leadership roles that it offers. Joining BBYO was one of the best decisions of my life, and that fact continues to hold true. The friends that you make in BBYO – both locally here in Dayton, as well as throughout the KIO Region and even internationally –stay with you through your ups and downs like no others can do. The things you learn in BBYO teach you to be smart, responsible, and generally help you grow as a better person, all while having the time of your life! —JEREMY BETTMAN, BBYO PRESIDENT BBYO was founded in 1924 by 14 teenagers in Omaha, Nebraska, and since then has grown into a worldwide movement, stretching from the United States all the way
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› Mamaloshen A little bit of Yiddish to share with friends, courtesy of the JFS Yiddish Club, in memory of Lynda A. Cohen.
Moyl: \MOYL\ Noun\Pl. Mayle A mouth, orifice, rim. Expression with moyl: › Oyf a moyl iz keyn shlos nishto. There's no lock on a mouth. › Vos vintsiker men fregt/redt, iz alts gezinter. The less you ask/talk, the better off you are. › Got zol ophitn far Yidisher khutspe, Yidishe mayler, un Yidishe kep. God should preserve us from Jewish impertinence, Jewish mouths, and Jewish brains. › Az men makht dos moyl nisht oyf, flit keyn flig nisht arayn. If you don’t keep your mouth open, no fly will fly in (i.e. you won’t get into trouble if you keep your mouth shut).
50 years later
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Black/Jewish relations: from the Dayton riots through desegregation A two-part series By Marshall Weiss, The Observer
“It was bound to happen” was the
headline of Anne M. Hammerman’s column on Sept. 8, 1966. The editor and general manager of the Dayton Jewish Chronicle wrote that city leadership “was alerted to a possible riot weeks earlier.” In the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 1966, a white man fired a shotgun out of his car window and killed AfricanAmerican Lester Mitchell on West Fifth Street. The event, which appeared to be a random drive-by shooting, triggered the worst riot in Dayton history. A thousand National Guardsmen were sent to the lower West Side of Dayton, where they remained for five days. “It just tore the city apart,” said Daniel L. Baker, who was a police officer stationed on the West Side when the ‘66 riot broke out. Baker and his wife, Gwen Nalls, are the authors of the 2014 book, Blood in the Streets: Racism, Riots and Murders in the Heartland of America, which covers the period of 1966 through the desegregation of Dayton Public
Schools in 1975. “The area was burned out,” Baker recalled of the vandalism, fires and looting that ensued in the rioting along West Third Street, the retail center of Dayton’s predominantly black West Side. “Many merchants never came back. And many of them were Jewish owners. After 1966, the city was in pretty significant disarray.” Bruce Brenner was 17 when the first riot hit West Dayton. His parents owned a grocery at Dayton Police Officers with fixed bayonets in the riot zone on West Third Street, 1966 West Fifth Street and Western Another Jewish business owner, with didn’t think about leaving. Avenue. That some Jewish businesses were “After a couple of days, we went back a shop on West Third Street at the time vandalized and looted on the West Side of the ‘66 riot, concurred. in there because there was meat and knocked the Jewish community off bal“I had no loss during the insurrecproduce we had to go through,” Brenner ance. remembered. “Our store did not get any tion,” said the business owner, who Since the beginnings of the civil rights damage. Basically, the general consensus requested anonymity. “I had some movement, Jewish communities across customers stand in front of my place through the residents of the neighborthe United States — including Dayton’s and said not to touch it. Police asked hood was, that for the merchants that — were vocal supporters of the cause. me to board up the windows. My only treated the people fairly, they saw that Jews were among the founders of when troublemakers came into the area, expense was the plywood.” He added that though it took a while the Dayton Urban League, including they helped protect those businesses and kept people from damaging them.” for business to get back to normal, he Continued on next page
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Nalls is black, Baker is white. The title doesn’t just refer to the riots in Dayton of ‘66, ‘67, and ‘68: it follows the murders of serial killer Neal Bradley Continued from previous page Temple Israel’s Rabbi Selwyn Ruslander; Long, whose random shootings of black and in 1958, Dayton’s Jewish Communi- men on the West Side in the summers of the early ‘70s ratcheted up comty Relations Council officially endorsed munity tensions even higher. In 1975, desegregation and fair housing. That Long would kill Dr. Charles Glatt, the same year, Dayton’s Jewish Commudesegregation specialist hired by Dayton nity Council (predecessor to the Jewish Public Schools to oversee integration of Federation) reported in its newsletter the district. that “community members have been Though never proven, Baker is conreceiving ‘hate literature’ of the most vinced it was Long who killed Lester vile form...to convince the reader that Mitchell in ‘66, which sparked the first Jews are the power behind the moveriot. ments of Negroes for equal “I grew up in the opportunity.” middle of all this,” Dayton’s JCRC, chaired by Nalls said. “My parDr. Louis Ryterband, coordients are from Missisnated early lobbying for the sippi. They migrated 1964 Civil Rights Bill. here for work. When “I thought there had they came to town, always been a very healthy, General Motors was respectful relationship here, every major inbetween Jewish people and dustry was booming. African-Americans,” said My mom was a day U.S. District Judge Walter H. worker. She went to Rice, who arrived in Dayton work for a Jewish in 1962. “Jewish people were family, cleaning their present at the founding of home.” the NAACP, marched with Baker observed King, and were civil rights that the migration activists,” he said. “I kept pattern of blacks reading and kept being told and whites coming to Dayton from the that a lot of the Jewish people who had south for jobs — with whites on the East run retail establishments — not only in West Dayton but throughout the country Side and blacks on the West Side — only — used to exploit their black customers. solidified the segregationist nature of the city. The Jewish people were shocked: they Joan and Dr. Charlie Knoll moved had tried so hard to be good landlords, to Dayton in 1956 from northern Ohio. good shopkeepers.” They recalled Dayton as solidly segreRice, who was then in private practice here, recalled a Jewish businessman gated. “There was an unwritten law that you from the West Side who told him that he did not put African-American patients had a long list of debtors, people who in the same room with non Africanowed him money, “because he carried those people through bad times, and he American patients,” Charlie Knoll, a was shocked to find out that they felt he longtime physician said. “And the first hospital to break that was Miami Valwas a racist.” Anne Hammerman expressed concern ley.” He pushed to have St. Elizabeth’s about these negative Jewish stereotypes integrated. Joan Knoll in the pages of the Jewish worked as a secChronicle: “There may have retary at the VA been a few here and there hospital, where she who milked their customers befriended women of a higher rate of interest — who were Africanbut by and large, our people American. When have done much to elevate she would ask them the West Side of Dayton and to join her downthey do not deserve these town for lunch, false accusations.” they would always “I think from then on,” decline. Rice said, “there has been a “Finally, I asked, feeling of wariness between ‘Is it because of the the two groups. Just like a difference of our skin?’” Joan said. “‘No, friendship, you feel that you are simwe can’t eat lunch at Rike’s. We can’t go patico with someone, and then all of a sudden you find that each of you retains to a movie downtown.’ These were professional women. Social workers and so deep suspicions and distrust about the other. So I think it has changed. Not per- forth. They were upper-class women.” In 1960, Rice and his first wife — a manently, not beyond repair. But it put a native Daytonian — were planning their burden on the relationship.” wedding here. “We had some African-American friends from Pittsburgh that we wanted in the Streets author Daniel to invite,” he said. “And my prospecL. Baker, whose family migrated tive father-in-law called several hotels here from Kentucky, grew up on the and was told they couldn’t stay there. predominantly white East Side. His wife and co-author, attorney and realtor And finally, they were accommodated at the Van Cleve Hotel, only because my Gwen Nalls, grew up on the West Side.
‘The Jewish people were shocked: they had tried so hard to be good landlords, good shopkeepers.’
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father-in-law threatened to move the wedding elsewhere; it was scheduled for the Van Cleve.” Ellen Faust and her parents came to Dayton in 1936, when she was 3 months old. Her father opened a store on West Third Street and the family lived in the back. She and her husband, Howard, a pharmacist from Cincinnati, settled in Dayton in 1959. Armed with her education degree, she interviewed with Dayton Public Schools. “Places like Fairview High School were all white, certainly there were no black teachers,” she said. “The assistant superintendent at the time, the head of personnel, interviewed me for the job. And he said, ‘I need teachers at Roosevelt and at Fairview. You wouldn’t want to teach at Roosevelt.’ Dunbar High School was an all-black school, and Roosevelt was a mixed school.” At Fairview, Ellen Faust taught chemistry and general science. “At one point, a black student who came to register — the family had moved into the district — was told, ‘You’d be more comfortable going somewhere else.’ So there were very deliberate attempts to make sure that black students had only some access,
and there was nowhere to go to protest that kind of thing.” Faust said she became an activist in civil rights when Rabbi Selwyn Ruslander’s wife, Sis Ruslander, was president of the League of Women Voters. “The League of Women Voters did a study of education and looked at segregation in Dayton schools,” she said. “And that was probably the first time that I looked at it seriously.” For Joan Knoll, it was her work with the Council of Jewish Women. “The National Council of Jewish Women had a store on West Third and Broadway,” Knoll said. “Dorothee Ryterband ran it. They sold second-hand clothing to people with low incomes.” She recalled that it was Dorothee Ryterband who saved the store during the ‘66 riot, “when she handed out sodas to the soldiers and the rioters in front of the store. Little bitty Dorothee. She was gutsy.” Faust also became involved with the Council of Jewish Women. “The council always had as its basis, social action,” she said. “With that, Council was considered the Jewish group for women that you had to belong to, to be socially acceptable.” Along with Dorothee Ryterband, Sybil Silverman led the council’s charge
Along with Dorothee Ryterband, Sybil Silverman led the charge on racial justice activities.
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National Guard in Dayton, September 1966
on racial justice activities. A year later, on Sept. 16, 1967, in the midst of a Shriner’s convention in downtown Dayton, a police officer shot and killed an African-American man he thought was carrying a gun. When it turned out to be a pipe, the policeman planted a gun on the man’s body. Another riot ensued, this time urged on by activists from out of town, such as H. Rap Brown. That’s when Faust and Knoll started marching, their kids in tow. “We marched with the rabbis and Protestant ministers, priests and nuns,”
Knoll said. One influential member of the Jewish community told Knoll’s husband that “if his wife kept on doing these things, he was going to lose his practice,” Knoll recalled. “You see, it was hard to talk people into doing what wasn’t fashionable. Ellen and I were bad girls.” Rioting continued in ‘68 following the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Since the early 1900s, the Emoff family had a furniture store on West Third Street. “I remember going to the store pretty frequently with my Dad at 2 in the morning when he got a call that his windows were broken, probably three or four times,” said Mike Emoff. “And we’d go down and meet the police there, and the windows would be smashed in the front. I didn’t understand it. I didn’t know what was happening. I was maybe 8 to 12. Those were the ‘60s, almost ‘70s. It was just out of control.” Emoff said his family kept the store there in the years after the riots. “That’s where they started. My Dad got along really well with the residents of the West Side of Dayton. Even though all that happened, the riots were more of an emotional type of reaction, and it didn’t matter whose store was there, there were people who just looted and smashed. I was young, so I didn’t get a lot of that, but I looked through Continued on next page
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summer of 1966, including Chicago, Cleveland, Atlanta, and San Francisco. Daniel L. Baker recalled that in May Continued from previous page ‘66, the Dayton Daily News presented a series called West Side ‘66; it addressed the news clips I found when my Dad issues of segregation, poverty in the died. Some of that stuff bothered him, black community, lack of education, obviously. He kept it.” and police brutality. “And guess what? In all of those couldn’t understand the riots,” articles, many of the black leaders of author Gwen Nalls said. “I couldn’t the time predicted this place is going to understand why. I remember hearing blow up if we don’t fix some of this,” it on TV, and I’d ask my parents, what Baker said. “One guy said if it gets sense does it make for them to be above 95 degrees here this summer, this burning down our backyard? And to city’s going to explode.” this day I don’t understand it. Even Rice remembered that police/comtoday, you can go and see it never really munity tensions in ‘66 were raw. got back to what it was. “The police, frankly, treated members “Rap Brown and those guys, their of the community poorly, with disdain focus was, ‘I’m going to get your attenand lack of respect, tion by burning it and were perceived down,’ which is the ‘It’s sad to say, but — not in an exaggerFerguson approach: in many areas of the ated fashion — as not only are we not community, while an occupying army,” going to support Rice said. “It’s sad your establishment, police tactics have to say, but in many we’re not going to let changed, the tension areas of the commuanybody else in.” nity, while the police Baker described still exists.’ tactics changed, the West Dayton in the tension still exists.” summer of ‘66 as a Rice found himself on an extraditinderbox. tion case in Los Angeles on the next to “The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, and in the United States it was not last day of the Watts riots in 1965 when he was with the Montgomery County well-received in many places,” he said. Prosecutor’s office. Although he said “And then the Watts riot in California the Dayton riot of ‘66 was not as bad as happened in 1965, the worst riot in this Watts, it made indelible changes on our nation’s history.” city. And fear on all sides was palpable. According to the Associated Press, “Within about five years, the neigh43 riots tore across U.S. cities over the
Dayton Daily News Archive, Wright State Univ. borhood was almost a ghost town as far as retail overall,” he said. West Dayton on the whole, Rice said, was fairly integrated then. “Inner West was African-American but Outer West off Third had a lot of white people. So not only did you have the flight of the white middle class, you had the flight of the black middle class as well. And the neighborhood, for about 20 years, was left to die.” One of the areas where members of the African-American middle class migrated to was Dayton View, then the hub of the Jewish community. Despite the Supreme Court’s 1954 mandate in Brown v Board of Education for public National Guardsman in Dayton, September 1966 schools to desegregate “with all deliberate the school system and attempt to keep speed,” Dayton Public Schools all but the atmosphere as peaceful as possible ignored the order until it was faced with the most powerful weapon in its with a 1972 suit brought by local famiarsenal: the Jewish mother. lies and the NAACP. As the suit made its way up to the Next month — Supreme Court and back to the U.S. District Court, Dayton’s Jewish commu- Dayton’s desegregation nity would join the fight to desegregate and its aftermath
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CONGREGATIONS Beth Abraham Synagogue Conservative Rabbi Joshua Ginsberg Cantor/Dir. of Ed. & Programming Andrea Raizen Monday through Friday 6:50 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Fri., 5:30 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. Sundays at 8:30 a.m. 305 Sugar Camp Circle, Oakwood. 293-9520. BethAbrahamDayton.org Beth Jacob Congregation Traditional Saturdays 9:30 a.m., Sundays 8 a.m., Sunday through Friday, 7 p.m. 7020 N. Main St., Dayton. 274-2149. BethJacobCong.org Temple Anshe Emeth Reform Rabbinic Intern Sara Otero-Eiser 320 Caldwell St., Piqua. Call Eileen Litchfield, 937-5470092, firstname.lastname@example.org. Correspondence address: 3808 Beanblossom Rd., Greenville, OH 45331. 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. followed by Share Shabbat meal. 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
The mystical power of memory By Rabbi Joshua Ginsberg Beth Abraham Synagogue A Chasidic legend tells us that the great Rabbi Baal Shem Tov, Master of the Good Name, also known as the Besht, undertook an urgent and perilous mission: to hasten the coming of the Messiah. The Jewish people, all humanity were suffering too much, beset by too many evils. They had to be saved, and swiftly. For having tried to meddle with history, the Besht was punished; banished along with his faithful servant to a distant island. In despair, the servant implored his master to exercise
Perspectives his mysterious powers in order to bring them both home. “Impossible,” the Besht replied. “My powers have been taken from me.” “Then, please, say a prayer, recite a litany, work a miracle.” “Impossible,” the master replied, “I have forgotten everything.” They both fell to weeping. Suddenly the master turned to his servant and asked: “Remind me of a prayer — any prayer.” “If only I could,” said the servant. “I too have forgotten everything.” “Everything, absolutely everything?” “Yes, except the alphabet.” At that, the Besht cried out joyfully: “Then what are you waiting for? Begin reciting the alphabet and I shall repeat after you...” And together the two exiled
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linked by this day. One requires the other. This is why remembering is a sacred and necessary act. This is why no commandment figures so frequently, so insistently, in the Torah. The biblical figure Job exhorted: “Please inquire after first generations and continue the learning of your ancestors (8:8).” Memory is not mere record but a process of learning and making meaning from the memories of the past into our present life. That is what Jewish memory does, and that is how it pushes us all to be better and more resilient than we would be otherwise. Jewish memory is not about retention but redemption. May this Rosh Hashanah, this Yom Hazikaron, this day of memory, and this High Holy Day season as a whole, help us remember what was good and what was bad: how we will preserve the good in the year to come and how we will transform the bad into positive things to push us forward. Let your memories, and our shared Jewish story, guide you from within and without. If you have trouble remembering, turn to your friend, your loved one, your children, your grandchildren, or the person next to you, and together we will remember that it is still possible to be better, that it is possible to make our community and our world better. Though at times it may feel as though the Jewish people and all of humanity is suffering too much, and we are beset by too many evils, each of us — through the good deeds we do — possesses the ability to tip the world’s balance into righteousness and redemption. This is what we should always remember.
In Judaism, the past is very much alive in the present.
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of where we come from and men began to recite, at first in how we came to be here. whispers, then more loudly: This is why my education at “Aleph, bet, gimel, dalet...” And over again, each time more the Jewish Theological Seminary was very focused on the vigorously, more fervently; history of the Jewish people. until, ultimately, the Besht regained his powers, having re- But unlike history, memory is more than simply gained his memory. recalling the past. Elie Wiesel, of Rather, in Judaism, blessed memory, the past is very much commenting on this alive in the present. legend says: Memory defines us and “I love this story, gives meaning to our for it illustrates the lives. We see the past messianic expecthrough the prism of tation — which faith. And memory creremains my own. (It ates community. Leon reflects) the imporRabbi Joshua Wieseltier, longtime tance of friendship Ginsberg literary editor of the to man's ability to prestigious magazine, The New transcend his condition. I love Republic, and observant Jew, it most of all because it emput it this way: phasizes the mystical power of “In the age of tradition, the memory. Without memory, our past was present. It was one of existence would be barren and the primary purposes of Jewish opaque, like a prison cell into ritual and liturgy to abolish which no light penetrates; like time, to make Jews a tomb which rejects the living. Memory saved the Besht, and if divided by history into contempoanything can, it is memory that raries and those will save humanity. For me, divided by geograhope without memory is like phy into neighbors; memory without hope.” Memory is part of our Jewish in this way, the many communiDNA. In fact in our tradition, ties of Judaism remembering is a religious were unified into a imperative, because memory single people and transmits ethics, morals, the experiences of peoplehood and potential. many Jews into a single story.” For the Jew, the main reason This is why I believe, it is to remember the past is that it no accident that liturgically, continues to live in the presthe upcoming High Holy Day ent, influencing who we are today. Memory is the key to the of Rosh Hashanah is known as Yom Hazikaron, the day of future, or as the Baal Shem Tov said, “In memory lies the secret memory. One of the main sections of of redemption.” This is because the Musaf Amidah prayers is memory is not the same thing the Zikhronot — verses of reas history. Of course, we are deeply concerned with the facts membrance. Rosh Hashanah is a day when we help each other remember as a community; together we remember and hope to be remembered by God. But Rosh Hashanah is also the New Year — a day of rebirth and potential. Our people celebrate Rosh Hashanah as a day in which we both rememTorah ber and look forward. Memory Portions and renewal are inextricably September 3, Re’eh (Deut. 11:26-16:17, Num. 28:9-15) September 10 Shoftim (Deut. 16:18-21:9) September 17 Ki Tetze (Deut. 21:10-25:19) September 24 Ki Tavo (Deut. 26:1-29:8)
Combined Selichot service Beth Abraham Synagogue and Temple Israel will hold a combined Selichot service at Beth Abraham on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m. Following Havdalah and desserts, Rabbis Karen Bodney-Halasz and Joshua Ginsberg will lead the prayers of repentance, recited prior to the new Jewish year. The Dayton Jewish Chorale and Cantors Jenna Greenberg and Andrea Raizen will provide the music for the service. For more information, call Beth Abraham at 293-9520 or Temple Israel at 496-0050. THE DAYTON JEWISH OBSERVER • SEPTEMBER 2016
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An attitude of gratitude Back to basics series Did you ever notice that Judaism promotes an attitude of gratitude? In the Torah, God announces that Creation is good, and commands a blessing of thanks after eating. Shabbat, the festivals, and most of the holidays both biblical and modern reflect gratitude. Expressions of thanksgiving fill the Psalms and prayer books.
Candace R. Kwiatek In gratitude to women, whose activities benefit the family and community, Kabalists instituted the Shabbat recitation of Eshet Chayil, an excerpt from Proverbs 31. Formal blessings abound for every conceivable occasion. But beyond religious ritual and obligation, does gratitude have a more significant objective? Modern research offers some surprising answers. Five different studies at the University of Kentucky demonstrated a consistent link between gratitude and lower aggression. Researchers concluded that gratitude increases empathy, inspiring people to identify and express positive connections to and concern for others, and motivates pro-social behaviors in contrast to aggressive behaviors (C. Nathan DeWall et al, A Grateful Heart is a Non-violent Heart). In other words, there is empirical evidence that gratitude fosters behaviors like love the stranger, care for the needy, do not steal, and pursue peace — all of which are explicitly Jewish moral values. In Ethics of the Fathers, Ben Zoma teaches, “Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion.” Again, science concurs. In a UC Berkeley study using daily journaling, researchers found that the number of recorded “gratitude experiences” directly correlated with increased happiness, greater satisfaction with life, higher resilience to stress, and reduction in numerous physical maladies
(Emiliana Simon-Thomas, A ‘Thnx’ a Day Keeps the Doctor Away). While uplifting society, gratitude also benefits the individual. The positive personal and social effects of an attitude of gratitude, however, only emerge when attitude is turned into action. In a summary of the 2012 Gratitude Survey conducted for the John Templeton Foundation, researcher Janice Kaplan reported that while most Americans describe themselves as grateful, barely 50 percent express gratitude on a regular basis even though more than 90 percent agree that gratitude leads to greater fulfillment and a richer life. Of particular note were the bell-curve findings that those identifying as religious believe they have much to be thankful for (75 percent) and express gratitude regularly (63 percent) compared to the non-religious (39 percent and 32 percent, respectively). So how can we instill the menschlich (decent, exemplary human) trait of gratitude in ourselves, and in our children and grandchildren? While religious living is one path, the Pew Report on Jewish life (2013) points out that there is an increasing secularization of younger generations and a rejection of religious traditions overall. Is gratitude a lost cause for the secular Jew? Or could the deliberate cultivation of gratitude as a genuinely Jewish value be a parallel path for
building Jewish identity? The Hebrew words for thank and acknowledge (todah and hodah) share the same root, linking gratitude with the conscious recognition or awareness of something that merits thankfulness. The virtue of recognizing the good, hakarat hatov, gave rise to the Jewish tradition of “100 blessings each day.” Begin small, but count your blessings regularly. Maybe start each day with modeh ani, the traditional morning prayer of thankfulness for the new day, or invent your own. Share one good thing as part of bedtime rituals or together time on Shabbat. Invite children to identify good things in their lives in a drawing, list, or journal. Capitalize on teachable moments to verbalize your gratitude for good things — small or large — people, places, things, or events. Teach your children to savor the moment, focusing on experiences and people rather than material things. Involve children in household tasks to develop an awareness of the good others do for them. Encourage them to earn their own spending money. Avoid the unending accumulation of stuff; rather than blessing, it encourages dissatisfaction by focusing on what might be better in the future. Say thank you to the mail carriers and cleaning staff. Express gratitude to your parents
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and spouse in the hearing of your children. Recognize the good in your child and say it aloud or in a note, emphasizing virtues and character over accomplishments. Send thank you notes for gifts but even more often for acts of goodness, and insist your children do the same. Wonder together with your child. How can a random act of gratitude change the recipient? The giver? How might it have a ripple effect? How will it improve the world in some
way, big or small? Ask what your child thinks will happen when you express your appreciation to the plumber, teacher, sales clerk, or spouse, but don’t allow just one answer. Ask, “And then what?” Discuss why gratitude is such an important Jewish value. In Why Be Jewish?, the late Edgar Bronfman describes his weekly personal character “mirror test.” Using universal Jewish virtues as his touchstone, he asks, “What positive attributes do I need to strengthen? What negative traits do I need to address? Where am I out of balance?” Considering an attitude of gratitude, how would your image respond? What about your child’s? Take heart: even a single act of gratitude can make a world of difference.
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OBITUARIES Sidney M. Alter, age 90 of Kettering, passed away July 27 at his residence. Mr. Alter retired as the owner of his jewelry store and was a member of Beth Abraham Synagogue. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Betty; daughter, Jill Schaeffer (Tom LaVilla) of Cincinnati; sons, Mitchell Alter (Linda) of Columbus, Randall Alter (Darcy) of Cleveland, Joell Alter of Philadelphia; grandchildren, Mollie, Allie, Sophie, Max and Sadie; and many other relatives and friends. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. Contributions may be made to The Darcy Alter Playground Fund at www. FairmountTemple.org. “You will be missed.” Stephen G. Esrati, 89, died peacefully of old age on Aug. 18 at the Dayton VA Medical Center Hospice. A retired copy editor at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and a prolific philatelic journalist, Mr. Esrati was among the first
American hostages in Lebanon, in 1948. He also worked on the Boston Herald-Traveler, the Celina (Ohio) Daily Standard, the Van Wert Times-Bulletin, and the Toronto Globe and Mail. Born in Berlin in 1927, Mr. Esrati moved to Palestine in 1933 and to the United States in 1937. He had two degrees in political science from Boston University. He served in Italy in the 88th U.S. Infantry Division after World War II and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He also served in the Irgun Zvai Leumi, a Jewish underground army in Palestine. He was active in the U.S. Army Reserve through 1960, last as a sergeant first class in the 320th Special Forces Group in Boston. His experience in Special Forces formed part of the background for his first novel, Comrades, Avenge Us. Mr. Esrati and 60 other men were removed from a U.S. passenger ship, The Marine Carp, in Beirut on the day after Israel declared its independence. His
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non-philatelic writings appeared in newspapers on three continents. He was honored by induction into the Philatelic Writers’ Hall of Fame of the American Philatelic Society. He is survived by his wife, Nina B., and his son David. Walter Ohlmann. Son. Patriarch. Husband. Dad. Papa. Brother. Friend. Leader. Mensch. At peace. Mr. Ohlmann, son to Drs. Julius and Alice Ohlmann, age 87, of Dayton, passed away Aug. 19. Mr. Ohlmann’s story is one of an incredible journey through life that crossed centuries, continents, and cultures. Mr. Ohlmann was born in Germany in 1928. He and his family fled from Germany by train in February of 1939 on a journey that took them through five countries until they reached the United States, arriving in New York on March 4, 1940. Life then brought Mr. Ohlmann and his family to Dayton, the city he would call home for the remainder of his life. At 17 years old, the night before New Year’s Eve, he and Selma Friedman eloped and remained married until her passing in 2009. Mr. Ohlmann was a Veteran and proudly served in The United States Army in the Korean War. Following the war, Mr. Ohlmann returned to Dayton to start a family with Selma and to begin a professional career that made an indelible mark on an industry and a lasting impact on a community. Mr. Ohlmann’s professional career began as a sales representative for WLWD, which would later become WDTN. A successful sales rep, one of his primary accounts was a small ad agency known as Penny & Penny. Impressed with him, Bob and Jean Penny asked Mr. Ohlmann
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to join them in the advertising business in 1964 and Penny & Penny became Penny/Ohlmann and later Penny/Ohlmann/Neiman. In 2012 the agency took on its current name as The Ohlmann Group, where his daughters, Linda and Lori, and the team whom he treated like family, will carry on his legacy. In addition to his career at The Ohlmann Group, Mr. Ohlmann was a founder and a 24-year President of the Intermarket Agency Network, a national alliance of independent advertising agencies that has working agreements with other networks throughout the world. IAN recently honored him with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to its member agencies across the country. Among other notable awards he received over the years are the Spirit of Life Award from the City of Hope in 1988 and the Free Enterprise Award from Junior Achievement in 1994. In 1995, Mr. Ohlmann received the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award for his career-long service to his clients, the marketing industry, and his community. In 1996, he was selected as the Volunteer of the Year by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives and was honored in 1995 and 1996 by the national organization of Jobs for Graduates. Mr. Ohlmann served as president, chair or committee member to more than two dozen local organizations covering a wide spectrum of activities including youth, business, healthcare, the arts, elderly, aerospace, military, and governmental organizations. He was instrumental in the founding of Hospice of Dayton. He was a leader in the Jewish community, serving as president of Temple Israel. He was also treasurer of Dayton Dialogue on Race Relations, which aims to eliminate race discrimination and has had over 5,000 participants attend the defining dialogues. Most recently, he served as president of the Wright Image Group, promoting the building of a Wright Brothers Monument at the intersection of I-70 and 75 to recognize Dayton as the birthplace of aviation and the center of ongoing aerospace activity. Mr. Ohlmann’s philanthropic fund-raising efforts resulted in contributions of more than $60 million for various local, national, and global organizations and causes. While Mr. Ohlmann’s earthly travels have been completed, his journey continues. His travels here measured not only by what
he achieved but also by what he helped others to accomplish. Mr. Ohlmann was someone who you didn’t just meet, but rather someone who you remembered. Mr. Ohlmann is survived by his two daughters, Linda Ohlmann Kahn and husband, Dennis Kahn, Lori Ohlmann; grandson, Andrew Kahn; his special friend, Mary Lou Zieve; his best buddy and long-time shadow, Benji and many other relatives and friends. Internment was at Riverview Cemetery. The family requests donations be made to: The Walter & Selma Ohlmann Fund c/o Temple Israel, The Hospice of Dayton, Wright Image Group or the charity of your choice in Mr. Ohlmann’s memory. Louise Tanis (Frankowitz), age 94, of Boynton Beach, Fla., formerly of Dayton, passed away July 31 at her residence surrounded by her loving children. Mrs. Tanis was born on March 10, 1922 in Cincinnati to the late Joseph and Rose Frankowitz. She lived in Dayton her whole life until very recently when she moved to Boynton Beach. She was preceded by her beloved husband of 56 years, Charles Tanis; brothers, Morris and Emil Frankowitz, and her sisters, Gussie Jacobson and Erma Cunix. Mrs. Tanis is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Adele and Dennis Krug of Boynton Beach; son, Lawrence Tanis of Costa Rica; sister-in law, Shirley Frankowitz of Dayton; cousin, Jeanie Lowry of Hallendale, Fla. and many, many loving nieces and nephews throughout the country. Mrs. Tanis was a beautiful lady who loved and was loved by those who were fortunate enough to have known her and been close with her. She was a devoted volunteer for many organizations. Mrs. Tanis was a longtime member of Beth Abraham Synagogue and a former president of the sisterhood, a lifetime member of Hadassah and a staunch supporter and president of the Women's Guild of the former Covenant House nursing home. She cherished her lifetime friendships as they, in turn, cherished her. Despite her illness, her spirit, good humor and charm never faltered, and she was a lady in every sense of the word. With heartfelt sadness, she will be missed by all. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. The family asks you to consider donations to Beth Abraham Synagogue, Hadassah, or the charity of your choice in her memory.
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Arts&Culture Calvin Trillin on race in America By Curt Schleier, JTA Writer Calvin Trillin may be most famous today for his humorous musings on food, family, travel and love. But before he won the Thurber Prize for Humor in 2013; before Uncivil Liberties, his humor column for The Nation; and before the recent flap over his tongue-in-cheek poem about Chinese cuisine; Trillin was one of America’s great long-form journalists. “I think a lot of nonfiction reporting is in the details,” Trillin says of his craft. “When I talk to a journalism class and someone asks, ‘How do you go about describing a town or community?’ I use the old ma nishtanah method: ‘Why is this place different from all other places?’” Trillin, 80, began his career at Time magazine, where he covered the civil rights movement from the newsweekly’s Atlanta bureau. In 1963, he became a staff writer for The New Yorker, where his earliest article, about the two black students who integrated the University of Georgia, became his first book, An Education in Georgia. His latest, Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America, which came out June 28, is a collection of articles he's written on race in America since then. They run
the gamut from a 1964 story about New Orleans’ Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, an African-American krewe that marches in blackface during Mardi Gras, to a 1995 piece about the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, which in the 1960s and ‘70s sent investigators to look into the ethnic background of suspected biracial infants. The highly readable stories remain topical today. And taken as a whole, the book is a reminder of how graceful and seemingly effortless his prose is. Trillin has perfected the technique of exploring broad societal issues while training a close lens on a narrow yet compelling subject. Trillin was born in 1935, in Kansas City, “Missoura,” as he calls it, traces of his Midwestern accent still in place. His father, Abe, an immigrant from Kiev — later the subject of his book Messages From My Father — was determined that Bud, as Calvin is known, remember he is both Jewish and an American. Abe had read Stover at Yale, a 1912 popular novel about undergraduate life at the school, and was determined his son become a true American and go to college there. Trillin did. And on a whim, he signed on to be a reporter for the Yale Daily News — he just happened to walk by
Richard Stamelman Still, his impulse the paper's office. to cover these stories Though he says he had was at least partially no previous inclinamotivated by his Jewtion toward journalish upbringing. Trillin ism, Trillin took to it says he was “brought quickly. up to treat people He eventually fairly and not judge became the paper’s people by their color.” chairman, a post once “On the other held by Time magazine hand, I can’t say I founder Henry Luce. wasn’t brought up in a Tradition at the time culture where schvarwas that all Daily News tze wasn’t used as a chairmen — and they synonym for maid, were only men then — automatically received Calvin Trillin says Judaism impacted as in, ‘Don’t bother an internship at Time. his humor writing and he first realized with the dishes, the he was funny in Hebrew school schvartze will do them Trillin impressed the tomorrow,’” he adds. powers-that-be and “(But) in my home, I think there was landed the Atlanta bureau job. sort of a general feeling about justice Being in the South put Trillin in the and people’s rights.” midst of the biggest story of the time: As it happens, his Judaism also imBetween school desegregation battles, sit-ins and boycotts, he was full-time on pacted his humor writing. In fact, Trillin first realized he was funny in Hebrew what he calls “the seg beat.” That experience reaffirmed his career school. “I’d been a pretty quiet child,” he choice, he says. recalls. "But when we got to the part in “I found what I really liked was rethe Bible where it says, ‘If I forget thee, porting not on celebrities or politicians, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget but regular people involved in sort of her cunning and let my tongue cleave dramatic situations,” Trillin says. There were dangers. He was knocked to the roof of my mouth,’ I stood up and said, ‘If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let to the ground covering the Freedom my right hand forget her cunning’ with Riders; there were expense reports for my right hand laying there kind of help“trousers torn in racial dispute.” But less. And then I said, ‘Wet my tongue one of his major concerns was remainkweave to duih woof of my mouf.’ ing objective, not locking arms with “I got a big laugh and, I believe, protesters and singing We Shall Overkicked out of the class,” he adds. come.
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By Kim Kushner The Nosher To me, nothing defines Moroccan cooking more than the classical preparation of fish. The vibrant red, yellow and green colors, the spicy aroma, and the delicate textures all come together in this perfect dish. Traditionally, the fish is assembled and marinated in the fridge overnight, but if you are short on time, you can easily go ahead and cook it Moroccan Fish straightaway. I recommend serving this fish with my crispy rice cakes with saffron crust. This is a wonderful side dish to make year-round — crunchy, light and flavor-
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Moroccan Fish For the paprika oil: 1⁄2 cup sweet paprika 2 cups canola oil For the saffron water: 1 Tbsp. saffron threads 1 cup boiling water 4 cloves garlic, quartered 1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems reserved and left whole, leaves chopped 2 red bell peppers, seeded and finely diced 3 dried red chiles, such as guajillo, ancho or pasilla 6 grouper or tilapia fillets, about 6 oz. each 1 or 2 preserved lemons, cut into small pieces Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Fresh cilantro for garnish
pan so that the liquids are evenly coating all of the fillets. Cover and cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, sprinkle the cilantro leaves over the fish and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes longer. The dish should look bright and bubbly. Serve right away. Yields six servings. Crispy Rice Cake With Saffron Crust 2 cups basmati rice, well rinsed Kosher salt 3 Tbsp. corn oil or rice bran oil 4 saffron threads, crushed between fingertips 1 heaping tsp. sweet paprika In a large saucepan, bring four cups of water to a rapid boil over high heat. Stir in the rice and one teaspoon of salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about nine minutes. You don’t want the rice to be fully cooked or the water to be completely absorbed. It should be only halfway there. Spoon the rice into a fine-mesh sieve placed over a bowl and let it stand until all of the liquid has drained. Meanwhile, heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Pour in the oil and use a wooden spoon to swirl the saffron and paprika into the oil. When the oil starts to sizzle, carefully spoon in the rice, pressing it into the bottom of the pan to form a sort of rice cake. Reduce the heat to medium, place a few paper towels over the rice and cover the pan. Cook until the rice cake is nicely browned and crisp, 15-20
To make the paprika oil: In a glass jar, combine the paprika and oil; shake until well blended. Set aside. This will serve as the base for your Moroccan cooking. Store in a dark pantry and always shake before using. To make the saffron water: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the saffron on a small piece of aluminum foil and fold over to secure the saffron inside. Toast in the oven for no more than one minute. Use your fingers to crumble the saffron into tiny pieces. Place in a small glass jar, pour in the boiling water, and shake until well blended. This mixture will also come in handy for Moroccan cooking. If you have time to marinate the fish: Pour a quarter cup of the paprika oil into a large sauté pan. Add the garlic, cilantro stems, bell peppers and chiles. Place the grouper on top and add the preserved lemons. Pour three tablespoons of the saffron water evenly over the fish. Use your hands to rub the liquids into the fish. Season with salt and pepper. If you have time, cover the pan and let the fish marinate in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Crispy Rice Cake With Saffron Crust Remove the pan from the fridge, place over medium-high minutes. heat and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Using a spatula, lift the cake occaReduce the heat to low, sprinkle the sionally to make sure the rice isn’t burncilantro leaves over the fish and cook, ing. When the cake is ready, uncover uncovered, for 10 minutes longer. The and let cool for a few minutes. dish should look bright and bubbly. Remove the paper towels. Carefully Serve right away. invert a large plate over the top of the If you don’t have time to marinate pan, invert the plate and pan together, the fish: Pour a quarter cup of the paand then lift off the pan. Serve right prika oil into a large sauté pan. Add the away. garlic, cilantro stems, bell peppers and The rice cake can also be made up chiles, place over medium-high heat to one hour ahead and kept covered at and cook, stirring occasionally, until the room temperature. peppers and chiles are softened, about Just before serving, reheat in a four minutes. 300-degree oven. Yields 10 servings. Place the fish on top and add the preserved lemons. Pour three tablespoons Kim Kushner is a chef, teacher, and the of the saffron water evenly over the fish. author of the kosher cookbooks The Modern Season with salt and pepper. Tilt the Menu and The New Kosher.
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Come join us at Temple Beth Or’s Makor, for our new camp-like educational program. Makor, which means source in Hebrew, will give our children an opportunity to get to the “source” of what it really means to be a Jew. In Makor, we have done away with the formal, stuffy classrooms of a traditional Sunday school. In their place, we offer active learning experiences (“shiurim”) and engaging electives (“chugim”) to help foster a Jewish spirit in our children that is equipped for 21st century Jewish life. Our Makor program includes Pre-K through grades 12.
Opening Day is Sunday, September 11. Drop in and see what we are doing.
There is still time to register your child and get involved!
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Contact Rabbi Ari Ballaban at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (937) 435-3400. Not a member of Temple Beth Or? Don’t worry! If you are a non-member interested in sending your child to Makor, know that all first-time members with newly enrolled children receive a one-year complimentary membership to Temple Beth Or!
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