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Kol hakavod to the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company for agreeing to publish the Akron Jewish News. As a native Akronite (and Akronism) now living in Jerusalem, I have relied on the Akron Jewish News website for news from the Akron Jewish community. As a longtime Clevelander and former subscriber to the Cleveland Jewish News, I have appreciated the CJN’s commitment to news of interest to its local Jewish community.

Copley Township – a bicentennial community focused on preserving the past in order to secure the future. With over 18,000 residents, Copley Township is the largest township in Summit County and larger than many small cities and villages throughout Ohio. Somehow, though, that “small town feel…

In 2021, the city of Fairlawn celebrated 50 years as a city, presenting us with the opportunity to reflect on the past, but perhaps more importantly, look forward to the next 50 years. I am serving in my 27th year as mayor of Fairlawn and its hard to recall a time where we have seen more cha…

Congress has an opportunity to pass legislation that benefits all local citizens, businesses and even protects our democracy. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, LJSA for short, should be included as part of any upcoming reconciliation bill that Congress is considering. The LJSA is a well-thought-out bill that would provide needed support to local news organizations, including local newspapers, to ensure their viability as they continue to make progress toward a digital future.

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The NFL is a fragile place to win games. The Cleveland Browns are one play from being either 0-2 or 2-0, rather than 1-1 as they kickoff NFL week 3 Thursday night at home against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. In Cincinnati, the Bengals are seeing Super Bowl hangover stars after losing for the second straight week on a game-winning field goal.

In my Sept. 7 CJN column, “Israeli Haredi must learn to co-exist,” I wrote about the street battles that a fringe element in the ultra-Orthodox community has been waging in Jerusalem to stop the construction of a light rail line through one of the city’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods. It’s essentially a fight against the intrusion of modern secular Israel into the neighborhood. The line will also make it easier for the young people in the neighborhood to go elsewhere in the city, where secular enticements could undermine their allegiance to ultra-Orthodox religious practice.

In the long list of the most hellish places on earth, Russia’s penal colonies come close to the top. In a 2021 interview with the Associated Press, Olga Romanova, the head of a prisoner-rights non-governmental organization, remarked that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “satisfied” with the abysmal state of these prison camps because he “wants to have a frightening instrument in his hands. You need to have a place where people are afraid to go.”

That Queen Elizabeth II was both Britain’s longest-serving and oldest monarch is a testament to the period of history in which she lived, and upon which she left an indelible mark.