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The opposite of good is not evil, it is indifference

Rabbi’s Shabbat Message May 29, 2020   As our festival comes to an end and we enter into Shabbat, let us take a moment to pause and reflect.  On Shavuot we open our hearts and accept the Torah anew.   We celebrate revelation, coming face-to-face with a vision of the world as it could be.   […]

Worthy of a Special Moment

A Message from Rabbi Bodney-Halasz May 26, 2020 One of the most meaningful responsibilities I have is teaching our Confirmation students.  Confirmation is a relatively new tradition that began in the late 1800s to honor young adults for their commitment to Jewish learning and community.  Metaphorically, B’nai Mitzvah is getting your learner’s permit and Confirmation […]

Honoring the Fallen

Honoring Those Who Gave All by Scott Halasz As Memorial Day quickly approaches, Ethan Zied wants everyone to remember that all gave some, and some gave all. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Ethan created a database of the 2,500 veterans buried at the 25 Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati. The ultimate intention of […]

Jennifer Mollenhauer

Teacher, Dancer, and Nature Lover by Courtney Cummings We sat down with Jennifer Mollenhauer to learn a little more about her life outside of Temple Israel.  Jennifer began teaching Jewish dance at Temple’s religious school when Rabbi Bodney-Halasz was developing new curriculum for the school.  The material was something that Jennifer loved, so she continued […]

We Thank You, Teachers

A Message from Rabbi Sobo May 19, 2020 On Sunday, May 17, we completed our religious school year.  It was a year that brought ingenuity and creativity to its finest.  While for our classroom teachers and most of the madrichim (teen aids), this last day was a ‘l’hitraot’ (see you later), I would be remiss […]

2020 Jewish Cultural Festival Cancelled

Temple Israel Cancels 2020 Jewish Cultural Festival 10th Annual Jewish Cultural Festival will be postponed to summer 2021 DAYTON, OH  (May 18, 2020) – Out of an interest for public health and safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Temple Israel has canceled the 2020 Dayton Jewish Cultural Festival, originally scheduled for Sunday, August 9, […]

Every Voice, Every Vote

Get Involved to Engage Voters Every Voice, Every Vote is a nonpartisan civic engagement campaign bringing the full force of the Reform Jewish Movement to bear on strengthening our democracy by encouraging everyone to participate in the 2020 U.S. election, and ensuring that our Reform Jewish values are present in the public square. This campaign […]

Bloom Where You Are Planted

A Message from Rabbi Bodney-Halasz-Halasz May 12, 2020 As the weather warms up and the chance of frost has supposedly passed, it is a great time to start a vegetable garden.     Watching something grow and thrive during this quarantine has helped me find joy and hope.  The smell of something earthy and alive […]

Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations

Special Film Screening Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. Join CET, ThinkTV, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton and Temple Israel on May 20 at 7:00 p.m. for an advance online screening of a new documentary, Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations. This documentary explores the recent rise in antisemitism, which is increasing in ways not […]

Stay Connected!

Be sure to check your email!   A Message from Rabbi Bodney-Halasz May 8, 2020   When this quarantine began, I chose to produce TIDBITS myself.  I wanted to communicate more directly and more regularly with you during these difficult times.  To call attention to these changes, my TIDBITS emails did not specify TIDBITS in […]

Teacher Appreciation

Together We Thank Our Teachers On Friday, May 1, we honored our teachers and madrichim for the amazing role they have played in shaping the Jewish identities of our youth.  This year has proven even harder than others with the sudden disruption from the COVID-19 outbreak.  We are forever thankful for their continued creativity to […]

The Summer that Could Have Been

Heartbroken for a Summer that Could Have Been A Message from Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz May 1, 2020 Like the beginning of one of Rose’s stories on an episode of Golden Girls, I can picture it.  Kansas City, 1985.  It was 35 years ago and I was only a year older than my oldest son is […]

A Message from the Rabbi

With Gratitude and Appreciation April 28, 2020   For the past few weeks, we have included a “Look for the Helpers” section in our TIDBITS email newsletter. As we near the end of the school year, we turn our appreciation this week towards our teachers and madrichim, who have dedicated themselves to creating fun and memorable […]

Dayton Native Heads to NYC to Assist Covid-19 Relief

Spotlight on Joseph Crabtree Caring for others started at an early age for Joseph Crabtree, a Dayton native and new Temple Israel member.  The oldest of 5 siblings, he spent a lot of his childhood looking after his younger brothers and sisters when he wasn’t playing hockey or soccer.  This drive towards service encouraged him […]

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources for our community Physical and Mental Health: CDC (Center for Disease Control) is the source for how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick as well as resources regarding travel, childcare, businesses, and community organizations NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides resources and information on topics […]

Mi Shebeirach – A Prayer for Healing

Mi Shebeirach – Our Prayer for Healing All of us could use some healing right now amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  We may feel isolated, overwhelmed, or concerned about the health of a loved one or ourselves.  To help ease your fears, listen to the calming voice of Courtney Cummings as she reads the Mi Shebeirach […]

UPDATE: Special Coronavirus Announcement

Monday, March 16, 2020 Dear Friends, Fifteen hundred years ago the rabbis taught: “when there is pestilence in the city, stay inside (Babylonian Talmud, Bava Kamma, 60b).”  We learn from this teaching that in extraordinary times, we are obligated to safeguard our community’s health by staying at home and limiting our contact with others. As […]

Jewish Cultural Festival Celebrates 10 Years!

Save the date for the tenth annual Jewish Cultural Festival! Mark your calendars now for Sunday, August 9, 2020! *Please note the new event date given the outbreak of COVID-19.

Temple Israel on Synagogues 360

  Temple Israel has been selected as one of the synagogues around the world to be archived in an exhibit of historic and exceptional synagogues around the world.  Select Temple Israel, Dayton, Ohio in the search.  Check out the website here.  

Upcoming Events

Coffee with Clergy

Craving Connection?   Our wonderful rabbis are always here for you, but we have carved out a special space for conversation and time to catch up.  Join Rabbi Bodney-Halasz or Rabbi Sobo on Zoom each week.  Coffee not required…  

All events cancelled through May 26

SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS ANNOUNCEMENT It is with sadness, but out of safety, that Temple Israel cancel all events, programs, and services until May 26 due to the coronavirus outbreak.  We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as things change.  Until then, we at Temple Israel wish you health and safety.

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gift cardGift cards for those in need
The Social Action Committee is requesting donations of $10 gift cards for St. Vincent de Paul from Walmart, Kroger, or Meijer for shelter residents transitioning to stable housing. They have a very large number of families moving through the shelter entering housing with very few needed supplies. These retailers are all located on bus lines, providing easy access for the shelter residents.  Please bring your gift card donations to the Temple office and Amy Margolin will take them to St. Vincent de Paul.


notebooks and foldersSchool Supplies for ESOL program
Do you have extra school supplies that you can donate?  St. John's English for Speakers of Other Languages is in need of folders with pockets, spiral notebooks, erasers, and white chalk supplies for their students.  They are also seeking an industrial quality pencil sharpener. Please place any donations in the bin in the Temple lobby.



trader joe's logoNutrition Equality in the Miami Valley
Volunteers from Temple Israel are needed to transport fresh, high-quality frozen foods from Trader Joe's to the House of Bread for them to use as a part of their free hot lunch program.  On the third Saturday of each month, we will load up a van, truck, or SUV and transport the items.  The trip only takes about 20 minutes and the activity is ideal for families and couples.  Contact the Temple office for more information.

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