Continuing the Conversation Rabbi’s Message – July 7, 2020 Last week I wrote about the importance of having tough conversations about race, identity, equality, and implicit bias. We must continue to unpack the meaning and history behind words like “white privilege,” “systemic racism,” and “white supremacy.” These terms likely evoke strong feelings in all of […]
Difficult Conversations Rabbi’s Message – June 30, 2020 by Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz Each of us is created in the image of the Divine and each of our voices is important, and powerful. In these turbulent times, this is the most important thing for us to remember. Being in relationship with God means being in relationship with […]
Doing Our Part to Combat Voter Suppression by Nancy Cohen June 26, 2020 As Jews, we have a duty and an obligation to repair the world, and the work of tikkun olam manifests itself in many different ways. In a democratic society, everyone’s voice should be heard, especially at the ballot box. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. […]
Rabbi’s Message – June 16, 2020 Our Covenant with the World Last fall, with the support of our Board of Directors, Temple Israel signed on as a “Brit Olam” congregation of the Religious Action Center. Brit Olam translates to “covenant with our world” and is a promise to create a world in which all people experience wholeness, […]
How Shumsky Enterprises shifted to help our community and beyond by Courtney Cummings The ability to adapt and evolve is an important characteristic of the Jewish people, as we have had to do just that countless times throughout the generations. In addition, our strong core value of repairing the world holds true from Biblical times. […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 – 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 […]
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 […]
Registration now available! Have you said those famous two words (a few times) this year? Oy Vey! Even though the Jewish Cultural Festival has been cancelled for this year, you can still support Temple Israel and have fun doing it, too. The Oy Vey 5k is here for you, and this year you get to […]
Support Our Dayton Community
Gift 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.
School 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.
Nutrition 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.