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Office Closed for Winter Break

The Temple Israel office will be closed Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1.  In the case of an emergency you may reach the rabbis or executive director by calling the Temple office and following the instructions on our voice mail system.  

Tenth Annual Jewish Cultural Festival!

Save the date for the tenth annual Jewish Cultural Festival! Mark your calendars now for Sunday, June 7, 2020!

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

December Share Shabbat

Join us on December 6.  Our monthly camp-style service begins at 6:00 p.m. and is followed by a potluck dinner.  Temple provides broasted chicken, fresh-baked challah and wine for kiddush.  Congregants bring side dishes.  Please bring enough to feed 10 hungry people.  No pork or shellfish, please!  Cost is $5/adult; $3/ children 4-12 and free […]

Chanukkah Happening on December 8

Chanukkah Happening Join the Temple family as we celebrate the Festival of Lights with our Chanukkah Happening on Sunday, December 8 at 11:00 a.m. There will be fun activities, like making an edible menorah, performances, presentations, and a “pedal-powered menorah.”  Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.  Cost is $5/adult, $3/children ages 4-12 and free […]

Make Your Own Chanukkah Candles at Aullwood

Sunday, December 15 at 2:30 p.m. Join us for an afternoon adventure at Aullwood Farm to make Chanukkah candles!  We’ll learn about beeswax, have fun with friends, make candles and enjoy all that Aullwood has to offer (indoor and outdoor activities for all ages).  Admission cost is $5/adult and $3/ages 11 and under.  Candle dipping […]

Torah on Tap

Monday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. at Chappy’s Social House Join Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz or Rabbi Tina Sobo at Chappy’s Social House (7880 Wahington Village Dr. in Centerville) for some drinks and discussion about topics relevant to modern Jewish living.  You’ve got the questions, we’ve got the rabbi!  First round is on us!      

Chili Cook-off on December 20

Join us as we heat things up! Spicy or mild? With beans or without? Whatever your taste, the “No Name” Chavurah will make sure you are well fed at their nineth annual Chili Cook-off on Friday, December 20. Services begin at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner begins immediately afterwards. Bring a pot of chili (no […]

Ryterband Brunch – January 5 with Dr. Fred Krome

The Ryterband Brunch Series is evolving to include speakers that target community needs and issues as well as ways that you can get involved.  Join us Sundays for a light brunch beginning at 9:45 a.m. followed by the presentations at 10:15.  Cost for the series is $65 or $7 per lecture.  Lectures are free for […]

Healing Service

This special service on Friday, January 10 at 5:45 p.m. is for those who are living with illness, grieving, caring for others or seeking wholeness on any level.  Join Rabbi Bodney-Halasz in the chapel as we draw strength from traditional liturgy, music, and personal stories.  Shabbat service will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Prayer & Play

Prayer and Play Saturday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m. Families with children 6 and under are invited to join Rabbi Sobo at her home for our usual line-up of programming for our tots.  All Prayer & Play events are facilitated by Rabbi Sobo and are perfect for not-yet-school-aged children and their families.  The goal is to build […]

Kiddush Lunch

Kiddush Lunch Themes and Dates From Concido (garbanzo bean stew) to Mexican Matzah Ball soup, we will be exploring the variety of Spanish and Latin American Jewish foods at Kiddush Lunch on January 11.  Join us for this free meal after the 10:30 a.m. service.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Judy Heller […]

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Support Our Dayton Community

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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