When Fasting is Actually a Sin Rabbi’s Message – September 22, 2020 To fast or not to fast? Perhaps the most well-known Yom Kippur custom is that of fasting. The tradition is based on the command in Leviticus 16:29 to afflict our souls, and in the Mishnah Yoma 8:1: “On Yom HaKippurim it is […]
New Year & New Online Platform Rabbi’s Message – September 15, 2020 For the last few months we have all been wondering what High Holidays would look like in a pandemic. A lot of dreaming and hard work since the spring have culminated into an immersive holiday experience. And I’m excited to unveil the fruits […]
Enhancing Your Viewing Experience – September 8,2020 Most of you will be participating in our High Holiday services from home on devices like iPhones, iPads, Androids, and laptops. We recommend that you connect your device to your large screen TV for the best possible experience. Here’s how to do it: Method 1 Get an adapter […]
Marion’s Seat Rabbi’s Message – September 8, 2020 In the congregation where I once attended, it was well-known that the second row back, second seat in, on the Cantor’s side was Marion’s seat, with her prayerbook, dedicated in memory of her late-husband, tucked in the seat back pocket. If you’d been to services at least […]
Looking Ahead and Staying Connected Rabbi’s Message – August 25, 2020 When Ohio’s “Stay at Home” order began, none of us knew how long it would last or what impact it would have on our congregation and community. What we did know was that our community needed to recite Kaddish and hear the names of […]
Reframing the Question Rabbi’s Message – August 11, 2020 The question isn’t “How can they learn the V’ahavta virtually in third grade?” instead it’s “How can religious school be a source of constant love for third graders when the world is upside down?” -(Posted 8/2/2020, @RogueShul) I remember a commercial for an office supply store where […]
Together We Remember Rabbi’s Message – August 4, 2020 Our hearts are heavy today as we mark the first anniversary of the Oregon District shooting. Some are still processing the trauma, and for others it feels more remote. Yet today, as we collectively mourn together as a community, we are all experiencing some amount of […]
Emerging with Resilience and Hope Rabbi’s Message – July 28, 2020 Our people are well acquainted with devastating loss. Every year on Tisha B’Av, which begins Wednesday evening, we recall the destructions of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, a symbol of our Jewish sovereignty. We also collectively remember all of the loss and […]
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. […]
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. […]
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 […]
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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.