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 for kids 3 and under.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 4 so we can order enough chicken.  If your last name begins with letters A-F, bring a starch; G-K, bring a dessert, L-Q, bring a salad; R-Z, bring a vegetable.


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 for children 3 and under.  RSVP here.

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 is 50 cents per candle.

RSVP’s are strongly encouraged but not required for the 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

Chili with spoon and avocadoJoin 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 pork, please!) and you’ll get in FREE!  The cost is $5/adult and $3/child ages 4-12; free for kids 3 and under. If you don’t bring a pot of chili, please bring a side dish to share (enough to feed 10 hungry people): last names starting with A – M please bring a dessert; N – Z please bring a salad. RSVP online or by calling Temple at 937.496.0050.

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 new members and confirmands.  Sponsored by Temple Israel Brotherhood.  

January 5
Dr. Fred Krome – The Norwich Caricature of 1233:  What Medieval English Antisemitism can teach us about modern hostility towards Jews.


Healing Service

healing-serviceThis 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 community in a come-as-you-are, friendly environment.  All events include a little prayer, a lot of fun and laughter, and a wonderful community of families with young children!  RSVPs for all events are strongly encouraged, but not required, to the office or Rabbi Sobo. 










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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 at

The dates and culinary themes for the upcoming Kiddush lunches are:

January 11 • Spain and Portugal
March 21 • Irish–Aaron Burke’s famous corned beef dinner
May 16 • Israeli—the ultimate fusion