Noah Aronson – Artist in Residence Weekend

Renowned musician and performer, Noah Aronson, will visit Dayton and share his music and infectious spirit with the entire community over the weekend of February 22 – 24.

To kick-off his weekend in Dayton, Noah will lead a community Shabbat service, hosted by Temple Beth Or on Friday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m.  Joining Noah on the bimah with Rabbi Judy Chessin will be the Dayton Jewish Chorale and the Temple Beth Or Choir.  A celebratory oneg will follow the service.  There will NOT be a Friday evening Shabbat service at Temple Israel.

On Saturday morning, February 23, Noah will join us for worship at Temple Israel at 10:30 a.m., followed by an interactive lunch and learn session at noon.  This innovative musical educational session with Noah is open to the community.  Cost for lunch is $10 and reservations are due to the Temple office by February 12.  RSVP here.

On February 24 at 9:00 a.m., Beth Abraham Synagogue will host a special combined religious school program for the community, where all of the kids will come together to learn, to work with Noah on some of his music, and to enjoy a special mini-concert.  Families with younger children are invited to join at Beth Abraham at 9:30 a.m. for a special PJ Library program that will run adjacent to the religious school learning opportunity.  All children will come together before the concert to create a special project and enjoy a little nosh.  The kids will even perform a few songs with Noah at the concert at 11:00 a.m. 


Torah on Tap

Monday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. at The D-20 Bar

Join Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz or Rabbi Tina Sobo at The D-20 Bar (2144 E. Whipp Rd., Kettering) 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!  Feel free to order some dinner there.  



Greeting Card Mitzvah


Join us on Thursday, February 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. to make greeting cards to send to congregants in need.  No experience is necessary.  Ellen will be on hand to help with instructions.  All supplies and materials will be provided and it’s free.  Come and enjoy some social time and make new connections while performing a mitzvah.  We’ll be providing a light dinner before hand.  RSVP’s are not necessary but are appreciated.




March Share Shabbat

Join us on March 1.  Our monthly camp-style service begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by a potluck dinner.  Join us and bring your friends!  Temple provides entree, challah and wine for kiddush.  Cost is $5/adult; $3/child 4-12; free for kids ages 3 and under.  If your last name begins with A to F, bring a dessert; G to K, bring a salad; L to Q, bring a vegetable; R to Z, bring a starch.  Please bring enough to feed 10 hungry people.  No pork or shellfish, please!  Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 27.


Kiddush Lunch Themes and Dates

Extend your Shabbat joy with food and fellowship.  Join us aftet ther Saturday morning service for the fun and free gathering.  Reservations are not required but if you would like to help out, contact Judy Heller at

Lunch Themes and Dates are:
March 9  Irish – Aaron Burke’s famous corned beef dinner
May 18  Israeli – The Ultimate fusion




The American Synagogue 2019, Buffeted by Headwinds and Tailwinds: Will it Survive?

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Sunday, March 3 
Rabbi Sam Joseph –
Hebrew Union College
The American Synagogue 2019, Buffeted by Headwinds and Tailwinds:  Will it Survive?

The Dorothee and Lewis Ryterband Lectures Series, sponsored by the Temple Israel Brotherhood welcomes Rabbi Sam Joseph. Brunch begins at 9:45 and the presentations begin at 10:15 a.m.  All curious about learning more about our Jewish community and the Jewish faith are welcome, members, non-members, Jewish or not.  No prior knowledge is required or expected.  Cost is $7 for individual sessions.

The American synagogue, especially in the non Orthodox world, flourished post World War II the beginning of the 21st century.  Yet, the economic downturn of 2008 exposed the fragility of this venerable institution.  Congregations lost members and new members were difficult to find.  The Reform and Conservative seminaries had many fewer applications for rabbinical school.  Millennials found synagogues to be boring, old fashioned and not compelling.  What will become of the synagogue in America in the coming decades?  We will explore the nature of the headwinds and tailwinds, and we will learn how some congregations are trying to reinvent themselves.

For more information and the complete schedule >