COVID-19 Resources

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 ranging from anxiety to loneliness to helping with bills and getting prescriptions.

Child Mind Institute works to transform the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.  Currently, they are providing daily videos of support for families with advice on how manage anxiety and talk with your children about the disease. 

Jewish Resources: shares Jewish insight into this pandemic with historic references to our shared history and suggestions on how we can continue to live our lives Jewishly in the midst of social distancing. is the portal to Jewish experiences that are happening virtually during this period of social distancing caused by COVID-19.  Events and services are updated regularly every day, and you can sign-up to receive their daily email. is our Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton’s website where resources and links to services from Jewish Family Services are posted as well as other fun and free Jewish activities for you and your family.

Local Ohio and City of Dayton resources:

Ohio Department of Health is actively updating information regarding the outbreak in our state as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the virus. 

Our local Dayton government is helping provide information to those that need assistance with unemployment filing, childcare for essential workers, potential eviction, and emergency aid, food, and housing.

The Dayton Chamber of Commerce has compiled resources for businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, including both state of Ohio updates as well as federal updates and how they impact businesses.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Temple Israel is currently matching those that need help with those who are able to provide help.  Jobs include delivering food or groceries, making “check-in” phone calls, and sending cards.  Complete an online form and let us know what you need or what you can do to help.  Nothing is too small!

Shoes 4 the Shoeless is organizing food relief efforts for those unable to access food during this pandemic in an effort they call Food 4 the People.  Contact them directly to serve as a food captain or information on items for the food boxes.

Temple Israel will continue to update and add to this list.  If there is a specific organization you would like to highlight, please contact Courtney Cummings –

Mi Shebeirach – A Prayer for Healing

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 sings Mi Shebeirach, a prayer for healing.  Each week in our TIDBits email newsletter and on our Temple Israel Facebook page, we will include the names of loved ones from our community in need of healing.  Click here to add someone to this list.  Be sure to indicate if he or she has approved of his or her name being read.  Wishing you all thoughts of wholeness, peace, and calm.  

UPDATE: Special Coronavirus Announcement

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 COVID-19 rapidly spreads across the country, we must take steps as a community to help slow down and mitigate the impact of this disease.  

We are unaware of anyone who has been in our building testing positive.  However, we have determined that the most responsible way for us to care for our congregants, families, and staff is to close the Temple office and to suspend all on-site and off-site programs effective today, Monday, March 16.  We plan to re-open the building and resume normal operations on Tuesday, May 26. On occasion, you may see people coming and going from the building to perform essential services.

We know that this poses hardships on all of us, but we feel confident that this is the right step to take in order to keep our community safe.

Effective Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, May 26, Temple Israel will:

  • Close our building to the public. During that time, we will conduct a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of all surfaces.
  • Cancel all of our educational learning opportunities including: Religious School, Ryterband brunches, Talmud, Torah Study, Torah on Tap, and Cappuccino with the Clergy.
  • Cancel all religious services, such as: weekly Shabbat services, Second Seder, Kiddush luncheons, healing services, b’nai mitzvah, and Share Shabbats.
  • Hold funerals as graveside-only services. If requested, we will conduct a shiva minyan for immediate family only.
  • Meet virtually for counseling and other meetings. We ask all congregants to take advantage of virtual meeting platforms (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc.) or the phone to meet with our rabbis and staff, rather than in-person meetings. 
  • Do our best to maintain rich Jewish programming by using our TIDBits weekly email and Facebook page ( to promote the best remote Jewish resources available.
  • Offer clergy support by checking in on those who are ill, in need, or isolated from family members. We are here for you and are ready in these times to “meet” by phone or Zoom call. Please feel free to reach out directly.  If you need to reach any of our staff, please call our main line (937) 496-0050, or email individual staff members.  If you have an urgent matter or need to speak with one of our rabbis, please leave a message on our “emergency line” and one of our rabbis will return your call immediately.  Otherwise, phone messages will be returned within 2 days.
  • Tutor b’nai mitzvah students virtually; families will receive information for Zoom or Facetime from Rabbi Sobo.
  • Hold Executive Committee and Board Meetings virtually; stay tuned for instructions on how to connect.
  • Post updates and new virtual events on the Temple website

In addition to the list above, the Jewish Cultural Festival is currently postponed until Sunday, August 9.  Courtney Cummings will be in contact with all Steering Committee members regarding the event and how the committee will proceed in the planning process.

If you or anyone in your household has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone with a confirmed case, please let us know by getting in touch with our Executive Director, Suzanne Shaw at

In the meantime, take care of yourselves. Be educated about how you can stay healthy physically, but also try not to allow the uncertainty and anxiousness to weigh you down.  Try to keep an eye out on friends, neighbors and strangers.  At the end of the reading of a book of Torah, we customarily recite the phrase “chazak, chazak, v’nitchazeik” – let us be strong, and let us strengthen one another. We will get through this tough time together, and, despite the challenges, we will strengthen each other in the process.


Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz (
Rabbi Tina Sobo (
Suzanne Shaw (
Courtney Cummings (


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