Sukkahs in the City

Coming to a neighborhood near you – September 23 through September 29

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Special sukkahs are popping up all over town -  Dayton, Englewood, Beavercreek, Oakwood and Centerville - and you are invited to join in on the fun!

Plan a weeklong sukkah hop around town or choose your favorite night to party in the hut.  Decorate the sukkah, enjoy crafts, shake the lulav and etrog, and share a potluck dinner with friends and other Temple members.  RSVP online for one of the events or call the Temple office at 937.496.0050.  

Simchat Torah & Consecration

Simchat Torah, Consecration and Dinner

Sunday, September 30, 6:00 p.m. dinner 7:15 p.m. service

Temple will supply the chicken and challah.  Cost is $5/adult; $3/child 4-12 and free for 3 and under.  Last names A-F bring a vegetable, G-K a starch,  L-Q a dessert, R-Z salad.  Please RSVP by Thursday, September 27.

The Simchat Torah celebration will follow where we will unroll the Torah and begin again in Genesis.  Grant Halasz will join Courtney Cummings leading us in song. 

We’ll welcome and bless our newest students:  Lucy McDonald, Poppy Kitchen, and Miles Young



Saul: The First King of Israel


Join Rabbi Emeritus David Sofian for a three-week class titled Being the First King of Israel:  Who Was Saul
and Why Was He Chosen?
 Dates for the class are Sunday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m. and October 7
and 21
at noon. 



Service of Healing

shutterstock_2539250Special Healing Service – October 12 at 5:45 p.m.

Those who are living with illness, grieving, caring for others, or seeking wholeness on any level are invited to participate in a service of healing and hope with Rabbi Bodney-Halasz on Friday, October 12 at 5:45 p.m. in the chapel.  At this service, we draw strength from traditional liturgy, music, and personal stories.  Temple’s regular service will follow at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, please contact Rabbi Bodney-Halasz at 937.496.0050 or

Shabbat Under the Stars

Shabbat Under the Stars

Celebrate Shabbat on Friday, October 12 under a canopy of stars, as we move our worship beyond the walls of our sanctuary.  Pre-neg schmooze and nosh begins around 6:00 p.m. and services will be at 6:30 p.m.  In the event of inclement weather, services will be held indoors.

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:
October 13  French
December 15  Last chance Chanukah form around the world
January 26  Egyptian
March 9  Irish – Aaron Burke’s famous corned beef dinner
May 18  Israeli – The Ultimate fusion




Shabbat Service with Pastor Chris Edmonds

On September 7, at 6:00 p.m. we are honored to welcome Pastor Chris Edmonds (the son of Sergeant Roddie Edmonds), to speak about his father’s bravery in World War II.  Sergeant Edmonds’ courageous acts saved the lives of as many as 200 Jews during the Holocaust.  Two years ago, Sergeant Roddie Edmonds was posthumously given the honor of being the first American service member to be named Righteous Among the Nations.   His son, Pastor Chris Edmonds, extends the legacy and leadership of his father by inspiring heroes everywhere through Roddie’s Code. To learn more about Sergeant Edmonds, click here



High Holidays 2018/5779

High Holidays 2017/5778

When you join us this year for High Holy Days services, we hope that you will be inspired by our liturgy, music and sermons.  Our services are open to members, their guests and the entire community.  If you are a guest, please introduce yourself to our greeters and ushers.

For more information and a schedule >

High Holiday Song and Prayer Class

High Holiday Song And Prayer Class

Join Rabbi Bodney-Halasz on Thursday, August 30 at 5:30 p.m. for a review of common Hebrew High Holiday prayers and songs.  Please RSVP to the office.



Community Selichot Service

Selichot Service

Saturday, September 1, at Beth Jacob Synagogue

Temple Israel, Beth Abraham, Beth Jacob, Temple Beth Or and the Dayton Jewish Chorale will be celebrating Selichot together.  There will be a reception beginning at 9:15 p.m. followed by a service at 10:00 p.m.