Temple Israel is Closed

Today is January 8, 2018

Temple Israel is CLOSED!

warningAll activities being held at Temple Israel are canceled due to weather.  


January Share Shabbat

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Join us on Friday, January 5 for Share Shabbat service and potluck dinner with Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Rabbi Tina Sobo, and Courtney Cummings.  The camp-style service begins at 6:00 p.m. and is followed by a potluck dinner.  Temple provides the entree, challah, and wine for kiddush,  Cost is $5/adult, $3/child 4-12 years, and free for kids 3 and younger.  RSVP online no later than January 3 or by calling Temple at 937.496.0050.

If your last name begins with A to F, bring a vegetable; G to K, bring a starch; L to Q, bring a dessert; R to Z, bring a salad.  Please bring enough to feed 10 hungry people.  No pork or                                                                                                shellfish, please!

Chanukkah Happening on December 3

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Join the Temple family as we celebrate the Festival of Lights with our Chanukkah Happening on Sunday, December 3 at 11:00 a.m. There will be fun activities, performances, presentations, a “pedal-powered menorah,” and fill-your-own sufganiyot.

Enjoy Hanukkah skits by each of our religious school grades, see if you have the speed to light the “pedal-powered menorah,” and eat a lunch which includes latkes and sufganiyot for a small fee.  RSVP online or by calling the                                                           Temple office.

Chanukkah Candle Dipping at Aullwood Farm

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Join us on Sunday, December 10 at 2:30 pm at Aullwood Farm (9101 Frederick Pike near Englewood). Learn about beeswax, visit with friends, and dip your own blue and red candles. Admission to Aullwood Farm: $5 /adult and $3/child (ages 2-18).  Candles are 3 for $1.

RSVP to Molly Blumer at jmblumer@hotmail.com.

Note: This activity is at Aullwood Farm, not Aullwood Nature Center.

Soup Supper

Soup Supper

Friday, December 15 after the service, which begins at 6:00 p.m.
Warm up your Shabbat by sharing a hearty bowl of soup with friends.  Bring a pot of soup to share and get in free.  Cost is $5/adult, $3 for children ages 4-12 and free for younger children.  Attendees who don’t bring soup should bring a side dish to share that will feed ten hungry people.  Last names starting with A-M please bring a salad; N-Z please bring a dessert.  Temple will provide challah.  RSVP here.

Service of Healing

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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, December 22 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 rabbi@tidayton.org.

Omega Baptist Pulpit Exchange 2018

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Temple Israel & Omega Baptist Annual Pulpit Exchange

Friday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Israel

Reverend Dr. Daryl Ward and Reverend Vanessa Ward will deliver the sermon at Temple Israel's Shabbat services.  Everyone is invited to the oneg and reception following services.

Sunday, January 14 at 10:15 a.m. at Omega Baptist

Rabbi Bodney-Halasz will deliver the sermon at Omega Baptist Church's service and Courtney Cummings will share a few songs.

High Holidays 2017/5778

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 >

Sukkahs in the City

Coming to a neighborhood near you – October 4 through October 10

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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.  

Save the Date for Song

Sunday, November 12 at 4:00 p.m.

The concert will feature music by Jewish composers spanning the globe performed by Courtney Cummings with special appearances by Cantors Andrea Raizen and Jenna Greenberg, and the Dayton Jewish Chorale.  Enjoy beautiful soaring melodies by Max Janowski and Stephen Richards and historical liturgical music from Salamone de’ Rossi juxtaposed with sounds from Broadway greats, Rogers & Hammerstein and Jason Robert Brown, and contemporary settings of ancient texts.  And don’t worry – there will also be a splash of Yiddish and Ladino favorites!  This concert is free and open to the public.  Donations will be accepted to the Cantor Judah Smith Fund, which supports musical programming at Temple Israel.