Coffee with Clergy

Craving Connection?  

Our wonderful rabbis are always here for you, but we have carved out a special space for conversation and time to catch up.  Join Rabbi Bodney-Halasz or Rabbi Sobo on Zoom each week.  Coffee not required…

 

Counting the Days

Rabbi’s Message – April 14, 2020

We were instructed in the book of Leviticus to count forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot, beginning on the second night of Passover.  Each night we are to bring an omer of elevation to the Temple as an offering.  This ancient tradition has taken on new meaning for us, especially this year.  It is understood as an opportunity to express gratitude, refocus our priorities, and look more deeply at the responsibility that comes with freedom.  It helps inspire us to to do the hard work of spiritual purification. 

I have found that a meaningful way for me to incorporate this practice is to reflect on each day of the Omer with the poetry and prose found in Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar’s book Omer: A Counting.

As we prepare to move beyond our festival of freedom, I invite you to take a deep breath and consider the following reading for the Sixth Day of the Omer.

“When we are young we are led to believe that our legacy lies in our successes and our failures.  Our most abiding legacy lies within our strength of character.  How we react, respond, rebound is a measure of our inner strength, our inner vision of what is possible…”

Passover Second Seder

VIRTUAL Second Seder for Passover

Passover tableThursday, April 9 at 6 p.m.

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are unable to host our regular second seder at Temple.  But have no fear!  Rabbi Bodney-Halasz will lead a special virtual seder from the comfort of her own home on Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 PM. No need for your own haggadah, as we will take care of everything in order to actively participate in the seder together and create our own community online.

Please follow the link (https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqceyprjkp2jAG89PAGAB69RyxQOFCkw) to register in advance of the seder. There is no cost. Registration is simply to ensure we know who will be on the call. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join.

Omega Baptist Pulpit Exchange 2020

Temple Israel and Omega Baptist Church Pulpit Exchange

Temple Israel & Omega Baptist Church Annual Pulpit Exchange

Friday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Israel

Pastor Joshua Ward will deliver the sermon at Temple Israel's Shabbat services and the Omega Baptist Choir will sing.  Everyone is invited to the oneg and reception following services.

Sunday, January 19 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 sing.

Tu Bishvat Family Experience

Sunday, February 9 at 9:00 a.m.

It’s the birthday of the trees!  Calling all families to join us our Family Learning Experience about Tu Bishvat!  Students with their parents and/or grandparents will have fun, learn, and celebrate together, engaging all of the five senses as they relate to Tu Bishvat.  The day will begin with t’filah (prayer) and end with a special Tu Bishvat seder as a community.  The fun and festivities will wrap up at 11:45 a.m. in time for those enrolled in Hebrew to head to class.  Our program is open to all families with preschoolers through high school students.  Enrolled religious school students are required to attend, other families are welcome to join as it is free and open to all.

 

Cappuccino with the Clergy


Wednesday, February 12 at 11:00 a.m.

Join Rabbi Bodney-Halasz for a cup of joe and some great conversation at Epic Coffee located at 22 West Stroop in Kettering.

 

Caring Community Committee

Caring Community Committee Meeting
Sunday, February 23 at noon

As part of our effort to develop and propose the creation of a Caring Community program at Temple, our Committee is interested in hearing from each of you concerning your experiences in providing or receiving care giving.  We would also be interested in your thoughts about what Temple can and should do to better meet your care giving needs and expectations.  Please join us at our next meeting on February 23 at noon.

 

Ryterband Brunch, February 23

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.

Sunday, February 23
Reentry – A Path Towards Reducing Recidivism and Increasing Public Safety.
Bonnie Beaman Rice – Co-Chair Montgomery County Re-entry Public Education Committee
Walter Rice – Judge U.S. District Court
Debbie Lieberman – Montgomery County Commissioner
John Theobald – Montgomery County Commission Assistant

Education at the Montgomery County Day Reporting Center Relationship Building:  Key to Success for Learners in Reentry.
Kateri Dillon – Site Manager, Day Reporting Center, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas

 

Healing Service

healing-serviceThis special service on Friday, February 28 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.

Ryterband Brunch, March 1 Food Insecurity in the Miami Valley: Causes and Solutions

 

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 is $7 per lecture.  Lectures are free for new members and confirmands.  Sponsored by Temple Israel Brotherhood.  

March 1
Food Insecurity in the Miami Valley:  Causes and Solutions
Laura Roesch – CEO Catholic Social Services
Melodie Bennett – CEO House of Bread
Tyra Jackson – Manager Clark/Champaign County Food Bank