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.

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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.


Community Selichot Service

Selichot Service
Saturday, September 16
Temple Israel, Beth Abraham, Temple Beth Or and the Dayton Jewish Chorale will be celebrating Selichot together.  Rabbi Bodney-Halasz will join Rabbi Ginsberg and Rabbi Chessin here at Temple Israel, along with community teens, in leading this meaningful service which will begin with a reception at 8:45 p.m., followed by havdallah and Selichot at 9:15 p.m.


Torah on Tap

Monday, November 13 at 5:30 p.m. at The Barrel House

Join Rabbi Tina Sobo at The Dublin Pub (300 Wayne Ave.) 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.  


Simchat Torah 5778

Simchat Torah 5778


See how we (un)roll at Temple Israel.  Join us on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. as we share a meal and unroll our Torah scroll in celebration of Simchat Torah.  Dinner is potluck style – we provide the chicken, wine for Kiddush, and challah, and you provide the rest!  If your last name begins with letters A to F, bring a salad; G to K, bring a vegetable; L to Q, bring starch; R to Z, bring a dessert.  RSVP by October 9 to secure your spot at the table.


Shower for Baby Sobo

On October 15 at noon, join us at a special celebration with Rabbi Tina Sobo and her husband, Matt, as they prepare to welcome a new baby girl in November.  Light appetizers and desserts will be served as we shower the family with well wishes.  RSVP to Annette in the Temple office.


Pizza in the Hut

Pizza and Sukkah Decorating
Wednesday, October 4 

Get ready to shake your lulav and join us as we decorate the sukkah and enjoy Pizza in the Hut at 6:00 p.m. followed by a service at 7:15 p.m.  Dinner is free but please RSVP here so we can have enough food for everyone.

Service of Healing

shutterstock_2539250Special Healing Service – Friday, October 27 at 5:30 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 27 at 5:30 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 karen@tidayton.org.

New Member Share Shabbat


Friday, November 3

Temple Israel will warmly welcome our newest members—those who have joined the congregation from September 2016 through August 2017.  The new members will be called to the bima for a blessing by Rabbi Bodney-Halasz during the service, which begins at 6:00 p.m. Afterwards, they’ll be our guests at the ever-popular Share Shabbat potluck dinner in the Great Hall.

Join us and bring friends! $5/adult; $3/child 4-12; free for kids 3 and under.
Temple provides broasted chicken, fresh-baked challah and wine for kiddush.
Bring a favorite dish to share according to your last name: A-F = dessert; G-K = salad;
L-Q = vegetable; R-Z = starch. Please bring enough to feed 10 hungry people.
Make reservations no later than Wednesday, November 1 to help us prepare.