We Thank You, Teachers

A Message from Rabbi Sobo

May 19, 2020

On Sunday, May 17, we completed our religious school year.  It was a year that brought ingenuity and creativity to its finest.  While for our classroom teachers and most of the madrichim (teen aids), this last day was a ‘l’hitraot’ (see you later), I would be remiss to not recognize the incredible service of our specialist team who brought the best of themselves every week.  We will miss you next year:

Jennifer Mollenhauer has taught Jewish and Israeli dance, along with the history of its development for 15 years at Temple, from basic movement and step patterns with our younger students, to more detailed steps with our older students.  She has been an integral part of the education for an entire generation of Temple Israel students.  Dance has been a part of her life for a long time, with 12 years of ballet and over 18 years of belly dance experience.  She is the founder and leader of the Shimmy Cats, a local Middle Eastern Belly Dance troupe that performs at festivals and special events.  

Rachel Evans, after 7 years of teaching, and most recently as our Art specialist, will also being stepping down.  She has brought creativity and passion to our Hebrew students, younger grades, and into art over the years.  We hope she enjoys spending her Sunday mornings with her precious newborn son and bonding as a family.

Dakota Saul has taught middle school and music over the last 4 years at Temple, after many years as a student and was part of the team of madrichim, bringing his love for Judaism and music to our school.  He lives in Columbus and we are grateful for the years that he commuted to remain with our school here in Dayton.

Newer to the scene, but none-the-less will be missed, Jese Shell taught 3rd/4th grade last year and debuted our cooking rotation this year, with a special focus on non-Ashkenazic foods.  Much of North American Judaism is centered around Ashkenazic (Eastern European Jewish origins), and Jese helped bring a broader view of our history, culture, and foods to our students.

It is with deep gratitude for their service to the school and with sadness that we say goodbye to our team of specialists, and wish them all well wherever their journey takes them.

2020 Jewish Cultural Festival Cancelled

Temple Israel Cancels 2020 Jewish Cultural Festival

10th Annual Jewish Cultural Festival will be postponed to summer 2021

DAYTON, OH  (May 18, 2020) – Out of an interest for public health and safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Temple Israel has canceled the 2020 Dayton Jewish Cultural Festival, originally scheduled for Sunday, August 9, 2020. The 10th anniversary celebration of Jewish music, art, food and ritual will now be postponed to summer 2021. 

“The health and safety of our community is our top priority,” said Courtney Cummings, music and program director at Temple Israel. “Although we cannot gather this summer, we are looking forward to coming together again next year to celebrate and share our Jewish culture and tradition with the entire Miami Valley.”

The Oy Vey 5k run/walk, which traditionally kicks off the Jewish Cultural Festival, will be held in a virtual format. Participants can register online and create a route in their own neighborhoods. All proceeds from the Virtual Oy Vey will benefit Temple Israel’s Social Action Fund, which supports programs and activities designed to positively impact the entire community. For updates, visit the Temple Israel Facebook page. 

The Jewish Cultural Festival is a free, family-friendly festival featuring traditional Jewish food and drink, live music and dance performances, children’s activities, artisan crafts and goods, artwork and interactive presentations by local and national speakers. The festival opens the door to Judaism for all who wish to learn more about Jewish traditions and faith. 

About Temple Israel

With a rich tradition that spans more than 150 years, Temple Israel is proud to be the largest Reform congregation in greater Dayton. Our religious, cultural, educational, social and social action programs build on the legacy of those who have come before with innovations guaranteed to create a fulfilling and vibrant future for the congregation. For more information, visit www.tidayton.org.