A Message from the Rabbi

With Gratitude and Appreciation

April 28, 2020
For the past few weeks, we have included a “Look for the Helpers” section in our TIDBITS email newsletter. As we near the end of the school year, we turn our appreciation this week towards our teachers and madrichim, who have dedicated themselves to creating fun and memorable lessons all year. Our teachers haven’t stopped developing creative ways for our children to continue their learning online. It has been tough on all of us – parents, teachers and students of all ages. While parents and teachers miss daily routines and adult interaction, our children miss their friends and are anxious about a dangerous virus they can’t even see. How lucky we are to have such a dedicated group of educators to serve as the glue keeping us together during these tenuous times. Their efforts have brought a sense of normalcy and intrigue into our lives. At a time of many questions, our Jewish educators remind us of eternal truths and sacred beliefs, drawing us closer to God and to one another. We are blessed by all that they do and all that they are. 
Be sure to check out our Shabbat TIDBITS on Friday, May 1 when we will shower our appreciation on teachers in music and prayer.

Together We Remember the Holocaust

Students in grades 6-8 on their Zoom virtual call on Sunday, April 19.





Never Forget – Never Again

by Rabbi Tina Sobo

Coronavirus didn’t keep our students from learning together!  After our originally-scheduled weeks of Spring Break it was wonderful to “see” all of our students virtually.  As commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, there was a bit of disappointment among the middle school students that they wouldn’t be able to share their Yom HaShoah service with the school.  However, they were still able to engage in a meaningful conversation about the Holocaust and why this specific date was chosen.  Over the coming week, students will be engaging in a reflection on two poems and writing their own.  

One text we considered in class was the famous words spoken by Pastor Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

One of the reasons the students felt the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was chosen for Yom HaShoah was that it represents Jewish strength and a willingness to stand up to forces that act against the good of the world.  I look forward to sharing more of their insights and encourage you to take a few minutes to reflect on the power of this day and how you can speak out against evil forces in our modern world to make “Never Again” a reality in our time.

Dayton Native Heads to NYC to Assist Covid-19 Relief

Spotlight on Joseph Crabtree

Caring for others started at an early age for Joseph Crabtree, a Dayton native and new Temple Israel member.  The oldest of 5 siblings, he spent a lot of his childhood looking after his younger brothers and sisters when he wasn’t playing hockey or soccer.  This drive towards service encouraged him to enlist in the army as a Combat Medic.  While enlisted, he was stationed once at Ft. Richardson outside Anchorage, Alaska, and says that this was probably the most exciting place that he has lived.  After finishing active duty, he continued into civilian EMS.  When asked what he loves most, he says “I spend so much time at work I should probably say that is my favorite thing to do.  Joking aside, my favorite thing is to hike trails with my fiancé and dog.” Joseph also loves the Temple Israel community and says specifically that, “Rabbi Karen was super welcoming and helpful in getting me acclimated to Temple.” 

Currently, he is assisting the COVID-19 relief efforts in New York City, where the virus has spread so rapidly and has created a need for additional outside emergency responders.  “Upon reporting to NYC I was placed into the FDNY 911 system. The city’s emergency system was extremely overwhelmed. I spend my days responding and treating/transporting 911 calls. I work alongside FDNY EMS in South Bronx,” he explains.  Given his line of work, he has been extremely busy since the beginning of the outbreak, and says that he is looking forward to a “haircut and a few days off” when he returns.

May we all strive to look for the helpers in times of need, and keep those who dedicate themselves to fighting this pandemic close in our hearts and thoughts.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources for our community

Physical and Mental Health:

CDC (Center for Disease Control) is the source for how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick as well as resources regarding travel, childcare, businesses, and community organizations

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides resources and information on topics ranging from anxiety to loneliness to helping with bills and getting prescriptions.

Child Mind Institute works to transform the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.  Currently, they are providing daily videos of support for families with advice on how manage anxiety and talk with your children about the disease. 

The Mesothelioma Center also has a list of resources for managing anxiety during this pandemic for those who are struggling with a compromised immune system or battling the disease.

Jewish Resources:

reformjudaism.org shares Jewish insight into this pandemic with historic references to our shared history and suggestions on how we can continue to live our lives Jewishly in the midst of social distancing.

jewishlive.org is the portal to Jewish experiences that are happening virtually during this period of social distancing caused by COVID-19.  Events and services are updated regularly every day, and you can sign-up to receive their daily email.

jewishdayton.org is our Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton’s website where resources and links to services from Jewish Family Services are posted as well as other fun and free Jewish activities for you and your family.

Local Ohio and City of Dayton resources:

Ohio Department of Health is actively updating information regarding the outbreak in our state as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the virus. 

Our local Dayton government is helping provide information to those that need assistance with unemployment filing, childcare for essential workers, potential eviction, and emergency aid, food, and housing.

The Dayton Chamber of Commerce has compiled resources for businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, including both state of Ohio updates as well as federal updates and how they impact businesses.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Temple Israel is currently matching those that need help with those who are able to provide help.  Jobs include delivering food or groceries, making “check-in” phone calls, and sending cards.  Complete an online form and let us know what you need or what you can do to help.  Nothing is too small!

Shoes 4 the Shoeless is organizing food relief efforts for those unable to access food during this pandemic in an effort they call Food 4 the People.  Contact them directly to serve as a food captain or information on items for the food boxes.

Temple Israel will continue to update and add to this list.  If there is a specific organization you would like to highlight, please contact Courtney Cummings – courtney@tidayon.org.