April 2021 | Nisan - Iyyar 5781
by Shelley Schweitzer
Temple Israel brings its rich history to Canton’s Jewish community as a driving force for social and spiritual connection. It is a family that creates a Reform Jewish home that nourishes the soul, inspires the mind, and engages the hands.
After a months-long process, the Temple Israel Board of Trustees has agreed upon this guiding statement that the Board believes captures the answer to why a person would join Temple Israel in Canton, Ohio.
Rabbi David Wolfman posed this question to the Temple Israel Board of Trustees when he met with us last fall for a strategic planning session. The Temple board and Rabbi Komerofsky have been working with Rabbi Wolfman to ensure a smooth transition of rabbinic and volunteer leadership; to better understand our Temple’s role in our community and to consider what it means to be a member of our congregation.
If you’ve zoomed in to a Shabbat service this year, you may have noticed that there are an average 45-60 devices online on any given Friday night. Pre-Covid Friday night attendance was 20-30 people most weeks.
Like Temple Israel, Reform congregations throughout North America are experiencing a growth in Friday night online worshippers. Reform Jews everywhere are taking part in education and worship experiences around the world. Independent rabbis are available to officiate at life-cycle events. If everything is available from the comfort of our living rooms, “why join a synagogue?”
While our Board would not try to speak to why synagogue membership would be important to the average Jew, we can articulate what makes Temple Israel in Canton, Ohio special.
“Temple Israel brings its rich history to Canton’s Jewish community as a driving force for social and spiritual connection; a family that creates a Reform Jewish home that nourishes the soul, inspires the mind, and engages the hands.”
The rest is commentary, as we say. As the congregation evolves, I pray that we will always be the home that we have come to know; that we remain a place that cherishes our individual and collective contributions to our Temple family.
From Purim to Pesach: How Chadash is celebrating the holidays in a Virtual School
by Julie Zorn
March 9, 2020, was the last time Chadash met together in person. It just so happened that what ended up being our final program of the school year was our annual Purim shpiel. Our Torah Tots class proudly paraded in their adorable costumes, and our older classrooms each presented a part of the Purim story which was narrated by the confirmation class. The morning was concluded in the Beit Ha’am lobby with a feast of Hamantaschen in every variety prepared by our entire student body and faculty.
It was hard to imagine that a virtual celebration could have any meaning compared to all the fanfare of prior years, but not only have we been dealing with the lack of in person celebration…we have been enjoying our out-of-the-box time together as an online community.
For Purim, Rabbi Komerofsky helped us by creating a video that included images of all the classrooms in their costumes while the confirmation class still narrated the video. Hazzan Braun was still able to lead us in singing Chag Purim and Wicked Wicked Man, and we even played a “Can you guess who this is?” trivia game to learn more about each of the people in our Purim story. After religious school, Chadash families stopped by Beit Ha’am where we passed out Hamantaschen from Cleveland’s Unger’s Kosher Bakery for the children to enjoy at home.
For Passover, we divided the school into two break out rooms. Rabbi Komerofsky worked with the older students, and Morah Julie worked with the littles. Rabbi’s Passover game incorporated technology with well-loved “Kahoot” trivia that has students type in answers using cell phones. Morah Julie told the story of Nachshon with the very visual Torah G-dly Play method created by Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of the Shoolman School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College. The story telling also utilizes discussion through creative art exploration. When Rabbi and Julie finished their presentations, Chadash faculty took each of the groups back into individual class time to further teach about Passover.
Despite our inability to be together in person, Chadash has fared well and learned the lesson of being nimble. We have learned to be creative and prioritize what is most important to us. In the end, it all comes down to our beloved community and sharing these experiences together.
Brotherhood’s Reverse Raffle is Back!
COVID cancelled the 2020 raffle, but we are back for 2021 with a socially-distanced format and the same great chance to win $2,000.
Instead of the normal steak dinner and in-person reverse raffle, Temple Israel Brotherhood will be conducting the raffle via Zoom on Sunday, May 2, 2021,
at 12:30 p.m.
Ticket holders will get a wonderful deli lunch for two (or more) from Chef Rabbino and Corky & Lenny’s (corned beef or turkey, seeded or seedless rye, potato salad or cole slaw, and dessert) either for pickup or delivery by our membership that morning.
Your money still goes towards supporting Chadash and other Brotherhood activities. Please take that phone call from Brotherhood members and support our school.
Dr. Seymour Gelb
Philip K. Landau
Harriet E. Shulan
Simon E. Block
Sylvia Weiler Friend
Dr. Abraham Levine
John M. Queen
Morris E. Raffel
Max S. Silver
Hanna G. Weiss
Florence Woolf Dufton
Bernie A. Green
Esther L. Grossman
Leon E. Lazarus
Charles T. Luntz
Richard V. Monasterio, Jr.
Meyer J. Newman
Howard S. Rubin
Helen Barnett Rumbel
Kaete R. Saul
Bertha B. Vint
Marguerite G. Weinstock
Dr. Percy Winston
Dr. Samuel H. Winston
Albert B. Buxbaum
Steven Leslie Gardner
Effie Friedman Gold
Anna Mae Goldberg
Curtis "Jack" Holl
Dr. Allan E. Lee
Robert Clayton Samuels
Philip C. Fleischer, Jr.
Mary Catherine Kemp
William S. Landau
Ella Mae Libster
Paul B. "Charlie" McCrea
Hubert B. "Bert" Smith
Harry N. Speyer
The Temple's sympathy is extended to the families of:
Elias David Weinstock, who passed away on March 3, 2021. Eli was the son of Michael and Beth Weinstock; brother of Olivia, Theo, and Annie; grandson of Frank & Saragale Weinstock.
Temple Israel Endowments
Robert & Shelley Schweitzer Temple Youth Group Endowment
In Memory of
Lori Libster, by Rob & Shelley Schweitzer
Elias Weinstock, by Rob & Shelley Schweitzer
Lois Leb, by Rob & Shelley Schweitzer
Temple Israel Restricted Funds
Mazon Fund - A Jewish Response to Hunger
In Memory of
Lori Libster, by Corrine Lysikowski; Joyce & Jerry Ortman; Alicia Rozenbom; Barbara Rosenstock; the Reaven Family; Neil & Marie Genshaft
Ruth Rubenstein, by Barb & Bob Ferne; Joyce & Jerry Ortman
Gloria Miller by Bob & Barb Ferne; Joyce & Jerry Ortman; the Reaven Family
Geraldine Branz, by Joyce & Jerry Ortman
Janie Zoldan, by Meg & Alan Rudick; Sherry & Jerry Kitzen
Jack Goldman, by Paul & Marilyn Feldman; Adele & Ron Gelb; Bob & Susan Narens
Lois Leb, by Bev Gross; Eileen & Irv Dinn; Marty & Lois Jacobson
Elias Weinstock, by Alicia Rozenbom; Eileen & Irv Dinn; Matt & Eileen Saltarelli; Adele & Ron Gelb; Marty & Lois Jacobson; Paul & Marilyn Feldman; Barbara Rosenstock; Mimi Shapiro; Bob & Susan Narens
Vito Sinopoli, by Joyce & Jerry Ortman
In Memory of
Robert Weintraub, by Paul & Marilyn Feldman
Howard Nielsen, by Steve & Denise Nielsen
Philip Landau, by Estabelle Landau
Bilha Ron Religious School Enrichment Fund
In Memory of
Lori Libster, by Randi & Bill Smuckler
In Appreciation of
Templegrams for daughter's wedding, by Randi & Bill Smuckler
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Memory of
Janie Zoldan, by Alan Meshekow
Bob Schweitzer, by Bob & Diane Friedman
Lori Libster, by Bob & Diane Friedman
In Honor of
Bernice Friedman, special birthday, by Bob & Diane Friedman
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