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July 2022 / Tammuz - Av 5782
Rabbi's Message
by Rabbi David Komerofsky

וּקְרָאתֶם דְּרוֹר בָּאָרֶץ לְכׇל־יֹשְׁבֶיהָ
You shall proclaim liberty throughout the land for all its inhabitants. (Lev. 25:10)

Two-hundred and forty-six years ago this month our nation declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. A war would follow, and then almost twelve years later a new sovereign republic under the authority of a ratified constitution was born. Every July we celebrate our independence from a nation more than three-thousand miles away and remember that our freedom from that yoke came at a great price.

As we celebrate independence, we also recognize our interdependence. As citizens and residents of this nation we are deeply connected to each other and to the rest of the world, bearing both rights and responsibilities. The Leviticus verse cited above, displayed on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, in its context refers to the jubilee celebration and the remission of debts and servitude, the returning of all to their holdings. Only by participating fully in a free society do we merit the benefits of its blessings – both the private and the public. We are independent of another nation, but we are not independent from each other or from our obligations of citizenship.

This Independence Day our nation is at a liminal moment. We are far from the fulfillment of Psalms 85:11-12: “Kindness and truth meet; justice and well-being kiss. Truth springs up from the earth; justice looks down from heaven.” We are living at a time when viciousness and lies run free without consequence, when reckless disregard for decency and law are loudly applauded.

As Jews we know the dangers of taking liberty for granted. We know the precariousness of a republic held captive by demagoguery and fearmongering. We know that liberty exists only as long as we are willing to demand it. We are heirs to a great tradition of learning and accountability, and we look to God for strength and to each other for reinforcement and security.

Though less quotable than “We hold these truths to be self-evident…,” the Declaration of Independence concludes with these words:

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

We must be willing at all times to pledge our interdependence for the sake of something greater than ourselves, and insist that those elected to positions of authority do the same.

Register Today for Chadash!
Registration is now open for the Chadash 2022/2023 school year. You can register by filling out our online registration form through the Temple Israel website or the Chadash website. Below are some important dates to remember, and the complete school year calendar is available at both websites, as well.
Sunday, July 31 – Family Sunday Funday at Veteran’s Park (10 am)
Sunday, September 11 - 1st Day of Chadash
Sunday, October 2 – Chadash meets off site at the Alliance Cemetery
Sunday, October 9 – Chadash Sukkot celebration
Sunday, October 30 – Consecration

For more information, please contact Chadash director, Julie Zorn, at chadash@jewishcanton.org.
Shabbat Services - July 2022

All services are in-person and streaming live via Temple Israel’s YouTube channel.
Watch our website and Temple Tidbits for updates and more information.

Friday, July 1, 2022
5:30 p.m. – Oneg Shabbat
6:15 p.m. – Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Friday, July 8, 2022
5:30 p.m. – Oneg Shabbat
6:15 p.m. – Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Including July Birthday and Anniversary Blessings

Saturday, July 9, 2022
10:00 a.m. - Stollen Moments

Friday, July 15, 2022
5:30 p.m. – Oneg Shabbat
6:15 p.m. – Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Saturday, July 16, 2022
10:00 a.m. - Stollen Moments

Friday, July 22, 2022
5:30 p.m. – Oneg Shabbat
6:15 p.m. – Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Saturday, July 23, 2022
10:00 a.m. - Stollen Moments

Friday, July 29, 2022
5:30 p.m. – Oneg Shabbat
6:15 p.m. – Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Saturday, July 30, 2022
10:00 a.m. - Stollen Moments

For the months of July and August the Social Action Committee will be collecting school supplies for Canton City Schools for kindergarten through eighth grade district wide. The following supplies are needed:
  • Backpacks
  • Dry erase markers 
  • 24 pack crayons
  • Plastic pencil boxes 
  • 10 count pack of pencils
  • Stylus
  • Markers
  • Headphones 
  • Glue sticks
  • Water bottles
  • Bottles of glue
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Wide rule paper
  • Large pink erasers
  • Colored pencils
  • Pocket folders
  • Tissues
  • Spiral notebooks
  • ipad charger and cord
  • String bag-mesh or clear
Thank you so much for your continued support to help those in need in our community.

Social Action Committee
Paulette Karelitz 
Joan Ortman
Anita Porter 
Jewish Family Services list has changed and they are in need of the following:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Spaghetti Sauce- Glass Jar
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Instant Regular Coffee
  • Tuna (albacore or regular packed in water)
  • Napkins
  • Crystal Light Lemonade or flavored teas (6 Pack)
  • Hellman's Mayonnaise
  • White 13 Gallon Kitchen Trash Bags
  • Small to Medium Jugs of (HE) Laundry Detergent
  • 28 oz. Liquid Dish Soap

Please feel free to drop off food at the office!
Sisterhood is asking that any congregants who have college aged students in the Armed Services send in their addresses for the 2022-2023 school year. Also, if any grandparent would like to send a Rosh Hashana goody box to their college age grandchild, please send in their address and a check made out to Temple Israel Sisterhood for $10 by September 1, 2022.
Volunteer with Temple Israel for the Habitat Faith Build

Israel – An Interfaith Wonder

February 4 – February 15, 2023 (with optional extensions)

Led by Pastor Michael Wallace (Christ Presbyterian Church) and
Rabbi David Komerofsky (Temple Israel)

For more information or to register, visit www.templeisraelcanton.org/israel
Save the Date - August 11th  

The Jane Zoldan Blood Drive   

Please join us Thursday, August 11 from 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Beit Ha'am as we resume our Annual Blood Drive, in memory of Janie Zoldan.
Janie loved greeting all of the donors and thanking them for their life-saving donations. This year, we will gather in her honor. Starting July 1, donors may register and schedule their blood donation through a soon-to-be active website. We will post the website link in the weekly eNewsletter beginning July 5. Please reach out to Debbie Sinopoli, Debbie.sinopoli3@gmail.com or Randi Smuckler randismuckler@yahoo.com with any questions.

July 1
Jacob Abramson
Ellen Gordon Beshada
Anthony DiGiacomo
Louis Feinman
Gertie Fleischer
Meyer Fleisher
Martha Gaffrey
Gertrude Milstein Ginsburg
Harry Ginsburg
Bertha Fenyves Graber
Fanny Green
Esther Hervey
Martin Holtzman
Thelma Hostetler
Charles Howell
Janet Howell
Jeanne Jacobson
Milton Kinast
Phyllis Kruman
Cele Y. Lavin
David Livingston Jr.
Jerrold Lockshin
David Medoff
Elaine Miller
Harley Miller
Florence Pelter
Damian Joseph Pullen
Abraham Reinglass
David Sherman
Rita Sklar
Hershel Smuckler
Ellen Speyer
Bessie Cooper Sroga
Lillian Steinberg
Arline Sussman
Lois Nan Tucker
Dr. Michael Benjamin Weinstock
Moses Wolin

July 8
Melba Levy Arnold
Goldie Fenyves Black
Samuel Black
Amanda Cline
Bessie Pollack Cohodas
Larry Goldberg
Dr. Cyril V. Gross
Leslie Fenyves Gurin
Albert Harris
James Henning
Michael Higgins
Denny Hostetler
Dottie Jacobson
Jennie Krupp
Marvin Levine
Toby Myers
Rabbi Morris Ostrowsky
Lillian Podis
Dina Savage
Ruth Shapiro
Sonia Vaisler
Mollie Cohen Weiss
Rose Winkler
Bonnie Woods
Helen Cohodas Woolf

July 15
Beatrice Fenyves Bernstein
Martin Bertman
Henry Carmen
William Cohen
Richard Depasquale
Joseph Diamond
Margaret Duntze
George Fisher
Dr. Todd Fladen
Jennie Golden
Richard Green
Jacob Grossman
David Hecht
Ralph Heller
Evelyn Herman
Edwin Karelitz
Ralph Komerofsky
Julie Lazor
Alice Levine
Harry Lilenfield
Samuel Livingston
Raye Meltzer
Molly Meyers
Harold Miller
Lena Kornhauser Miller
Norita Nielsen
Katharine Schamberg
Maxine Siegle
Rose Smith
Max Triger
James White
Ben Willen
July 22
Sidney Adelman
William Altman
Mortimer Atleson
Cecelia Breitbart
Edward Ignatz Fenyves
Jacques Gale
Robin Kamen
Nettie Gordon Kogan
Dorothy Weinsweig Lavin
Irma Lenoff
Rabbi George Lieberman
Joseph Love
Ilene Raffel Manheim
Edgar Meyers
Tamir Porter
Ida Rapport
Elsie Riben Rudner
Seymour Samuels, Jr.
Joseph Salvadore Sano
Josephine Sano
Harry Sharkis
Joan Solomon
Emily Terrell
Adriana Vaisler
Lupu Vaisler
Nessa Vaisler
Sylvia Wernow
Ervin Wilkof
Fred Wolf

July 29
Janet Altman
Rose Axelrod
Ruthanne Jacobson Berger
Delbert Branz
Adeline Brown
Evelyn Carmen
Dr. Max Melvin Cooper
Katherine Marks Einstein
Gloria Fetherston
Simon Fischgrund
Sigmund Fleisher
Joseph Daniel Gold
Lillian Goodman
Paul Heller
Pennt Bernstein Lambert
Rose Lasse
Dorothy Bonart Lavin
Myron Levistein
Frances Levy
Phyllis Lockshin
Frances Martin
Robert Hayne Martin III
Adele Miller
Delbert Salzer
Edward Schuman
Irving Shapiro
Jack Siprin
Benjamin Sklar
Rose Spielman
Joseph Stern
Gilbert Sternberg
Joseph Weiss
Pauline Woll
Our Temple Family
Mazel Tov To:

John Strauss and Carisa Marie Bell were married on Saturday, June 18th in Akron, Ohio at the Akron Art Museum. They were blessed to be married by both Rabbi Komerofsky and Rabbi Spitzer.
The Temple's sympathy is extended to the families of:

Robert Lichty
Anita Sybil Nathan-Michelson
Patricia “Patty” M. Tully
Temple Israel Endowments

Atleson/Laden Family Religious School Endowment
In Honor of
  • Mark & Cathy Atleson's 50th Anniversary, by John & Barbara Spera, Betty Smith

J. Edward and Janet S. Diamond Senior Enhancement
In Memory of
  • Anita Nathan-Michelson, by Ed & Janet Diamond

Lockshin-Goldenfeld Religious School
In Memory of
  • Jerry Lockshin, by Shirley Lockshin & Family

Robert and Shelley Schweitzer Temple Youth Group
In Memory of
  • Anita Nathan-Michelson, by Harlene Smuckler

Temple Israel Restricted Funds

Bilha Ron Religious School Enrichment Fund
In Honor of
  • Alexa (Broadbent) & Geoffrey Saltarelli's Wedding, by Randi & Bill Smuckler
Floral Fund
In Honor Of
  • Alexa (Broadbent) & Geoffrey Saltarelli's Wedding, by Denise & Steve Nielsen, Lisa & Steve Sands
In Memory of
  • Charles & Janet Howell, by Eileen & Matt Saltarelli
Kiddush Fund
In Memory of
  • Myron (Mike) Friedman, by Ellen & Steve Miller
  • Dr. Alan Kamen, by Ellen & Steve Miller
  • Hershel Smuckler, by Harlene Smuckler

Programming - Caring Committee
In Appreciation of
  • Caring Committee on Mitzvah Day, by Dr. Audrey Lavin

Mazon Fund - A Jewish Response to Hunger
In Memory of
  • Anita Nathan-Michelson
  • Myron (Mike) Friedman, by Marilyn & Paul Feldman, Harlene Smuckler
  • Robert Rubin, by Adele & Ron Gelb
  • Morris Olden, by Karen Olden
  • Howard Cohodas, by Judie Cohodas
In Recovery of
  • Paul Feldman, by Barbara Rosenstock
  • Lou & Rita Schaner, by Marilyn & Paul Feldman
  • Hannah Jolly, by John & Barbara Spera
In Honor of
  • Joan Ortman's DVP Award, by Linda & Howard Smuckler

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Memory of
  • Anita Nathan-Michelson, by Stan Rubin, Laura & Adam Goldman, Evie & Marvin Grossman, Eileen & Irv Dinn, Robert & Susan Narens, Bob & Diane Friedman, Joyce & Jerry Ortman, Lisa & Steve Sands, Eileen & Matt Saltarelli, Marilyn & Paul Feldman, Rebecca Kamen
  • Robert Lichty, by Joyce & Jerry Ortman, Gail & Ted Goldman
  • Dr. Alan Kamen, by Dr. William Fayen, Linda & Arnie Rosenblatt, Terry & David Katz
In Appreciation of
  • Rabbi Komerofsky's beautiful service, by Ilene Burkart & Family (Sherry Kitzen Family)
  • Rabbi Komerofsky, by Chuck & Esperanza Deutsch
  • Rabbi Komerofsky, by John & Carisa Strauss
In Recovery of
  • Bob Narens, by Bob & Diane Friedman

Rabbi Spitzer Endowment for Social Justice & Action
In Memory of
  • Dr. Alan Kamen, by Bob & Diane Friedman
In Appreciation of
  • Rabbi Spitzer, by John & Carisa Strauss
Temple Israel
432 - 30th Street NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone: 330-455-5197
Fax: 330-455-5268

The staff’s direct phone numbers are listed below their email addresses

Rabbi David Komerofsky

Rabbi Emeritus John H. Spitzer

Julie Zorn, Chadash, Engagement & Outreach Director

Debbie Spetich, Temple Office

Temple President — John Spera