March 2021 | Adar - Nisan 5781
by Shelley Schweitzer
Who knew? Ohio is the spelt capital of the world. Rabbi Adland shared this information, a fun fact he learned as part of his study of the Talmud - Tractate Pesach. As Passover approaches, I thought I would do a little research of my own.
As Rabbi Adland taught me, there is a tractate on Pesach that is all about grains. The Mishnah (which is the oral tradition of Jewish law that forms the first part of the Talmud), includes a list of grains that may be used to bake matzah, which we are required to eat in order to fulfill our obligation on the holiday.
The grains that can be used to make matzah are wheat, barley, spelt, rye, and oats. This is a rabbinic construct, according to the My Jewish Learning website; the Torah does not specify a list of grains that can or cannot be used.
Most commercial matzah is made of wheat flour, which, the My Jewish Learning essay says is the preferred grain from which to make matzah. That raises the question as to why other grains are even permitted. There is a tractate later in the Mishnah that names the same five grains as the only ones from which challah can be made.
Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish explained that there is a distinction between the “bread of the land” noted in Numbers 15:19 and the “bread of affliction,” (aka matzah) as referenced in Deuteronomy 16:3; however, there is consistency in the grains that can be used. He went on to say that because the obligation of challah applied to those five grains, the same five grains are applied to making matzah.
Most of us are familiar with wheat, oats, rye, and barley. We now know that spelt has been around since Biblical times; however, I don’t remember growing up with “cream of spelt” or “speltmeal” for breakfast. I didn’t have “beef-spelt soup” or even spelt bread.
That being the case, I was surprised to learn in 2021 that I had lived my entire life in the state that has the nation’s most spelt acreage. Ohio grows between 100,000 and 200,000 acres of spelt annually, about 10 times more than any other state. Additionally, there were once different varieties of spelt that were available in the early part of the 20th century. Those varieties are no longer identifiable and spelt has been considered an undeveloped crop.
It is a grain that eight centuries ago was heralded by Saint Hildegard von Bingen as “the best of grains” because, “It produces a strong body and healthy blood to those who eat it, and it makes the spirit of man light and cheerful.”
I will count on you to let me know what you think of this grain. While a great alternative to wheat, spelt is not gluten free.
Wishing you all a healthy and safe Passover observance. This year on Zoom; next year, may we celebrate our people’s journey from bondage in a world where we are free to be together – in the same room.
The Chadash Shabbat Tradition
by Julie Zorn
Since its inception, Chadash has come together once each year to celebrate Shabbat as a community. There have been home made macaroni and cheese Shabbat dinners and catered chicken dinners from Dishes by Design. Last year, for the first time, we honored a community member, Shirley Rubinstein, and more people from our community came together like never before to take part and celebrate our deserving honoree.
The 2020 Chadash Shabbat was also the first year our community participated in Shabbat Across America, an initiative of the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP), to encourage synagogues across the country to host a Shabbat experience which includes a traditional Shabbat dinner. It just so happened that Chadash Shabbat fell on NJOP’s selected Shabbat Across America date, and so when scheduling our community Shabbat for 2021, we made certain to coincide it with Shabbat Across America once again. Suddenly, our small Canton Jewish community became part of a much larger national picture.
We never expected to find ourselves in a world-wide pandemic in 2021, and once again, our beloved annual community Shabbat needs to evolve. We have learned a lot in this past year about teaching virtually and creating an engaging experience for our Chadash students. We are most successful with interactive and hands on projects. This is why we have decided that this year’s Chadash Shabbat will take on a new shape and form.
Chadash families will be invited to pick up a special Shabbat in a box kit this year on Thursday evening March 4 from 5-6pm in the Beit Ha’am parking lot. The kit will include candles, grape juice a challah and a sheet with the blessings along with some suggested activities to enjoy some family time together. Our families will be encouraged to participate in Shabbat services on Friday evening, March 5, 2021 with one of our two synagogues. Temple Israel will be hosting their monthly family Shabbat service that evening for the younger children and both synagogues will have their regular scheduled adult services as well.
Shabbat Across America, too, has evolved to accommodate the Covid-19 pandemic with a message on their website that states:
We will promoting the Shabbat Across America and Canada At Home experience that will focus on couples, immediate family, and individuals celebrating in their home on March 5, 2021.
This is a departure from their large community gatherings, but it will still create an ambiance of community if we all take part.
Please join us by continuing to make Shabbat a special part of our week that we share together. Shabbat Shalom to all!
Richard Hervey Memorial Unveiling
Due to COVID, the Richard Hervey memorial unveiling will be broadcast on Zoom on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 2 pm from Northlawn Cemetery.
Brotherhood Virtual Trivia Night
Monday, March 8, 7:00 pm
COVID has prevented in-person gatherings, including our annual poker tournament. Instead, Brotherhood is hosting a virtual trivia night run free of charge to all Brotherhood/Sisterhood members and families.
You will be able to team up as you wish with other couples/long-distance relatives to privately come up with answers.
Trivia starts March 8 at 7 pm sharp. Join us at https://zoom.us/j/584823462 Expect the event to take 75-90 minutes.
We hope to see you online to earn bragging rights!
Pre-Packaged Passover Meals
Pre-packaged Passover meals are available for order. The options include:
Orders are due March 12, 2021
Drive-thru Pickup on March 26, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.at Beit Ha'am
Option A - $25
- a box of matzah
- a jar of gefilte fish
- matzah ball soup
- a can of macaroons
- a small bottle of grape juice
Option B - $36
(enough to serve at least 2 people)
- everything in Option A, plus...
- a whole roasted chicken
- 2 side dishes
Food will be prepared with ingredients that are allowed during Passover; they will not necessarily be prepared in a kitchen that is kosher for Passover. Some of the items carry a kosher certification and contain no non-kosher-for-Passover ingredients, but are not labeled as kosher for Passover.
You may complete and submit the form online or print and mail with your payment to:
432 - 30th St. NW
Canton, OH 44709
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.
100 Coats Update
In partnership with Sarah Lehman and the community in Dover and New Philadelphia, we were able to send 231 jackets, 29 blankets, 47 hats, 29 pairs of socks and 14 rain ponchos to the small villages of Xeo and Tsalbal in Guatemala. They are villages in the Mayan Highlands of Guatemala in the department of Quiche...the nearest city of any sort would be Nebaj. They are very small isolated villages...for example Xeo has no electricity and just a community well for water...so even if folks had the money...which they don't...buying these items would be extremely difficult.
Thank you to everyone who helped!
Mollie Gorenstein Chapman
Anna Riva Cooper
Lynne Cohen Dudnik
William B. Erlanger
Richard M. Ginsburg
Howard L. Kruman
Michael David Lipson
Ruth L. Meshekow
Rae Adler Shanbrom
Anne Kaplan Unger
Nathan H. Brodell
Barbara Kesler Chernett
John A. Forman
Annette Nusbaum Lichtig
Robert H. Martin
Dr. Jack Resnick
Samuel Louis Schweitzer
Jacob G. Brown
Florence Elaine Charkins
Dr. Arthur Greene
Marcelle M. Guyot
Claire Jacobson Quittman
Clifford J. Steinbaugh
Libby R. Greene
Shirley Manheim Holtzman
Golda G. Kalk
Dr. Alan Mandel
Lawrence S. Mann
Joan Lazarus Martino
Norine Miller Milen
Theodore A. Rubin
Dr. Thaddeus Stabholz
Temple Israel Endowments
Lockshin-Goldenfeld Religious School Endowment
In Memory of
Lori Libster, by Shirley Lockshin
Janie Zoldan, by Shirley Lockshin
Judi Broudy, by Shirley Lockshin
J. Edward & Janet S. Diamond Senior Enhancement Endowment
In Memory of
Lori Libster, by Ed & Janet Diamond
Sisterhood Special Purpose Endowment
In Honor of
Bernice Friedman, 90th Birthday, by Marshall & Gail Bleckman
Temple Israel Restricted Funds
Mazon Fund - A Jewish Response to Hunger
In Memory of
Lori Libster, by The Sands Family; Matt & Eileen Saltarelli; Laura & Adam Goldbert; Eileen & Irv Dinn; Mimi Shapiro; Bob & Celia Borack; Harlene Smuckler; Marty & Lois Jacobson; Tom & Dee Dwyer (Athens Restaurant); Gail & Ted Goldman; Stephen & Ellen Miller; Russell & Kathy Ashkettle
Geraldine Branz, by Bob & Susan Narens; Joan & Marty Ortman
Laura Tuber, by Robert, Cindy, Eric, Jeff Pearl
Len Kitzen, by Jerry & Jerry Kitzen
Larry London, by Joan & Marty Ortman
In Honor of
Janie Zoldan, by Shelley & Rob Schweitzer
In Memory of
Allen Smuckler, by Debbie & Michael Spetich
Pauline Smuckler, by Debbie & Michael Spetich
William Borack, by Bob & Celia Borack
Marty Feldstein, by Steve & Bonnie Manello
Harold Greenberg, by Steve & Bonnie Manello
Irving Manello, by Steve & Bonnie Manello
David Greenberg, by Steve & Bonnie Manello
Hilda Manello, by Steve & Bonnie Manello
Fay Greenberg, by Steve & Bonnie Manello
Joan Ostrow, by Dave & Lynda Herbert
Community Relations Fund
Rabbi Spitzer, by Bev Gross
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Memory of
Laura Tuber, by Jerry & Sherry Kitzen
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