October 2021 / Tishrei-Cheshvan 5782
by John Spera
With the High Holidays behind us, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved. Behind the scenes our office staff of Debbie Spetich and Patti Green did a marvelous job of pulling all the pieces together. Our music with Alex Marr and Daveed Buzaglo made this a very rich and rewarding experience for me and I hope the congregation. Our Shofar duet of Rabbi Spitzer and Linda Simon-Mietus always impresses me. It was truly outstanding with Rabbi Komerofsky, whose sermons were enlightening, informative and thought provoking. I never thought about Purim Jews and Passover Jews. I think this year my expectations were exceeded. Thank you to all who participated, attended in person or on line and I look forward to a great New Year.
The Lesson of Return
by Chadash Director, Julie Zorn
Chadash returned for the 2021/2022 school year sandwiched right in between the two holiest Jewish days of the year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Just as we were preparing a long-awaited reunion of sorts, news of the rise in cases due to the delta variant began to emerge. Covid cases were popping up in our local school districts, and the cases in Ohio were reaching numbers as high as they were 6 months prior.
As disheartening as the decision was, we knew we had to keep our community safe. Chadash would not yet come back in person as we had longed for. Our population of mostly unvaccinated youth would need to wait to reunite just a little bit longer.
It seemed so apropos that our virtual Chadash school would open right in between the high holy days. After all, the sabbath between the high holy days is called “Shabbat Shuvah” or “Sabbath of return,” and so that is just what our Chadash family did. We returned.
We reset our goals and recommitted to learning and spending time together. Not returning in person was a letdown but seeing our friends’ happy faces pop up into boxes on the computer screen with our extraordinarily creative and flexible faculty shining their familiar and sincere smiles helped us to understand that our community is most definitely worth returning for.
The lesson of return rang through our ears as the sounds of the Shofar sang our traditional and ritualistic calls during our high holy day themed T’Filah service. The Shofar reminded us to wake up, to come to attention, to be present. So, as we retuned to our school year and to each other, we did so with the intent of having a great year no matter what. Computer screens or classroom walls back in our Beit Ha’am building simply did not matter. We were a community who needed to march forward together.
Chadash Community Hebrew Academy plans to return to in person learning in November but will continue to monitor the coronavirus cases in Stark County closely as we make our students’ safety our highest priority.
The Social Action committee will be collecting items for the Stark County Veterans Service Commission.
It is an organization that was formed in 1886 and has been serving veterans and their families ever since. Their staff consists of all veterans and families members of veterans so they have a deep understanding of the issues their clients face. They assist in multiple areas, such as housing, transportation, financial, and dental just to name a very few. We will be collecting items throughout October and November.
They are in need of: (new items only)
- socks and gloves for men and women
- toiletries, shampoos including trial sizes
- combs, brushes and soaps
- Gift cards (grocery store and gas)
Friday, November 5, 2021
5:30 p.m. – Oneg Shabbat (refreshments before the service)
6:15 p.m. – Shabbat Evening Service and Installation
The Installation Service will include:
Rabbi Jon Adland | Rabbi John H. Spitzer
Rabbi David M. Horowitz | Rabbi Stacy L. Schlein
.Saturday, November 6, 2021
10:30 a.m. – Shabbat Morning Service
After the Service – Shabbat Bagel Brunch
As the World Turns: Immigration in the Biden Administration
Pvt. Samuel Cohn, Jr.
Philip C. Fleischer, Sr.
Ida Mae Pullan
Leonard L. Tuber
Ellis A. Feiman
Helen Fleisher Foreman
Henrietta B. Hyman
Fanny T. Luntz
Rose Pollack Simon
Betty N. Singer
Robert D. Weinberg
Robert C. Ferne
Richard E. Lavine
Sylvia Sue Robbins
Miriam S. Cohen
Dr. Daniel T. Feiman
Ann Feldman Merken
Rabbi Paul Gorin
Daniel M. Jonas
Albert A. Kanner
Leo B. Lavin
Blanch B. Perlman
Nathan A. Rubin
If you would like a copy of the Temple Israel Yearbook (directory) or Book of Memory, please stop by the office or give us a call and we will mail it to you.
The Temple's sympathy is extended to the families of:
Charles Joel Landau
Temple Israel Endowments
Robert & Shelley Schweitzer Temple Youth Group Endowment
In Memory of
- Neal Libster, by Rob & Shelley Schweitzer
Temple Israel Restricted Funds
Mazon Fund - A Jewish Response to Hunger
In Memory of
- Neal Libster, by Kathy Peskin, Bob & Celia Borack, Kathy Ashkettle, Ed & Janet Diamond, Stan & Barbara Rubin, Bob Slesnick, Anti-Defamation League, Ted & Gail Goldman, Alan Meshekow, Ellen & Jonathan Brown, James Anderson, Linda & Howard Smuckler, Toby Roth, Shirley Lockshin, Doree Hafner
- Lori and Neal Libster, by Linda & Michael Osherow
- Evelyn Herman, by Bernice, David & Lingxia Friedman
- Mark Turkeltaub, by Bernice, David & LIngxia Friedman, Gail & Ron Arenstein, Diana Collum
- Robert Sternberg, by Susan & Eric Grossman
- Ida Mae Pullan, by Harlene Smuckler
In Honor of
- Marilyn Raxlin's 90th Birthday, by Linda & Howard Smuckler
- Helen Blocker's 100th Birthday, by Toby Roth
The Recovery of
- Bob Friedman, by Barbara Rosenstock, by Ron & Adele Gelb
- Lou Schaner, by Ron & Adele Gelb
Bilha Ron Religious School
- Bob Friedman, by Arnie & Linda Rosenblatt
In Memory of
- Neal Libster, by Randi & Bill Smuckler
Lockshin-Goldenfeld Religious School
In Memory of
- Ida Goldenfeld, by Shirley Lockshin
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Appreciation of
- Rabbi's support & care of our family during our bereavement, by Jo-Ann & Tom Hornsten
- Rabbi Komerofsky, by Les & Eileen Sherman, Edward & Debra Sherwin
In Memory of
- Lori & Neal Libster, by Jo-Ann & Tom Hornsten
Social Action Program
In Memory of
- Neal Libster, by Joan & Marty Ortman
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