ELUL 5782 / TISHREI 5783
TEMPLE SHOLOM BOARD OF TRUSTEES & CONGREGATION...
Thank you for your note on behalf of my brother Allan's passing. It is very much appreciated. He will be missed. The best to the Board of Trustees for a good year. Thank you again.
The ACLU of Ohio Foundation received a generous gift from an anonymous donor in our honor with the following message:
''Thanks to Rabbi Kozberg for reminding us all how important it is to
continue to fight the fascist agenda of traitors and hatemongers.''
Thank you for inspiring this gift!
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us, only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
No religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life for Peace
Many of us will recognize these lyrics from the song Imagine, by the late John Lennon. As the title implies, the song paints a general yet vivid picture of what exactly the composer wants us to visualize, centering around a fictitious world where many of the barriers that define social reality are nonexistent. The composer seems to assume that, left alone, human beings will live together harmoniously; but it is the barriers we’ve created (e.g., religion, nationalism, etc.) that prevent us from making this dream a reality.
With due respect to Mr. Lennon, Judaism takes issue with this assumption. Our Tradition teaches that, left to their own devices, human beings will not live in harmony: the generation of the Flood was proof of this. Yes, we are born innocent, but we have a natural inclination to doing evil. (Genesis 8:21: ''...the impulse of a man's heart is evil from his youth.'') If not redirected and tempered, this impulse will (and does) make potential evil into an actual evil. We learn to be good through proper moral direction and education. The means for such direction was provided to the world by G-d via the lessons of Torah (''Instruction''). Torah gives us a path that points us in the right moral direction, along with a promise that when we stray from that path, we can always return to it.
This is the central theme of the upcoming High Holiday season. With this in mind and as the season beckons us all to do our own ethical/spiritual inventory and return to that right path, I would offer for consideration two other scenarios to imagine:
1. IMAGINE getting to heaven and G-d says to you:
Before I laid the foundations of the earth, I thought of you and of the days you would live on earth. I planned out the people and the places I would give you. I laid out your neighbors and your workplace, the places you would attend school, and your family. I laid out enough days for you to do all the good works that I had purposed for you, and I equipped you with all you would need to accomplish those purposes. I filled you with My spirit to encourage and remind you and lead you. I gave you My Word so you would know Me and what to do. I gave you people to run with and people who needed Me. Let’s talk about how all that turned out.
2. IMAGINE that, as you proceed in your life's journey, you come upon a red door and a blue door. You are told the following:
--Behind the blue door is the opportunity to go back in time and correct every mistake you made in life.
--Behind the red door is $10 million in cash.
To continue your journey, you must pick one.
Sheryl and I wish each of you a happy and healthy 5783. May it be a year of good reports to ''the Boss'' and wise choices as your journey continues.
-Rabbi Cary Kozberg
~ SPOTLIGHT ON JESE SHELL ~
We are happy and excited about being able to resurrect our Temple Sholom Member Spotlight as we introduce several new members who have recently joined Temple Sholom.
Our first Spotlight will shine on Jese Shell who, after attending our Temple for several years, officially became a member last month. Two great things about Jese joining are that he has increased our Temple membership and has dramatically lowered our average age since he is 25 years old.
Jese was born and raised in the small community of Covington, Ohio, which is west of Troy. He was raised on his family's farm, which has been in his family for several generations. He attended Covington High School and graduated along with 66 other classmates in 2016. Jese was very active while attending high school and participated in Future Farmers of America (FFA), 4-H, Spanish Club, Art Club, Cross Country, and played the saxophone in the band.
After high school graduation, Jese attended Wilmington College where he majored in Ag Science Education and minored in Sociology. He spent five years attending Wilmington as his student teaching experience was delayed due to the pandemic. During his college years, he worked with children with autism in Clinton County as a service provider and tutor, taught religious school at Temple Israel in Dayton, worked in the calf department of ST Genetics in South Charleston, and helped on the family farm. Needless to say, Jese was a busy guy during those five years. He decided to move to Springfield and recently rented an apartment across from Snowhill School on Harding Road.
After college graduation, Jese accepted his first full-time teaching position with The Global Impact Stem Academy (GISA) in Springfield. He recently finished his first year of teaching six classes of seventh grade Ag Science and is already looking forward to his second year. He says that he loved his first year of teaching and loves teaching at GISA and hopes to be there for many more years.
Jese's dad, in addition to running the family farm, is a mechanic and machinist at a local manufacturing plant, and his mother is a school bus driver and school secretary. Jese has a twin sister, Carly, who is in graduate school at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She is working on her master's degree in public health. His older sister, Chloe, lives in Tipp City on her own family farm and is the athletic director for the Bradford local schools. His brother, Jack, lives in Covington and works for the Village of Covington in the Water and Waste Department.
The family farm at one time was over 800 acres; but through the years, with the ups and downs of being a small family-owned and operated farm, they were forced to sell off a number of acres. When growing up, the family farm raised beef cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, poultry, and crops. Currently they grow corn and soybeans as well as a winter wheat cover crop. One of Jese's dreams is to farm his family's farm with his father and once again raise animals and try some different farming techniques.
Jese's grandparents were Baptists, and his parents and siblings are Presbyterians. He became interested in Judaism through reading and studying and decided to convert to Judaism in 2015. He worked with Rabbi Ginsburg at Temple Beth Abraham in Dayton and officially converted to Judaism in 2019. Besides attending and now being a member of Temple Sholom, Jese still maintains his memberships at Temple Anshe Emeth in Piqua and Beth Jacob in Dayton. During his free time, he enjoys biking, reading, and helping on the family farm. It has been enjoyable having Jese join us for services and other events for the past several years, and we are certainly thrilled that he is now a full-time member of Temple Sholom. We look forward to having him become an active and involved member of our congregation and of our community. Certainly, an added bonus is the fact that we have become a little younger congregation.
Jese says it has been very enjoyable to make more and more connections in the Springfield community and is looking forward to the upcoming school year. Jese, it is great having you as part of our Temple family and as part of the Springfield community.
We cannot all write a great novel, but all of us can live one.
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
In memory of Marvin Silverstein's brother Allan from Stan and Phyllis Nedelman, Eddie and Laurie Leventhal
In memory of Dr. David Russack from Linda Tobin and Stephen Pepper
SHARON LEE BROOCK FLOWER FUND
In honor of Laurie Leventhal's birthday from Peter and Peggy Noonan
~ 5783 HIGH HOLY DAYS ~
Sunday, Sept 25, 7:00 PM
Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Monday, Sept 26, 10:00 AM
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
followed by Tashlikh Service
Sunday, Oct 2, 11:30 AM
Cemetery Memorial Service
Tuesday, Oct 4, 8:00 PM
Kol Nidre Service
Wednesday, Oct 5, Yom Kippur
10:00 AM - Morning Service
1:00 PM - Afternoon Program/Discussion
3:30 PM - Afternoon Service
5:00 PM - Yizkor Memorial Service
5:30 PM - Ne'ilah/Havdalah
ROSH HASHANAH EVE ONEG
This year, the traditional apples and honey will be served during the kiddush after the service
on September 25. We hope you will join us for this service BEGINNING AT 7:00 PM and celebrate the sweetness of the new year.
CEMETERY MEMORIAL SERVICE
It is a meaningful Jewish tradition to visit the graves of dear ones during the High Holy Days. You are invited to attend this brief Memorial Service beginning at 11:30 AM on October 2 in the Reform Jewish cemetery section of Ferncliff Cemetery.
Please join us for the ancient Rosh Hashanah ritual of Tashlikh after the Rosh Hashanah Morning Service. Gather at Reid Park (across from the entrance to the Dam) and bring your bread. Rabbi Kozberg will lead in symbolically ridding ourselves of our shortcomings by throwing breadcrumbs in the water.
YOM KIPPUR HUNGER PROJECT
Second Harvest Food Bank is once again accepting food donations. Please bring your grocery bags filled with non-perishable foods by Yom Kippur for our traditional donation. A table will be set up just inside the social hall to hold your donations.
BRING A WRAP
In the interest of comfort, you may wish to bring a light jacket for services in the sanctuary. The temperature is generally set a bit cooler so that the participants on the bimah will not be too warm.
With best wishes to you and yours for a new year that will be sweet and good
We note with sorrow and mourn the passing of:
Allan Silverstein, brother of Marvin Silverstein. Allan passed away on July 29 in Columbus, OH.
May his memory be always for a blessing
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
SEPT 2: David Krauss (grandfather), Rebecca LaSalle, Minnie Weixelbaum, Arthur A. Cornez (father of Paul Cornez), Louis Feinstein, Harold Y. Leventhal (brother of Aaron), Henry G. Stern, Moshe Zohar (brother of Itzca Zohar)
SEPT 9: Maurice K. Baach, Dora Klein, Aaron Isaac Gordon, Alfred Stein, Paul Lewis Stein, Morton J. Weiss (father of Brian Weiss)
SEPT 16: Grace Paris Bruser, Sol Dagan, Rabbi C. Melvyn Helfgott, Annabel Lapinsky, Max Roy Lapinsky, Louis Leventhal, Lena Reich, Lina Goland Schiff, Julius Singer, Pearl Weinbach, Caleb Alan Armbrecht, Howard Heller, Douglas J. Klang (father of Doug Klang), Dan Rich
SEPT 23: Rebecca Gerson, Estella Greenland (mother of Jay Greenland), Moses M. Kaufman, Fannie Neyer Leventhal, Sylvia K. Margolis, Dora Salzer, Dr. Robert M. Tannenbaum, Alma L. Weixelbaum, Louis Dollin, Elsie Louise Klang, Sheldon Leventhal (brother of Eddie Leventhal), Ari Leviatan
SEPT 30: Walter B. Kleeman, Sr.
OCT 7: Ida Reva Block, Jane L. Ensten, Hyman E. Levy, Florence A. Tannenbaum, Alan Feinstein (husband of Nancy Feinstein), James Goldman, Max Levitan, Sandra Marenberg (sister of Gerald Marenberg), Ruth Miller, Seymour Miller, Lester Stein (father of Leslie Buerki)