AUGUST 2019 NEWSLETTER
TAMMUZ / AV 5779
MAZAL TOV TO...
Larry Turyn who, along with other members of the Yellow Springs Havurah, was featured in the August edition of The Dayton Jewish Observer
Gerald and Jo Marenberg on the passing of her mother Jean Roeth on June 30.
May her memory be for a blessing
This day of fasting marks the destruction of the First and Second Temples, the loss of Jewish sovereignty, and numerous other tragedies said to have fallen on this day. The Book of Eicha (Lamentations) is read. Plan to observe this day at Temple on Friday, August 9 with the leadership of Cantor Lauren Bandman.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
On Wednesday evening, August 7,
Dave Lyle, Head of Safety and Security for Springfield City Schools, will be speaking at Temple Sholom about how to improve security measures for the Temple.
The presentation will focus on the necessity of improved security for houses of worship and what is necessary for a robust security program. In addition to Dave's formal presentation, we will be able to ask him any pertinent questions.
There are many opinions as to how to keep our Temple safe. This program will give us an opportunity to hear from a professional.
Responding to recent synagogue attacks, an ad hoc
Temple Security committee has already met several times to discuss these matters. This program will give the entire congregation an opportunity to hear from a professional about what we as a congregation can realistically AND effectively do to keep our building and ourselves safe.
The program begins at 7:30 PM.
YOU ARE NOT JUST INVITED TO ATTEND...YOU ARE ENCOURAGED!
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
Today, as I write this, Jews the world over are observing the fast of the 17th of Tammuz. The 17th of Tammuz commemorates the beginning of the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE, which ended on the 9th of Av with the destruction of the Second Temple. The 9th of Av --Tisha b'Av
is also the day on which the first
Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE.
The destruction of the Second Temple marked the beginning of a 1900-year period of exile, in which Jews both flourished and were victimized. Whether they flourished or were victimized depended on the whims of those among whom they lived. With the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, we finally were able to fulfill our almost two-millennia old dream of self-determination - ''to be a free people in our land,'' as the words of Hatikva
declare. For the past 71 years, Israel has been a source of pride and inspiration for us, a testimony that “never again” will Jews be at the mercy of others. Mitigating the sense of loss that these 3 weeks are supposed to call forth, the creation of the State of Israel has radically changed how we understand our past and
And just as Israel has changed how we Jews see ourselves, it also has changed how many Christians see their relationship to us. For most of this 1900-year exile, our persecutors in the West were Christians. Jewish history is replete with accounts of how they harassed us, ghetto
-ized us, proselytized us…and killed us. Moreover, the creation of the Jewish State has seen classical Christian anti-Semitism morph into something more politically correct: anti-Zionism.
But there has also been a new phenomenon: believing Christians who not only don't want to hate and harass us, but rather want to love and support us! These are G-d-fearing individuals who are solidly behind Israel, enthusiastically giving it political, moral, and financial support, and expressing concern about the welfare of Jews around the world. What drives them is a deep and heart-felt belief in a notion about which we ourselves may be ambivalent: that we Jews are
''G-d's chosen,'' and that whoever blesses us will be blessed, and whoever curses us will be cursed (cf. Genesis 12:3). In a word, they want to be on G-d's side.
Our response to such overtures has been suspicion at worse, ambivalence at best. Having been victims of Christian oppression for almost 2,000 years, it is understandably hard to believe that such a sudden change of heart could be genuine. With a certain amount Diaspora residue still clinging to us, why would we be quick to take ''yes'' for an answer?
But...why the suspicion? Why the ambivalence? Two reasons immediately come to mind:
1) Many Christians who are enthusiastically ''philo
-Semitic'' are also evangelicals. Thus, even with their overtures of caring and support, there is still the belief among many Jews that these stem from a continuing desire to convert us. As one real skeptic once said: ''they used to want to kill us outright; now they want to kill us with kindness.''
2) Although their support of Israel may be genuine and without ulterior motive, they often hold political views on other issues that are usually an anathema to most American Jews.
But friendships and alliances are never made with ideal partners. Friends and allies never agree on everything.
And given the rise of anti-Semitism here in the U.S. and the continuing efforts of Israel's enemies to delegitimize and ultimately destroy her, why would we not
accept support -- if only because of the necessity of realpolitik--
from those who loudly declare their support? It seems ethically ungracious and politically unwise to reject the overtures of people who want to be in our corner BECAUSE they take seriously the words of our prophet Zechariah, who spoke of a time when nations will attach themselves to us and say: ''Let us go with you, because we have heard that G-d is with you''
With all of this in mind, Jews who support Israel would do well to support the efforts of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), an organization of 5,000,000 Christians around the country, whose sole agenda is to maintain political support for Israel in this country and
financially support various NGO's in Israel, especially those that help the victims of terrorism and their families.
Information about the upcoming ''Night to Honor Israel'' sponsored by CUFI's Dayton chapter is enclosed in this month's Temple Bulletin, and I encourage attendance from Temple Sholom members. Several of us attended last year and were frankly inspired to see so many Christians, who once upon a time we would have looked upon as cursing us and now blessing us.
After 2,000 years, these folks are saying ''yes!'' to us. Perhaps the time has come for us to start taking that ''yes'' for an answer.
-- Rabbi Cary Kozberg
~ HIGH HOLY DAYS ~
During our High Holy Days season, we offer special aliyot
(honors) to many people. We do so to thank them for their support of Temple Sholom during this past year, both of time and energy, and financial sustenance. We hope that you will accept the honor that is being offered.
And as preparations begin for various events and services, please consider volunteering your time, be it for setting up or preparing food. By being a member of a small congregation, each of you is needed to maintain a strong Jewish presence in this community. We hope all of you will choose to observe the coming High Holy Days at Temple with friends and family.
~ HIGH HOLY DAYS 5780 ~
Please take a moment to mark your calendar for the upcoming High Holy Days. Details along with service times will be available in the September newsletter as well as via e-mail.
Sunday, Sept 29.......... Erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday, Sept 30 .......... Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday, Oct 8 ..............Kol Nidre
Wednesday, Oct 9.......... Yom Kippur
Monday, Oct 14 ..............Sukkot
Tuesday, Oct 22 .......... Simchat Torah
~ YOM KIPPUR BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE ~
This month you will be receiving a letter and form to list the names of your loved ones in this year's Memorial Booklet. Please complete your information and return to the Temple office at your earliest convenience.
~ COURTESY SEATING FOR HHD ~
Will be traveling during the High Holy Days and attending a synagogue away from Springfield? Please let us know if you would like for the office to send a request for courtesy seating for you to attend another Reform synagogue. Remember that tickets are not required at Temple Sholom - all services are open to members, their guests, and the community.
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
- A generous donation has been received from Inas Sisler in memory of her husband Jeff
- In honor of Phyllis Nedelman's Bat Mitzvah from Adam, Mary Jo and Jenna Leventhal
- In honor of the yahrzeit for our mother Bertha Beloff from Larry and Frayda Beloff
SHARON LEE BROOCK FLOWER FUND
- In honor of Laurie Leventhal's birthday from Cathy Bell, Diane Smith
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
Anne Arnovitz, Ben Broock, Maisie Demmel, Samual M. Draisen (brother of Bernice Goldman)
Joseph Friedberger, Julius Holzberg, Abraham M. Lapinsky, Dora K. Lebensberger, Pearle Romanoff, Dr. David B. Russack (husband of Gail), Riva Stessel, J. Leonard Werber, Ben Mazur, Betty-Anne Zoldan
Phillip Buchfirer, Emma Kossoff, Ruth R. Levin, Lt. Robert L. Levine, Moses N. Sanders
George C. Hart, Marjorie J. Newman, Elizabeth Rittoff, Sophia Roth, Joyce Carol Burroughs (mother of Lori Nedelman), Theresa Ennis (mother of Barbara Willens), Naomi Gardner, Ruth (Ricky) Kepnes (mother of Ellen Levine), Mollie Unger (mother of Shirley Leventhal), Eleanor E. Weiss (mother of Jan Spier), Shereen Willens
Mary Jane Broock, Douglas S. Goldman, Anna R. Kaminsky, David Krauss (grandfather of Rick), Rebecca LaSalle, Lena Myers, Saul Schneider, Minnie Weixelbaum, Martha Irwin (mother of Stephanie Paugh)
Arthur A. Cornez (father of Paul), Louis Feinstein (father of Alan), Aaron Isaac Gordon, Alfred Stein, Paul Lewis Stein, Moshe Zohar (brother of Itzca)