FEBUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
SHEVAT / ADAR I 5779
TEMPLE SHOLOM 5th ANNUAL
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SATURDAY, MARCH 23
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MAZAL TOV TO...
- Nate Ebner, grandson of Dick Ebner. Nate is a New England Patriots defensive back and has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Ed Block Courage Award. This honor is bestowed annually upon a player who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship while also serving as a source of inspiration. Nate was the guest speaker for our 2015 Sports Night.
- Joel and Heather Willens on the January 5 birth of their son, Thomas Ennis Willens. Joel is the son of Barbara Willens and Dr Barney Willens.
- David Krauss, son of Rick and Anna Krauss, who graduated from the Clark State Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy on January 9.
TODAH RABBAH...thank you to
- Larry Schneider for plowing the parking lot during the January snowfalls
- Doug Klang and Itzca Zohar for keeping the synagogue sidewalks cleared during the winter snow and ice
WE EXTEND A WARM WELCOME TO THESE NEW MEMBERS WHO HAVE JOINED THE TEMPLE SHOLOM FAMILY...
Douglas Klang: 20 S Limestone St, Ste #240, Springfield 45502, (937) 206-1925
Jacob Daniel: P.O. Box 2704, Springfield 45501, (937) 215-0857
Mark Herbst: 102 E Main St, #513, Springfield 45502
Please add these names and information to your Membership Directory
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
Just a note to thank all of you who called, emailed, sent cards, and made donations in response to my back surgery. As I write this, I'm getting stronger and feeling better - even feeling some cabin fever, but the weather is preventing me from doing much about that.
One of my ''take-aways'' from this experience has been this:
There are several blessings that Jews traditionally say in the morning upon waking up. Among them are a blessing for being able to eliminate waste, a blessing for being able to straighten up when getting out of bed, and one for being able to walk after getting out of bed. My sense is that, because these are occurrences that happen regularly and usually with no great effort, the blessings are often said by rote, if said at all.
In the wake of this procedure - which interrupted my body's usual waste elimination processes, and initially made it difficult to move in bed, get out of bed, and certainly walk - I was reminded that the many blessings that allow us to live our lives should not and must not be taken for granted.
Looking forward to getting ''back to normal''...
SPOTLIGHT ON DOUG KLANG ~
Our Temple Sholom member spotlight this month shines on one of our newest members, Doug Klang. Doug's nine-month journey in converting to Judaism was completed on December 30 of last year and quickly was followed by him becoming a member of Temple Sholom. Doug was born in Detroit where he spent the first 10 years of his life. His family then moved to Suttons Bay, Michigan, which is near Traverse City, and from there moved to Frankfort, which is located on Lake Michigan. During his high school years, Doug's summers were spent boating and his winters on the ski slopes.
Doug's family originally settled in Michigan around 1872 when they arrived from Germany. His great-great-grandfather's first job after he arrived was as a grave digger. While working around florists, he decided that the flower business looked easier and was mostly done indoors; so in 1911 he helped his son, Doug's great-grandfather Johann, open a flower business - J.H. Klang Florist - in Detroit, which remained in the family until 1989 when Doug's father passed away.
During his junior and senior high school years, Doug helped to manage a pizza ''joint'' in Ontonagon, Michigan. After graduating high school, Doug soon joined the Family Video company at their Petoskey, Michigan store, which was just their fourth location. At the height of their business, Family Video had over 700 locations, most of which were in the Midwest.
Doug started as counter help at Family Video and did many different jobs within the organization. He eventually moved into their real estate division and soon became charged with finding locations to build and operate video stores throughout the Midwest. This required Doug to move several times to be closer to the areas in which they were looking to expand. Working from his home in Sterling Heights, Michigan, he expanded the brand south to Toledo and then further to Findlay. At that point, he was asked to relocate somewhere in southern Ohio. He and his family chose Springfield because of its size, amenities, and people. They moved to the area in June of 2000. His family bought the Willens' home on Burrwood where they stayed until the kids were off to college. After years of expansion and growth, Family Video, like most every other video brick and mortar store, not only stopped expanding but were soon closing stores.
After leaving Family Video in 2012, Doug acquired his real estate license and joined the firm of Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate, where he is a Commercial Realtor and a commercial real estate developer. Doug and his family ran Bada Bing Pizzeria in downtown Springfield for 2 years. Being big supporters of small downtown businesses, they worked hard to promote downtown Springfield and hoped other business would follow their lead. However, after a couple of years, it was no longer possible to keep it open, and they returned ownership to the original owners.
Doug is the proud father of five children: Douglas, who is a sophomore at The Ohio State University; Corrin (Kennedy's mom), who graduated from Alabama and works with her dad at Berkshire Hathaway; Megan, who received her undergrad and masters in social work at OSU and works with at-risk children in Columbus; Erica, who graduated from OSU and now works with Planned Parenthood in Dayton; and Zoe, who graduated from Miami and is an elementary school teacher in the Cincinnati public schools. Doug is the proud grandfather of one, Kennedy, whom many of us know since she is a regular and active participant at Temple Sholom's Friday services.
Doug says that he was attracted to Judaism as it fit and matched his beliefs and values at this stage of his life, and he felt it would help guide him on a road of doing ''good deeds.'' When Doug is not working at real estate, he is hanging out with Kennedy and/or his children and learning as much as he can about Judaism by attending classes, studying Hebrew, and reading. His hobbies are cooking, eating out, and thinking about losing weight (something many of us think about).
We are thrilled to have Doug as one of our newest members of Temple Sholom and have enjoyed getting to know him and having him involved in so many of our activities.
''We cannot all write a great novel, but all of us can live one.''
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
A generous donation has been received from Inas Sisler in memory of her husband Jeff
- Many MiSheberach for our illustrious leader. Get well soon, Rabbi Kozberg, from Marvin and Sandy Silverstein
- In honor of the yahrzeit for my mother Lillian Nedelman from Stan and Phyllis Nedelman
- In honor of Doug Klang's recent conversion from Itzca Zohar
- Wishing Rabbi Kozberg a speedy recovery from surgery from Jack and Paulette Grodner
- In honor of the yahrzeit for my wife Natalie from Paul Cornez
JEFFREY D EBNER YOUTH FUND
- In memory of Laurie Henry’s mother from Lyla and Harvey Bailin
- In memory of Abby Rose Dodsworth from Lyla and Harvey Bailin
- In honor of Nate Ebner selected as recipient of the New England Patriots 2018 Ed Block Courage Award from Lyla and Harvey Bailin
PLAQUE HAS BEEN INSTALLED
A Family plaque in memory of Van Gabbard has been inscribed and now hangs in the Room of Remembrance.
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
FEB 1: Lois Bernstein, Louis Broock, Rosa Gardner, Max D. Gross, Nathan Klein, Nelson B. Paris, Ida Florence Zitsman, Priscilla Lind (mother of Bobbi Mugford)
FEB 8: Joseph Gardner, Roberta Greenland (wife of Jay), Adolph D. Haas (father of Sandy Silverstein), Max Kleeman, Bonita S. Krauss (mother of Rick), Sophie K. LeBolt, Louis M. Levy, Jennie Prusiner, Mary J. Rubin, Jack J. Schechter, Mattie Weixelbaum, Marion P. Cornez (mother of Paul), Henry R. Ennis (father of Barbara Willens), Mildred Naft, Bertram Unger (brother of Shirley Leventhal)
FEB 15: Carrie Altschul, Norma Cooper Hart, Gwendolyn Hoffman, Raymond L. Schiff (husband of Char), Clara Mae Dulaney (mother of Paulette Grodner), Ethel Farber, Celia Zoken Friedland (mother of Eric), Mark L. Greenberg (brother of Jan Spier)
FEB 22: Frieda Beyer Adler, Felix Balicer, Arnold Block, Werner Donn, Fannie Ebner, Morton R. Goldstein, Larry Himmel, Fannie Kaufman, Louis B. Margolis, Lillian Pollens, Benjamin M. Blumberg (father of Frayda Beloff), Gail Genieve Banks Buerki (mother of Robert), Naomi Ruth Ebner Fine, Henry Marenberg (father of Gerald), Marsha Remer, Thomas Shifman (father of Morrey), Jordan Arthur Spier
MAR 1: Lilly Broock, Henry Gardner, Etta M. Herron, Leah G. Klein, Leonard Levy, Paul Dulaney (father of Paulette Grodner), Sharon Friedman, Bruce Krane, Julius Levy, Celia Feinstein Spitz (sister of Alan Feinstein), Charlotte Turyn (mother of Larry)