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Competitors get ready for Adath's first Kosher Chili Cook-off

On Sunday, May 7 from 11 am – 3 pm, Adath Israel Congregation will hold their first Kosher Chili Cookoff fundraiser. Nate Waspe and his son Sam will compete on a team with Executive Chef Cory Swan. Nate said, “Our secret? It’s nothing but passion and the love of cooking. We are making our own spice blend.” 

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Sisterhood Torah Fund honors Marlene Ostrow

On May 1st at 7:30 PM, Marlene Ostrow will be the honoree at Adath Israel Sisterhood’s Torah Fund event. Heidi Weisman, President of Sisterhood said, "Marlene is a true Eshet Chayil, Woman of Valor. She gives with her heart and soul." Natalie Wolf, Adath Israel President said, "I’ve known Marlene for many years, both as a dedicated volunteer at Adath Israel Congregation and in our shared passion for volunteering for candidates and issues that improve the lives of all women in our community. I am so pleased that Sisterhood chose to recognize Marlene for her strengths, dedication, and passion.”

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Friday Night Fun at Adath Israel

When Adath Israel first agreed to be part of the new Friday Night Shabbat program around Cincinnati, they thought it could be a nice way to bring families back into the shul on Friday nights. “It was also a great opportunity to meet some new families who might be interested in Friday evening programming,” said Rachel Brown, Director of Education and Youth & Family Programming at Adath Israel. What started as a mid-size program of about forty people quickly became a much larger program drawing in sixty, seventy, and finally over one hundred people. 

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Adath Israel to host movie screening of The Janes documentary 

 On Sunday, March 12th at 7 PM, Adath Israel's Advocacy Committee will host a screening of The Janes. The documentary recounts the story of a group of unlikely outlaws defying the state legislature that banned abortion, the Catholic Church that condemned it, and the Chicago Mob that was profiting from it. 

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Adath Israel End of Summer Party

This year, on Sunday, August 28th, Adath Israel hosted its end of summer picnic party. The Remains played live music and summery treats like Kona ice were offered. The community was able to come together to engage in raffles, games, and other great activities to close out the summer and kick off the fall season. 

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“Scubi Jew” Rabbi Ed Rosenthal Visits Cincinnati

Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, also known as “Scubi Jew,” will visit Cincinnati from February 3 – 5th as Adath Israel Congregation’s Scholar in Residence.  Rabbi Rosenthal is an avid scuba diver and founder of the organization Tikkun HaYam whose mission is “to share the spiritual wonders of water and the sea from a Jewish perspective and to raise awareness and encourage action to address the many threats facing the aquatic environment.” Adath Past President Debbie Lempert said, “I first heard about Rabbi Rosenthal through Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. 

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Bus Driver Shortage Can’t Stop USY Teens

On Thursday morning December 1st at 9:18 a.m., less than twenty four hours before a bus of USY teens were scheduled to depart to their regional convention in Cleveland, Samantha Rose received a phone call that the bus would not be coming to pick them up. Samantha is the Youth Coordinator for Adath Israel Congregation. She said, “They called and said that they were really sorry, but they don’t have a bus for us… I paid, I called to confirm, they confirmed it, and that was that until Thursday morning at 9:18 a.m., and we were leaving Friday at 9 a.m.” 

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Rabbi Rand Burke to Engage the Community

On July 1st, Rabbi Rand Burke started work as Adath Israel’s first Engagement Rabbi.  What does an Engagement Rabbi do?  Rabbi Burke said, “The short answer is to bring people back to shul, and a big part of this job is to connect with our Adath community to build relationships inside and outside the walls of the synagogue. Another aspect is to offer innovative, dynamic, and collaborative programming to offer opportunities for social connection.” 

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Adath Israel dedicates classroom to former teacher

Adath Israel Congregation dedicated a classroom in honor of late teacher Scott Kabakoff. Classroom 125 was dedicated to honoring his memory and legacy as a special educator who taught in the classroom.  

Mr. Kabakoff spent many years teaching at the Jarson Education Center and would come in extra time each week to prep for upcoming classes. He would spend countless hours at the start of the school year decorating his classroom so it was welcoming to the students, and wrote many articles for the school newsletter. 

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Adath Israel Congregation “Melaveh Malkah”

On Saturday night, April 2, Adath Israel Congregation sponsored “Melaveh Malkah: Saying Goodbye to the Queen of Shabbat”: an evening of song and sweet treats at Cafe Alma. 

With a packed house of congregants and guests present, the evening began with the traditional havdalah prayer chanted through the soothing Hebraic voice of Yair Richler. Mitch Cohen, Adath Israel High Holy Day Cantor, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Teacher, Coordinator of the Choir, and Band Director, added the beat with his one foot tambourine. Senior Rabbi Moshe Smolkin warmly welcomed the room as he sang Shavua Tov accompanied by Mitch Cohen on the guitar. 

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Whiskey & The Word: Young professionals share Torah

On Thursday night  Dec. 30th, Adat, the Cincinnati Jewish Young Professional Community founded by Adath Israel Congregation, presented “Whiskey & the Word”, a space for young adults to share words of Torah, community, and a good whiskey as well. 

The event was hosted in Norwood at the house of Alex Ziegler, co-founder of Whiskey and the Word, with his Husky Piper helping to greet guests as they arrived. 

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Sun, July 21 2024 15 Tammuz 5784