According to Temple President Anne Handley of Temple Beth Israel-Shaare Zedek in Lima, Ohio, “Outreach to the community has always been an important focus. Our supporting interfaith means that we honour diversity by inclusion not exclusion so we can build a community of common purpose.” They invite all with the following ,”Welcome to all.” Message; “On behalf of Temple Beth Israel-Shaare Zedek, Lima, OH, I would like to welcome you to our community Temple please contact us at; Email: [email protected] PO Box 814 Lima, OH 45802-0814. She wrote the following to this author’s request to write an article about their Outreach: “As president of Temple Beth Israel-Shaare Zedek, I am honoured and pleased that you chose us to write an article on our Outreach to the community as it has always been an important focus. I feel it is also very important that people understand those of the Jewish faith.”
” We also have our website at templebethisraelshaarezedek.org which is very informative. “ We are small in number but strong in our commitment to the Jewish community as well as out-reach to the non-Jewish community. We welcome those of you who are simply curious about Judaism as well as those of you who are looking for a spiritual home. Shabbat services are once a month on Friday evenings. Oneg Shabbats are held after services. Connie Hornung conducts lay-led Sabbath Service once a month.”
Additionally she reports that, “Temple Beth Israel-Shaare Zedek always welcomes guests of all ages to visit especially for Shabbat/Sabbath services which are held Friday evenings. Rabbi Brickner is only here one weekend a month for now until the Temple’s finances improve. One of our congregants leads a lay service once a month. Mainly schools and church groups visit as well as college students who need to observe and learn about another religion. “ In January, children who were going to participate in the play at Amile Tellers-Encore Theatre called “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” about the holocaust visited. They wanted to know more about the Jewish religion and the people they were going to represent in the play. We were having our Tu B’Shevat Seder celebrating the awakening of spring in Israel. Along with readings about the plants and trees, we celebrated the fruits that are produced tasting whatever we could find in Lima. We started off drinking white wine slowly throughout the service adding red to the white until the final drink of wine was red. Our congregants always welcome questions, like giving explanations and enjoy visiting with our guests. When Rabbi is in Lima, people have the opportunity to observe the reading of the Torah getting the chance to see an actual scroll.” Anne Hadley Temple President.
Temple Beth Israel-Shaare Zedek is a member of the Union for Reformed Judaism that serves reformed congregations throughout North America. The Union for Reformed Judaism website states, “ The great contribution of Reform Judaism is that it has enabled the Jewish people to introduce innovation while preserving tradition, to embrace diversity while asserting commonality, to affirm beliefs without rejecting those who doubt and to bring faith to sacred texts without sacrificing critical scholarship. Copyright: Union for Reformed Judaism.
President Handley also shares that many years ago the Temple Sisterhood would hold a bazaar selling foods that represent Jewish cooking, bake goods and corned beef lunches. As the membership dwindled, we no longer had the women power to offer the bazaar. Instead we carried on the tradition of selling kosher or kosher style corned beef sandwiches on rye bread with sauerkraut, kosher pickle, potato salad and desserts for Super Bowl Sunday. This is Sisterhood’s major fundraiser. We always have a wonderful response from the Lima and surrounding communities. Once again we had another successful fundraiser and are very grateful. “Both Temple and Sisterhood hold events and fund-raisers welcoming all. We have a very small number of young people, so we no longer have a traditional Sunday school class. On the positive side, this means that each student preparing for b’nei mitzvah gets more individual attention. We honor diversity of interfatith citing the following verse;My house shall be a house of prayer for all peoples.(Isaiah 56:7) Please join us. I think you will find our atmosphere to be warm and inviting. If you have any questions, call 419-223-9616. “Anne Handley, President ” Temple Beth Israel-Shaare-Zedek
This examiner greatly appreciates having this welcoming interfaith diversity dialogue with Temple President Handley. Congratsulations to everyone at Temple Beth Israel Shaare Zedek for their total commitment to continued Outreach in building an interfaith community of common purpose for all. Below is their Tentative March Calendar of Events please contact them for changes in schedules, visit their website or call them for additional information Email: [email protected] PO Box 814 Lima, OH 45802-0814.
Temple Beth IsraelShaare Zedek’s TENTATIVE MARCH CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
MARCH 2, Wed. SISTERHOOD BROWN BAG LUNCH…………..…….. 12:00 Nn
MARCH 4, Fri. LAY-LED EREV SHABBAT EVE SERVICE………… 7:30 PM
With Guest Speaker TBA
MARCH 7, Mon. BOYS’ CLUB LUNCH @ MILANO CAFÉ ……………. 11:45 AM
MARCH 11, Fri. FRI. NITE LITE MOVIE NIGHT……………………… 7:30 PM
MARCH 18, Fri. PURIM WITH THE RABBI & POTLUCK…………….… 6:30 PM
MARCH 19, Sat. ADULT LEARNING……………………………………. 10:00 AM 1st hour of Part 2 – “God In America” DVD – all are welcome MARCH 20, Sun. INTERNATIONAL EXPO @ LIMA SENIOR HIGH… 1 – 5 PM
MARCH 25, Fri. NO EREV SHABBAT SERVICE © 2011 Temple Beth Israel -Shaare Zedek – Lima, OH