Women of Valor

Beth Abraham Sisterhood celebrates our 2023 Women of Valor honorees!

This year we are thrilled to honor six women who provide spiritual leadership in our area congregations in addition to their contributions throughout our community.

It is our great pleasure to announce Beth Abraham Sisterhood’s 2023 Women of Valor:

Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Temple Israel
Rabbi Judy Chessin, Temple Beth Or
Courtney Cummings, Temple Israel
Cantor Andrea Raizen, Beth Abraham Synagogue
Mary ‘Mahira’ Rogers, Temple Beth Or
Rabbi Tina Sobo, Temple Israel

Women of Valor is an annual program honoring Jewish women in the Dayton community who have made unique and valuable contributions to the Jewish and/or general communities.  Organized by Beth Abraham Synagogue’s Sisterhood, this is the 11th year of this program.

Each year, the Women of Valor program has a social action component. Some examples of past social action projects that have supported the community include: 

  • Collecting women’s accessories for Clothes That Work
  • Collecting personal care items for the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court’s Women’s Therapeutic Store
  • Donating coloring books and crayons to Dayton Children’s Hospital and Montgomery County Juvenile Court
  • Donating board games and magazines to Oak Tree Corner
  • Collecting snack items, writing journals and stuffed animals for CARE House, an advocacy center for victims of abuse
  • Collecting new adult socks for Life Essentials

We are proud to honor Jewish women in Dayton who have made significant and meaningful contributions to our community.