Please join us for the first Tot Shabbat of 2017 this Friday, January 6, at 6:30 p.m. Let’s ring in the new year with lots of music — instruments will be provided, or bring your own! — stories, prayer and laughter. Tot Shabbat is designed for children ages 0-5 and their families (including older siblings), but all are welcome. A kid-friendly Oneg Shabbat will follow services.
Please note that the Gesher class potluck dinner originally scheduled for this Friday has been postponed. The next Family First Fridays potluck dinner will be hosted by the 2-3 grade class on February 3.
The deadline for registration for the TBS Congregational Retreat is coming up soon! Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity for learning and laughing with your fellow TBS members in the beautiful, relaxing setting of Punderson Manor State Park Lodge. We will be celebrating Shabbat and Tu B’Shevat together on February 11-12, 2017.
What do we do on a retreat? Here’s a taste of the schedule…
- Registration and welcome
- Creative Shabbat morning service
- Kiddush and Lunch
- Full group experiential learning session
- Breakout sessions by interest: outdoor and indoor options
- Free time to enjoy the indoor pool, sledding hill with tow rope, and other amenities of the facility … or to hang out in our beautiful gathering space with fireplace and visit with friends
… And all that is before dinner on Saturday!
To register, please visit https://tbsevents.ecwid.com by Sunday, January 15. Four delicious meals, hotel-style lodging, and all recreational and educational activities are included in the registration fee. Thanks to a generous grant from the Retreat Institute of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, supported by the Fund for the Jewish Future of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, this fee is significantly less than the actual cost of the experience. Additional financial help is available: please contact Stefani at (330)752-3349 for confidential arrangements.
Want to get to know AJ more personally and get a taste of what our teens do during their youth group programs? Join us at the TBS Congregational Retreat, coming up on February 11-12, where he will be leading some terrific activities — register today!
My name is AJ Wright and am very excited to begin this new chapter of my life as your Temple Beth Shalom Youth Advisor! Currently I am a student at Kent State University studying Physical Education. I hope to teach at the High School level and coach shot put. Home is Buffalo Grove, Illinois where I was an active member of NFTY-CAR. Looking forward to meeting you all and helping to grow an even stronger youth group!
Next Book Club - Sunday, January 22
Selection - Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer
From Amazon: In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, “Abraham!” before ordering him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham responds, “Here I am.” Later, when Isaac calls out, “My father!” before asking him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, “Here I am.”
How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others’? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in eleven years—a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.
Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home—and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.
Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers loved in his earlier works Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Here I Am is Foer’s most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet.