Temple Beth Shalom 5


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A Fun Evening for Lilith Salon Participants:

Sincere thanks to Kim Strausser for her warm and gracious hospitality in hosting “Lilith in the Sukkah” last Thursday!

To follow are Kim’s highlights from the event:

Thursday evening, nine “sisters” gathered in a Sukkah and shared a meal and interesting discussion. When the chilly evening air chased them indoors, Lisa, Shelly. Beth, Amy, Beth, Shelly, Lynn, and Rebecca sat in Kim’s living room while Lisa led the discussion about three articles from the Lilith Magazine dealing with identity, breaking free of parental expectations and rediscovering Judaism. Beet salad, tuna mousse, pasta, hummus and crackers and sweets were noshed and enjoyed. Thanks for coming!

Come Join Us For Dinner!

There’s still time to reserve your spot at our next Sisterhood Dinner Out! We’ll be gathering at Mad Jack’s Grill and Pub in Aurora on Tuesday, October 21st, at 7:00 p.m.

Mad Jack’s is located at 204 South Chillicothe Road, close to Aurora Farms.

Reminder to those attending: Don’t forget to bring your donations and items for the “Wild, Wonderful & Wacky Ohio” gift basket!

The gift basket raffle will take place at the upcoming WRJ Central District Conference in Columbus. All proceeds from the sale of the baskets will benefit the WRJ YES FUND.

Donated items are tax-deductible. (Please contact Lisa Singer for further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

For dinner reservations, please contact Frieda Miller Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Come dine, schmooze and have some fall fun with the sistas!

Sisterhood “Paid Member” Luncheon:

Plans for our upcoming luncheon will be shared in the very near future! For now, please SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, November 16th.

At this gathering, we will celebrate Sisterhood, our members… and we will also welcome Rebecca Egolf.

Our Sisterhood remains strong and viable… thanks to our members! Please continue your support by making sure that your dues are current for the coming year!

Contact membership chair Robin Rosen-Sharp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Sisterhood Book Club- Change of Venue:

Please note that the Sisterhood Book Club gathering on Thursday, December 4th, at 7:00 p.m., will now be held at Temple Beth Shalom in the Social Hall.

Author Irv Korman will be joining us that evening to share in the discussion of his book, “I Was Jerry Lewis’ Bodyguard for 10 Minutes!”

Irv’s book chronicles his many encounters and interactions with various entertainers and celebrities over the years.

Please join us for a fun and lively discussion!

Sisterhood’s Annual Frying of the Latkes:

During the High Holidays, neighbors in the vicinity of TBS were treated to the unique sounds of the shofar. In December, the Hudson community will again be treated to the distinctive aroma of potatoes frying in oil when the sistas “take over” the TBS kitchen for our Annual Frying of the Latkes!

Be sure to save the date: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14TH, at 9:00 a.m.

Latkes make great gifts and the sistas have turned this time-honored event into a CELEBRATION!

Watch the Schmooze for further details!

Yours in Sisterhood,
Emily Audra Fleisher

Dear TBS Members,

On behalf of TBS and the Akron-Canton Food Bank, I want to thank you for your generous donations. We filled four food barrels with groceries and gave a cash gift of $2012. This will really help hungry people in our community. I am proud to represent and be a part of such a compassionate, kind and caring congregation.


Jane Grover
Social Action Chair

Most of us don’t realize how many TBS congregants volunteer their time in the preparation and execution of our High Holy Days services.  Thank you all for your valuable contribution.

  • Jeanne Bluffstone for handling the publicity for Rabbi Egolf’s appointment to TBS prior to High Holy Days.
  • Beth Angelotta who donated and planted the beautiful mum plants in the urns outside our front door in honor of the holidays.
  • Kim Strausser, our temple president who gave input on all the service details, and gave a thought provoking speech on Yom Kippur morning.
  • Toby Liberman, who began her term as Vice President with an insightful speech during Rosh Hashanah morning service. 
  • Mark Schildhouse, Ed Weisman, Cliff Bailey, Rick Singer & Len Liberman,   who lead our heightened security team this year. 
  • Mike Miller, volunteer building manager who inspected the entire building to be sure it was ready for services, and made himself available for last minute building emergencies as needed. 
  • The 2013-14 B’nai Mitzvah Class and their families who spent a Sunday afternoon polishing the ark, the pews and silver pieces, setting up all the folding chairs to accommodate the overflow crowd, changing all the Shabbat prayer books for the holiday version, and cleaning the dust bunnies off the top of the ark and our beautiful ner tamid. 
  • Beth Madis, Terri Cremer and Lisa Singer for coordinating the holiday tickets for members and guests. 
  • David Wismer, our head usher for the last 12 years who gathered an excellent crew, trained them and supervised every service. His team of 9 ushers volunteered to direct traffic, operate the chair lift, check tickets, and answer the many questions asked of them.
  • Jean Beasley, Ilene Shapiro and Art Busch who read Torah so beautifully during Rosh Hashanah morning services
  • Amy Chupack, Elisa Gretta and Rebecca Egolf who provided a full oneg of sweets and treats after the Erev Rosh Hashanah service.
  • Ben Margalit and Stefani Carlson who chanted their Torah portions during Yom Kippur morning service
  • Ben Margalit who steps in whenever he is needed to read Torah and Haftorah during Yom Kippur afternoon services
  • Dave Weisman for his moving violin solo of Kol Nidre
  • Len Rose, who gave us another award winning rendition of Jonah 
  • Jane Grover who coordinated this year’s Food Drive
  • 80+ volunteer service readers, candle lighters and ark openers who participated in all 6 holiday services
  • Our Shofar Squad, including Rabbi Jim from the bima, Julius Hess, Gabe Draper, Randy Weiner, Mintz, Ben Margalit, and a darling young lady whose name I don’t know,  who gave us a thrilling new presentation from 3 locations inside and outside the building on Rosh Hashanah morning so the sound of the shofar would follow us out the door. 
  • Ed Weisman who led our afternoon education session during the Yom Kippur service break and the congregants who participated with them  
  • The TBS Board for their efforts and their assistance behind the scenes
  • And my new partner, Art Busch who lightened my load and was a most eager and welcome student.

The Ritual Committee is undertaking large and small projects throughout the year. Please think about joining us as a volunteer for one of them. An hour at home or at temple is meaningful. Do you like to brainstorm? shop? decorate? cook? phone? clean up? We need you! Please contact me by phone or e-mail. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 330-620-2020.

Rabbi Jim and Rebecca Egolf invite the whole congregation to a Sukkot Open House to welcome the new year. Stop by the Egolf's home in Solon on Saturday, October 11 anytime between 2 and 5 pm. Check your email for the evite or go to http://my.celebrations.com/SukkotOpenHouse for all the information. Please RSVP on the evite or webpage or to the Egolfs at (440)996-5240.

Book Club Announcement - Sunday, November 2, 7 pm, at Mitchell Fromm’s house

Book Selection: Guide For The Perplexed, by Dara Horn

All are welcome! Please join Rebecca Egolf, an veteran book reviewer and discussion leader, for a conversation about the newest book by one of today’s best Jewish novelists. Guide For The Perplexed is a novel about how technology changes memory and how memory shapes the soul, combining fictional modern characters with real historic figures and events.

About the book:
Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an app that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt’s post-revolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted—leaving Judith free to take over Josie’s life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josie’s talent for preserving memories becomes a surprising test of her empathy and her only means of escape.

A century earlier, another traveler arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor hunting for a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. Both he and Josie are haunted by the work of the medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides, a doctor and rationalist who sought to reconcile faith and science, destiny and free will. But what Schechter finds, as he tracks down the remnants of a thousand-year-old community’s once-vibrant life, will reveal the power and perils of what Josie’s ingenious work brings into being: a world where nothing is ever forgotten.

An engrossing adventure that intertwines stories from Genesis, medieval philosophy, and the digital frontier, A Guide for the Perplexed is a novel of profound inner meaning and astonishing imagination.

Check out a review of the book and profile of the author:

Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom!

Services normally on 2nd and 4th Friday evenings of each month

Temple Beth Shalom is a dynamic congregation of about 110 families, under the leadership of Rabbi Sheldon Ezring. Known as the Synagogue of the Western Reserve, we are a Reform Jewish congregation, affiliated with the national organizations of that movement.

Although the Temple has grown over the years, it endeavors to maintain a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Please come join us so we can share who we are today and our vision for the future.

The Temple is located in a beautiful, historic building at 50 Division Street in Hudson. Friday night services are held twice a month at 7:45 p.m., normally on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. For a schedule of services and other activities, see our Calendar page.

50 Division Street
Hudson, OH 44236
Office hours vary; please call for appointment.
General Inquiries: info@tbshudson.org
President: president@tbshudson.org
Education Director: education@tbshudson.org

Upcoming Events


Oct.25.2014 4:30pm
Bar Mitzvah of Cole Zucker


Oct.26.2014 9:00am
Religious School


Oct.26.2014 12:00pm
Grades 8-12


Oct.26.2014 6:00pm
"Erev Iyyun" Teacher In-Service Training


Oct.30.2014 4:30pm
Hebrew School


Nov.02.2014 9:00am
Religious School