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Everyone is welcome to TBS on Friday, January 29 at 7:45 for a creative worship service, with music and Storahtelling experience by national recording artist and founding member of NYC’s Lab/Shul, Naomi Less.  Particularly as the Torah portion for the week is Yitro, which focuses on the giving of the Ten Commandments at Sinai, this service will be a terrific opportunity to share Shabbat worship with friends and neighbors, Jewish or not.  We are grateful to the Retreat Institute of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland for helping to bring this incredible artist to our congregation, and giving us the opportunity to learn, sing, and pray with her.  We hope to see you this Shabbat!

Shabbat Rocks

An Interfaith Discussion Panel

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 2016 @ 7:00pm First Congregational Church of Hudson

The news headlines scream that the religious divide is growing wider day by day. Why is there so much tension between these three religions?

By exploring the foundations of each, meaningful religious dialogue among these three Abrahamic religions will provide the basis for interfaith conversation. Through dialogue, we can grow in wisdom and build a future world open to everyone.

Each faith speaker will share their understanding of what we share in common and how each of us can take responsibility toward creating peace in the world.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Ihsan U. Hague from the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, Rabbi Jim Egolf from Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, and Rev. Janet Ross from First Congregational Church of Hudson.


Following the Feb 4th presentation, participants will have the opportunity to take part in dialogue sessions for the next six weeks, facilitated by Devi Gursahaney. Participants will focus on such topics as faith identity and literacy, faith-based stereotyping, faith and value, and faith and women. The goal of these dialogues is not for participants or moderators to change others, but to listen to each other deeply, explore new ideas and perspectives, and build relationships. Devi Gursahaney, M.S.W.; M.Ed., is a long time Hudson resident and an independent diversity consultant. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

*Registration is Required for the 6-week Interfaith Dialogue Course as space is limited *

Thursdays Feb. 11-Mar. 17 (2 sessions available, childcare by request only)

AM session—10:15-11:45am, PM session—7:00-8:30pm

Please contact First Congregational Church at 330-650-4048 or visit our website at www.hudsonucc.org for more information or to register for the 6-week Interfaith Dialogue sessions.


First Congregational Church (http://hudsonucc.org); Islamic Society of Akron and Kent (http://www.isak.org); Temple Beth Shalom (http://www.tbshudson.org); Akron Area Interfiath Council (https://akronareainterfaithcouncil.org)

Scout Shabbat patch 2016Attention all former and present Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and Scout Leaders:

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting (NJCOS) urges all Jewish Scouting youth to show pride in their faith. Temple Beth Shalom will host Scout Shabbat on February 5, 2016, to coincide with the founding date of the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910. Each participating Scout will receive a patch. You are encouraged to wear your Class A uniform and medal Aleph, Ner Tamid, or Etz Chaim religious emblem if earned. Please RSVP by Wednesday January 27 to Ben Asher (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to ensure we have enough patches.

The book is "The Hare With Amber Eyes" by Edmund De Waal. We set March 20 at 7 pm as the meeting date at Mitch's house.

Here's a description of the book:
"At the heart of Edmund de Waal's strange and graceful family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, is a one-of-a-kind inherited collection of ornamental Japanese carvings known as netsuke. The netsuke are tiny and tactile--they sit in the palm of your hand--and de Waal is drawn to them as "small, tough explosions of exactitude." He's also drawn to the story behind them, and for years he put aside his own work as a world-renowned potter and curator to uncover the rich and tragic family history of which the carvings are one of the few concrete legacies. De Waal's family was the Ephrussis, wealthy Jewish grain traders who branched out from Russia across the capitals of Europe before seeing their empire destroyed by the Nazis. Beginning with his art connoisseur ancestor Charles (a model for Proust's Swann), who acquired the netsuke during the European rage for Japonisme, de Waal traces the collection from Japan to Europe--where they were saved from the brutal bureaucracy of the Nazi Anschluss in the pockets of a family servant--and back to Japan and Europe again. Throughout, he writes with a tough, funny, and elegant attention to detail and personality that does full justice to the exactitude of the little carvings that first roused his curiosity."

I'd recommend getting a hard copy of the book rather than reading electronically because there are many photos and illustrations that don't convey so well on a small screen.

Rebecca Egolf

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 Jim Egolf. 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
Rabbi: ravjim@aol.com
Education Director: education@tbshudson.org
President: president@tbshudson.org
Accounting: accounting@tbshudson.org

To request rabbinic/pastoral care, please use this web form.

Upcoming Events


Feb. 11, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm


Feb. 11, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Feb. 14, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm


Feb. 18, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm


Feb. 19, 2016 7:45pm - 9:15pm


Feb. 20, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am