Rabbi Jim Egolf is a Reform Rabbi and a graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has served congregations in Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Pennsylvania and is excited to be with Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson. Following rabbinic school, he earned a Doctorate of Ministry, with his research focusing on issues in small congregations.
Cantorial Soloist Robin Selinger grew up in Arlington, Texas, and earned both bachelors and Ph.D. degrees in physics at Harvard University. She moved to Hudson in 2005 to join the faculty in the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University, where she holds the rank of full professor. She is an active member of the Hava Nashira songleaders' community and manages Jewish music websites Totshabbat.com and Hotshabbat.com.
Besides songleading at Shabbat and holiday services, she also teaches music on Sunday mornings at religious school and enjoys welcoming babies, toddlers and young kids to our monthly Tot Shabbat services.
Robin has been a member of TBS since 2005 and joined the staff in 2006. She is married to Jonathan Selinger and they have two sons, Joseph and David.
Education Director Stefani Carlson is a strong believer in lifelong learning. She graduated from the University of Virginia with honors and has continued her education with courses through SUNY, Siegal College, the JECC, the Cleveland Jewish Community Federation and the Union for Reform Judaism, among others. She has taught in our Hebrew school since 2008 and has served as the Hebrew Program Coordinator for a nearby temple. She has a variety of experience teaching in Hebrew school programs around the country since 2003 and has also taught in public school districts as a substitute. Stefani is an active member of our temple and our b’nai mitzvah tutor. She and her husband Steve live in Hudson and have two sons, Alex and Evan.
Rabbi Sheldon Ezring served as Rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom from 2009 to 2014. He has now retired and is serving as Rabbi Emeritus. Before coming to Temple Beth Shalom, Rabbi Ezring was Senior Rabbi of Temple Concord in Syracuse, New York, for twenty years. Temple Concord is one of the oldest in the United States, and has around 700 families. He graduated from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1974, has also received several graduate degrees, and was recently trained in mediation. Rabbi Ezring has two grown children, Jennifer and Adam, both of whom live in Washington, D.C. He comes from a family of rabbis--his father was a cantor who became a rabbi, and two of his brothers are rabbis.