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.
Leah Levenstein brings more than twenty years' experience in Jewish leadership and programming to produce quality Jewish engagement opportunities for all ages. She has served as Education Director and in other positions at Temple Israel Akron for the last ten years. She also has Jewish education experience at the Shaw JCC, BBYO, and numerous synagogues. She is originally from Pittsburgh and attended the University of Pittsburgh as well as completing graduate work at Hebrew College in Boston. She is married to Mike Levinstein, an administrator at Kent State. They have four children, Jonah, Eitan, Yael and Ruby, ranging from 9 years old to 9 months old. Leah enjoys long talks over coffee and when she can sneak some time for herself, she rejuvenates through writing, swimming, and anything crafty. We are so excited to welcome Leah and her family to this position and to our congregational community!
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.