I am very excited about our upcoming events in September when we kick-off TBS's 40th Anniversary and the 2017-2018 TBS Religious School year. September 8-10 is going to be a great weekend of family friendly events.
Friday, September 8
"Family First" Shabbat Dinner at Temple at 6pm (sign up below) followed by Friday night services starting at 7:45pm with The Levins accompanying Rabbi Egolf. Meet The Levins and oneg following the service in the Social Hall.
Saturday, September 9
The Levins will perform in a free concert in our sanctuary with doors opening at 6pm and the concert beginning at 7pm. This should be a wonderful program filled with great music. Gala reception in the Social Hall following the concert. Please register for free tickets since we have limited seating and I don’t want you to miss out.
Sunday, September 10
We wrap the weekend with the First Serve community volunteer event. As this event replaces the first day of religious school, we encourage our families to participate. The event will begin with a short interfaith send-off service at 9AM at the First Congregational Church of Hudson and then we'll meet at the project locations at Summit Lake in Akron. Lunch will be served. We encourage our congregants to sign up for projects at the Community Center so we can all work together as a group; but you should feel free to sign up for whatever interests you and your family. The important thing is that we sign-up and participate. Free t-shirts will be provided.
You need to sign-up for all events separately. Sign-up for the Friday Shabbat Dinner is done through Sign-up Genius below. The dinner, which is being subsidized by the JECC, will include a nominal $3 donation per person at the door with a maximum $12 charge per family. The Saturday and Sunday programs are both free and can be signed up through Eventbrite. All of the links can be found below.
I would like to thank the JECC for their continued support of our temple and specifically both the Friday night and Saturday night events. I know that we are all busy, but I hope that everyone can find the time to participate in at least one event over the weekend.
Hope to see you there!
Temple Beth Shalom President
|Temple Beth Shalom
Friday, September 8
Saturday, September 9
Repairing the World
|Please join us for a Family First Shabbat dinner followed by a special service led by Rabbi Egolf featuring our special guests The Levins. Our meal is heavily subsidized by the JECC and we request a nominal donation of $3 per person at the door with a maximum of $12 per family to help supplement the cost.
RSVP HERE FOR DINNER
|This concert coordinates with the First Serve volunteer event that includes members of our TBS community, the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent and led by the First Congregational Church of Hudson. This concert celebrates our communities working together to Repair the World through Tikkun Olam. We gratefully acknowledge sponsorship from the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. The concert is FREE, but we kindly request that you get your tickets early to let us know you are attending, due to our building’s limited capacity.
FREE CONCERT TICKETS
|Summit Lake Akron
Sunday, September 10
First Serve Serve First
|Come join more than 1,000 volunteers serving one neighborhood: Summit Lake of Akron – an area that is being reinvigorated thanks to a new effort focused on the Canal Towpath Trail that routes through the community. All are invited to participate.
FIRST SERVE SERVE FIRST PROJECT SIGN-UP
This concert celebrates our communities working together to Repair the World through
The concert is FREE, but due to our building’s limited capacity we kindly request that
you respond on the Eventbrite Website to let us know you are attending.
Questions? Visit our website TBSHudson.org or visit Eventbrite.
Heather was such a sweet soul, and she did not deserve to die,” Ms. Blair said on Sunday. -- New York Times
I am at somewhat of a loss regarding the death Heather Heyer. She was the young woman who died when a man from Ohio decided to hurt, injure and kill as many as he could with a car. The alleged murderer was from our state and his terrorism is against the very values of our democratic system and are an anathema to Jewish values. Now it is time to reflect on those Jewish values as a reminder of what our tradition stands for...and against.
If we remember (after the Seder) we were those discriminated against in Egypt. There was a racist agenda against the Israelites to 'embitter their lives through hard labor' enacted by the Pharaoh. The conditions were supposed to create a social system wherein we would never have a chance to be anything but slaves. One of the greatest successes and challenges of the Jewish experience in America is our success. Here we suffered discrimination as Jews. The quota systems in colleges, the exclusion of Jews from certain businesses, the inclusion of Jews in film (which was considered a risky venture that would never amount to anything); all of these were decisions to either put us in our place as Jews, or keep us out of places...discrimination. We could not belong to certain country clubs and even at the height of the Holocaust, the Jewish delegation of leaders was led to the back door of the White House. We couldn't be allowed though the front door.
Fast forward to the events in Virginia, those who marched carrying messages of hate want to have a world where their discrimination rules. And in this Heather died in the act of defending the rights we hold true, that all (hu)mens are created equal. She is a martyr whose life (sadly) was claimed by a man who was determined to not meet her in a conversation or debate about his position, rather whose communication was only with deadly violence. And...as we can speculate, he is not the only one who sees things this way.
Ms. Heyer's death is tragedy, may her name be remembered for blessing. Part of that blessing falls to us and any people who are victims of discrimination, today and tomorrow. We need some of Heather's vision in our lives to wake up and become conscious to the point of making a difference. For while her death was tragic, her life should inspire us to aspire to her consciousness and activism so that we can make the difference she sought to make in this world.
May her memory be for a blessing, when it moves us to action.