Tu B'Shevat Seder Thanks
The congregational Tu B'Shevat seder and dinner was a big success, with more than 60 people in attendance. Special thanks to Rabbi Ezring and Cantor Robin for leading such a meaningful, spiritual, service; to Laurie Frankino, Abby Cymmerman, and the 5/6 Thursday Hebrew class for pre-event and setup help; to Evan Carlson for hard work and terrific photographs (available on the TBS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tbshudson) during the event; and to Maxine Schiffman, for doing the prep work for the beautiful quilt project.
Many thanks to everyone who brought in their "Blue Boxes" either at the Tu B'Shevat seder or at another time -- and special thanks to the 5/6 grade class for counting and rolling all those coins! We raised $324, enough to plant a grove of 18 trees in Israel in honor of our congregation's 36th anniversary -- Kol HaKavod!
Also, many thanks to the Retreat Institute of the JECC for sponsoring this program.
Youth Group News
HuBSTY's #1! For the first time in recent memory, Temple Beth Shalom now has an official, NFTY-affiliated, youth group. Our very own HuBSTY-JYG (grades 6-8) sent 6 delegates to this weekend's NFTY-NEL Regional Winter Camp, joining more than 50 teens in grades 6-12 from Reform congregations in northeast Ohio, northwest Pennsylvania, western New York, and Ontario for a two-day retreat at Hiram House Camp. They were accompanied by Oudi Singer, who - thanks to a Youth Subvention Grant from the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland - has just taken on a new role as TBS Youth Advisor.
SInce every great group needs a great space to call their own, HuBSTY is looking for donations to help them transform the former computer lab (the classroom in the northeast corner of the social hall) into a youth lounge. They are looking for:
- Beanbag chairs or floor pillows
- Paint (interior latex, bright colors)
- Carpet remnants or rugs
The Bible Players are Coming!
Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 6, at 7:00 for an exciting all-ages performance by the nationally-recognized Torah comedy duo, The Bible Players. More information coming soon, but in the meantime, check out www.thebibleplayers.com for a "taste" of this terrific program. This event will be free and open to the community, thanks to a CEF grant from the JECC.