• Making a Shofar
    Making a Shofar
  • Decorating the Sukkah
    Decorating the Sukkah
  • Torah Scribes
    Torah Scribes
  • Lighting the Chanukah Candles
    Lighting the Chanukah Candles
  • Purim Parade
    Purim Parade
  • Baking Matzah
    Baking Matzah
  • Israel Independence Day
    Israel Independence Day

Message from the Education Director 1/23/2014

Stefani CarlsonTu 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.

Oudi and our teens will be planning lots of fun events in the coming months. The first one is coming up on February 2, 2014: coffee and chat with Gal, who is one of the two "shin-shiniot" (Israeli gap year students) working in Cleveland this year. The gathering will be from 2-3 p.m. at Peet's Coffee & Tea, 34 Park Lane (in 1st and Main). Bring cash for drinks and snacks, if desired. HuBSTY events are open to all interested teens in grades 6-12. You do not have to be registered in TBS Religious School, or even a TBS member, to attend. For more information, please contact Stefani at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or join the HuBSTY Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/504085576377551/ (closed group - you must request to join).

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
If you would like to donate any of these items (or anything else you think might be cool, keeping in mind that it is a very small space), please let Stefani know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Stefani Carlson

Message from the Education Director 8/3/2013

August 3, 2013

Dear Parents and Friends,

This fall, Temple Beth Shalom Religious School will again provide Jewish education to our children, ages preschool through eighth grade.

We have some exciting new changes happening in our school this year! I am very pleased to be serving in the capacity of Education Director this year. Some new faculty will be joining us, and some familiar faces will be taking on new roles. We have a new Hebrew curriculum for all grades, and a brand-new program for our post-B’nai Mitzvah students.

“Gesher,” a new class for grades 7-8, will be taught in a “Lunch and Learn” format on selected Sunday afternoons, led by our own Oudi Singer. This course will also include the city-wide overnight “Members of the Tribe” workshop and retreat, and a field trip to see “Yentl” at Cleveland Play House.

Students in grades 9-12 who are interested in working with our younger students can register for our new “Machar” program, which will incorporate volunteer opportunities with leadership training.

The first day of school is Sunday, August 25 (except Pre-K). The schedule of courses is as follows:

Pre-K meets on selected Sundays from 10-11
Grades K-6 meet on Sundays from 9-12
Grades 3-6 also meet on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00
Grades 7-8 meet on selected Sundays from 12-2

The full school schedule is attached, and is also available on our website's calendar page.

We are going to use Google Forms for online registration this year. Please use this link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1V9jVJ1KBohaMfHIrTPvOggh5_vtdr64EA7LTJ6NwW18/viewform

If you prefer paper, registration forms, they are available for download on our website below.

Whether you register on paper or online, please complete the payment form and mail it to Temple Beth Shalom Religious School, PO Box 2230, Hudson, Ohio 44236 with the appropriate fees (please make checks payable to Temple Beth Shalom). The registration fee of $30 per family is waived if tuition is paid in full by September 1, 2013.

Please share our information regarding Hebrew School with your family and friends who may be interested in enrolling their children in our program. We would like to extend a welcome to unaffiliated families of young children. If an unaffiliated family would like to enroll their children in our Training Wheels or Mechina class, they may do so for one year without affiliating with TBS by paying the regular Religious School tuition, registration and fees. This policy only applies to children in pre-K through Second Grade.

Your prompt registration and payment are greatly appreciated. If you have questions about Religious School, or would like to join the Religious School Committee, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 330-752-3349.

L’Shalom,
Stefani Carlson
Education Director

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Preschool and school-age children often get their best introduction to Jewish life through music! TBS Cantorial Soloist Robin Selinger has designed the website Totshabbat.com to provide children around the world with the best in fun, educational Jewish music. All songs can be streamed onto your computer, and many can be downloaded onto portable music players. Please check it out... and remember to bring young children to our Tot Shabbat services!