Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom!
Services usually on 2nd and 4th Friday evenings of each month
Temple Beth Shalom is a dynamic congregation of about 110 families, under the leadership of Rabbi Michael Ross. Known as the Synagogue of the Western Reserve, we are a Reform Jewish congregation, affiliated with the national organizations of that movement.
Although the Temple has grown over the years, it endeavors to maintain a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Please come join us so we can share who we are today and our vision for the future.
The Temple is located in a beautiful, historic building at 50 Division Street in Hudson. Friday night services are held twice a month at 7:45 p.m., usually on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. For a schedule of services and other activities, see our Calendar page.
50 Division Street
Hudson, OH 44236
Office hours vary; please call for appointment.
General Inquiries: email@example.com
Education Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thought for the week: Journeys
This week in Genesis chapter 12, we read about Abraham and Sarah’s journey from their family residence in Babylonia to their new land, a land God will show them – the land of Israel. Abraham and Sarah are the spiritual founders on Judaism, our patriarch and matriarch.
I have two questions I will be asking the community this week at services and Torah Study:
- When did you leave your home, to journey to a new place that you did not know? (Was it in college, or when you got married, or took a job?). How did you know this journey would be successful before you took the first step?
- Often, when have these transformative journeys, we use a deep sense of faith that the journey will succeed. How did you develop that sense of faith that your journey would work out?
I bless us that we each find the faith and loving relationships that we need to take the next journeys in our lives.
I’d like to invite you to these upcoming services and study sessions this weekend!
- 7:15 – 7:30 pm: Meditation – Brief meditation to let go of the week. We will sit in the board room.
- 7:45 – 9:15 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Oneg – Please join us for a musical, joyful service, discussion and Torah reading!
- 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Torah For Our Times – Torah Study
Join us for a lively, interactive discussion about the weekly Torah reading, Lech Lecha. We will discuss journeys, covenants, and children.
Kent State Hillel Gatherings
I am personally inviting TBS members to various events at Hillel. Join us when you can!
Wednesdays 12:00 pm Lunch (weekly), 12:30 pm Torah Study with Rabbi Michael
Thursday, 10/25, 12:30 pm: Guest Lecturer, Prof. Lior Sternfeld
- “Iranian Jews in the 20th Century: Between Iranian Nationalism, Communism, and Zionism”
Kent Student Center, Room 319. Free. Light lunch will be served
- 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Services – “Camp Shabbat.” This will be upbeat, with guitar music and fun songs!
- 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Shabbat Dinner (RSVP to Rabbi Ross by Thursday, 10/25)
- 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Services – “Pajama Shabbat”
- 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Shabbat Dinner (RSVP to Rabbi Ross by Thursday, 11/1)
Do you use an electronic gadget to keep track of your personal calendar? (for example: iPhone, iPad, Android, Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, …)
Would you like TBS events to appear automatically in your personal calendar? (alongside your own events, but in a different color)
If you answered yes to both questions, then you’re reading the right note! You should “subscribe” to the following “public calendar”:
If you’re using an iPhone or iPad, you can just click on that link and the device should automatically “subscribe” for you. Then look in your Calendar app, and TBS events should be there. If you’re using another gadget, then you can follow the instructions on your device to “subscribe.”
For tech support, you can contact me; I might be able to help if you ask very very nicely.
Dear Parents and Friends,
What lovely first days of religious school! I was happy to see the smiling faces of many of our TBS children on our first Sunday morning, September 16th. And I have seen many happy faces in the past few weeks, too! It is not too late to sign your children up for school, if you would like information about our program, please reach out to Rabbi Rachel Brown at email@example.com
Religious school is a commitment of time and faith and I appreciate that many families from TBS are willing to make that commitment. I have three grown sons, and all three attended religious school, my youngest here at Temple Beth Shalom. I hope you will all welcome Rabbi Rachel to our community and give her time to become familiar with all of you and your children. I’m sure she would love to get to know all of you and would love to share her ideas and experiences with you! If you have questions about fees or billing please feel free to contact me, or any other executive board member. I have tried to give Rabbi Rachel accurate information about emails and students, but I may have missed a few students. If you have not received information regarding registration, I apologize! Please contact Rabbi Rachel at the email provided! If you are interested in helping with any aspect of religious school, such as being a part of a parent organization, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for sharing your children for this journey of learning about Judaism!
Our next book club selection is “Button Man” by Andrew Gross. We will meet at Mitch’s house on Sunday, December 16 at 7 pm. Here’s info about the book:
Gross’s new historical thriller brings to life the drama of the birth of organized crime in 1930s New York City from the tale of one family.
After a string of New York Times bestselling suburban thrillers, Andrew Gross has reinvented himself as a writer of historical thrillers. In his latest novel, Button Man, he delivers a stirring story of a Jewish family brought together in the dawn of the women’s garment business and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in New York City in the 1930s.
This new novel is equal parts historical thriller, rich with the detail of a vibrant New York City in the 1920s and 1930s, and family saga, based on Andrew Gross’s own family story and on the history of the era, complete with appearances by real-life characters like mobsters Louis Lepke and Dutch Schultz and special prosecutor Thomas Dewey, and cements Gross’s reputation as today’s most atmospheric and original historical thriller writer.
“A gut-wrenching, noirish portrait of Jewish organized crime and labor unionism in 1930s New York…These are characters you won’t forget… Alternately frightful and fascinating, the story viscerally describes the era, exposing the motives and fears that drive each character and play out on the streets.” — Booklist
Looking forward to this discussion. My grandfather was a shop steward for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union, and he met my grandmother on the picket lines for a garment workers’ strike in the early 1930s. This book seems like it might have some of my family history in it too.