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.
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We have publicly thanked Rabbi Ross, Cantorial Soloist Robin Selinger and Peter Tavens for their performances during the holiday services; but most of us don’t realize how many TBS congregants volunteer their time in the preparation and execution of our High Holy Days services. Thank you all for your valuable contribution.
- Drew Dallet designed the service programs for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
- Kim Strausser and Jean Rhodes beautified the TBS landscaping before the holiday services.
- Eric Chupack and Matt Lerner permanently solved our audio difficulties in the sanctuary.
- Mark Schildhouse, Kim Strausser and Eric Chupack continually assisted with creative solutions to difficult logistical issues
- The TBS Brotherhood led our heightened security team this year.
- The 2018-19 B’nai Mitzvah Class and their families spent a Sunday afternoon polishing the ark, the pews and silver pieces, setting up all the folding chairs to accommodate the overflow crowd, changing all the Shabbat prayer books for the holiday version, and cleaning the dust bunnies off the top of the ark and our beautiful ner tamid.
- Beth Madis and Mary Sheehan coordinated the holiday tickets for members and guests.
- David Wismer, our head usher for the last 16 years, gathered an excellent crew, trained them and supervised every service. His team of 10 ushers volunteered to direct traffic, operate the chair lift, check tickets, and answer the many questions asked of them.
- Jean Beasley, Ben Margalit and Art Busch read Torah so beautifully during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services
- Rebecca Egolf and Jean Beasley read the Haftorah prayers and English translation during the Torah Services at both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services
- Dave Weisman’s moving violin solo of Kol Nidre
- Len Rose gave us another award-winning rendition of Jonah
- Our Shofar Squad, David Terkel, Ben Margalit, Julius Hess, Larry Terkel & Len Rose
- Marcy Caplin coordinated this year’s Food Drive
- Barbara Shapiro, Joyce Bigam and Jennifer Frankino worked behind the scenes to prepare our Rosh Hashanah Kiddush Lunch and Yom Kippur Break the Fast.
- Ed Weisman led our afternoon education session during the Yom Kippur service break and the congregants who participated with him
- Jonathan Selinger, editor of the weekly e-Megillah, kept the congregation updated on changes to holiday service events.
- The TBS Board’s efforts and assistance behind the scenes and as greeters and participants in all 6 services.
- The volunteer service readers, candle lighters and ark openers who participated in all 6 holiday services
Thank you all for your efforts in creating such memorable High Holy Days services.
Sunday, September 30, 7:00 PM (Date Change)
At the home of Mitch Fromm
122 N. Hayden Parkway, Hudson
Start the new year with a renewed effort to pursue lifelong learning!
The TBS Book Club has a great way to explore literature with Jewish topics and themes and spent a lovely evening in the company of friends. Men and women of all ages are welcome.
Our selection for September 30 is The Gustav Sonata written by Rose Tremain. A breathtakingly radiant story of an unlikely friendship between Gustav Perle, an only child, and a Jewish boy his age, Anton Zweibel, a budding concert pianist. Moving backward to the war years and the painful repercussions of an act of conscience, and forward through the lives and careers of the two men, The Gustav Sonata explores the passionate love of childhood friendship as it is lost, transformed, and regained over a lifetime.
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Dear TBS Member,
Please allow me to introduce myself: I am Rabbi Rachel Brown, the brand new Education Director of Temple Beth Shalom.
For 10 years I served as the Rabbi and Religious School Director of a small Conservative congregation in the greater-Philadelphia area. Most recently, I founded a pluralistic Jewish girls empowerment residential summer camp – Camp Timbrel. It also happens that I am married to Rabbi Michael Ross, the new TBS Rabbi.
I have a passion for Jewish education and am looking forward to working with you, your children, our faculty, and other members of TBS. I welcome your participation, your comments and suggestions, and your feedback as we move ahead together.
As the beginning of the school year approaches, there are few things that you should know:
- For preschoolers, we have a once-a-month program. There is no charge for registration and dates are below.
- For children in kindergarten through 2nd grade, we have religious school on Sunday mornings
- For children in 3rd grade through 7th grade, we have religious school on Sunday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
- For children in 8th – 12th grade, we have Gesher, which meets once a month. Dates are listed below.
- We will also have a confirmation class, with details about meeting times and age/grade of participants to be announced later this week.
For all programs, we need current registration forms. We need these forms not only for record-keeping purposes, but in order to have the most updated information on your child in case of emergencies. If the last time that you filled out a registration form for your child was before May, 2018, I invite you to fill out a new one. If you are new to the TBS Hudson religious school and have not formally registered yet, please fill out your registration form now.
The first day of religious school classes will be on Sunday September 16, 2018 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Parents are requested to attend. The morning will include a parent meeting and activities with your child(ren). During our meeting, we will have an opportunity to meet each other, and you will be able to ask me questions as we move forward.
Once a month, from 3:00-5:00pm on the first Sunday of the month, we will hold a family education program. This session replaces morning religious school. Our time together will include a topic and activities appropriate for parents and children, and will include dinner. Please put these dates on your calendar (they are also available on the online temple calendar):
- October 7
- November 4a
- December 2
- January 6
- February 3
- March 3
- April 7
- May 5
Our preschool program will take place once a month, on Sundays from 10:30am to 12:00pm on the following dates:
- October 14
- November 11
- December 9
- January 13
- February 10
- March 10
- April 1
Gesher, our program for post-b’nai mitzvah students (8th-12th grade) will take place once a month, on Sundays from 10:30am to 12:00pm:
- October 21
- November 18
- December 16
- January 27
- February 24
- March 17
- April 28
- May 19
We have some special holiday celebrations:
- Children’s services for Rosh Hashanah (on Monday) and Yom Kippur (Wednesday) are at 1:30. These are combined preschool through school age services that last for about 30-45 minutes.
- Family Sukkot service and “dinner in the hut” on Friday, September 28 from 5:30-7:30pm
- Family Simchat Torah service and celebration on Sunday, September 30 from 6:00-7:30pm
All of these dates are also available on the official TBS Hudson Google calendar.
I look forward to spending this year with you and your children.
Shannah tovah umetukah – may this be a good and sweet year.
Mazel Tov to Robin Rosen-Sharp our Sisterhood President who has been named Northeast Ohio Area Director of the WRJ Central District. The Northeast Ohio Area consists of TBS, Congregation Rodef Sholom in Youngstown, Temple Israel in Canton, and Temple Israel in Akron. Robin has been Northeast Ohio Area Director for two years and will continue for two more years. She will be installed during the WRJ Central District Convention at Temple Tifereth-Israel in Beachwood, November 9th-11th, 2018.
Robin has been a member of our congregation since 1998 and has been Sisterhood President for four years.