Shalom, I hope you are staying cool during this summer.
As we were leaving for camp, I was struck by something that happened. Among all of the other conversations revolving around the political convention Cleveland hosted, I saw the need to raise an awareness of a mitzvah. Especially as this mitzvah spoke the actions during the convention.
If you have ever studied Talmud or Mishnah, you will invariably encounter a long list of names before you ever get to the ‘teaching.’ Beginning Mishnah Avot we read:
MISHNA A. Moses received the Law on Sinai and delivered it to Joshua; Joshua in turn handed it down to the Elders (not to the seventy Elders of Moses' time but to the later Elders who have ruled Israel, and each of them delivered it to his successor); from the Elders it descended to the prophets (beginning with Eli and Samuel), and each of them delivered it to his successors until it reached the men of the Great Assembly. The last, named originated three maxims: "Be not hasty in judgment; Bring up many disciples; and, set safeguards for the Law." (Mishnah Avot 1:1)
Before we get to those ‘maxims’ Mishnah Avot needs to record seven or more points of transmission to arrive at the teaching which begins “Be not hasty…” This is known as the mitzvah of B’Sheim Omro, literally, ‘saying in the name of the one who said.’ Another way of putting this is that footnoting in Judaism is considered to be sacred work because it differentiates something original from something that is the teaching or, intellectual work of another. Even in the ethics statement for the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), this idea is invoked:
Adhering to the principle of b’sheim omro (saying or presenting something in the name of its creator or originator) demands that we not plagiarize or illegally copy the work of others. 
If we have done the work, we can claim it. When we don’t do the work, give credit where credit is due. It seems simple enough, yet when we read of NYT reporter Jason Blair  or Fareed Zakaria  we begin to realize that it may not be as simple as we might think.
Fast forward to the speech given by Melania Trump and how parts were lifted from a speech of Michelle Obama . This is where the notion of B’Sheim Omro comes into play in that to give credit seems to have been absent. If you are going to plagiarize a speech of a first lady, Michelle Obama is probably one to pick. Yet to do so and declare a ‘whoops’ is not in keeping with Jewish values or our tradition. B’Sheim Omro tells us God wants credit to be given where it is due.
Some people asked about the article which was at the center of my sermon on 8/5/16. The following is a link to the article from The Forward.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Join more than 1,000 neighbors
from three faith communities
gathering together to serve NE Ohio
in honor of September 11.
Islamic Society of Akron and Kent
Temple Beth Shalom - Hudson
First Congregational Church of Hudson
On the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001, the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, Temple Beth Shalom, and First Congregational Church of Hudson commit to rising above fear by uniting in love and service. This year, through the First Serve Serve First service event, our three faith communities will partner with first responders in the greater Akron, Cleveland areas and within Hudson neighborhoods. As we work together with first responders and neighbors, we hope to foster trusting relationships that lead to cooperation, compassion and ultimately peace.
All are welcome to join in this day of service and support to our communities and first responders. Projects will be available for all ages and skill levels. Bring your family and friends to share in this special event.
First Serve Serve First, the annual church wide service event at First Congregational Church of Hudson, engages people of all ages in a day of service for our communities. Each year on the second Sunday in September, members and friends come together to worship, then separate into crews to go out to work in service to those in need. This year a great collaboration between our faith communities will add to this special day.
Our day will begin at First Congregational Church in Hudson. Projects will be located throughout northeast Ohio including areas of Akron, Cleveland, Hudson and Kent. Check the on-line sign up for details.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Sending Service at 9:00 am
Projects begin at 10:00 am
All are welcome to return to the church for a
Cultural Food Fest and Celebration at 5:00 pm
Plan to join us—sign up today!
SIGN UP TODAY!
Summer! As an educator, I love to hang on to every last moment of the glorious summer and right now, at the end of a wonderful July, I look towards our oncoming school year-both secular and religious, as well as the beginning of the High Holiday Season. Mike and I have enjoyed many adventures this summer-mostly close to home, and I look forward to beautiful, cooler fall weather and the lovely leaf changes. For information on our services and the holidays, you can always check our calendar at www.tbshudson.org/calendar. If you have specific questions about Temple Beth Shalom that can’t be answered by the website, please feel free to email me and I will try to get an answer for you. Our August services will be August 5th and August 19th. Our annual and very popular outdoor service is August 19 at Hudson Springs Park at the larger of the two shelters. Join us at 6:00 for a pot luck dinner, followed at 7:00 by an inspirational service with special music and readings, and a dessert oneg. TBS will supply hamburgers, veggie burgers and buns. Please rsvp at the following site: http://tinyurl.com/tbspotluck16
Recently I received an email about a special event at the Lake County Captains Stadium. 7 PM on Sunday, September 4th will be Jewish Heritage Night there. Tickets are $9. The stadium is about an hour from Hudson. Information about the event is included in a link here.
Enjoy the rest of August!
Dear TBS Parents and Friends,
This year, Temple Beth Shalom Religious School will again provide Jewish education to our children, ages toddler through twelfth grade. We are looking forward to another year of learning, discovering, and growing together as a Jewish community!
Class Schedules and Teachers
The first day of school for all students is Sunday, August 28. The schedule of courses is as follows:
- TBS Tots, for ages 0-5 with a caregiver, meets on selected Sundays from 10:30-12 with Ms. Shari Weiner
- Grades K-7 meet on Sundays from 9-12. Parents are encouraged to join us for T’fillah from 11:30-12:00 each week.
- Grades K-1 with Morah Jean Beasley
- Grades 2-3 with Morah Madison Kalson
- Grades 4-5 with Morah Abby Cymerman
- Grades 6-7 (pre-B’nai Mitzvah) with Moreh Oudi Singer
- Grades 3-7 also meet on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 (optional for Grade 3)
- Gesher Class for Post-B’nai Mitzvah Students in Grades 7-9 meets on selected Sundays from 12-2 with Moreh Oudi Singer
- Confirmation Class for students in Grades 10-12 meets on selected Sundays (following the High Holy Days) from 10:30-11:30 with Rabbi Jim
We are pleased to announce that this year our students will have the opportunity to learn through the arts in a new way: in addition to music classes with Cantorial Soloist Robin Selinger, we will also be offering Israeli dance classes with KSU Professor of Dance Jeffrey Rockland. Robin and Jeff will be alternating Sundays throughout the year.
The full school schedule is attached, and is also available on our website at http://tbshudson.org/calendar/. If you use iCal, you can subscribe to the TBS calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/webmaster%40tbshudson.org/public/basic.ics
We are going to use Google Forms for online registration again this year. Please use this
link to register: https://goo.gl/forms/YGkFWg57ERvqwGRk1
If you prefer paper registration forms, they are available for download here:
Whether you register on paper or online, please complete the payment form to calculate your total fees and either use our online payment center at http://www.tbshudson.org/duesfeesdonations to pay with your credit card/PayPal account or mail the form to Temple Beth Shalom Religious School, PO Box 2230, Hudson, Ohio 44236 with your check (payable to Temple Beth Shalom). The registration fee of $30 per family is waived if tuition is paid in full by September 1, 2016.
Our fees have not increased for this year. They remain $550 per child for Sunday School, $200 additional for Thursday Hebrew, and $250 for Post-B’nai Mitzvah classes. We strive to take advantage of available grants and other programs to keep our fees low while still providing a rich educational environment for our students. If you cannot afford tuition, please contact me for confidential financial arrangements.
Save the Dates: Family and Intergenerational Learning Programs
One of the goals of Temple Beth Shalom is to provide educational experiences that cross generations and enable our congregational community to learn together. This year, we have several programs planned. Please mark your calendars and be on the lookout for flyers with more information and registration details:
“Apples and Honey” Family Field Trip to Richardson Farms, Medina (grades Pre-K - 7)
10AM-12PM Sunday, October 2, 2016
“B’nai Mitzvah Journey” Family Education program (grades 6-7)
9AM-5PM Sunday, September 11, 2016 (First Serve, Serve First)
11AM-2PM Sunday, September 25, 2016
5P-8P Saturday, January 21, 2017
9A-1P Sunday, April 23, 2017
Congregational Tu B’Shevat Weekend Retreat at Punderson Manor State Park (all ages)
10AM Saturday, February 11 - 1PM Sunday, February 12, 2017
HuBSTY/NFTY Youth Groups
High School Programs
Students in grades 8-9 (and 7th graders who have already celebrated their B’nai Mitzvah) are encouraged to register for the twice-monthly “Gesher” class, taught by Moreh Oudi (with special guests) in a Lunch & Learn format.
Beginning after the High Holy Days, with a kickoff informational meeting and potluck dinner on Friday, November 4, students in grades 10-12 are invited to join Rabbi Jim for Confirmation classes on selected Sundays from 10:30-11:30AM.
Additionally, high school students who are interested in working with our younger students can register for our Madrichim program, which will incorporate volunteer opportunities with leadership training. Registered madrichim will also have the opportunity to serve as paid aides for retreats and special programs.
In addition to our TBS Tots class, TBS offers two other programs for families with young children. “Tot Shabbat” is held prior to the first Shabbat service of each month, and is a brief, fun, interactive service targeted at children ages 6 and younger, followed by a kidfriendly oneg. This year, Tot Shabbat is moving to an earlier time (6:30PM), and will be part of our “Family First Fridays” programming, which will include Religious School class potluck dinners and student-participation services.
“TBS Tots Around Town” is a playgroup-style program for families with children ages 5 and younger which meets in various locations around Hudson and its environs. Families do not have to be members of Temple Beth Shalom to participate in Tot Shabbat or TBS Tots Around Town, and there is no fee for these programs. Please check the TBS calendar for event dates.
Learning Council and Volunteers
We love volunteers! Parents are welcome to help in our school at any time, whether with special projects or with general classroom activities. If you have a particular interest which you would like to share with our school, please let me know.
Last year, Temple Beth Shalom founded a new Learning Council. This initiative brings together parents, teachers, teens, adult learners, and other members of the congregation who are interested in our educational programming. Parents are very welcome to join this group, and/or the Religious School subcommittee which will be forming soon.
New Families Welcome
Please share this information regarding TBS Religious School with your family and friends who may be interested in enrolling their children in our program. We would like to extend a particular welcome to unaffiliated families of young children. Families may enroll students in our Sunday School (grades Pre-K - 2) for one year before becoming members of Temple Beth Shalom.
See you on August 28!