Hudson -- Temple Beth Shalom is celebrating its 36th anniversary with a weekend May 16 packed with activities, including the burying of a time capsule.
Why the big celebration for 36 years?
"The number 18 means life and so 36 is a double Chai. Chai means life," explained Temple board of trustees president Kim Strausser.
The weekend begins with a catered Shabbat dinner at the Temple May 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Then at 7:45 p.m., the featured speaker will be Rabbi Steven L. Mills, Rabbinic Director, Central Congregational Network, Union for Reform Judaism.
The Temple has organized an "ultimate Oneg" featuring a chocolate fountain after the service. An Oneg is a celebration with songs and refreshments, according to a spokesperson.
A family cookout is slated for May 18 at noon immediately after Sunday school. The event is free for all congregation members and their families. There will be burgers, hot dogs, side dishes, drinks, desserts and live music.
There also will be a time capsule burial ceremony. That ceremony is being orchestrated by Temple trustee Laurie Frankino.
This year continues to be a major one for the Temple. Rabbi Sheldon Ezring is retiring after five years service at Temple Beth Israel and 40 years in the rabbinate.
"We are holding a farewell celebration for Rabbi Ezring on June 6," Strausser said.
"He is retiring from his 'retirement job' and is contemplating a warmer climate. We will miss him, but he is also excited for us as we enter a new chapter with a new rabbi," she said.
The new Temple leader is Rabbi Jim Egolf. He will assume his duties at the end of June, according to Strausser.
Temple Beth Shalom was founded in 1977 by five determined families who felt the need to have a temple in the Western Reserve area, because their children were starting school and they wanted them to have a religious education, according to Temple spokesperson Jeanne Bluffstone.
They formed the Western Reserve Synagogue, aka Temple Beth Shalom and met for nine years in the Twinsburg Library.
"Gradually, the congregation grew from those humble beginnings and in 1986, TBS moved to Hudson and the Temple on the Green," Bluffstone said.
In 2005 the congregation moved to its present location at 50 Division St., purchasing the building from the Western Reserve Christian Church.
"That congregation generously redesigned the building's stained glass windows to include the Star of David and a Menorah," Bluffstone said.
For more information, visit www.tbshudson.org or call 330-656-1800.