Shalom from the President
Welcome to our website for Temple Beth Israel-Shaare Zedek in Lima, Ohio. We are located in Northwest Ohio, midway between Toledo and Dayton off I-75 (North & South), and between Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Mansfield (East and West). We are a small but thriving congregation reaching out to you to join us and help us grow! We would encourage some younger families with children to join us, and we warmly welcome all those Jewish families who move to our area. We are a welcoming community to all - regardless of race or sexual orientation and we are handicap-accessible. We have a few families in mixed religious marriages who are warmly welcomed and do actively participate. Rabbi Yossi Zylberberg serves us from Columbus two weekends a month and for all of the High Holy Days, plus major life cycle events, as needed. We celebrate all Jewish holidays together and have potluck dinners one Shabbat per month before the Sabbath Service. The second monthly Service begins at 7:30 PM and is followed by an Oneg Shabbat. On the Saturday mornings following Services, Rabbi Z. teaches an Adult Learning class with a variety of interesting topics. We hire nearby college opera students as our cantorial soloists for Shabbat services.
We are a merged Reform and Conservative synagogue, with a local core of members and many who maintain memberships out of the area. We do a major fundraising event on Superbowl Sunday – a kosher corned beef carry-out lunch for at least 725 Lima and area residents.
Feel free to contact me by email or phone for further information:
Connie Levy Hornung
Overview of My Rabbinate by Rabbi Yosef Zylberberg
I was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (NY) in 1984. When I received my honorary Doctor Of Divinity in 2009 the inscription on my diploma said about me
“Spiritual rabbi, who has given effective leadership as a congregational rabbi and whose ministry has been one of holiness. Whose learning of Torah has helped guide him in his service to both Jews and non-Jews. Who inspires in his congregants the belief that all humankind is created in God’s image and therefore each of us reflects holiness and who views his rabbinate as bearing witness to Jewish history and personally answering Hineni.”When I got that I was very touched and happily surprised. Although I thought it was true, who had written it? This evaluation of my rabbinate resonated with my view of my life's work.
Over the last thirty years my focus has been in aiding and inspiring awareness of God in the communities I have served.
SpiritualityMost of what I do as a rabbi is to stress that Judaism is a spiritual faith based on our conscious knowledge. Our relationship with the world and others ought to be governed by the knowledge that we and everything are holy and should be handled with compassion and love. So all my practice and behavior is governed with that in mind. Much of my teaching, pastoral/counseling and social action is overtly connected with that theme.
TeachingMost of my rabbinate has been involved with formal and informal forms of teaching. I have taught a wide variety of classes and seminars ranging from Midrash stories in preschool, Intro to Judaism classes, Confirmation, Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring, and Adult Education, and ongoing weekly Torah study within my congregation. In my College classes I have taught courses on Religion, Bible and Judaism. In all of my teaching I have tried to bring fresh perspectives to every teaching opportunity characterized by informality and humor.
Rabbi Yosef Zylberberg