Welcome to Temple Beth Shalom!

Temple Beth Shalom is a dynamic congregation of about 100 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 7:30 p.m. For a schedule of services and other activities, see our Calendar page.

50 Division Street
Hudson, OH 44236
330-656-1800, Please Note: there is no on-site staff and there may be a delay in retrieving and returning messages left at this number.
Office hours vary; please email for appointment.

Rabbi: rabbimichaelross@gmail.com
Education Director: education@tbshudson.org
President: president@tbshudson.org
Membership: membership@tbshudson.org
Accounting: accounting@tbshudson.org


Thursday, April 4, 2024
Issue #662

Letter from Rabbi Ross
Rabbi Michael Ross
Dear TBS Friends and Family,

Today marks 180 days of the Israel-Hamas war, 6 months of praying for the release of the hostages. This has been another wrenching week in the news out of Gaza. The killing of the 7 international volunteers working with the World Central Kitchen in Gaza is a terrible tragedy. These volunteers had delivered millions of meals to Gazan civilians. This group has been providing food aid to folks encountering devastating disasters for 14 years. They had recently assembled a sea jetty to access food shipments from international ships.
Folks who are interested can donate to a new food aid fund set up this week, Rabbis for World Central Kitchen:

This Passover will be an opportunity to confront our emotions and anxieties of the past 6 months as we consider liberation, freedom, and joy this spring. In Prayer Lab, on 4/20 we will have a special session reviewing the Haggadah as we prepare for the holiday. It’s a perfect opportunity to bring new insights to your seder tables! Additionally, we will have a Family Seder for religious school families and friends on Sunday, 4/21. On Friday, 4/26, we will host our Community Seder.

Join us for this season of liberation!

Religious School Updates
– Our Religious School is on Spring Break until Thursday 4/4.
– We have begun advertising for a new education director for next fall. Please let us know if you know anyone who might be interested! We have formed a search committee for this opening, and will be sharing information and details in the weeks to come.
– All religious school families, parents of small kids, and community members, are invited to our Family Seder on Sunday 4/21 at 11:00 am!

From the Boardroom  Laurie Frankino and James Field
This month’s “From the Boardroom” will discuss your board’s work in filling the open salaried and volunteer positions for the next fiscal year.
Cantorial Soloist
Robin Selinger, our salaried Cantorial Soloist for almost 20 years, asked the board co-presidents to seek a new soloist to enable her to devote more time to her work, travel, and her family. Though we were disappointed to lose Robin, we of course understood and wished her well. She and Jonathan will remain congregants at TBS, and we will honor and celebrate them and Robin’s retirement at a special Shabbat service this fall.
We are thrilled to announce that Deb Rogers has accepted our position as Cantorial Soloist effective July 1, 2024. We will offer a full biography of Deb’s past accomplishments in next week’s e-Megillah. Her position as full-time Cantorial Soloist and Music Director at Suburban Temple, Beachwood the last 4 years and the previous 10 years at Kol Chadash in Solon with responsibility for all Shabbat, High Holy Days, B’nai Mitzvah and festival services won us over. Her desire to move to a part-time position as Cantorial Soloist makes her an excellent fit for us. Welcome Deb!
Education Director
When Rabbi Rachel Brown accepted the position as Rabbi of the West Temple last fall, Rabbi Ross stepped in as interim Education Director for this school year while we began our search for a permanent director. Our search continues, led by a task force of religious school parents and teachers. We are focused on hiring a new Education Director before the school year begins in August. If you know someone who might be interested in discussing this part time position, please contact Rabbi Ross. The Education Director position is primarily funded through an annual grant from the JECC, Jewish Education Center of Cleveland.
President of TBS
James Field and Laurie Frankino complete their two-year term as co-presidents on June 30. This voluntary position calls for one person or a team of 2 to lead the TBS Board of Trustees in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the Temple. For the next fiscal year, July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025, Past President, Larry Terkel has volunteered to take responsibility as president once again. The board is so pleased to have Larry at the helm again as he made a tremendous contribution during his last term as co-president with his wife, Susan. As president, Larry will use his vast experience along with our Temple community and his relationships in the Hudson and Cleveland communities to continue the good works

Donations to support Israel can be made at
Cleveland Federation: 


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