e-Megillah February 15, 2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024
Issue #655
Letter from Rabbi Ross
Rabbi Michael Ross

Dear TBS Friends and Family,

This Saturday is our next Prayer Lab session. Our topic is “Engaging the Body.” Come, grab a bagel and enjoy the great discussion!

Rabbi’s Upcoming Israel Trip! 

I was accepted to join a group of Jewish education directors who will be travelling to Israel from 2/18-2/27. I am excited to visit and hear the stories that will help our community understand this complex, evolving crisis. If you have prayers you want me to place at the Western Wall, email or send them to me in the next few weeks. If you have travelers’ tzedakah or charity you would like me to donate, you can get that to me as well.

The goal of this trip is to give educators insights and strategies for teaching about Israel and Palestine to our students, our teachers, and our communities.
I feel deeply honored and blessed to represent TBS on this important mission. Jean Beaseley will run the religious school in my stead for both of my upcoming trips. We will also cancel our Friday 2/23 Shabbat service.

Judaism 101 – 11 Sunday afternoons (3/3-5/12 at 4:00 pm)
After the Israel 101 class ends, I will then offer another round of my Judaism 101 course, which will continue at the same time slot until mid-May.

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Judaism from an adult perspective?
Are you considering conversion to Judaism?
If so, this class can form a great foundation to get you started. We will focus on Jewish history, holidays, ideas and traditions.
All Judaism 101 students are highly encouraged to also attend the Israel 101 course.
There will be a few paperback books as part of the class as well.

  • Class fees – $10 for TBS members or $56 for the entire course, $18 per class non-members or $154 for the entire courseCollege students can pay a donation. (Fees for the class will go to pay our zoom manager/teaching assistant.)
  • RSVPS are needed in advance. Please email rabbimichaelross to RSVP or get more info and syllabus.

We are postponing our special morning of learning with Rabbi Rachel Brown. We will find a later date to come together.

Donations to support Israel can be made at Cleveland Federation:


TBSBrotherhood meetings/events 

Bingo Night 2024
• The TBS Brotherhood would like to thank everyone for their hard work the last few weeks working on Bingo Night, getting us some great auction items, and helping to setup and breakdown on Saturday.
We also want to thank everyone that joined us for a fun and successful evening, and especially thank our emcee for the night, Eric Chupack. He really made the night FUN!
Again, thank you for your participation! We hope to see you at future events.

 Brotherhood Membership
Membership dues are $36 (double chai) and this year we are adding a sustaining membership level $54 (triple chai). Make checks payable to TBS Brotherhood and mail to 50 Division St., Hudson, 44236 or bring to the next meeting. Please contact treasurer Art Busch, ascyb34@yahoo.com with any questions. Your financial support is much appreciated.
The Brotherhood performs much needed projects for TBS. Even if you cannot participate in Brotherhood, PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION. This will help to complete the many projects planned for 2023-2024 for TBS.

We meet throughout the year in the spirit of friendship and good humor. We sponsor social events, fundraisers and building beautification projects to support and enhance the TBS community. Contact: Mike Miller at mikemillercsi@roadrunner.com

TBS Sisterhood meetings/events 

• Please come to the next Sisterhood dinner out at Yours Truly Hudson Tuesday Feb. 20th at 7:00 pm. We are holding a place for you! Email Beth Madis at madisb@gmail.com to RSVP.

• Our Hamantaschen bake will be either March 9th or 10th beginning at 9:00 am. We’ll bake for the Oneg, the Religious school and a few for each of us. Email jeanrhodes16th@gmail.com to let her know your preferred day.

• In preparation for the NATURE themed Sisterhood Shabbat we’ll have a docent-led tour at the Cleveland Museum of Art on “Seeing Nature through the Eyes of the Artist (April-May schedule).  We will also go on a hike in the CVNP led by Marcy Caplin and Beth Madis.  Other events are being planned.  Your nature themed writings, artwork or photography can be submitted to Jeanie Rhodes for the service.  Watch for emails.

• Join the Sisterhood and support us with a dues donation. Please email me, Robin Rosen-Sharp (rrsdvm2@gmail.com) if you need a membership form and and would like to mail your payment. Otherwise you can use this PayPal link:


Please Do Not pay along with your Temple dues as Jonathon has asked us not to do this any longer.

Temple Beth Shalom Website Notes

Past e-Megillahs can be found on Media/e-Megillah Newsletters page:
You will need to use the password TBSHudson

You can view upcoming services and events on the Calendar page:

Are you creative and have computer skills?

We are looking for a webmaster to maintain our TBS website.
Please email James Field at jdfield23@aol.com if interested.

We love to share good news at TBS!

Please send us your announcements, engagements, weddings, graduations, sports news, kid news, etc. to: e-megillah editor, hberman44236@yahoo.com no later than ONE WEEK PRIOR to the next issue. Please include ‘e-megillah news‘ in the subject field.

•  Y A H R Z E I T S  
 D E A T H S   I N   T H E   L A S T   Y E A R 
John Andro  •  Norman Taer  •  Mark Varney
A monthly yahrzeit list of TBS family loved ones will now be published in the e-megillah
as well as read during Shabbat services.
F E B R U A R Y   Y A H R Z E I T S
Audrey Gardner Alberty  •  Dr. Walter Bouscher  •  Samantha Costea
Richard Allen Draper  •  Ruth Ersoff  •  Samuel Ersoff
Diana Greenberg  •  Sala Gutman  •  Andrew Koller
Florence Rubino  •  Jerry Tavens  •  Simon Telesman  •  Lori Vishnea

If you have names to add, please send them with their yahrzeit date to Laurie Frankino, Ritual Chair, at lfrankino@gmail.com.


       U  P  C  O  M  I  N  G     T  B  S    E  V  E  N  T  S       

  • Sat. 2/17, 9:30 am: Prayer Lab – Engaging the Body- in-person only
  • Tue. 2/20, 7:00 pm: Sisterhood Dinner Out at Yours Truly, Hudson 
  • Sat. 3/2, 9:30 am: Prayer Lab – in-person only
  • Sun. 3/3, 4:00 pm: Judaism 101 – in-person and on zoom
  • Fri 3/8, 7:30 pm: TBS Shabbat Service – Rabbi will share reflections on his Israel trip after the service
  • Sun. 3/10, 4:00: pm: Judaism 101 – in-person and on zoom
  • Sat. 3/16, 9:30 am: Prayer Lab – in-person only
  • Sun. 3/17, 10:30: Purim Carnival!
  • Sun. 3/17, 4:00 pm: Judaism 101 – in-person and on zoom
  • Fri. 3/22, 7:30 pm: Megillah Reading and Purim Shabbat Service 
For more information on temple services and other activities, please refer to the temple website: