Letter from Rabbi Ross

Rabbi Michael RossDear TBS Friends and Family,

This Saturday is First Serve in Akron. Take some time out this weekend to volunteer on these amazing projects. This Sunday is also our first formal day of religious school. Our volunteers have worked tirelessly with Laurie Frankino’s guidance to clear out the old books, papers and supplies, and they have transformed our spaces! We are so excited about returning to our home base after spending last year at the new City Hall.

FIRST SERVE – Sat. 9/10

TBS is co-sponsoring First Serve for the 11th year in a row! Make time for this worthwhile volunteer effort as gear up for the High Holidays! First Serve will be held on SATURDAY, September 10, 2022. Most projects will be located at North High School (NHS). There will be a few projects at our long-time community partner locations in North Hill.

First Congregational Church of Hudson leads this event in conjunction with First Serve Sponsors and Partners: Akron City Schools, Akron Community Foundation, Akron Co-Op Farms, Christ Church Episcopal of Hudson, City of Akron, Exchange House and Market House, Faith Lutheran Church of Fairlawn, First Christian Church Cuyahoga Falls, Friends of Patterson Park, Hudson City Schools, Hudson United Methodist Church, Huntington Akron Foundation, Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, Living Waters Association, North Hill CDC, North Hill Community House, Patterson Park Community Center, Rooted in Christ Community Church, Summit Construction Company, Temple Beth Shalom and Trinity UCC.

Questions? Please go to joinfirstserve.org for complete event information.

EXCITING NEWS – “Prayer Lab,” our new Saturday morning class, started on 8/27!

This year our topic for study on Saturday mornings will be Jewish prayer. We will dive deep into the siddur and examine the art of prayer. Each session we will select a prayer or two to explore and then we will have a brief prayer service and discussion. These classes will be called “Prayer Lab.”

For our first 4 sessions, we will focus on the High Holiday prayers and we will prepare ourselves for the transformative nature of the High Holidays with some special journaling sessions.

Snacks will be served. All are welcome!

Rosh Hashanah5783 High Holy Days Service Schedule
All services will originate from the temple
With a Zoom option

Saturday, September 17 Selichot in the TBS Social Hall 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 25 Erev Rosh Hashanah
In the sanctuary with a Zoom option
7:30 pm
Monday, September 26 Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
In the sanctuary with a Zoom option
10:00 am
Tuesday, October 4 Kol Nidre Service
In the sanctuary with a Zoom option
7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 5 Yom Kippur Morning Service
In the sanctuary with a Zoom option
10:00 am
Afternoon In person Study Sessions 1:30 & 3:00 pm
Afternoon Healing Service & Yizkor
With Zoom option
4:30 p.m.
Closing Service 5:30 pm
Break the Fast – by reservation 6:30 pm

SELICHOT – A First Step Toward Repentance –
Sat, 9/17, 7:30 pm

On the road to repentance, we can begin with small steps by saying sorry, or slichah. Our tradition provides the opportunity for us to do that with Selichot prayers. The Selichot service begins the annual process of gathering as a community to pray for forgiveness.

Please join Rabbi Michael Ross Saturday night, September 17, at 7:30 pm, in the TBS Social Hall, for desserts and treats followed by an informal discussion of Avinu Malkeinu, ”Our Father, Our King”, the moving prayer recited during services during the Ten Days of repentance from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur. No preparation is necessary to participate. In person and Zoom participation will be offered.

Rabbi Ross will follow the discussion with a short service beginning with the changing of the Torahs’ mantles into their High Holy day white, preparing us for our own season of transformation. Everyone is welcome.

High Holy Days Tickets

* TBS Member Tickets
High Holy Days Ticket packets have been mailed to all current congregants this week. If you have not received your packet, please contact either Laurie Frankino at lfrankino@gmail.com, or Jonathan Selinger.

* Guest Tickets
Guest tickets for our holiday services are available by contacting Amy McCormick at amy81752@aol.com.

* Student Tickets
Student tickets for our holiday services are available by contacting Rabbi Ross at rabbimichaelross@gmail.com or Amy McCormick at amy81752@aol.com.


  • Sat. 9/10, First Serve – volunteer opportunities in North Hill
  • Sun. 9/11, Brotherhood Meeting – @ TBS Social Hall, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Planning social events, fundraising, temple work projects, and community service. New and prospective members welcome!
  • Sun. 9/11, Religious School – begins classes
  • Fri. 9/16, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Service
  • Sat. 9/17, 7:30 pm: Text Study, Journaling & Selichot Servicein-person, text study and journaling available on zoom
  • Sat. 9/24, 9:30 am: Prayer Lab – Preparing for the High Holiday – zoom and in-person
  • Sun. 9/25, 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah services – zoom and in-person
  • Mon. 9/26, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Rosh Hashanah morning services – zoom and in-person