Letter from Rabbi Ross

Rabbi Michael RossDear TBS Friends and Family,

It was such a joy to see many of you at our Rosh Hashanah services earlier this week! We had a lovely Torah Parade with a great group of religious school students. In preparation for Yom Kippur, we will have a special Prayer Lab study session this Saturday at Hillel. Lox, bagels and cream cheese will be served! Then on Tuesday evening we will gather for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services.

Yom Kippur traditions:

  • Some wear white in honor of a day of purity.
  • Some refrain from wearing leather.
  • Some fast. (Please don’t let the fast make you ill.)
  • Some refrain from marital relations.
  • Some refrain from perfumes.

It’s a day of somber reflection, cultivating humility, and connecting to the community. The blessing for this week is “g’mar chatimah tovah,” may you finish with a good seal. Some also wish “tzom kal,” may the Yom Kippur fast be light and meaningful.

SPECIAL PRAYER LAB & Bagel Brunch – at Hillel – Sat. 10/1 at 9:30 am

It’s Homecoming this Shabbat at Kent State. “Prayer Lab” will take a field trip to the Hillel building for a special session. This Saturday we will explore Kol Nidre as we prepare for Yom Kippur. We will also look at the Yom Kippur Torah readings. Lox, bagels and cream cheese 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

Akron Canton Regional Food BankAkron-Canton Regional Foodbank
$1 = 4 meals

The Temple Beth Shalom annual High Holy Days giving is to the Akron Canton Foodbank. Food insecurity remains high coming out of the Pandemic. Only monetary donations will be made this year. You can send a check made out to Akron-Canton Foodbank at Akron-Canton Foodbank, 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron OH 44307, please put “Temple Beth Shalom High Holiday Food Drive” in the memo section. Or you can donate online at: http://give.akroncantonfoodbank.org/TempleBethShalom
Contact Marcy Caplin with any questions at 330-414-8105.

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. 10/1, 9:30 am – 11:00 am: Prayer Lab at Hillel – with special bagel brunch for Kent State’s Homecoming – zoom and in-person
  • Tue. 10/4, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Kol Nidre serviceszoom and in-person
  • Wed. 10/5, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Yom Kippur morning serviceszoom and in-person
  • Sun. 10/9, Sukkah Building & Decorating
  • Fri. 10/14, Sukkot Shabbat Celebration
  • Sun. 10/16, Simchat Torah Celebration, Consecration, Brunch!