Letter from Rabbi Ross

Rabbi Michael RossDear TBS Friends and Family,

I hope your Passover holiday was meaningful, liberating and filled with delicious foods! I want to extend a huge thank you to Laurie Frankino and Robin Selinger for their gifted leadership at our seder last week! As we conclude Passover, we notice that the Israel holidays will be on our radar screen for the next few weeks. Yom Hasho’ah is Monday night 4/17, and Yom Ha’atzmaut is a week later on 4/24.

This Saturday, 4/15, as part of our Prayer Lab, we will add a few Yizkor prayers, which are often recited at the close of Passover. We will also have a few Yom Hashoah prayers as well. During our Prayer Lab discussion, we will focus on the middle section of the Amidah, where we get a chance to offer our own prayers. Join us for bagels and a great discussion!


– Instructor(s): Michael Ross, Rabbi, Temple Beth Shalom, Hudson; Senior Jewish Educator, Hillel, Kent State University
– Location: CWRU-Siegal Lifelong Learning, Landmark Centre Building, 25700 Science Park Drive, Suite 100, Beachwood
– Date: Mondays, April 17 – May 8
– Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET

Jewish thinkers, leaders and philosophers have sought to understand the complex intersections between Judaism and modernity. In this class, we will explore Modern Jewish Thought through the eyes of four recent eras of Jewish thinkers: 1920s – Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig; 1930s and 1940s – Abraham Joshua Heschel and Mordecai Kaplan; 1960s and 1970s – Art Green and Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi; and 1980s and 1990s – Rachel Adler and Judith Plaskow. Recommended readings will be provided.

DETAILS: https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/courses/courses-subject/jewish-studies/mystics-rationalists-and-secularists-jewish-thinkers-1920-2000-person

April 23 Hudson Faith Community Dialogue
Sunday, April 23 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Hudson Middle School, School Cafeteria, 83 N. Oviatt St., Hudson.
This is the opportunity to better understand the needs of the greater Hudson Jewish community. We would like to have as many congregants attend to participate and connect. Please RSVP by April 10th using this link: https://forms.gle/WfwPFKMhQMMp5cjZ8

Celebration of Israel’s 75th Birthday
TBS has plans to celebrate Israel’s 75th Birthday over the course of the year during special services, religious school programs, social and educational events. Please join Rabbi Ross and Laurie Frankino in a zoom session in April to brainstorm possible theme ideas. Contact Laurie lfrankino@gmail.com to participate in this zoom meeting or if you have programming ideas you would like to present. For details, watch this space.

URJ Teen Israel Organizing Fellowship
The URJ Teen Israel Organizing Fellowship is an immersive fellowship for high school students (ages 14-18) to deepen their learning about the society and culture of Israel and learn how to organize within their communities. By participating in the program, URJ Teen Israel Organizing Fellows can receive a $15,000 scholarship to help offset the cost of tuition at Heller High! Click here to learn more.

TBSBrotherhood meeting
Sun. 5/7, 9:00 am at 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 Eric Draper at ej_draper@yahoo.com

TBSSisterhood Shabbat Service
The Sisterhood Shabbat Service is on Friday, April 21st. We are thrilled to have Rabbi Rachel Brown with us that evening! If you are a member of the Sisterhood or would like to participate in a space centering women’s voices and experiences please join us in the service by (1) reading a short text (we’ll provide) and (2) bringing something for the Oneg after. Please contact jeanrhodes16th@gmail.com if you can read/Oneg so we can plan the evening. Significant others and young people are also invited to come and be inspired!

Oneg Help Request!
We still have one Oneg opening this year; 5/19. Please consider taking this Oneg, perhaps with a friend?  A detailed how-to Oneg guide will be provided. Please RSVP jeanrhodes16th@gmail.com. Thank you!


  • Sat. 4/15 Prayer Lab: Praying for Peace – 9:30 am – 11:30 am – in-person and on zoom
  • Fri. 4/21, Sisterhood Shabbat Service – 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm – in-person and on zoom
  • Sun. 4/23, Hudson Faith Community Dialogue – 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Hudson Middle School – in-person
  • Sat. 4/29, Prayer Lab: Praying for Peace – 9:30 am – 11:30 am – in-person and on zoom
  • Fri. 5/5, Israel Shabbat – 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, with guests from Israel – in-person and on zoom
  • Sun. 5/7, Brotherhood Meeting – 9:00 am at TBS