Letter from Rabbi Ross

Rabbi Michael RossDear TBS Family and Friends,

Today, August 20, is an auspicious day. It is both my birthday and the beginning of the month of Elul. Many Jews spend the month of Elul preparing for the coming High Holidays. It’s a time of reflection, journaling, praying.

During this month of Elul, we begin to wake up to the reality of our lives and try to get back on track. This process of returning to our highest self is called Teshuvah. We will focus on this special process at our new adult education class, “Entering the High Holiday Liturgy.” Details of these three classes are below.

And please join us this Friday for a special Shabbat service. We will celebrate August birthdays and anniversaries!

Zoom Shabbat Services (Fri., 7:30 p.m.)

1. Accessing our siddur in flip-book format
IMPORTANT: Please choose the second link on the page for Weekdays, Shabbat and Festivals


2. Accessing our zoom gathering
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84302313131?pwd=cmxSU1VWbkNuOFZQZmUzNnZUZ2wwdz09
Meeting ID: 843 0231 3131, Passcode: 863506

Prep class for the New Year – this Sunday morning!

TBS will be using new machzorim this year – Mishkan Hanefesh for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We will have a 3-part liturgy class to look at these lovely new prayer books as we prepare for the Jewish New Year. The classes will begin on the last two Sunday mornings of August, 8/23 and 8/30, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The third session will be on Thursday, 9/10, at 7:30 pm. We will study and discuss the new book, and journal about the year that is ending. Members are welcome to attend one, two or all three classes. Each session will be independent.

1. The link for the class is here:
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83062532774?pwd=ZlB3V2toUWs4VEFQQ0Q5SGEwQ3cyUT09
Meeting ID: 830 6253 2774, Passcode: 035612

2. The flipbook link is here:

Please join us as we prepare for the Jewish New Year, and please consider buying your own special copy of these prayer books for your home! It will be a special gift you can give yourself that you can use for decades. TBS Members receive an additional 20% discount! The books can be purchased here:

Fri. 8/21 & 9/4: Zoom Shabbat Services – with Cantorial Soloist Robin Selinger and Rabbi Michael Ross
Sun. 8/23, 8/30 & Thu. 9/10: Entering the High Holiday Liturgy – a 3-part series of discussions, text study and journaling. (The Sunday classes will be from 10:00 am to 11:30 a.m. The Thursday class will be from 7:30 pm to 9:00 p.m.)