Letter from Rabbi Ross

Rabbi Michael RossDear TBS friends and family,

In the shadow of last week’s nightmare at the Capitol, I have been in a series of webinars this week with the Reform Movement, the Jewish Federation and the ADL regarding next steps for folks in Jewish communities. Everyone is urging caution. Caution is being urged for all statehouses, synagogues, and locations where Jews gather. There have been plans for protests in Columbus and Pittsburgh for this weekend and on Inauguration Day next week.

Join us for a discussion about plagues, both biblical and contemporary.

“JUDAISM 101” class starts on Sun. 1/24

I wanted to let each of you know I will be teaching a new, weekly “Judaism 101” course for Temple Beth Shalom, Hudson, this winter on Zoom. This class will meet on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 – 6:00 pm from January 24 to May 9.

This new course is perfect for:

  • potential conversion candidates
  • folks who want to learn about Judaism from an adult perspective and may have paused their Jewish learning as teens
  • interfaith folks who want to broaden their Jewish knowledge base

The class will be organized like a college survey course with a focus on: Jewish history, holidays, philosophy, and prayer.

Class is limited to 23 Zoom windows. (Couples or families will count as one Zoom window.) So first come, first served. Two-thirds of the seats are now filled. The course is free for TBS members, and it’s $54.00 for non-members.

College students and folks who are dealing with special circumstances will be asked for a donation. There will be 4 inexpensive paperbacks to purchase as part of this course. (Some folks might want to come for a portion of the sessions. I would like to encourage a minimum commitment to half of the sessions. This helps with class continuity.) I would love to chat with you if you are interested in this special offering! Details and syllabus to be announced soon!

Please let me know if you are interested in this class. RSVPrabbimichaelross@gmail.com

Upcoming January TBS Gatherings

  • Sat. 1/16 & 1/30, 9:30 am: Torah For Our Times
  • Fri. 1/22, 7:30 pm: Zoom Shabbat Services B’Yachad
  • Sat. 1/30, 11 am: Tu Beshvat Zoom Seder
  • Sun. 1/24 & 1/31, 4:30 pm: Judaism 101 Class – Rabbi Ross’ new, weekly class on Zoom