• Tikkun Olam
    Tikkun Olam Members worked with Habitat for Humanity
  • You are Welcome Here
    You are Welcome Here
  • Youth Kallah
    Youth Kallah Teens from the whole Northeast gathered at TBK
  • Family
    Family Pray and stay--a perfect summer Shabbat
  • Tikkun Olam
    Tikkun Olam Our youth learn to work for social justice.

 We have two Assistant Rabbi candidates visiting the week of February 25.
Rabbi Rochelle Tulik is a native of the Bay Area, living and working in Los Angeles. She was ordained in 2009. You will have the opportunity to talk with Rabbi Tulik on Monday February 26 at a Meet & Greet from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at TBK.

Rabbi Lori Levine is a native of New Jersey graduating from the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. You can meet Rabbi Levine on Friday March 2 at a 5:00 pm Meet & Greet prior to 6:00 pm Shabbat service, as well as at the Oneg Shabbat following service.

Light refreshments will be served at these events. Please join us, and please share this invitation with other congregants.


Purim is Wednesday February 28
We're only a week away!
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Wednesday February 28
4:00 pm Religious School Purim activities for both Tuesday and Wednesday students
5:30 pm Service with Kaddish &
Reading of the Megillah; Special Oneg

Saturday March 3
7:00 pm Purim for Adults Party
Havdalah & Purim Shpiel featuring
Max Berlin & Friends & the Music of Billy Joel
Hors d'oeuvres Menu - Cash Bar
RSVP to Terri Richardson

Purim 2018 for web

Items for your Passover table are available in the

WRJ/Sisterhood Judaica Shop

Seder Plates, Matzo covers, Haggadahs and giftware. The shop is open Sundays when school is in session or schedule an appointment by calling 244-7060.

Passover Baking for Jewish Soldiers
WRJ/Sisterhood Program
Wednesday March 7 at 7:00 pm
The Jewish Soldiers Project with Keith Friedman
Since 2007 the Jewish Soldiers Project (JSP) has supported Jewish service members serving our country around the world. Project Founder Judge Keith Freedman will share how JSP started and how it has grown through community-wide efforts.Planning is underway for Passover care packages which include Kosher for Passover items such as gefilte fish, horseradish, grape juice (64 oz) and chocolate covered matzo. Please consider lending your support by bringing items to this WRJ/Sisterhood sponsored event. If you're not able to attend but would like to contribute or volunteer, contact Keith Freedman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking Ahead
Congregatings Speaker Program
Thursday February 22 at 12:00 noon
The RPO and Rochester with Music Director Ward Stare

WRJ/Sisterhood Drop-in Knitting
Tuesday February 27 -
1:00 - 3:30

Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester Israel @ 70 Series
Sunday March 4 at 7:00 pm at the JCC
Eyal Rabinovitch - Sacred Disagreement: How to Disagree Well in our Conversations on Israel

Passover 2018!
Visit the holidays page to learn more about Passover at TBK including the
First Night Congregational Seder on March 30

Friday, February 16, 2018

From Rabbi Peter Stein


We began this week with the American celebration of Presidents Day. While this is typically seen as a chance to shop or to ski, and our students enjoy a break from school, Presidents Day is also a chance to reflect on how remarkable a home the United States has been for the Jewish community.

There have been Jews in America for over 350 years. Jews have served in prominent positions in government, business, and community. As one small example, there are currently three Jewish Supreme Court Justices! Considering that the US Jewish population is only 1.5% of the US population, it is remarkable that one third of the justices have a Jewish identity.

One intriguing element of American Jewish identity is the double edged sword of integration. Many are aware that even in Rochester, there once was severe segregation of the Jewish community. Certain neighborhoods that now have a significant Jewish population were once totally off limits to Jewish residents. Businesses, social clubs, universities, and other institutions all have a history of segregation or anti-Semitism.

Today, we celebrate our assimilation as part of our success. Our full citizenship and integration allow us tremendous opportunity. The sky is the limit in so many respects. This is not to say that there aren’t ongoing concerns about discrimination. We can never stop from education and awareness campaigns and from relationship building. 

And, the other element of assimilation is always how we can preserve what makes us unique. It is critical that we cultivate a sense of pride and distinctiveness.

As the song begins, God Bless America. May it be a home that allows us to flourish on our own and also enables us to do our share to build up the community at large.

Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Stein

Friday February 23
6:00 pm
Shabbat Service, Pulpit Exchange with Third Presbyterian Church
& Enhanced Oneg Shabbat in the Sanctuary

Saturday February 24
Torah: Exodus 27:20 - 30:10
Haftarah: I Samuel 15:2 - 34

8:00 am Tanach Study
9:15 am Torah Study
10:30 am Shabbat Service led by WRJ/Sisterhood in the Chapel

Sunday February 25
10:30 am
Worship Service at Third Presbyterian Church (Pulpit Exchange) 4 Meigs Street

Wednesday February 28
Erev Purim
4:00 pm Religious School Purim Celebration for Tuesday & Wednesday Students
5:30 pm
Erev Purim - Kaddish & Reading of the Megillah; Enhanced Oneg

Friday March 9
5:30 pm Family Fun Shabbat

Please Join The Legacy Circle
Have you included a gift for Temple B’rith Kodesh by designating the Temple B’rith Kodesh Foundation in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy? By letting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., our executive director, know, you will assist TBK in securing an unrestricted incentive grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester in collaboration with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation!

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Rabbi's Column
President's Report
In Memoriam

Religious School
Will NOT meet
Sunday February 25

Sunday Religious School will resume on March 4
Midweek Hebrew will resume on Wednesday February 28 when both Tuesday and Wednesday students will attend to celebrate Purim

The brochure for The Rochester Kollel has been mailed.
If you have not received one please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Community-wide Celebration of
Jewish Women,

co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester and many other Jewish organizations in town (including TBK) will be held Thursday March 8 from
7:30 am - 9:00 pm at the JCC. Visit JewishRochester.org for more information.

Kesher: Connecting Family
For Jewish Parents of Children with Disabilities
Monthly Support Meet-ups
Sunday Mornings
from 10:00 - 11:00 am
This program is part of the Jewish Family Navigators service. For invformation please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Federation. The Jewish Community Navigator is made possible by the Max & Marian Farash Charitable Foundation.

TBK is now a collection spot for the community-wide Pencils & Paper program. You can bring your classroom donations such as construction paper, folders, crayons and hand sanitizer to leave in the bins at TBK. For more information visit Pencils & Paper.This week they are especially requesting sanitizing wipes, to help stop the spread of germs!

Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein Society
Presents a Spring Symposium
Welcoming Our Newest Neighbors: Local Agencies Helping Recent Refugees
with speakers from the Rochester Refugee Services Community
Sunday April 29 at 3:00 pm
The event is open to TBK and the greater Rochester community. For more information please
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Mayor Lovely A. Warren and County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo have proclaimed 2018
“The Year of Frederick Douglass,”
encouraging our entire community to join in celebration of the life and legacy of Rochester's favorite son, legendary social reformer Frederick Douglass.
Visit the City of Rochester page for a calendar of opportunities to celebrate the man and our heritage.