April 24, 2014   24 Nisan 5774
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Rabbi Peter Stein - 6th Senior Rabbi of TBK  

Photo Rabbi SteinRabbi Peter Stein has been unanimously approved by the congregation as our next Senior Rabbi.

We will welcome Rabbi Stein in July. In the meantime, he recorded some video to follow our February 2nd meeting.

2013-2014 Tzedakah Campaign  

TzedakahPhotoTzedakah Campaign Helps to Preserve Torah scrolls.

Recently, a kickoff to this year's Tzedakah Campaign was mailed to members of TBK. Campaign co-chairs, Marvin Wolk and Steven Schwartz, serve on both the TBK Board of Trustees and the TBK Foundation Board. Those two boards focus on the immediate and longer term needs of our congregation; the Tzedakah Campaign focuses on both as well.

They decided to take the campaign in a new direction. The campaign is focusing on your gift to supplement membership income and to support our Torah Restoration Project. Your gift will support the many programs offered at TBK and make our community available to all members, without regard to their financial means. In addition, givers may choose to support the Torah Restoration Campaign. Over the past eight months, we've begun to repair and restore our Torah scrolls, one letter at a time.

Hundreds of TBK members have carefully restored a letter of our Torah. One precious scroll, created for a congregation in the City of Pilsen, Czech Republic, was rescued during World War II, eventually coming to a trust at the Westminster Synagogue in London and then loaned permanently to Temple B'rith Kodesh. With the help of many congregants and scribes including Rabbi Gedaliah Druin and Rabbi Yochanan Salazar, that scroll is now fully restored.

Steve Schwartz remarked, "Perhaps the Pilsen scroll is here to reimind us how precious and fragile the Jewish community has been in history. Thank you for your generous support of Temple B'rith Kodesh, a place of community, worship and study, all embodied in Torah. Please donate now.

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TBK Bulletin Logo The bulletin is available in pdf format. To opt out of USPS mailings, please email sclark[at]tbk.org.

TBK Office will be Closed for M.L. King Jr. Day  

Monday January 20

Nominations to the TBK Board of Trustees  

Temple B'rith Kodesh is now accepting nominations for the Board of Trustees
Nominations Deadline March 14, 2014

Terms begin June 2014 and could be for a full term of three years or a partial term to fill a vacancy. Nominate someone you know or nominate yourself! Some qualifications for a nominee might be questions such as "What is the nominee's recent involvement at TBK?" "What skills would the nominee bring to the board?" and "Does the nominee have previous and/or other board experience?"

Nomination forms are available here, or in the administrative office during business hours. For additional information contact the office at 244-7060.

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WRJ/Sisterhood Offers Science Scholarship  

6 points camp logoDeadline extended!
Now open 'til March 31


The I Love Science Award for Girls

WRJ/Sisterhood is excited to offer the I Love Science Award to a girl whose family is a member of TBK so that she may attend the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy summer camp. The URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy is a brand new, summer sleep-away camp for boys and girls entering grades 5-9. It is about 30 miles north of Boston, MA. The camp offers several sessions to choose from. For more details on the camp visit scitech.urjcamps.org.

Details on the scholarship and application can be found on the WRJ/Sisterhood page.

In Memoriam  

We note with sorrow the passing of the following...

Torah Restoration Campaign  

Torah ScribingTorah restorers with Rabbi Salazar at an August scribing session. October 20 and 21 were TBK's fifth and sixth letter writing days. To get involved in this sacred project, e-mail tbkTorah[at]gmail.com.

For all your Judaica needs!  

Kiddush cup graphicJudaica Shop Specials

- New policy - 10% discount for all TBK members
- 40% off Chanukah miscellany; menorot not included
- $3.25 blueberry and butterscotch bag candy; was $7.25. Great hostess gift!

Always a special discount on quantity order imprinted Kippot
Always a special discount on Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tallitot


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Women of WallTemple B'rith Kodesh is a Reform congregation in the Rochester area consisting of approximately 1125 families.

Programs include: Shabbat observance and learning programs, adult education classes and lectures, Chavurot (Friendship Groups), the Rochester Kollel, youth programs, family grade level school programs, holiday celebrations, Mitzvah Day, preschool programs, social action activities, special Shabbat music programs, WRJ/Sisterhood Women's Spirituality retreat, and support groups.

Judaism traces its history back over 3,000 years, but the three basic principles have remained unchanged: worship of God, love of learning, and the doing of good deeds.

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