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    Tikkun Olam Members worked with Habitat for Humanity
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    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
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    Tikkun Olam Our youth learn to work for social justice.

7th Day Passover Service & Yizkor
Friday April 29 at 10:00 am

RiKTY-led Havdalah
Saturday April 30 at 7:00 pm
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Special Events at TBK This Sunday, May 1 
Philip S. Bernstein Society Speaker
3:00  pm - Andrea Gluckman
It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine): The Ironic Appeal of the Apocalypse
In the Chapel, followed by a wine & cheese receptionFree of charge courtesy of the Philip S. Bernstein Society.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Come save a life!
In the Adult Lounge

TBK 2015-16 Tzedakah Campaign

TBK’s Annual Tzedakah Appeal keeps the Temple  operating, supplementing our membership income and
supporting many in our congregation who cannot afford the full cost of membership.

Friday, April 29, 2016

From Rabbi Peter Stein

Pesach is a special holiday, with many beautiful traditions and different lessons.  Pesach is also the beginning of an important period in the Jewish year.  After the first day of Passover, we start the count of the Omer, the seven week period that culminates with Shavuot.  Shavuot is the holiday that remembers the momentous events at Mt. Sinai, the giving of the Ten Commandments and the sealing the covenant between God and the Jewish people.  In our own tradition, it is also when we celebrate Confirmation and the great achievements of our young adults.  

Each day during the Omer, we make a blessing (Blessed is God, who commands us regarding the Counting of the Omer) and declare how many days we have reached in the Omer.  This is done each day for the 50 days.  It is a wonderful discipline to make the blessing and reflect on the passage of time.  

Today, there are many different resources to enrich our count of the Omer.  There are apps and online counters.  There are also beautiful books written with daily meditations for this season.  

There is another resource, an ancient one, which can be used during the Omer.  It is traditional to read and study Pirke Avot, the Ethics of our Ancestors, during this period.  There are six chapters in Pirke Avot, so it works out well to read one chapter each week.  

Pirke Avot is part of the Mishnah, the very first collection of rabbinic teachings.  It contains a variety of short sayings and teachings about ethics and morality.  One of my favorites comes from
Rabbi Akiva: How greatly God must have loved us to create us in the Divine Image; yet even greater love did God show us in making us conscious that we are created in the Divine Image.  (Pirke Avot 3:18)

As the days and weeks pass till we stand again at Sinai, may we be blessed to find meaning and blessing in each and every day.  May we rejoice in God’s presence in every fiber of our being.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Stein

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Religious School Wii Meet
May 1st

TBK Offices closed Friday, April 29th
Shabbat service and K-2nd Shabbat service
at 6:pm

Coming Up at TBK

TBKers
Editing and Compiling the Bible during the Babylonian Exile Great Course Lecture on DVD discussion led by Rabbi Stein
Thursday April 28
12:00 noon
Bring your lunch!

Yom HaShoah
Wednesday May 4
7:00 pm
Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester Community
Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program
at TBK this year
The Refugee Experience
Life After Liberation
Keynote speaker:
Dr. Atina Grossman

Change of Plans…
Friday May 6 & Saturday May 7
Special Speaker Cancelled
There will be no reception prior to Shabbat

Service on Friday May 6
Tanach & Torah Study on Saturday May 7
will remain at
the usual times