• 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.

Jacqui Lipschitz Appointed Interim Director of Education

TBK Joins the Rochester LGBT Pride Parade
Saturday July 16
Parade begins at 1:00 pm
 

We are meeting at the West Portico entrance of TBK at 11:45 to carpool. If you would like to meet us at the parade, we are joining Temple Sinai on Alexander street at slot #91 around noon. Please feel free to wear comfy, festive clothes, and bringa sign or banner to march with as well.
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Interfaith Community Conversation 
Responding to Hate with Love;
Responding to Violence by Making Peace

Tuesday July 19 at 7:00 pm 
Clergy from several religious traditions will lead study and conversation. All are welcome. 
More information or questions to
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RPO@TBK Summer Fundraiser Concert
Thursday July 28 at 7:30 pm 
Details and Program are here!

11th Annual Chamber Music Concert
presented by Michelle & Larry Klepper
Monday August 1
Pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm/Concert at 7:00 pm
Free & Open to the Public!

Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) 
Informational Session
Wednesday August 3, 7:00 pm at TBK
Join us to learn about our new partnership with Third Presbyterian Church
to make a difference in the lives of homeless families. Our new social action initiative will have us joining this existing program as a support congregation, with 14 host congregations and 28 other support congregations across the region. See the Social Justice page  for more information.

I Want S'More Shabbat
Friday August 5, Service at 7:00 pm
Service followed by s'mores in the courtyard

2nd Annual TBK Congregational Picnic at Mendon Ponds
Sunday August 21, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Details to follow!  

The gardens are growing at TBK!
That means we need some gardeners to
whip the courtyard into shape,
and work with us on a few other problem areas.
Contact the TBK office at 244-7060 or
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Friday, July 22, 2016

From Rabbi Kelly Levy  

I am notorious for having a bad sense of direction, whether walking or driving. My family makes fun of me relentlessly and constantly Rabbi Levyjokes that I shouldn’t be allowed to take people places. But when GPS became an easily-accessible tool, I no longer worried that I didn’t know where I was going. In fact, I am more than happy to drive these days!
As we have become more reliant on GPS, we do have to be a bit cautious. How many times have we heard of people ending up in the wrong place? Or, what about the people who take a turn down the wrong road and end up in a ditch? Sometimes, our instincts will actual tell us exactly where we need to go. And sometimes, the GPS will prevent us from getting to a place that we probably shouldn’t be going to in the first place.
In our Torah portion this week, Balak, the king of Moab sent Balaam, a professional, to curse the Israelite people. On his journey to the Israelites, Balaam rode a donkey. The donkey seemed to have her own GPS, as well as a special ability to see messengers of God. In an attempt to prevent Balaam from reaching the Israelites, God places angels in front of the donkey so she could not continue forward. In his frustration, Balaam’s road rage takes over and he beats his donkey three separate times.
Only once God has given the donkey the ability to speak to Balaam does he begin to understand that perhaps this is not the direction he should be going. Perhaps, he should turn back and NOT curse the Israelites? Perhaps, despite his “GPS” steering him in the wrong direction, was he actually taking the right course of action?
It can be frustrating, challenging, and difficult to get where we need to go. Of course, modern-day technology helps us, but we must use it with caution. Hopefully, we can all find different forms of GPS and donkeys that guide us down the correct path, leading us towards righteousness and peace.
Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Levy 

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Brighton Food Cupboard is currently calling for personal care items, size 5 & 6 diapers, canned fruit, toilet paper, mac & cheese, cereal & eggs. 
Please deliver your donations to the  Brighton Food Cupboard  at 220 Idlewood Rd. 


Video volunteers
We are looking for people to record videos, using the equipment in the Sanctuary ceiling, of B'nai Mitzvah and special services. If you would like to help with this contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


We also need your photos of TBK activities
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Summer volunteers
firepits loaned, s'mores helpers, picnic committee -
Help us make summer at TBK special! 
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WRJ/Sisterhood is looking for bakers
Help add a sweet touch to a Saturday morning Kiddush!
The commitment is 2-3 dozen home-baked or store-bought cookies. If interested in helping our congregation celebrate Shabbat contact
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