• 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.

In July...
Come in during the month to select some library books, as we slim down the collection. Take your selections home in exchange for a donation to TBK!

Coming Up

Tour the First Jewish Cemetery in Rochester
Sunday June 24 at 11:00 am
Join Nancy Krause at Mt. Hope Cemetery
 to tour sacred Jewish areas, grave sites and well-known personalities at Mt. Hope.
$10 for those who are not members of Friends of Mt. Hope

WRJ/Sisterhood Drop-in Knitting
Tuesday June 26 at 1:30 pm

Congregatings Speaker Program
Thursday June 28 at 12:00 noon
Sheila Weinbach presents
VFI-USA - Volunteers for Israel®.

Shabbat Under the Sky
Friday July 20 at 6:00 pm
Welcome Rabbi Rochelle Tulik at Shabbat services, Bring your own picnic Dinner & TBK will provide drinks & s'mores. We will be outside (seats will be available). With music by Bob Sneider. Volunteers and fire pits are needed. Please RSVP by July 13 or call TBK at 244-7060.

TBK Delegation To Walk in the
Rochester Pride Parade!
Saturday July 21 at 1:00 pm
Please contact Rabbi Stein to join our delegation in support of Rochester's LGBTQ community. Once you sign up with Rabbi Stein, he will provide instructions on where to meet that day.


The TBK Congregational Picnic will be held on Sunday September 16.
More information will be forthcoming!


The Judaica Shop will be having a Silent Auction of previously loved Judaica items!
The sale will be in the Fall after the High Holy Days, but now is the time to learn more! Please bring any items you would like included in the Silent Auction to the WRJ/Sisterhood office by September 9. All proceeds will benefit the WRJ/Sisterhood YES (Youth, Education and Special Projects) Fund. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about this event. 

The Judaica shop is open by appointment. We are starting to carry items made by local artists. Come and check them out in the case by the sanctuary or in the shop! Call 244-7060. It's a great place for all your gifting needs! Special orders are welcome!


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 Michael Yudelson, 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!

Friday, June 22, 2018

From Rabbi Stein


Shabbat is described in many different ways.  It is a holy day, a day of rest, and a day of peace.  It is a “palace in time”, an oasis from the frenzy of the  daily routine. 

This Shabbat coincides with the beginning of the Rochester Jazz Festival.  We will be treated to day after day of fabulous music, in one of our city’s signature gatherings.

There is an interesting parallel between Shabbat and jazz. 

There is a traditional framework to Shabbat: certain prayers that are prescribed, different rituals that are to be performed, and a concept that we should be resting from our daily work. 

However, the beauty and significance of Shabbat is really what happens when we use this framework as a jumping off point...when we use the idea of rest as opening us up to using our minds and bodies in a different way.  Shabbat rest is not really a list of “thou shall nots”.  Rather, Shabbat rest is a way of carving out space to feel and to notice different things.  All of the senses come to play in truly making Shabbat a day of rest.

This is similar to the structure of jazz.  Jazz is never just about the notes on the page or the technical execution of what is written by the composer.  Rather, jazz revolves on improvisation—using the chord progressions to create something new and beautiful and right for the moment. Any jazz composition will sound different each time it is performed. 

I wish you all a Shabbat Shalom, and that our souls will be lifted up in exuberant exploration of what God has created in our bodies and in the world around us.

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Peter Stein


Friday June 22
6:00 pm Shabbat Service &
Birthday Blessings
in the Chapel this week!

Saturday June 23
Torah: Numbers 19:1-22:1
Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33
8:00 am Tanach Study
9:15 am Torah Study
10:30 am Shabbat Service
in the Chapel this week

Wednesday June 27
5:30 pm Wednesday Evening Minyan

Special Summer Shabbat Services
Shabbat Under the Sky Friday July 20 at 6:00 pm
We look forward to seeing you at our Shabbat celebration welcoming Rabbi Rochelle Tulik! Services, "Bring your Own" Picnic Dinner & S’mores! We will be outside – seats will be available. Bring your own dinner (no pork or shellfish please!) and TBK will provide drinks and S’mores. Volunteers and fire pits are needed. Please RSVP by July 13.

Shabbat Cookout Dinner Featuring
The Rochester Ukulele Orchestra Friday August 10

6:00 pm Abbreviated Outdoor Shabbat Service 
6:30 pm Cookout & Music
Join us for a Summer Shabbat Musical experience. Bring a blanket, a friend, and your singing voice. Dinner (provided by TBK) will include kosher hotdogs/hamburgers/veggie burgers. Dessert will be generously provided by WRJ/Sisterhood. Please RSVP by August 3

RSVP for these events to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to
Terri Richardson at 244-7060.

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It's time to get our gardens cleaned up!
Amy Kahn is coordinating volunteer gardeners.She is hoping to start on Sunday June 24 at 9:30 or 10:00 am. Weekday evenings are possible as well. Help beautify TBK!  If you would like to help, please contact the TBK office.

Brighton Food Cupboard
is in need of Toilet Paper and Toiletries. Please drop any donations at Brookside School, 220 Idlewood Rd. on school days between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm
To make a monetary donation please visit Jewish Family Service.
To volunteer at the Brighton Food Cupboard please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Saturday June 23, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
at the Brighton Fire Department -
3100 East AvenueThe summer months are challenging for blood bank collection. Please consider giving...

Golfers Please Note!
Temple Beth David &
Temple Beth El

invite you to join them for their 2nd Annual Joint Golf Outing & Kosher Dinner
at Eagle Vale on August 6
Please mark your calendars!

TBK is Going
to the NFL!

Sunday November 4
Join your temple family to watch the Buffalo Bills battle the Chicago Bears! Join us in the excitement of live NFL action on November 4, as we travel to New Era Field. Exact price and departure/return times will be announced shortly. Price will include round trip bus and a seat at the game. Email Heather Chesterton or speak with Rabbi Stein if you are interested in attending. Don’t miss out - we only have a limited number of spots!