• 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.


RPO@TBK Summer Fundraiser Concert
Thursday July 27 at 7:30 pm
Reserve your seats now! 

 Purchase tickets with the form, call TBK at 244-7060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TBK Delegation Walks in the Rochester Pride Parade
Saturday July 15 at 1:00 pm

We will leave immediately after Shabbat services from TBK... between 12 and 12:15. You are welcome to come to temple at that time if you are not planning to come to services. You are also welcome to meet us at the parade, but please let me know of your plans.

Our meeting spot in the staging area is the sidewalk between East Ave. and Park Ave. on the east side of Park Avenue facing south. We are number 33, which will be marked in our spot. Parking will be tight. Remember that we will have to walk back from the end of the parade. This will be a considerable amount of walking.

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Upcoming Events

Congregatings! Current Events Discussion Group
Thursday July 13 at 11:30 am
Lunch at 11:30; Discussion at 12:00 noon - Topic to be Determined 

Introduction to Mishkan HaNefesh with Rabbi Peter Stein
July 19, August 2, August 15
10:00 - 11:30 am
6:00 - 7:00 pm each day (come for 5:30 pm Minyan and stay!)  

Theses sessions will study the format of our new High Holy Day prayer books, the settings of traditional prayers and the alternatives offered for Torah and Haftarah readings.These are drop in sessions, but if you plan to attend and canThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that helps!

Shabbat Service/Shabbat Under the Sky
Friday July 21 at 6:00 pm
Bring a picnic dinner, blanket and your singing voice.
A fun evening to conclude with a campfire & S'mores! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for planning purposes please!

Congregatings! Annual Picnic
Thursday July 27 at 12:00 noon
Contact the TBK office at 244-7060 for information on how to sign up. $4 per pers

Mishkan HaNefesh Match 
n memory of Nettie Sheiman, Judy and Dave Bulin will match the cost of up to 150 sets of prayer books for those who donate to the Prayer Book Fund between the June 9 and August 15. You can do it in honor of whomever you wish and use the beautiful new book plates by Joel Rosen.

It's that time of year again! Our gardens need your help!
Amy Kahn has once again volunteered to coordinate volunteers to help our TBK landscape by keeping up with gardening in our courtyards and at our entryways. If you are interested in helping, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your contact information will be forwarded to Amy. We thank you for helping our congregation look good! 

New Shabbat Study Opportunity at TBK
It's about to happen:After five years of sitting around a table at 8:00 am on Shabbat morning, reading Tanach, we will read the last words of Chronicles. Take a deep breath. Savor the moment. And turn our hearts, minds and eyes back to Joshua, and start again.

We are now adding something a little different. On the first Shabbat of each month, we will challenge ourselves by exploring selected teachings of the Talmud as laid out in the book Swimming in  the Sea of Talmud. In preparation for our initial (August 5) discussion, please read the introductory pages up through page 22 so that we can discuss the authors' words and our own feelings about stepping into this vast and uneasy sea. 

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TBK changes to new prayer books for the High Holy Days. Learn more!

Friday, July 21, 2017

From Rabbi Kelly Levy


Just one week ago, I shared the story of Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah, Zelophehad’s five orphaned daughters. They pleaded to Moses on their own behalf, asking to receive the land their father would rightfully inherit, had he not already died while in the wilderness. God tells Moses to grant the women their land. This was a great win for the daughters, as well as all women in the Israelite community.
Unfortunately, as we come to the end of the Book of Numbers, the book concludes with a different ruling for the daughters. Some of the tribe leaders are concerned that if the daughters marry outside of their tribe, the land they inherit would then belong to a different tribe. God and Moses side with the leaders and state that the daughters may marry whomever they wish, as long as they marry within their own tribe.
But, what is significant about this section, other than the new change of rules, is the statement in Numbers 36:8, “Every daughter among the Israelite tribes who inherits a share…” The law regarding land inheritance has now been extended to all Israelite women. These five women stood up for their own rights and brought significant change to the Israelite’s social structure. Of course, this text is still fraught with challenges. The tribal leaders were concerned about land inheritance because if a woman did marry, her land would automatically become her husband’s land. Also, they state she may marry any man she wants, but with limitations.
As we read our text, and reread our text, it can be difficult to see these words and relate. As a society, we have worked hard to extend human rights to all, but we still have work to do. Let us use this text to guide us as we continue this important work, helping us to understand the needs of others, to find compromises when necessary, and to make the world a better place for all.
Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Levy


Friday July 14
6:00 pm   Shabbat Service in the Atrium

Saturday July 15
Torah: Numbers 25:10-30:1
Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3

8:00 am Tanach Study

9:15 am Torah Study  

10:30 am Shabbat Service in the Atrium

Wednesday July 19         

10:00 am  Mishkan HaNefesh Workshop with Rabbi Stein
5:30 pm
  Wednesday Evening Minyan
6:00 pm  Mishkah HaNefesh Workshop with Rabbi Stein

Great Schools for All Collaboration



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Rabbi's Column
President's Report
In Memoriam

Temple Beth David & Temple Beth El
Invite members of TBK to participate in their
1st Annual Joint Golf Outing @ Eagle Vale Golf Course (Fairport, NY)
and Kosher Dinner @ Temple Beth El
Monday, August 7, 2017
This event is held in memory of Jay Cohen

Golf and Dinner - $125.00
Dinner Only - $50.00

  9:00am     Registration, team pictures
10:00am     Shotgun tee start
                   (Lunch at Eagle Vale Golf Club included)
4:00pm       Hors D'oeuvres at Temple Beth El (139 Winton Rd S.)
5:00pm       Kosher Steak/Chicken/Salmon/Veggie Meal at Temple Beth El

Registration/sponsor forms are online. For additional information please contact Gary Cohen at 329-4765.



RAIHN Ritzy Rummage Sale
Saturday July 15; 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Help raise funds for our partnership with other religious communities in the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network

Donations will be accepted the week before the sale - Saturday July 8 - Thursday July 13. They are looking for antique or vintage items but will consider certain clothing items, accessories, small appliances, household items and some toys and games (complete only!) They will not accept stuffed animals, textbooks, magazines, toiletries or cleaning products, large appliances or furniture or electronics. To drop off items call the center at 506-9050 for approval. To volunteer sign up here.  https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1913787/false#!1913787/false/false 

Project  Homeless Connect
As the summer solstice comes to us, it's not too early to plan for fall.  Project Homeless Connect Rochester will be coming again to the Blue Cross Arena on September 14.
    If you'd like to volunteer again, please register on the website: http://homelessconnectrochester.org/
    If you'd like to help with a coat drive, please reply and let me know and I'll put you in charge with those managing the coat collection. The coat room is one of the things our guests look forward to and we have to work hard to ensure that there are enough to go around.  We could use your help.