• 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.

Daniel Mendelson, Lou Spiro, Rabbi Stein & the TBK Board of Trustees are pleased to announce our new TBK Executive Director
A committee appointed by TBK President Daniel Mendelson and co-chaired by Michael Kamish and Gail Pogal conducted a search and, after due diligence, recommended Michael Yudelson to the Board of Trustees. The Board approved the recommendation and Michael will begin his new position December 1, 2016.
Do you know Michael?
Michael grew up at TBK. He was a teacher in the Religious School and served on the Board of Trustees. Michael is the former Henrietta Town Supervisor from 2007-2013.
He has extensive professional experience working in the not-for-profit world in senior positions.
Michael has served at TBK as part of the Religious School and Youth Committee and
the Finance Committees and has cultivated strong relationships with temple staff.
His extensive finance and management experience and commitment to the temple make him an asset
to the TBK community.

A Post-Election Community Conversation with the Social Action Committee
Tuesday December 6 at 7:00 pm

Join us for a community conversation on social action and social justice. So many of us have been reflecting and considering how to respond to the recent election... as I said numerous times over the summer and early fall, it is what we do after the election that is so critical, perhaps just as important as however we voted on Election Day.

The meeting, held under the auspices of the Social  Action committee, is open to all members of the congregation. Come and consider the possibilities for advocacy work, in addition to the direct service work that is ongoing. Come and share your perspective on what we can do with our community partners, especially including other religious groups. 

This meeting will be a chance to renew our commitment to the fullness of tikkun olam, the repair of the world. I hope it will also be an opportunity to draw closer together as a community, sharing our profound emotions and sense of urgency. This will be a safe place to share and to propose courses of action. The result will be, I hope, a number of different working groups taking steps to strengthen our country, bringing together those with common passion and commitment.

If you have any questions before December 6, please share them with me. I am very grateful for all that so many of you have shared with me since November 8. Together, we will make a difference, and add to the justice, equality, and peace in the community.

Rabbi Stein

Celebrate Chanukah at TBK - check out the Schedule!


 

Friday, December 2, 2016

From Rabbi Peter Stein

I hope that everyone enjoyed a special Thanksgiving with friends and family.  It was wonderful to see many of you at the community Interfaith Thanksgiving service.  

As we continue on, we turn our attention to continued reflection on the great needs in our country.  So many have been reflecting and sharing since Election Day.  I’ve shared some broad possibilities in this space and from the bima over the last few weeks.

Now, I hope that we will come together in a thoughtful and reflective spirit.  I am pleased that we will have the opportunity for a Community Conversation, under the auspices of our Social Action Committee, on Tuesday evening, 12/6, at 7 PM.  This will be a chance, I hope, to consider what actions we want to take as individuals, as groups of congregants, and in community-wide settings.  In particular, I hope we will address the combination of direct service and advocacy work.  Both are essential and neither one precludes the other.

This conversation will be a chance to consider the central values of our Judaism.  In classical Judaism, we learn of Judaism standing on three pillars: Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut  Chasadim.  Torah, sacred learning, is the foundation for all we do.  Our study is connected to our action.  

Avodah, worship or service, is not only the rituals of the prayer service, but is a mindset that says we are here to live cognizant of God’s creative presence.  Our choices and decisions should be guided by the recognition of God in our lives.

Finally, gemilut chasadim, acts of loving kindness, is most directly tied to social action.  We live, not only taking care of ourselves, but engaged with the needs of our neighbors.  

I look forward to continuing on the path to a world of justice, equality, and peace.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Stein

Chanukah begins at Sundown on Saturday December 24.
Light your first candle tonight. To learn more about Chanukah and ideas for celebrating visit ReformJudaism.org 

Chanukah Oneg 
Friday December 30 following 6:00 pm Shabbat Service

Watch future emails for opportunities to light the Chanukiah and celebrate  with Rabbi Stein and other members of our TBK community

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New this Year - 
Following Shabbat service on Saturday morning December 24, the Temple B'rith Kodesh offices will be closed for the year-end holidays. The entire building will also be closed to the greatest extent possible. TBK will reopen on Tuesday January 3, 2017.

Coming up...
TBKers Discussion Group 
Israel and the Two State Solution with Dr. Ayala Emmett and Scott Fybush 
Thursday December 8 - 11:30 am lunch/12:00 noon discussion

Dads & Donuts
An Opportunity to Connect with and Meet Other TBK Dads
Sunday December 11 in room 105
9:30 am Donuts & Cofee
10:00 am Join Kollel: Sunday Series program in the Adult Lounge,
featuring a presentation by Steve Jacobs (another TBK Dad)
The Jewish Play Project; Documenting 200 years of Jewish Designers, Entrepreneurs and Inventors in Toy, Games, Pinball and Video Games.

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If you need Chanukah candles or gifts from the Judaica Shop, be sure to get them early!

It has been a year of great change and the hard work of our staff has kept TBK moving forward and improving in serving and sustaining our congregation.We are very pleased to enable our staff to spend this restful time with family and friends. As always, Rabbis will be available if needed during this time. Shabbat Services will be held as normal. Thank you.

               Rabbi Peter Stein           Daniel Mendelson             Lou Spiro