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From Darkness to Light
From Rabbi Levy

It is hard to believe that just a few short months ago, Rabbi Stein and I were beginning our tenure as the rabbis of Temple B’rith Kodesh. But here we are, six months later, completely immersed in the very full schedule at TBK. The winter has taken over and we have already celebrated so many wonderful holidays together. As the winter months drag on, we look forward to the spring and the holidays that come with it.

The Hebrew month of Shevat, which typically falls sometime during January and February, brings an interesting and sometimes forgotten holiday, Tu B’Shevat, the fifteenth day of Shevat. This holiday is often called the “Birthday of the Trees.” Tu B’Shevat is also one of the four holidays we refer to as a New Year. Of course, we know that Rosh Hashanah is the “Head of the Year.” But, Tu B’Shevat is also a New Year, a New Year of the trees. Historically, Tu B’Shevat was the time of year that people paid taxes on their fruit trees. Centuries later, we celebrate Tu B’Shevat with a Seder of fruits, nuts, and wine, all foods that come from trees.

So, why celebrate the New Year of the Trees in the middle of winter, when all of the trees have shed their leaves and stand bare in the cold, gray sky? Traditionally, Shevat was the month that the almond trees in Israel began to bloom and bring some much needed color into the dark winter. We, however, are far from springtime. Looking at the empty trees reminds us that we still have months of cold and snow ahead of us. But perhaps Tu B’Shevat can actually be a reminder of the wonderful warm seasons to come? Perhaps the New Year of the Trees is also a light in the middle of the dark, much like the candles that warmed our hearts during Chanukah?

May this Tu B’Shevat be a reminder to you and your family of the gifts that trees bring to our lives. From food to shelter, trees are constantly giving to us. May we remember to give back to the trees. Please take some time to plant a tree or give tzedakah to an organization that can plant a tree for you. It’s time to do our part and take a stand for trees. Chag Sameach!

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TBK Religious School Will NOT Meet
Sunday, November 26

College Bootcamp will be held off-site, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

The TBK Offices will be closed
Thursday November 23
Friday November 24
Shabbat Services will be held on Friday November 24 at 6:00 pm

Thanksgiving Opportunities at TBK

Host an International Student for Thanksgiving Dinner!
Rochester Global Connections invites you to open your home to international students from local universities for your Thanksgiving feast. Take part in giving thanks while learning about other cultures and sharing your family's traditions. Participation is free. You can fill out an application online. [www.rochesterglobalconnections.org]  For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] or 275-8779.

Please note

We are now accepting camp scholarship applications until December 31, 2017.
TBK is pleased to offer merit-based camp scholarships. These scholarships are for students who are in fourth through twelfth grade in the 2017 - 2018 school year and who are committed to continuing their involvement in TBK's school and youth programs during the 2018 - 2019 school year. You may obtain an application at the Religious School office<mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or in the TBK main office. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

For those teens traveling to Israel next summer, please take the Farash Institute community application for funds. This application is due in February, 2018. (https://www.farashinstitute.org/Default.aspx?RD=4972)

Shhhh! Hospital Zone
We have a difficult time keeping up with TBK members in hospitals or rehab facilities. The HIPAA privacy rules mean that we sometimes don't know when someone needs a loving touch from TBK.

If you know of someone hospitalized, or if you or someone in your family is planning surgery, please let TBK know. We can carefully check on the wishes of the patient to see if they would like visits, or public recognition on the Mi Shebeirach list.

Please remember when speaking about those with medical issues that some people do not want their private information known by others. This is always a careful balance at TBK, where we know congregants want to support each other. We try to provide information to the congregation when the patient has given permission.