Social Action


As Reform Jews, we are engaged in the ongoing work of tikkun olam, (repairing our world).  Throughout our history, Temple B'rith Kodesh and its Rabbis have been known for a commitment to both social action and social justice.  We invite you to become part of a community striving to help those in need and effect social change.  For more information please click here to contact  Ayala Emmett, Social Action Chair


TBK is in partnership with the Rochester chapter of No One Left Behind.  The mission of No One Left Behind is to help Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States. 

"In the midst of so much suffering, it was so good to see the board's support for our Partnership initiative with NOLB. This was TBK taking meaningful action, alleviating suffering and practicing inclusion of refugees in our community."

Ayala Emmett, Chair
TBK Social Action Committee

For further information e-mail Margie Searl or Irwin Solomon or Josh Herz


TemPro, founded by TBK members, provides emergency shelter and support for those in need.

Click here to to learn more about TemPro or e-mail Tempro by clicking here



TBK serves as a Support Congregation, and many TBK members volunteer their time, to the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN).  RAIHN assists homeless families to achieve sustainable independence.   TBK members team up with Third Presbyterian Church volunteers to welcome families in need once every three months. 
For dates and more information, e-mail Liza Robbins Theuman

Click here to see information on a special musical performance to benefit RAIHN on Monday, March 4



Pencils & Paper serves the educational and creative needs of children in the Greater Rochester Area by providing free school supplies to teachers at high poverty schools.

For more information, click here




Aaron Braveman Legacy is a group that offers Kabbalat Shabbat services twice a month at Brookdale Brighton.  E-mail Gene Spiro for further information.




 In partnership with our friends from Mt. Olivet, TBK participates in the Supper Program at Blessed Sacrament, preparing food, welcoming guests, and cleaning up. Opportunities once a month.

For general information e-mail Gail Pogal.  To be added to the mailing list, e-mail Ruth Fried.








Parashat Ki Tisa

In this Torah portion, Moses stays with God on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. There, he is given the 10 Commandments on stone tablets. Fearing Moses will never return, the Israelites turn to Aaron, who demands that everyone bring him their gold, so he can make a golden calf. When Moses comes down the mountain and sees the people dancing around this idol, he smashes the tablets on the ground. God punishes with a plague all the Israelites who were involved. Moses builds a tent to be his meeting place with God.