Shabbat Service/TemPro Shabbat

Shabbat Service/TemPro Shabbat
Friday, November 15 at 6:00 pm

Pre-Service Reception at 5:15 pm

Come and celebrate Tempro’s 50th anniversary! This is a huge milestone for our organization and something that deserves to be celebrated!  The service will feature Tempro speakers who will highlight the important and necessary work Tempro is doing in our community.   There will be a Pre-Shabbat Reception beginning at 5:15 pm.  After the service stay for an enhanced oneg.   A slide show featuring our Tempro homes will be shown as well. 

As always Tempro is collecting toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap.  These consumables are in constant need of replacing as they are used regularly.  Collection boxes are near the Temple office and the West Portico. Thank you for your continued support through the past 50 years!  We could not have accomplished all that we have without our Temple community supporting us!  We hope to see you November 15th

Celebrating 50 years of serving the Rochester community, the mission of Tempro Development Co. Inc. is to provide safe, affordable housing to families in crisis through innovative, humanitarian initiatives that find a healthy, stable environment for homeless people in which they can heal, grow and rebuild their lives. Since 1969, thousands of Rochesterians have received vital, life-altering assistance through Tempro: through permanent affordable housing with the Suburban Supportive Housing Initiative in Greece, transitional supportive housing at the Susan B Anthony House, neighborhood revitalization efforts such as the First Street Recreation Center, and apartments for homeless veterans at the Rochester Cozier Colgate Divinity School campus in conjunction with the Veterans Outreach Center.  The founding members of Tempro were concerned about the plight of homeless families in Rochester after
 the 1964 riots, and the unacceptable conditions homeless families faced in local hotels and shelters where they were placed – often divided and unable to stay together, making a traumatic situation even worse. In response, Tempro started its Emergency Family Shelter program with three houses near the public market where homeless families could stay together, with dignity. Over time the number has increased to eleven; each apartment is secured, fully equipped and supported with a dedicated case manager providing guidance, transportation and assistance that enables 120 families each year to move on and lead full productive lives in permanent housing. Learn more about Tempro. 

Tempro’s 50-year legacy of supporting Rochester’s homeless and families will be celebrated Friday November 15th at 5:30pm at Temple B’rith Kodesh at 2131 Elmwood Avenue. 

Tempro Development Co., Inc. found a natural ally in lifetime community servant and advocate, Joel Kunkler. After becoming involved with Tempro while working as Director of Landlord and Tenant Services at the Housing Council at Pathstone, Joel brought renewed energy, dedication and revitalization to Tempro’s Emergency Family Shelter Program. This led Tempro to move its program to stay with Joel as he changed employment from the Housing Council at Pathstone to the recently formed Person-Centered Housing Options in late 2017. This news story featuring Joel, Tempro and volunteerism with the Junior League of Rochester on WHAM from September 2018 is a small example of the unique partnership that Joel and Tempro shared in service to homeless families in Rochester. An inspiring and instructional video of Joel Kunkler discussing the Tempro Emergency Shelter Program captures Joel’s unique empathy for vulnerable underserved populations and his unparalleled wealth of knowledge about homelessness and housing policy in Rochester. The Tempro Board of Directors, among countless others in the Rochester Community, was shocked and deeply sadden by Joel’s sudden passing at 48 years of age on October 15, 2019. They are proud to honor Joel’s lifetime of tireless commitment and service to the Rochester community, particularly in the areas of housing rights, homelessness and advocacy, through a dedication ceremony of a Tempro Emergency Family Shelter home in Joel’s name. 

The dedication ceremony will take place on Sunday November 24th at 2pm at 206 Central Park in the Marketview Heights neighborhood. Members of the public, fellow community servants and media are welcome to attend.


Parashat Chayei Sara
November 23, 2019

In this Torah portion, Sara dies at the age of 127. Abraham searches for a place to bury her and settles on Machpelah. Abraham searches for a wife for his son, Isaac. Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac. The servant meets Rebecca at a well, where she provides water for him and his camels. Abraham marries Keturah and has six more sons. He then dies at the age of 175.