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Current Social Action Calendar


We are cosponsoring two actions next week. On Tuesday, October 19 from 1-6pm, Rabbi Saperstein and Rabbi Pesner will be attending a rally in front of the White House to urge the Senate and President Biden to take action to protect voting rights. I understand that there is a good chance you and others in your congregation will most likely not be able to attend in person so there will be a livestream of the event and you can help spread the word on social media and in your networks. You can register at:

 Also, next week we are supporting the Freedom to Vote Relay ( which is beginning in West Virginia on October 20 and will end with a rally in DC with a rally on October 24. The leading sponsors are organizing transportation for New York City if you or anyone else is interested in joining in person. (


Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voter Rights Advancement Act
Reform congregations can make a difference by participating in the Reform Movement Freedom to Vote Call-in Days, November 8-11.

Voting rights are under attack as forty-seven states passed laws that make it harder for people to vote. These 2 Federal bills – the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voter Rights Advancement Act – will  prevent voter interference and suppression, but only if the filibuster is amended to allow a majority vote. Our calls to our Senators and to President Biden could make the difference. We need to urge Schumer and Biden to make sure these two Freedom to Vote bills are not defeated by the filibuster.
To participate in the call-in days, go to the RAC call-in website where you will find talking points and the phone numbers for your Senators and the White House Switchboard.You will make the calls on your own phone any time on November 8-11 and then report back on the same website that you made the calls. It is essential that everyone uses the RAC website to make their calls so we can get an accurate count of who made calls and communicate that to the President and Senate Leaders.
 Alternatively,  you can participate in the optional RAC national call-in sessions at 1:00 pm ET during each of the call-in days.  Temple B'rith Kodesh has a chance to make a real difference in preserving the Freedom to vote if we act together.
Also, if  interested in knowing more about the New York State ballot questions relating to voting rights (redistricting, voter registration, and absentee ballots) that voters will see when we vote in late October and early November, here’s more information on the New York ballot questions.
The fate of our democracy is at stake. Your calls, and the calls from others in your congregation or community, can make a difference. Together, we can protect the Freedom to Vote.

Abortion Access
Introducing 73Forward: the largest proactive, faith-based mobilization effort focused on increasing abortion access.
In Judaism, we recognize abortion as JW essential health care, that is not only permitted by our tradition, but required when the life of the pregnant person is at stake.
NCJW’s mission: to deliver education, advocacy, and community-based service to help affect real change in the lives of women, children, and families, as well as any trans men, nonbinary or gender nonconforming people who also may need abortion care.
This work ranges from conversations with friends and family about Judaism and abortion to passing the Women's Health Protection Act to removing legislative and regulatory roadblocks to abortion access, particularly medication abortion, while keeping those most impacted — Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), women, and those working to make ends meet--front and center.

NCJW is proud to lead this charge in the Jewish community. Join our virtual campaign launch on Wednesday, October 27th at 7 PM EST / 4 PM PT to find out more about how you can help us make a difference. Register today!

URJ is sponsoring The Israeli-Palestinian Dilemma- Moving Beyond Who’s Right and Who’s Wrong. The 2nd and 3rd meeting are on the next 2 Sundays.



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A request has come from our partner, Keeping Our Promise. There is a periodic need for short term housing when apartments are not immediately available. We would like to maintain a list of friends who would be willing to host. The preference is for households that, while not necessarily kosher, do not have pork products in the home. Also, if the home were close to a bus route, that would be very helpful (to permit the newcomer(s) to learn how to get around independently. If you've been watching the news, you'll know that hosting Afghans is truly helping to rescue people from an extremely dangerous situation. Thanks. 

Please contact Margie Searl at or 585 260 2306. Many, many thanks.



    Attention any and all TBK LANDLORDS

If you have a 3 bedroom apartment renting for $1100 or less please consider contacting the Social Action Committee next time it’s available so that we can help fill it!

As the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan the State Dept is starting once again to issue long delayed Special Immigrant Visas for those individuals and their families who have helped our troops. Some of those families will be coming to Rochester due to the efforts of  Keeping Our Promise, a local organization with whom TBK partners. Apartments of this size and price range are increasingly hard to find and any leads will be gratefully received.

Please contact  Josh Herz at


     Rochester Area Holocaust Survivors

Friends of Mount Hope has created an online Holocaust archive as a resource for memorializing Holocaust survivors and those who died:

We would like to make our temple community aware of it and also request help to add any names that we have missed. For more information, please contact Margie Searl at




Fri, October 22 2021 16 Cheshvan 5782