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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 Keeping Our Promise, (formerly No One Left Behind.  The mission is to help Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States. 

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


A note from Ellen Smith, Program Director, Keeping Our Promise, Rochester:

Hello Faith Community Partners:

On Monday, Nov. 11th (Veteran's Day). PBS is showing the award-winning documentary, "The Interpreters." The documentary follows two Afghan, and one Iraqi interpreter who worked for the U.S. military, and are targeted by insurgents as a result. The documentary features two of the families that our Rochester-based organization worked with and resettled in Rochester: Mujtaba and Malik.

I worked with "Malik" from Oct. 2014 until he got his visa in January 2017, and it was by happenstance that I found Mujtaba through a Facebook post when he was still in Turkey.

Please share this with others, including those out of state! Click the link below for the trailer, and search on other states/markets to find the view time of any local PBS station for viewing.

Mujtaba and I will be on Connections with Evan Dawson on Monday, Nov. 11, at NOON to speak about this film, and the plight of interpreters and support personnel.

Our work is important. Please share this. It 

will simultaneously break your heart, and give you hope in knowing what you do to help support these families.

Click here to see the video.


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.







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