• Tikkun Olam
    Tikkun Olam Members worked with Habitat for Humanity
  • You are Welcome Here
    You are Welcome Here
  • Youth Kallah
    Youth Kallah Teens from the whole Northeast gathered at TBK
  • Family
    Family Pray and stay--a perfect summer Shabbat
  • Tikkun Olam
    Tikkun Olam Our youth learn to work for social justice.

Shabbat in the Courtyard
Friday July 15 at 6:00 pm

I Want S'More Shabbat
Friday August 5, Service at 7:00 pm
Service followed by s'mores in the courtyard

2nd Annual TBK Congregational Picnic at Mendon Ponds
Sunday August 21, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Details to follow!  

The gardens are growing at TBK!
That means we need some gardeners to
whip the courtyard into shape,
and work with us on a few other problem areas.
Contact the TBK office at 244-7060 or
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TBK 2015-16 Tzedakah Campaign

TBK’s Annual Tzedakah Appeal keeps the Temple  operating, supplementing our membership income and
supporting many in our congregation who cannot afford the full cost of membership.

Friday, July 1, 2016

From Rabbi Peter Stein

This week in Torah, we turn to the portion called Shlach, from the opening phrase “God spoke to Moses, saying ‘Shlach’—‘Send forth’ notables to scout the land of Canaan.”  It is, for me, one of the most compelling sections of the Torah.  It provides us a lesson in optimism and the importance of perspective.  Joshua and Caleb, two of the scouts, bring home the same report as the other scouts, but told from a very different perspective.  While the other scouts paint a picture of gloom and doom, Joshua and Caleb encourage the people and urge them to be confident that the future is secure…”because God is with us.”

We should never be foolishly optimistic, and we never want to deny reality just because we have faith.  However, it is essential that we don’t assume the worst or jump to bad conclusions.  I think of this as we come in to this American Independence Day weekend.  This celebration should be a joyful one, recognizing the extraordinary nature of our country.  Yes, there are times of challenge – and some might feel that the current political climate is cause for pessimism – but I still believe that our country is one of unparalleled freedom and opportunity.  Yes, there are so many ways in which we need to fight for justice, but it is possible to strengthen our community and repair our world.  

In the aftermath of the massacre in Orlando, it is easy to be weighted down with grief and cynicism.  We all have been looking for life-affirming ways to take action.  I am honored to mention two things to you in this message.  First, on Saturday, 7/16, a group of congregants will be participating along with others from the Jewish community in the annual Pride parade.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Rabbi Levy at 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..  Second, on Tuesday night the 19th, I invite you to join in a community-wide, interfaith study session, responding to the tragedy, the violence, and the hatred by coming together to study, reflect, and consider how we might make a difference in the community.  We will join together at 7:00 here at TBK, and more information will be distributed in the coming days.

I wish you all a Shabbat Shalom: a day of peace followed by many more days of peace and goodness.

Rabbi Stein