• 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.

Welcoming Assistant Rabbi Rochelle Tulik!
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Passover is Next!

Visit the Holiday Page for Seder details

Items for your Passover table are available in the
WRJ/Sisterhood Judaica Shop

Seder Plates, Matzo covers
Haggadahs and giftware
New Tallitot have Arrived!

The shop is open Sundays when school is in session
or schedule an appointment by calling 244-7060

A Taste of Passover
Sponsored by WRJ/Sisterhood
Sunday March 25 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm
If you're looking for new Passover recipes, be sure to stop by TBK to sample delightful foods and sign up to receive the recipes. Planned stations include Seder and Sides, Anything Matzo, and Sweet Treats. WRJ/Sisterhood members and their families will prepare a variety of foods for you to try. Recipes will be emailed after the event, in time for Passover.

Coming up

WRJ/Sisterhood General Membership Meeeting
Tuesday March 20 at 7:30 pm

Congregatings Speaker Program
Thursday March 22 at 12:00 pm
Joseph Avenue Synagogue Project with Dr. Neil R. Scheier
Spector Music Shabbat
Friday March 23 at 7:00 pm
Sephardic Music featuring Kol Simcha - our TBK Adult Choir
Join us to explore Sephardic Music, especially Ladino music from Spain, as the congregation gets ready for its trip to Spain next fall. Followed by an enhanced Oneg Shabbat presented by WRJ/Sisterhood. This is also a wonderful opportunity to meet our new Assistant Rabbi, Rochelle Tulik.

Kollel: Sunday Series with Rabbi Levy
Sunday March 25 at 10:00 am (Bagels at 9:30 am)

 WRJ/Sisterhood 2018
Annual Women's Interfaith Event
Wednesday March 28
11:30 am at TBK

Calling God She: A Panel Discussion
We talk about God. We write about God. We use words. Letters, words, and language are all developed constructs. All language falls short of what we perceive as reality. What it the impact of continuing to use male language for God without using female language?

Panelists: Rev. Dr. Barbara Thorington Green, Retired Pastor at United Methodist Church
and author of Calling God She?
Rev. Edris Hitchcock, Pastor at The First Baptist Church of LeRoy
Rabbi Kelly Levy, Associate Rabbi at Temple B’rith Kodesh

Join us for a panel discussion and informal lunch conversation with women of different faith communities. Please bring your own non-meat lunch. Coffee and delectable desserts will be provided. The program is free of charge, but a donation of toilet paper for the Brighton Food Cupboard would be appreciated.

Reservations are helpful, but not required.
Contact 244-7060, x233 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if possible,
so that we may prepare adequately.

Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein Society
Presents a Spring Symposium
Welcoming Our Newest Neighbors: Local Agencies Helping Recent Refugees
with speakers from the Rochester Refugee Services Community
Sunday April 29 at 3:00 pm
The event is open to TBK and the greater Rochester community. For more information please
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Passover 2018!
Visit the holidays page to learn more about Passover at TBK including the
First Night Congregational Seder on March 30

Friday, March 9, 2018

From Rabbi Kelly Levy


This week marks the beginning of a new book of Torah, the Book of Leviticus or Vayikra. Filled with rules and laws regarding sacrifices and what makes a person pure and impure, Vayikra is, well, gross. But, if you look beyond the blood, guts, skin afflictions, and impurity, Vayikra has much to teach us.

As we begin this new book, we take a moment to consider what it means to offer a sacrifice in the first place. According to the Women’s Torah Commentary, the word “vayikra” translates to “and [God] called.” What exactly is God calling us to do? Is it solely an opportunity to send up a reyach nichoach, a pleasing odor? Or, perhaps, this is an opportunity for us to get closer to God?

While many of us turn up our noses at the thought of offering an animal as a sacrifice, slaughtering a calf or sheep was part of many cultures thousands of years ago. Although our ancestors did away with sacrifice after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., sacrifice was one of the only ways for the Israelites to communicate with God. Unlike today when words, whether spoken or sung out loud or whispered silently in your heart, whether in Hebrew or English or some other language, sacrifice was the only real way people had to approach God. It was tangible, it was physical, and it was commanded by God.

Prayer often leaves us feeling satisfied and whole, but sometimes it leaves us feeling empty and lost. While I would never wish to return to the days of offering sacrifices, perhaps we have to think beyond the words of our prayers to find a tangible and physical way to approach God? I have found that fulfilling G’milut Chasadim, acts of love and kindness, that participating in Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, and treating everyone with respect brings a sense of shlemut, wholeness to me. So, what will you do to approach God in new and inspiring ways?

May this Shabbat and all of the days that follow be filled with shalom and shlemut. Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Levy

Friday March 16
5:15 pm
Reception for 2nd Grade Families
6:00 pm
Shabbat Service with 2nd Grade Participation, Birthday Blessings & Birkat HaChodesh in the Sanctuary

Saturday March 17
Torah: Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26
Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21 - 44:23

8:00 am Tanach Study
9:15 am
Torah Study
10:30 am Shabbat Service in the Chapel

Wednesday March 21
5:30 pm
Wednesday Evening Minyan

Registration is Now Open for the TBK Trip to Spain
October 6 - 17, 2018

Click here for the latest information about pricing, itinerary, and to complete the registration form. Please note that the trip will be fairly strenuous and will involve a lot of walking, often on cobblestone and other hard surfaces. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions about your ability to participate fully and comfortably with the group.

We will have a number of opportunities to gather in the coming months to learn more about Spanish Jewish history and traditions. These educational events are open to all, even if you do not plan to travel with TBK, and include:

Thursday April 26 at 6:00 pmSpanish Jewish History with guest speaker Tour Guide Kayla Ship. Kayla, a resident of Jerusalem for the past 20+ years, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Divinity School. She is a certified tour guide in Israel and has expertise in Spanish Jewish tourism as well. This evening included dinner so it is important to
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Tuesday May 29 at 6:00 pm
The Spanish Jewish Prayerbook
with Rabbi Stein

Tuesday June 12 at 6:00 pm
Spanish Jewish Theology with Rabbi Stein

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Religious School
WILL meet
Sunday March 18
Our Preschool Workshop will begin at 9:30 am. The subject this week is Passover. $5 per child (accompanied by an adult please). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Israel Scholarships - Deadline Extended!
Needs-based financial aid is available for students ages 15 through 25 traveling to Israel or participating in Jewish study programs in the summer or fall of 2018. Applications will be accepted through March 23, 2018. For questions about the Farash Institute funding, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions about the Jewish Federation funding, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Creating Brighton’s Brickyard Trail
Tuesday, March 20th 7-8 pm at the Brighton Memorial Library
Mark Bayer, of Bayer Landscape Architecture will discuss the conceptualization and design of one of Brightonʼs newest and most beautiful natural and historical destinations. Weather permitting, there will be an optional guided walk with amateur naturalist Peggy Dempsey, prior to the talk. To participate in the walk, meet at the Elmwood trail entrance at 6 pm. Presented by the Brighton Memorial Library and the Friends of the Brickyard Trail
No One Left Behind's 2nd Annual Fundraising Dinner
Wednesday April 18 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at TBK
Join us for traditional Afghan and Iraqi dishes, music, and a silent auction
$60 General Admission. Tickets available at nolbdinner2.eventbrite.com
No One Left Behind is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping safety resettle Afghans and Iraqis who offered life-saving interpretation and support for US. military forces.

TBK is now a collection spot for the community-wide Pencils & Paper program. You can bring your classroom donations such as construction paper, folders, crayons and hand sanitizer to leave in the bins at TBK. For more information visit Pencils & Paper