• 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.

The TBK Board of Trustees is looking for committed congregants to serve on the Board. Get  your nomination form online or in the TBK office. Nomination are due February 1, 2018

Registration is now open for the TBK Trip to Spain
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 speak with 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, and to learn more about the opportunities on the trip. Among these is the very exciting opportunity to meet and learn with our 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.

Kayla will be with us on Thursday evening, April 26. We will meet from 6:00 - 8:00 pm to learn more about the trip and to begin our study of Sephardi Judaism. A light supper will be served. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 244-7060 ext. 227 if you plan to attenThinking ahead to Purim: Ordering Mishloach Manot

Purim is Wednesday
February 28

Basket orders are due February 14

A tradition of Purim is the sharing of mishloach manot with friends and family – the sending of portions. WRJ/TBK Sisterhood will again be helping you fulfill this tradition. We will fill bags with hamentashen, fruit, chocolate, drinks and toys which we will deliver to the door or to the post office. If you want to participate we will be glad for your help. To order,(print and) fill out the form, send along your check, and WRJ/Sisterhood will make it happen to the delight of all your dear ones. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 244-7060 ext. 233 to volunteer or with questions.

Information on celebrating Purim at TBK is forthcoming. Watch your mail for a special invitation!

Looking Ahead

Kollel: Sunday Series
Social Action Initiative: No One Left Behind
co-sponsored with the Social Action Committee & WRJ/Sisterhood
Sunday January 21 at 10:00 am (9:30 am bagels)

Ukulele Shabbat Rehearsal
Sunday January 21
at 12:00 noon in the Sanctuary and Adult Lounge

Beat the Blahs: The Haskell Rosenberg Memorial Opera Series
Sunday January 21
at 1:00 pm
Puccini - Il Trittico

WRJ/Sisterhood Drop in Knitting
Tuesday January 23
from 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Congregatings Speaker Program
Sustainability with Jackie Ebner, PhD at the JCC in Auditorium A
Thursday January 25 at 12:00 noon


Friday,January 19, 2018

From Rabbi Kelly Levy

As a child, some of my favorite moments during the summer included watching the sun set at camp, feeling the warm sun on Rabbi Levymy face, and listening to the sound of crickets and cicadas singing from the trees and grass. While it’s hard to imagine anything related to summer right now, I am reminded of those memories when I read this week’s Torah portion, Bo.
Moses continues his plea to Pharaoh to let the Israelite people go, and again Pharaoh hardens his heart. So, the Egyptians are subjected to the signs and wonders (or plagues) sent by God. In this portion, the Egyptians endure the plague of locusts, insects that swarm the people and fields devouring crops and blacking out the sun’s light.
Thinking back to my childhood summers, I remember the sound of crickets chirping and I can’t imagine them invading the fields and blurring out the land with their mass. How could something so small cause so much damage, so much destruction, so much ruin? You can hardly hear one cricket chirping in a vast field; many have to sing their song so that we can really hear their melodious sound.
When I think about the impact that one person has on a cause, or the traction one person attempts to gain when speaking up alone, their voice is hard to hear. The locusts completely obliterated the Egyptian lands with their massive numbers. We, too have the opportunity to make our causes known, to have a greater impact on the world when we speak up together, not just as one. Alone, we are one still, somewhat small voice. But together, we are a great, loud, booming sound that cannot be ignored.
Let us come together as one voice, a voice that swarms the people, speaking truth and justice and peace and love of all humanity. As one, we can impact the entire world. As one, we cannot be ignored. May the locusts of our past be the inspiration we need to join together. Because together, we can make a huge difference and bring peace to this world.
Shabbat Shalom.

Rabbi Levy


Friday January 19
5:15 pm Reception for 4th Grade Families
6:00 pm Shabbat Service with 4th Grade Participation & Birthday Blessings in the Sanctuary

Saturday January 20
Torah: Exodus 10:1 - 13:16
Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13 - 28

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

Wednesday January 24
5:30 pm Wednesday Evening Minyan

Shabbat Service focused on Social Action with Tu B'Shevat Oneg
Friday January 26 at 6:00 pm

Interfaith Lenten Supper with Rabbi Stein at St. Anne's Catholic Church
Wednesday February 21 at 5:30 pm
St. Anne's has organized this program of Lenten Soup Suppers to get to know their faith community and social services neighbors. If you would like to join Rabbi Stein at this gathering please contact the Rabbi.

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TBK Religious School will  meet Sunday January 21st
Our next Preschool Workshop is Sunday January 28
at 9:30 am
- Tu B'Shevat!
To register or for information contact the Religious School or
244-7060 ext. 252.

Teens Traveling to Israel
The Farash Institute for Jewish Education offers a gift of $360 to all teens who enroll in an Israel experience program lasting longer than three weeks. By registering your child for an Israel program, you qualify to receive this gift from the Freddy Fund providing you are a greater Rochester area resident. Please go to www.farashinstitute.org to apply for your gift now. Request forms are available through the end of March 2018.

If additional financial support would be helpful the Jewish community of Rochester has a community-wide financial assistance application for families sending their teens to Israel on an Israel experience program. By completing this ONE application, families will be able to apply for financial assistance from multiple communal agencies including the Farash Institute for Jewish Education, The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester and some local area synagogues providing a family is a dues paying member. The community application can be found at www.farashinstitute.org. It is due March 2, 2018.

For further information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 479-4468, or visit the Farash website.

National Council of Jewish Women Presents
Learn Why Courts Matter: You Be the Judge, an Interactive Workshop
Tuesday January 23 at 7:00 pm at TBK
Free and open to the public. Space is limited; registration is recommended. For more information and to register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Brighton Town Judge Karen Morris will kick off the evening with an informative introduction to the federal court system. Participants will then consider an actual federal case.

Geva Theatre Tour sponsored by WRJ/Sisterhood
Thursday February 1 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or
244-7060 ext. 233 for more information.