• 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.

TBK's Annual Meeting & Dinner
Friday June 1 at 5:30 pm
Please join us to vote for new Board of Trustee members, review and vote on the 2018-19 Budget, and to honor the recipients of the Rabbi Laurence A. Kotok Tikkun Olam Award and the Aaron Braveman Etz Chayim Award.

Stay for the Shabbat Service as we install the new members of the TBK Board and the WRJ/Sisterhood Officers, and thank Rabbi Levy for service to TBK.

A special Oneg in honor of Rabbi Levy will follow the service. For planning purposes please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 244-7060 ext. 229.

Coming Up at TBK

Congregatings Speaker Program
Thursday May 24 at 12:00 noon
Flower City Co-housing: A Dynamic & Caring Intentional Community

TBK Closed for Memorial Day
Monday May 28

The Spanish Jewish Prayer Book with Rabbi Stein
Tuesday May 29 at 6:00 pm
This learning session is open to all congregants - whether you are traveling on the trip to Spain or not!

Come Learn About "No One Left Behind"
June 13 at 7:00 pm
NOLB founder Ellen Smith & TBK volunteers will share their experiences welcoming Afghan and Iraqi families. Maybe this is your volunteer opportunity!


Wedding or Shower Gifts are Available at your WRJ/Sisterhood Judaica Shop
Beautiful handmade wood cutting boards by our own TBK member Bob Clar will make wonderful Mother’s Day or Wedding gifts! We have Judaica as well as other items available year round for your wedding, wedding shower, birthday and bar/bat mitzvah gift needs.

We are starting to carry items made by local artists. Come and check them out in the case by the sanctuary or in the shop! The shop is open by appointment - call 244-7060. Special orders are welcome!


Please Join
The Legacy Circle

Have you included a gift for Temple B’rith Kodesh by designating the Temple B’rith Kodesh Foundation in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy? By letting Michael Yudelson, our executive director, know, you will assist TBK in securing an unrestricted incentive grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester in collaboration with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation!

Friday, May 25, 2018

From Rabbi Levy


Nearly one week ago, our 10th grade Confirmation students stood on the bimah, sharing their individual stories and journeys to Judaism. They spoke about their Jewish identities and commitment to making Judaism a significant part of their adult lives. Rabbi Stein and I brought the students before the open ark to bless them and recited three lines found in this week’s Torah portion:

“Yivarechecha Adonai v’yishmarecha, May God bless you and keep you,
Ya’eir Adonai panav eylecha v’chunecah, May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you,
Yisah Adonai panav eylecha v’yasem l’cha shalom, May God’s countenance be lifted to you and give you peace.”

These words have stood the test of time as the priests, and later the rabbis, blessed all people during celebrations filled with great joy, during life’s biggest and most important moments. Our Confirmation students received this blessing as they have come to end of their childhood Jewish education and are now entering into the time of adult Jewish education. After all, this is not the end of their learning, but merely the beginning of a new kind of education.

Most importantly, these words connect us to our ancestors in a way that most other traditions do not. While the ceremony of Bar (and later Bat) Mitzvah has occurred for centuries, it did not take place during Toraitic time. The only ritual that comes close is Brit Milah, but even that ceremony excludes girls. While Confirmation was a tradition created by late 19th century Reform Jews, reciting these words during our Shavuot morning service brought us back to the moment the Israelites received Torah for the first time, the moment that connects Jews through history and around the world.

This weekend, we will once again recite these words as two more of our students become B’nai Mitzvah. When we say these words aloud before the open ark, we once again feel that connection to the shalshelet haKabalah, the chain of tradition. Every time we utter those words of blessing, may we feel the embrace of our ancestors, those who stood at Sinai and the generations that came after. May that embrace remind us of our history, our traditions, and most importantly, our connection to one another.

Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Kelly Levy


Friday May 25
6:00 pm Shabbat Service

Saturday May 26
Torah: Numbers 4:21-7:89
Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25
8:00 am Tanach Study
9:15 am Torah Study
10:30 am Shabbat Service & B'nai Mitzvah of Hannah & Zachary Richardson

Wednesday May 30
5:30 pm Wednesday Evening Minyan


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June Meet-up
Sunday June 3 at 10:00 am
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Brighton Your Wardrobe
2 Day Spring Sale
June 7 4:00 - 6:00 pm &
June 8 9:00 - 1:00 am
220 Idlewood Rd.
(Brookside School)
Most items $5 or Less. Cash Only
Clothing for the Whole Family!

At the JCC
The Hoffman-Lemish Quartet
in Concert

A blend of Jazz & Jewish folk melodies
Wednesday June 6
at 7:00 pm at the JCC

Tickets $15. To order call the JCC at 461-2000.

A New Play Inspired by the Words & Lives of Rochester Holocaust Survivors
Tuesday June 12 at 7:00 pm

Tour the First Jewish Cemetery in Rochester
Sunday June 24 at 11:00 am
Join Nancy Krause at Mt. Hope Cemetery
to tour sacred Jewish areas, grave sites and well-known personalities at Mt. Hope.
$10 for those who are not members of Friends of Mt. Hope

TBK is Going to the NFL!
Sunday November 4
Join your temple family to watch the Buffalo Bills battle the Chicago Bears! Join us in the excitement of live NFL action on November 4, as we travel to New Era Field. Exact price and departure/return times will be announced shortly. Price will include round trip bus and a seat at the game. Email Heather Chesterton or speak with Rabbi Stein if you are interested in attending. Don’t miss out - we only have a limited number of spots!