• 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.

RPO@TBK Summer Fundraiser Concert
Thursday July 28 at 7:30 pm 
Details and Program are here!

11th Annual Chamber Music Concert
presented by Michelle & Larry Klepper
Monday August 1
Pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm/Concert at 7:00 pm
Free & Open to the Public!

Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) 
Informational Session
Wednesday August 3, 7:00 pm at TBK
Join us to learn about our new partnership with Third Presbyterian Church
to make a difference in the lives of homeless families. Our new social action initiative will have us joining this existing program as a support congregation, with 14 host congregations and 28 other support congregations across the region. See the Social Justice page  for more information.

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


TBK 20's and 30's
Did you miss out on our last TBK Trivia night? Not to worry!
Please join us for our next meet-up

Sunday, August 7 at 7:00 pm for schmoozing, and 7:30 for trivia at
Nox Cocktail Lounge
302 N. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607

If you are interested in attending, please email Ryan Broser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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Friday, July 29, 2016

From Rabbi Kelly Levy  

In a world full of violence and anger, daily threats to our safety and survival, the word “zealot” is often thrown around. Rabbi LevyEvery week we hear news of bombings, shootings, and stabbings done in the name of religion. Many would say that the people who perpetrate these terrible acts should be called zealots. Of course, it is not always that simple.
Zealotry is defined by Mariam-Webster dictionary as, “fanatical devotion.” The men and women who commit crimes of violent destruction often claim a devotion to religion, or an organization within a religion, in such a way that it could only be viewed as extremism. And sadly, these people become the voice of these religions, voices that very much misunderstand the true nature and teachings of their faith.
In our Torah portion this week, Pinchas (Phinehas in English), a priest and descendant of Aaron commits a blatant act of zealotry. The Israelites have acted inappropriately with Moabite women, which is not allowed in the Israelite community. Pinchas decided to take matters into his own hands by jabbing a spear through an Israelite man and Moabite woman engaged in improper behavior, killing them both.
What right did Pinchas have to kill both of these people, especially if he took the commandment to not kill seriously? In fact, he committed this act on behalf of the Israelite people, showing his devotion for the values and beliefs that had been laid out before the community. But in doing this terrible thing, he also broke his promise to uphold ALL mitzvot, including the commandment to not kill. And yet, Pinchas is not punished, he is celebrated for his actions. God applauds his choice to murder two people and blesses both Pinchas and his descendants.
In our own history and tradition, this story showcases one of the major issues related to zealotry. On one hand, Pinchas’s behavior is considered admirable and noble, on the other, violent and destructive. Which side should we take? The answer is not clear. We do speak of Pinchas’s devotion to the Israelite people as a positive, but we can also condemn his actions. Any act that causes hurt and pain should not be considered righteous, whether justified or not. Perhaps this will help us to understand our faith, other faiths, and the history we hold so dear.
Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Levy 

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Brighton Food Cupboard is currently calling for personal care items, size 5 & 6 diapers, canned fruit, toilet paper, mac & cheese, cereal & eggs. 
Please deliver your donations to the  Brighton Food Cupboard  at 220 Idlewood Rd. 


Video volunteers
We are looking for people to record videos, using the equipment in the Sanctuary ceiling, of B'nai Mitzvah and special services. If you would like to help with this contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


We also need your photos of TBK activities
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Summer volunteers
firepits loaned, s'mores helpers, picnic committee -
Help us make summer at TBK special! 
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WRJ/Sisterhood is looking for bakers
Help add a sweet touch to a Saturday morning Kiddush!
The commitment is 2-3 dozen home-baked or store-bought cookies. If interested in helping our congregation celebrate Shabbat contact
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