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Join us for Sweets in the Sukkah on Friday &
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Sunday & Monday

Friday October 21 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Shabbat Service with Student Participation,
Birthday Blessings & Sweets in the Sukkah!

Sunday October 23 at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Service & Consecration!
Stay for an Oneg of Cider & Doughnut Holes provided by WRJ/Sisterhood.

Join us as we officially welcome all new students to our school. Rabbi Stein will be unrolling the entire Torah around the Sanctuary and he needs your help!

We'd love to celebrate Consecration and Simchat Torah as a whole community - please join us to make that happen.

Monday October 24 at 10:00 am
Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah & Yizkor Services

Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) Training Opportunities   

If you would like to participate in our volunteer opportunities with RAIHN, you must participate in a training session. Our next volunteer week is November 13-19, so this is a good time to get prepped! Two sessions have been scheduled:
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, 6:30 pm
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4115 Dewey Ave., Rochester.
Please RSVP to Jen Canning, MSW, RAIHN Coordinator of Volunteer Services at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (585)506-9050.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

From Rabbi Peter Stein

Celebrating the Torah

Torah is many things in Jewish life.  It is the foundation text of our ritual tradition.  It is the basis for Jewish theology.  

The traditions surrounding the writing of the Torah are breathtaking.  We write the 5 Books of Moses in the same way that it has been written for thousands of years…using a quill pen to write on leather parchment, copying the words exactly from an existing scroll.  This ensures that no errors are introduced and Torahs written in any century, anywhere in the world, will match.

We read one portion a week through the year.  The cycle begins with the holiday of Simchat Torah, which is among the most joyous days in the year.  We are told to never see ourselves as done with the reading of Torah, so on Simchat Torah when we read the very last chapter of  Deuteronomy, we immediately turn to the first chapter of Genesis and begin again.  This holiday is a wonderful celebration.  We sing, we dance with the Torah scrolls, we do a consecration ritual for the new students in our religious school, and we celebrate that the Torah is lighting the way to the future in our lives today.

Please join me for a very special Simchat Torah celebration.  The first service will be at 5 PM on Sunday night.  During the service, I hope to unroll one of the Torah scrolls from beginning to end, so we can see all the glories in this beautiful tradition.  For those who have done this in the past, you know how special it is to be surrounded by the entire Torah.  However, in order to do this in a safe and meaningful way, we need plenty of people present to help me unroll and hold up the scroll.  

We will also have a Simchat Torah service on Monday morning at 10 AM, where we include the Yizkor/Memorial prayers.

I look forward to beginning the annual cycle of Torah readings with you.  Let us celebrate the Tree of Life, renew our commitment to learning, and rejoice in our newest students and all those on the path of lifelong learning.

Chag Sameach!

Rabbi Stein

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Rabbi's Column
President's Report
In Memoriam

Religious School IS In Session
Sunday October 23

Welcome teachers from Modi'in Tuesday October 25!
TBK Offices Closed
Monday October 24

A Journey in Many Directions; State of the Newspaper Industry
Presented by David Andreatta
Thursday October 27 at 12:00 noon

Brighton Stands Together Against Racism
Meet at 12 Corners to walk with the Brighton community and hear brief, but important,
first-hand accounts of racism and injustice.
Thursday October 27 at 6:15 pm

WRJ/Sisterhood Second Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival at TBK
Jewelry - Children's Clothing - Painting - Pottery - Photography - Purses - Scarves - Textiles - Women's Clothing - Woodworking - And More! The Silent Auction includes donations from each artist as well as gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses. No entrance fee.
Sunday November 6 9:00 am - 5:00 pm