• 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.

We have two Assistant Rabbi candidates visiting the week of February 25.
Rabbi Rochelle Tulik is a native of the Bay Area, living and working in Los Angeles. She was ordained in 2009. You will have the opportunity to talk with Rabbi Tulik on Monday February 26 at a Meet & Greet from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at TBK.

Rabbi Lori Levine is a native of New Jersey graduating from the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. You can meet Rabbi Levine on Friday March 2 at a 5:00 pm Meet & Greet prior to 6:00 pm Shabbat service, as well as at the Oneg Shabbat following service.

Light refreshments will be served at these events. Please join us, and please share this invitation with other congregants.


Join us on Saturday February 24
at 5:30 pm

for a Special Event
Family Havdalah &
Learn More About TBK's Campaign to Ensure our Future

Did you know…???
•   The Campaign To Ensure Our Future was created to safeguard the financial future of TBK.
•   Over 100 TBK members have already made pledges to the campaign.
•   That you can make a difference to ensure the future of our TBK family?

•   Family Havdalah Service
•   Music & Singing
•   Refreshments
•   Children's Activity

While the children enjoy an activity, open meeting for all congregants about the
Campaign to Ensure our Future. Learn more about TBK's future with Rabbi Stein & hear
an exciting Campaign progress update with Campaign Chairman Steve Schwartz

For planning purposes, please RSVP to
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Service and program will end around 6:30 pm

Purim 2018 for web

Purim is Wednesday
February 28

Basket orders are PAST due
WRJ/Sisterhood fills bags with hamentashen, fruit, chocolate, drinks and toys and delivers to the door or your friends and family or to the post office.To order contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or
244-7060 ext. 233 immediately.

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

Seder Plates, Matzo covers, Haggadahs and giftware. The shop is open Sundays when school is in session or schedule an appointment by calling 244-7060.

Passover Baking for Jewish Soldiers
Contact Keith Freedman at
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to arrange for pickup of your baked goods, or drop them off in the WRJ/Sisterhood Office on Thursday February 15 from 10:30 - 1:30 pm or Friday February 16 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. These are the ONLY times to drop your baked goods off at TBK.

Looking Ahead
Informational Trip on TBK Trip to Spain
Thursday February 15 at 6:00 pm
Please RSVP for the meeting to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 244-7060.

WRJ/Sisterhood Membership Meeting
Tuesday February 20 at 7:30 pm

Congregatings Speaker Program
Thursday February 22 at 12:00 noon
The RPO and Rochester with Music Director Ward Stare

Passover 2018!
Visit the holidays page to learn more about Passover at TBK including the
First Night Congregational Seder on March 30

Friday, February 16, 2018

From Rabbi Peter Stein


In our cycle of Torah readings, we turn this week to the portion called Terumah. The word  Terumah means “a gift” and comes from a description of what is involved in building the portable sanctuary in the desert. Over the last several weeks, we have read the dramatic description of the people leaving Egypt and then standing at Sinai for the moment of revelation. The instructions in this week’s portion, in contrast, are intimate and almost subdued. The people will take responsibility for honoring the covenant they have received. The portion states that “Each one should give as their heart moves them.”

This portion stands as a reminder, in every time and place, that each individual has unique gifts and each individual can make their own special contribution. I believe the same is true for temple today. At TBK, there  is a unique place and a unique opportunity for each person in search and in need. Rabbi Levy and I, all the staff, and all the board and committee members stand ready to help identify the niche that is right for you.

The other element in this perspective is that we need each person’s participation. Especially in our Reform movement, where we celebrate the personal autonomy of each individual person, we rely on each person to find the right way to help. As we have said so often, it is insidious to assume that “Someone” will help, and it is challenging when we hope that “they” take of it…whatever it may be!

I am grateful for the generosity and loyalty of our temple family. Together, we can accomplish great things, when we find the right niche for everyone to give and for everyone to receive.

Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Stein

Friday February 16

6:00 pm Shabbat Service & Birthday Blessings in the Chapel

Saturday February 17
Torah: Exodus 25:1 - 27:198
Haftarah: I Kings 5:26 - 6:13

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

Wednesday February 21
5:30 pm Wednesday Evening Minyan

Additional Worship &
Interfaith Opportunities

Wednesday February 21 at 5:30 pm

Interfaith Lenten Supper with Rabbi Stein at St. Anne's Catholic Church
If you would like to join Rabbi Stein at this gathering please contact the Rabbi.

Friday February 23 at 6:00 pm at TBK
Third Presbyterian Church Pulpit Exchange & Enhanced Oneg Shabbat

Saturday February 24 at 10:30 am
Shabbat Service led by WRJ/Sisterhood

Sunday February 25 at 10:30 am
Worship Service at Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street

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Rabbi's Column
President's Report
In Memoriam

Religious School
Will NOT meet Sunday February 18
Sunday Religious School will resume on March 4
Midweek Hebrew will resume on Wednesday February 28 when both Tuesday and Wednesday students will attend to celebrate Purim

The brochure for The Rochester Kollel has been mailed.
If you have not received one please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Community-wide Celebration of
Jewish Women,

co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester and many other Jewish organizations in town (including TBK) will be held Thursday March 8 from
7:30 am - 9:00 pm at the JCC. Visit JewishRochester.org for more information.

Kesher: Connecting Family
For Jewish Parents of Children with Disabilities
Monthly Support Meet-ups
Sunday Mornings
from 10:00 - 11:00 am
This program is part of the Jewish Family Navigators service. For invformation please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Federation. The Jewish Community Navigator is made possible by the Max & Marian Farash Charitable Foundation.

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.

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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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 wil assist TBK in securing an unrestricted incentive grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester in collaboration with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation!