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From Darkness to Light
From Rabbi Levy

It is hard to believe that just a few short months ago, Rabbi Stein and I were beginning our tenure as the rabbis of Temple B’rith Kodesh. But here we are, six months later, completely immersed in the very full schedule at TBK. The winter has taken over and we have already celebrated so many wonderful holidays together. As the winter months drag on, we look forward to the spring and the holidays that come with it.

The Hebrew month of Shevat, which typically falls sometime during January and February, brings an interesting and sometimes forgotten holiday, Tu B’Shevat, the fifteenth day of Shevat. This holiday is often called the “Birthday of the Trees.” Tu B’Shevat is also one of the four holidays we refer to as a New Year. Of course, we know that Rosh Hashanah is the “Head of the Year.” But, Tu B’Shevat is also a New Year, a New Year of the trees. Historically, Tu B’Shevat was the time of year that people paid taxes on their fruit trees. Centuries later, we celebrate Tu B’Shevat with a Seder of fruits, nuts, and wine, all foods that come from trees.

So, why celebrate the New Year of the Trees in the middle of winter, when all of the trees have shed their leaves and stand bare in the cold, gray sky? Traditionally, Shevat was the month that the almond trees in Israel began to bloom and bring some much needed color into the dark winter. We, however, are far from springtime. Looking at the empty trees reminds us that we still have months of cold and snow ahead of us. But perhaps Tu B’Shevat can actually be a reminder of the wonderful warm seasons to come? Perhaps the New Year of the Trees is also a light in the middle of the dark, much like the candles that warmed our hearts during Chanukah?

May this Tu B’Shevat be a reminder to you and your family of the gifts that trees bring to our lives. From food to shelter, trees are constantly giving to us. May we remember to give back to the trees. Please take some time to plant a tree or give tzedakah to an organization that can plant a tree for you. It’s time to do our part and take a stand for trees. Chag Sameach!

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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.