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    You are Welcome Here
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    Youth Kallah Teens from the whole Northeast gathered at TBK
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    Family Pray and stay--a perfect summer Shabbat
  • Tikkun Olam
    Tikkun Olam Our youth learn to work for social justice.

From Lou Spiro
TBK President

Time for Change

Welcome to 2015 and our thoughts about change that go along with a new year. Many people make resolutions about things that they want to change about themselves - better work/life balance, more exercise, improved diet, etc.  But change is hard and frequently we slip back into our old habits. Group change is even harder to accomplish and there is typically resistance and a longing to return to “the good old days”. We have just begun reading Sh’mot (Exodus), and we see how the newly freed Israelites complained about their life in the desert on the way to the Promised Land, and how much better they said it had been in Egypt, even though their lives had been extremely harsh under slavery.

Change is taking place locally as the Rochester Jewish Community ages and shrinks in size. All of our congregations are impacted by these demographic realities. TBK has lost about 15 percent of our member families over the past five years due to retirements away from the area, deaths and fewer new families moving here. These trends are continuing and our structural budget deficit will only get worse with continued demographic declines - unless we do things differently. Now is the time for us to make these necessary changes so that we can manage our congregational future. Now is the time to take charge of change and imagine a bright future for TBK.

The feasibility study for a comprehensive fundraising campaign is ongoing and it is expected to indicate that there will be significant congregational support to increase the TBK Foundation’s endowment along with providing funds for immediate building needs. The Foundation’s increased investment income will help support our operating budget, which is a very necessary, but not sufficient outcome. We continue to consider changes that would reduce expenditures and/or increase revenues and look forward to collaboration opportunities with other synagogues.  

The Board of Trustees plays a big role in these changes, and with the nominating process beginning we are looking for congregants who are comfortable “thinking outside of the box” and willing to commit their time and expertise to making change happen successfully.

Change also means that we need to do more as individuals. We need more people who are willing to reach out to our new members to help them become integrated into the congregation. More people are needed to reach out to unaffiliated friends and invite them to come to TBK with them for services or programs. More people need to build relationships among our young families so that they stay engaged beyond the Religious School years.

Change will take place whether we like it or not. Let’s all commit to making the necessary changes together that will ensure the successful future of our congregation.

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Temple Beth David & Temple Beth El
Invite members of TBK to participate in their
1st Annual Joint Golf Outing @ Eagle Vale Golf Course (Fairport, NY)
and Kosher Dinner @ Temple Beth El
Monday, August 7, 2017
This event is held in memory of Jay Cohen

Golf and Dinner - $125.00
Dinner Only - $50.00

  9:00am     Registration, team pictures
10:00am     Shotgun tee start
                   (Lunch at Eagle Vale Golf Club included)
4:00pm       Hors D'oeuvres at Temple Beth El (139 Winton Rd S.)
5:00pm       Kosher Steak/Chicken/Salmon/Veggie Meal at Temple Beth El

Registration/sponsor forms are online. For additional information please contact Gary Cohen at 329-4765.

https://www.tberochester.org/1st-annual-joint-golf-outing

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Project  Homeless Connect
As the summer solstice comes to us, it's not too early to plan for fall.  Project Homeless Connect Rochester will be coming again to the Blue Cross Arena on September 14.
    If you'd like to volunteer again, please register on the website: http://homelessconnectrochester.org/
    If you'd like to help with a coat drive, please reply and let me know and I'll put you in charge with those managing the coat collection. The coat room is one of the things our guests look forward to and we have to work hard to ensure that there are enough to go around.  We could use your help.

Sign up to learn more about the Reform movement's national and international social justice efforts!

Temple B'rith Kodesh is part of the Union for Reform Judaism, which has many different constituencies. One is the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC, which works on dozens of pressing social action concerns.  Follow this link if you would like to receive regular updates and action alerts from the RAC.

As mentioned in Rabbi Stein's Annual Meeting address, there will be a number of summer conversations and planning sessions to explore our engagement with advocacy and other aspects of social action. Making connections with the RAC is just one part of this effort, for those who are inclined to participate.