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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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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.