The TBK Religious School Model Seder
Temple B'rith Kodesh

A serious moment for a student with a Madricha.

What could be better than Matzah Pizza?

Teachers, parents & staff busy in preparation!

Sefirot - work of artist Jack Wolsky currently on display
in the Arena Group show at St. John Fisher College

A Message from TBK President & 

Interim Executive Director Lou Spiro

January 26, 2016

Dear TBK Congregants,

I know that you have received a number of e-mail notifications lately, but change continues at TBK as we continue to move forward.

As of February 1, I will be resigning from the position of TBK President to become the Immediate Past President, so that I can devote my full energies to the financial management and other tasks as the Interim Executive Director. It has been difficult these past few months keeping track of these two different but related rolls. This change also eliminates the unusual situation of "reporting to myself".

At the January 12, 2016 TBK Board meeting, Daniel Mendelson, currently the First Vice President, was elected as the next TBK President. We are very fortunate to have someone with Daniel's long-time commitment to TBK who has chaired committees, served on the Board and been a member of the Executive Committee, to be the next TBK President. Perhaps most importantly, Daniel was the co-chair of the senior rabbi search committee that concluded in such a successful fashion two years ago.

Please join me in congratulating Daniel as he takes on this new responsibility. I hope we will all be supportive and involved as he leads TBK into the future.

Lou Spiro

Temple Beth David to co-locate at TBK

January 15, 2016

Dear TBK Congregants,

Temple B’rith Kodesh has been very involved with the Rochester Synagogue Council for several years, with the goal of increasing collaboration among congregations. One recent success story was our co-location with Temple Beth Am when they wanted to find another location. Their designated space, on the first floor of the Spector Wing, has been a mutually beneficial partnership that we hope will continue for many years.

We now have some exciting news to share with you. We have been in conversations with the leadership of Temple Beth David for a number of months about the possibility of developing a co-location arrangement with their congregation, as they have decided to sell their synagogue building in Irondequoit. This is a great opportunity to continue developing our TBK facility as a center for synagogue life in Rochester.  

At this point, Temple Beth David has nearly completed the sale of their building and their board has approved a proposal to join us in Brighton. The TBK Board of Trustees has also approved this proposal. We are moving forward with implementation plans and the development of a co-location agreement. Temple Beth David will occupy four rooms on the south end of the second floor of the Feinbloom School Wing. This area would encompass their sanctuary, social space and administrative space. We will make the necessary adjustments in the use of our space and the location of our activities in the school wing to ensure that our Religious School and other activities continue to function effectively.

We have invited Temple Beth David to join us for Friday night Shabbat Services on February 5 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary. I hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate the start of this new cooperative venture.  Stay tuned for more information as we progress towards this new co-location partnership.


Lou Spiro