Print out, fill in and mail to Terri Richardson,  Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 or email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 585-244-7060.

Mishkan HaNefesh Announcement

Regarding our new High Holy Day prayer book and the mailing you received, we are happy to inform you that we have newly scheduled evening sessions for the study of the format of the new books, the new settings of traditional prayers and the alternatives. The full schedule for those summer introductions (not the pre-High Holy Day Workshops) is:

July 19, August 2 and August 16
10:00 - 11:30 am
July 19, August 2 and August 16
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
(following Wednesday Evening Minyan)

If you would like to view 2017-18 Budget materials
in advance of the Annual Meeting, please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
and we will be glad to send you the information!

Mishkan HaNefesh letter

The TBK Board of Trustees followed the recommendation of the Religious Practices Committee and has purchased the Reform movement’s new High Holy Day prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh. This book will be a valuable tool for innovation in our Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur experience. The language in the books is modern and accessible, with gender neutral wording and all Hebrew prayers available in transliteration.  There are inspired alternative options, a variety of study commentaries throughout the book, Torah reading options, and some magnificent new prayer alternatives.

Please support the purchase of the new books your donation.  We send this request in lieu of the annual Tsedakah appeal. With your generosity, we will be able to make this important change in the worship life of our congregation. For each $36 donation (tax-deductible), we will include a personalized bookplate in one set of the Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur books. If you would like more information, please contact the TBK office at 244-7060.

The TBK Library Committee Requests Your Input

The Library Committee has been charged with identifying the library needs of the TBK congregation, its programs, the school and our Rochester community. Our committee members are Leslie Baker, Michael Lococo, David Silver, Herb Skerker, Shelly Weinstein, Kathleen Wilkinson, Joe Easterly and Golda Rayburn.

Please take a moment to answer this brief survey to help us better understand our congregational needs. 

Committee Statement of Purpose:

The library provides information resources that support and enhance the various programs of Temple B’rith Kodesh, the school, congregational community and the community at large to foster lifelong Jewish learning. The library works toward this purpose by maintaining a collection of Judaica.

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George Adler is a retired school administrator and college instructor. He has taught History and Economics at all levels from high school through graduate school.

Michael Aronson presently studies for his Master of Arts in Jewish Studies at Hebrew College in Newton Center, MA.

Dr. Thomas J. Driscoll has been an Instructor for The Rochester Kollel since 2001. He is a retired Catholic deacon, an independent holocaust researcher, and a proud grandfather of 4.

Joel Elliot has served as Executive Director of Temple B'rith Kodesh since 2007. Among his most cherished duties are teaching and learning: at the Rochester Kollel, Kollel Sunday Series, a TBKers program, a post-confirmation class, or simply engaging in the study of Torah with rabbis and community.

Elliot Fix has held a variety of professional positions serving individuals with developmental disabilities for 40 years. He is the Special Needs Consultant to the Jewish Federation.  The Jewish Living program, which he developed, is now in its 16th year.

Joy Getnick, PhD is a historian and the JCC’s Director of Jewish Life. She is the author of the Melton Scholars Elective “Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict” and currently teaches at area colleges.

Ruby Glicksman has conducted a series of films and discussions on Jewish themes for several years at the Jewish Community Center. She is a Clinical Social Worker who decided to pursue her great interest in Jewish history and the Holocaust, and combine it with her passion for good films. 

Andrea A. Gluckman is an expert on policy, culture, education, and languages of the Middle East.  She has worked as a diplomatic advisor, professor, and writer at Harvard University, the University of the Middle East, and the University of Rochester.

Athene Goldstein teaches B’nai Mitzvah students at TBK and leads several adult classes at Temple Beth El.

Barbara Grosh has been studying Mussar with The Mussar Institute for over 5 years. She has been trained by TMI to facilitate this class. She is a freelance website developer and prolific volunteer in local Tikkun Olam efforts.

Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz serves the Rochester Jewish Community as Director of Chaplaincy at Jewish Senior Life. She was board-certified by Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) in 2001 and serves as NAJC’s treasurer.

Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick is Rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom and with the Jewish Home of Rochester for the past 38 years. He has been past President of the Rochester Board of Rabbis several times and has been the International Chair of the Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds and VP of the Rabbinical Council of America. Rabbi Kilimnick is a well known Torah educator who also taught in our community Jewish High School Midrasha and Machon of Rochester for 25years. He has been with The Rochester Kollel since its inception.

Orna Korn was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. She teaches Hebrew, Judaica and Israeli culture to both young and adult students. She is currently teaching at Temple B’rith Kodesh Religious School.

Reverend Christopher S. Luedde is an Episcopal Priest, retired from active ministry, who has served parishes in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and most recently St. Thomas' in Rochester, NY. He is Secretary of the Episcopal Senior Life Communities Board of Trustees, and an Adjunct Professor of Classics at SUNY at Buffalo teaching an Honors College class in Conflicts in Science and Religion, Ethics and Politics.

Rabbi Kelly Levy is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple B’rith Kodesh. She was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion New York Campus. Rabbi Levy is originally from San Antonio, Texas and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University.

David A. Orange is a member of Temple B’rith Kodesh and currently teaches 5th grade in the Religious School. David serves the Jewish community at St. John’s Meadows and St. John’s Home as spiritual leader. In addition, David volunteers at The Jewish Home of Rochester to enhance the well-being of the residents and in support of Shabbat services.

Gene Spiro, MEd., has been teaching Hebrew in the TBK Religious School for over 30 years and adult Hebrew in Kollel for several years. She has taught music both at TBK and in the Hillel Community Day School and co-leads Tot Shabbat. She sings with the TBK volunteer choir and with the Rochester Jewish Chorale.

Juleen Squires is a member of Temple B’rith Kodesh and has been playing Mah Jongg since 1999. She has taught the game to a variety of people over the years. She taught other classes and seminars while working as an Industrial Designer at DuPont.

Rabbi Peter Stein, MAHL, is the Senior Rabbi at Temple B’rith Kodesh. He came to Rochester after serving Temple Sinai in Cranston, RI and Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA. His rabbinate is defined by a love of teaching and learning.

High Holy Days 2015 - 5776

Preparing Ourselves for the Days of Awe: Mind, Body & Spirit
Text Study, Music & Meditation (different programs each night)
Tuesday, September 1 & Thursday, September 10       6:30 - 9:15 pm

Saturday, September 5 at 7:00 pm        Havdallah, S’lichot Service & Study Program

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 13   at 8:00 pm      Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

Rosh Hashanah First Day
Monday, September 14 at 9:00 am       Family Service Grades 3 & under
                                      at 10:00 am     Congregational Service

Reception on front lawn following service.
Tashlich - Meet at West Portico 20 minutes after service ends

Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day
Tuesday, September 15 at 10:00am     Second Day Service

Shabbat Shuvah
Friday, September 18 at 6:00 pm          Shabbat Service - TBK Salon
                                                               Repentance & Self Improvement

Saturday, September 19 at 10:30 am    Shabbat Service

Cemetery Services             Meet at TBK Section
Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 pm        Mt. Hope Cemetery
                                     at 2:00 pm        White Haven Memorial Park

Erev Yom Kippur
Tuesday, September 22  at 8:00 p.m.    Kol Nidre Service

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, September 23  9:00 am     Family Service, grades 3 & under
                                       at 10:00 am     Congregational Service
                                       at 10:00 am     Youth Service, grades 4 and above

15 min. after Service concludes - Mid-day Programming
    Join Rabbi Stein & Rabbi Levy for discussion of topics of the season

                                    at 3:15 pm        Afternoon Service
                                    at 5:00 pm        Yizkor/Neilah Service (Approx. Time.)

Sunday, September 27 at 3:30 pm       Sukkah Decorating for All Ages followed
                                         by Pizza in the Hut
            5:30 pm       Erev Sukkot Service

Monday, September 28 at 10:00 am    Sukkot Service

Friday, October 2 at 6:00 pm             Shabbat Service - Welcome Home Teen Israel Travelers & Summer Campers
                                                  followed by Sushi in the Sukkah
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
Sunday, October 4 at 6:00 pm        Erev Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Service &
                           Consecration Ceremony for Kindergarten & New Members of our School

Monday, October 5 at 10:00 am    Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah & Yizkor Service