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

Coming up at TBK

WRJ/Sisterhood Drop-in Knitting Group
Tuesday October 24 at 1:00 pm

Congregatings Speaker Program
Thursday October 26
Lunch at 12:00 noon, program at 12:15 pm
Joseph Avenue Synagogue Project with Dr. Neil R. Scheier, President of the Joseph Avenue Arts & Culture Alliance

Kollel: Sunday Series
Sunday October 29 at 10:00 am (9:30 am for bagels)
Rabbi Peter Stein; 500 Years of Reformation

Coming Up in Greater Rochester
ROC4Israel hosts world renowned film producer & writer Igal Hecht about his new film, My Home.
Monday October 23 at 7:00 pm
At the Jewish Community Center
Open and free to the public
RSVP to Roc4Israel.org

Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
Opening Event Fundraiser
Wednesday October 25 at 7:00 pm
An Evening with Andy Cohen -
Watch What Happens When
For Tickets visit the Federation Website

The Philip S. Bernstein Lecture in Jewish Studies 2017
Thursday October 25 at 5:00 pm
At the Rush Rhees Library (University of Rochester)
The Prophetic Tradition and the Civil Rights Movement: How can we respond to anti-semitism and the rise of white nationalism? Presented by Susannah Heschel,
Chair of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College
Sponsored by the University of Rochester Center for Jewish Studies, The Jewish Studies Program, The Department of Religion and Classics, The Frederick Doulass Institute & The Interfaith Chapel.
For information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hazak - Bus Tour
Jewish Rochester: The way it was
Sunday October 29, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
From Temple Beth El

The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
Israel@70 Series
Monday October 30 at 7:00 pm
at the JCC
140 Characters: Isael & the Middle East in the Age of Hashtag Diplomacy with Neil Lazarus, author of The New Five Rules of Effective Israel Advocacy.
More information at JewishRochester.org

Friday, October 20, 2017

From Rabbi Peter Stein

In the Beginning!

This past Saturday, we read the first portion in the first book of Torah.  During these next couple of months, we will read through the chapters of Genesis: the stories of Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and rabbistein150Leah and Rachel, and Joseph and his brothers and sister.  These accounts provide us with a foundation for the covenantal relationship that has defined Judaism through the ages.  

As Judaism evolved through the years, the various holy day observances were defined.  The basis for these lies in the Torah, where the calendar is described.  We have just completed an intense period of celebration, from Rosh Hashana through Simchat Torah.  While these are rooted in Torah, each of the holidays has developed unique elements in different communities around the world.  What is constant is that this first month of the year is filled with several major holidays back to back.

And now we arrive at the second month of the year, known as Cheshvan.  In some places, Cheshvan is actually listed as “Marcheshvan.”  Mar means bitter, and the name is a reflection that Cheshvan is the only month in the entire year with no special observance.  After the sweetness of the High Holy Days, it is understandable to label the month in such a way.  However, it is not bitter at all, to have the opportunity to settle into a routine of weekdays and Shabbat.  It is an opportunity to relish in the beauty of the every day, to celebrate the holiness of Shabbat.  Cheshvan is a chance to commit to regular study, ongoing prayer, and the ways that we can act with love and kindness.  Cheshvan gives us the chance to remember that there is a sacred beauty on each and every day, and we don’t need to wait for holidays to rejoice.

May Cheshvan be a month of peace and joy, with special moments throughout the month.  And may our continued study of Torah fill this month and all the days of the year with meaning.

Rabbi Stein


Friday October 20
5:15 pm 6th Grade Family Reception
6:00 pm Shabbat Service with 6th Grade Participation
Birthday Blessings and Birkat HaChodesh in support of Women of the Wall

Saturday October 21
Torah: Genesis 6:9 - 11:32
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1 - 24
8:00 am Tanach Study
9:15 am Torah Study
10:30 am Shabbat Service & Bar Mitzvah of Joshua Benzel

Wednesday October 25
5:30 pm Wednesday Evening Minyan



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TBK Religious School Will Meet
Sunday, October 23 at 9:30am
At 10:30 am our second Preschool Workshop will take place. To sign up for the Noah's Ark program for pre-schoolers contact MThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Religious School office or call 244-7060 ext. 252.    (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Support Camp Newman
The Union for Reform Judaism operates several camps across North America. One of these camps, URJ Camp Newman, was victim to the North Bay wildfires last week. You can read personal statements from the Camp Newman family, learn how members of the community are supporting each other, and make a donation at the Support Camp Newman link above.