• 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.

TBK changes to new prayer books for the High Holy Days. Learn more!

Rabbi Peter Stein’s Comments from the TBK Annual Meeting

TBK July Events for Everyone!
Bring a friend who might be interested in joining our TBK family!

Friday July 21 at 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service/Shabbat Under the Sky
Bring a picnic dinner, blanket and your singing voice.
A fun evening to conclude with a campfire & S'mores!

Thursday July 27 at 12:00 noon
Congregatings! Annual Picnic

Thursday July 27 at 7:30 pm
RPO@TBK Summer Fundraising Concert

Summer Pre-High Holy Day Study

Mishkan HaNefesh Introduction with Rabbi Stein
July 19, August 2 & August 16    10:00 - 11:30 am  OR  6:00 - 7:00 pm


Friday June 23
6:00 pm   Shabbat Service - Welcome to Summer worship in the Atrium!

Saturday June 24
Torah: Numbers 16:1-18:32
Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22

8:00 am Tanach Study
9:15 am Torah Study  
10:30 am Shabbat Service & Bar Mitzvah of Dustin Miller

Wednesday June 28      
Wednesday Evening Minyan

WRJ/Sisterhood Drop-In Knitting Group
Tuesday June 27 at 1:00 pm
Room 106 at TBK - Door A

TBK Delegation Walks in the Rochester Pride Parade
Saturday July 15 at 1:00 pm
Please contact Rabbi Stein to join our delegation in support of Rochester's LGBTQ community,. Once you sign up with Rabbi Stein, he will provide instructions on where to meet that day

Mishkan HaNefesh Match  
Nettie Sheiman had a career as a librarian, was our TBK librarian, and annually organized the High Holy Day honors. We think that supporting the purchase of the new prayer books for the High Holy Days, Mishkan HaNefesh, would be an ideal way to keep her memory alive here.

In memory of Nettie, we will match the cost of up to 150 sets of prayer books for those who donate to the Prayer Book Fund between the June 9 and August 15. You can do it in honor of whomever you wish and use the beautiful new book plates by Joel Rosen to do that.   
Judy and Dave Bulin

Friday, June 23, 2017

From Rabbi Kelly Levy

Have you ever felt so powerless in a situation that the only thing you could do was just sigh and collapse into yourself? Have you ever been in a position of such deep despair that you felt that you had no strength to continue on? If so, welcome to Moses’ world.
In our Torah portion this week, Moses once again meets with rebellious Israelites who seem to be perpetually dissatisfied. Korach, an Israelite leader, is angry with Moses and Aaron for leaving him out of the priesthood. He and 250 of his closest friends feel disenfranchised with what has occurred and they are ready to explode. When they approach Moses and accuse him of elevating his authority over the people, Moses, “fell on his face” (Numbers 16:4).
We have seen this reaction before. In previous Torah stories, when someone falls on their face, it is most often done in prayer. In this instance, Moses feels a sense of humility or powerlessness (Plaut Torah commentary, p. 1003). Moses was so upset by Korach’s accusations that he literally collapsed onto his knees, and bent over with his face touching the ground in exasperation. Moses, who has tried so hard to lead the people and guide them on this lengthy journey feels like a failure.
The biggest challenge in this story is that Moses was doing exactly as God had commanded him. In truth, he did not fail the people; rather, he obeyed God. Unfortunately, they people did not see it this way. Moses was stuck between a rock and a hard place.
We have all been in that place, that feeling of no matter what you do, you cannot win. And, unfortunately, there is often not a solution in those difficult moments. But, if we try to see things from each other’s point of view, perhaps we will have a better understanding of one another. Perhaps, then, we will be able to prevent people from feeling that sense of powerlessness and no one will be stuck between two heavy burdens. May we all work toward helping each other, bringing understanding and respect to the community and to the world.
Shabbat Shalom.

Rabbi Levy

A Special Message from Rabbi Stein

We have a unique opportunity to join in a community conversation.  For the last several years, there has been a organization working in Rochester called Great Schools For All.  It began with the Rochester Urban Presbyterian Consortium and has expanded to include a number of concerned groups and individual citizens.  Great Schools defines its vision as  “Every family in our community, no matter their zip code or income, will be guaranteed access to an excellent public school.” Its mission is defined as “We are helping to build a network of socioeconomically diverse magnet schools open to students from across Monroe County. We envision existing school districts, colleges or partner organizations will operate these schools. This is the surest, shortest and least expensive remedy for high-poverty schools.”

One of Great Schools’ next steps is to organize community conversations.  Participants can live anywhere in the community and do not necessarily need to have school age children (although they’ve said it would be wonderful if they do!).   We will be hosting one of the conversations here at TBK, and I hope that you will respond to this message if you would be interested in participating.  The structured conversation is limited to a group of 10 to 15 people and will require a four hour time commitment.

Great Schools has developed a structure and process for this conversation: we are simply recruiting participants and providing space and hospitality. I recognize the many complexities involved in strengthening our public schools.  I also recognize the urgency and profound need, and I hope that the leaders of Great Schools will make a positive contribution that helps the students of our city and county all receive an outstanding education.

If you are interested in participating in this conversation, please respond to Heather, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 244-7060 ext. 227.  Let her know that you are interested in the Great Schools conversation and whether you are available on each of the following dates from noon to 4:00 PM: August 16, September 6, and September 14.  

If you want to learn more about Great Schools, visit their website at gs4a.org.

Rabbi Stein


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Rabbi's Column
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Thursday June 22
Lunch at 12:00 noon, Speaker at 12:15 pm
We Plan... God Laughs: Stories of Being Jewish in Japan with Rabbi Rachel Smookler - at TBK

Community Concert
sponsored by several synagogues

Monday June 26   7:00-10:00 pm at TBK   

Azafea - A Spanish Odessey
Music from the Sephardic Diaspora
Tickets & Sponsorships from $20 - $1000
For information on Azafea and
to purchase tickets click here. 

Jewish Federation Event for the Community
Tuesday June 27 at 7:15 pm
A Celebration of Community: Annual Meetings Combined
Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, Jewish Family Service of Rochester, Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Rochester & Hillel Community Day School.  Celebrating Shining Stars in our Community - Free of charge at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue     Learn more...

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.