• 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.

Thursday July 27!

Congregatings Annual Picnic
at 12:00 noon
Contact the TBK office at 244-7060 for information on how to sign up.
$4 per person.

Summer Fundraiser Concert
at 7:30 pm
General Admission $25
$30 at the Door
Student $10
12 & under free when with an adult
Call the TBK office at 244-7060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Introduction to Mishkan HaNefesh with Rabbi Peter Stein
Wednesday August 2 - 10:00 - 11:30 am or 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
These sessions will study the format of our new High Holy Day prayer books, the settings of traditional prayers and the alternatives offered for Torah and Haftarah readings.These are drop in sessions, but if you plan to attend and canThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that helps!  The next session will be Wednesday August 16.

Annual Health & Wellness Fair sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Morelle
Thursday August 3 - 9:00 am - 12:00pm
In the Wolk Family Center at TBK - Open to All 

The Rochester Kollel
Early Fall 2017 Class
Most classes will begin after the High Holy Days.
But one class will be offered in September

Jewish and Christian Wisdom on the Art of Letting Go
with Thomas Driscoll and Jacqui Lipschitz

This class will look at understanding the process of change, loss, grief and the skill of re-framing. Practical suggestions will be offered.Classes will be:
Mondays September 11, 25 and October 2    9:30-11:30 am
Tuesdays  September 12, 26 and October 3    6:30 - 8:30 pm

Fee: $40.  Sign up now at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 244-7060 ext. 242

New This Fall at TBK
TBK Preschool Workshops
Sunday mornings, 9:30 - 10:30 am 

One Sunday each month will feature a workshop for child and parent on a different topic. $5 per child/per class. Sign up for one or more! Visit TBK.org to see dates & topics.


Support for Women of the Wall
Under the direction of Anat Hoffman,Women of the Wall does incredible work advocating for religious freedom for women at the Western Wall and throughout Israel. Temple B'rith Kodesh wants to support them in an ongoing way.

WOW meets monthly at the Western Wall on the festival of Rosh Chodesh (the new month). There is a ritual tradition that we haven't engaged in, at least in the last number of years, of reciting a blessing on the Shabbat before each new month begins. It is called Birkat HaChodesh.  

TBK will use the tradition of Birkat HaChodesh to symbolically join with Women of the Wall on the dates Rosh Chodesh is observed. We start this Fall with: August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15. We look forward to this new observance and other ways that we can support the courageous and critically important work happening in Jerusalem. 

Tanach Study Adds Element of Talmud
On the first Shabbat of each month Tanach Study (at 8:00 am) will explore selected teachings of the Talmud as laid out in the book Swimming in  the Sea of Talmud. In preparation for our initial (August 5) discussion, please read the introductory pages up through page 22 so that we can discuss the authors' words and our own feelings about stepping into this vast and uneasy sea. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

From Rabbi Kelly Levy

Have you ever played the game “Telephone,” either as a child or an adult? You know, the game in which people sit around in a circle and one person whispers a sentence into the ear of the person next to them, then that person whispers (hopefully) the same sentence to the next person, and on and on? Once the sentence reaches the final person, they say it out loud and usually everyone laughs because it has become totally distorted from what the initial sentence said.
This game has been a favorite of so many throughout the years. Of course, there is always one or two people who intentionally try to change the words so that the final statement is funnier than the initial one. But the overall lesson of the game is that no matter our best intentions, no matter how hard we try, retelling something over and over again can change.
As we begin the final book of Torah this week, the Book of Deuteronomy, we read Moses’ retelling of the Israelites journey through the wilderness. The name of this book and the first portion, D’varim, translates to “words.” These are the words that Moses shared with the Israelite people, and for all future generations to come. These words, written down centuries ago, tell the story of our people, the history of our faith.
And yet, when we read Deuteronomy, we already see some discrepancies in Moses’ version of events as compared to previous books. Did Moses forget what really happened? Or did he just remember those events in a certain way? Either way, Moses told this story so many times before that I’m sure the finer details were challenging to remember.
The most important aspect of this book is the retelling of our story. It is vital to keep telling this story, our story and history, so that thousands of years down the road we will keep telling it. By retelling our story, we keep our faith alive, we keep our history alive, and we are able to keep writing new history to share.
Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Levy


Friday July 28
6:00 pm
   Shabbat Service

Saturday July 29
Torah: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27

8:00 am Tanach Study
9:15 am Torah Study 
10:30 am Shabbat Service

Tuesday August 1
10:00 am   Tisha B'Av Study Session

Wednesday August 2          
5:30 pm
  Wednesday Evening Minyan  

Great Schools for All Collaboration



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Rabbi's Column
President's Report
In Memoriam

Temple Beth David & Temple Beth El
Invite members of TBK to participate in their
1st Annual Joint Golf Outing @ Eagle Vale Golf Course (Fairport, NY)
and Kosher Dinner @ Temple Beth El
Monday, August 7, 2017
This event is held in memory of Jay Cohen

Golf and Dinner - $125.00
Dinner Only - $50.00

  9:00am     Registration, team pictures
10:00am     Shotgun tee start
                   (Lunch at Eagle Vale Golf Club included)
4:00pm       Hors D'oeuvres at Temple Beth El (139 Winton Rd S.)
5:00pm       Kosher Steak/Chicken/Salmon/Veggie Meal at Temple Beth El

Registration/sponsor forms are online. For additional information please contact Gary Cohen at 329-4765.



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.

Sign up to learn more about the Reform movement's national and international social justice efforts!

Temple B'rith Kodesh is part of the Union for Reform Judaism, which has many different constituencies. One is the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC, which works on dozens of pressing social action concerns.  Follow this link if you would like to receive regular updates and action alerts from the RAC.

As mentioned in Rabbi Stein's Annual Meeting address, there will be a number of summer conversations and planning sessions to explore our engagement with advocacy and other aspects of social action. Making connections with the RAC is just one part of this effort, for those who are inclined to participate.