• 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.

Support the purchase of our new High Holy Days Machzor with your donation of $36.
Send your donation before this Friday (August 18) to have the bookplate in place prior to the High Holy Days! Use this link to make an online donation or contact the TBK office at 244-7060.

Hiking into Havdalah
Saturday August 19
(this week!)
at 7:00 pm
Nature walk
Havdalah & Snack
Meet at Door B
(The Religious School Entrance)

3rd Annual Temple B'rith Kodesh Congregational Picnic
Sunday September 10 at TBK
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm

Food, Music, Bounce House, Crafts & Fun!

Adults: $5 per person Children: Free*
*RSVPs needed for all *Children must be accompanied by an adult

Kosher hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, salads, chips & desserts
Prepared on-site by Creative Caterers
Please leave furry friends (pets) at home, but bring lawn chairs or blankets

RSVP no later than Wednesday September 6
RSVP & payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 244-7060 


WRJ/Sisterhood Drop-in Knitting Group
Tuesday August 22 at 1:00 pm
Room 106

Congregatings Speaker Program
Thursday August 24
Lunch at 12:00 noon/Discussion at 12:15
Update on Rochester Broadway Theater League's Future with Arne Rothstein, Chairman & CEO of RBTL


Friday, August 18, 2017

From Rabbi Peter W. Stein

Our name, B'rith Kodesh, translates as "Holy Covenant". It is a reminder that our founders wanted to create a place in Rochester that would honor and continue the sacred and compelling relationship that had been forged thousands of years earlier between God and the Jewish people. The covenantal relationship is one that is tremendously important in our world. It speaks not only to individual spiritual needs (i.e. the performance of ritual acts) but also to community needs (i.e. how do we honor our central teachings to work for equality, justice, and peace).

We are in a season that is part of the long arc of preparation for the High Holy Days. We have already begun our study sessions and everyone in the temple offices is hard at work on the countless details of these most important experiences. However, there is another element of this season that is particularly acute this year. There is a tremendous amount of pain and uncertainty in our country, and the headlines every day seem to demand more and more from us.

I believe our responsibility is to remain rooted in the Brit Kodesh...to use the sacred wisdom of our tradition as a sort of commentary on the news. When we learn about what is happening in our country, let us ask ourselves, "What is the Jewish response? What I can as a Jew and we as a Jewish community uniquely offer to help? What can we do that will lead us down the path to a better world?"

One of the core Jewish principles is the idea of tikkun olam: repair of the world. It is an essential part of our covenant, to do our share to take action when we encounter brokenness. I pray that we will succeed in doing so in the coming weeks and months.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Stein


Friday August 18
6:00 pm Shabbat Service
Birkat HaChodesh supporting Women of the Wall & Birthday Blessings

Saturday August 19
Torah: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:11-55:5
8:00 am Tanach Study
9:15 am Torah Study
10:30 am Shabbat Service
7:00 pm Hiking into Havdalah: Nature walk, Havdalah & Snack

Wednesday August 23
5:30 pm Wednesday Evening Minyan


Read the Union for Reform Judaism response to the incidents in Charlottesville, VA. Subscribe to the URJ Newsletter .
There are wonderful links to explore at URJ.org.

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Rabbi's Column
President's Report
In Memoriam

Religious School
back to school
Sunday, September 10
9:30 am!

Look for your school mailing soon! We'll be celebrating our first day of Religious School with a Congregational Picnic from 12:00 pm -2:00 pm. Please mail your registration forms or pop into our school office between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm during the week - we'd love to see you!

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Calling All Bakers
Care Packages for Soldiers Overseas
Home baked goods needed for Rosh Hashanah Care Packages sent to soldiers. Honey Cakes & Cookies. No amount too big or too small .
Deadline September 4, 2017
Jewish Soldiers Project - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.