Temple B'rith Kodesh Mission

Our Goal: To be a vibrant center of modern Reform Jewish life by becoming a kehilah kedosha (a holy community) that fosters connections with one another, with the Torah, with the wider Jewish community, and with our faith and traditions.

Do you have someone in mind?

You may know someone who might benefit from membership in our TBK community. Please encourage them to give us a call. Or, give us their name and contact information; we'll reach out with warmth.

TBK is a caring community of congregants. We are leaders and innovators in Jewish learning and practice. Just consider some of the sweet spots at TBK:

  • The Rochester Kollel: our Center for Lifelong Jewish exploration
  • A 21-station computer learning lab
  • Gan Yiladim for three- and four-year olds on Sunday mornings
  • Nationally accredited Religious School
  • Warm Shabbat and holiday services
  • Welcoming to interfaith families
  • Welcoming to gay and lesbian (GLBT) Jews
  • Singles/young peoples programs
  • Award-winning, rewarding social action programs
  • Senior activities

Our dues policy is flexible and makes membership possible for all who are interested. Special dues categories are available for young singles and young families. With so much to offer at TBK, let's spread the word together.

A Message from the Rabbi

Welcome to Temple B’rith Kodesh!  I am delighted that you are exploring our website and I hope that you will find all that you need at our congregation.

Temple B’rith Kodesh is a warm and welcoming congregation with a proud history and a bright future.  Founded in 1848, we have long been an important part of the religious and cultural life of Rochester.  Today, we offer an incredible variety of spiritual, educational, and social activities.  Check out the different section of this website or, even better, come for a visit!

As the senior rabbi of TBK, I work with an outstanding team of staff and volunteers to sustain a Jewish community that is joyful, progressive, and inclusive.  We are a proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism, an active participant in the Rochester religious community, and a home for over 900 families who want to learn, pray, and grow together.  We are diverse, proud, and eager to continue our tradition of excellence.  Don’t hesitate to call, email, or come to meet any one of us!

Rabbi Peter W. Stein
Senior Rabbi

What is Reform?

What is Reform Judaism?

Throughout history, Jews have remained firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, even as we learned much from our encounters with other cultures. Nevertheless, since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that a Judaism frozen in time is an heirloom, not a living fountain.


The positions of the Reform Movement are based primarily in two sources: Resolutions adopted by the Union for Reform Judaism, and resolutions adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.