Pencils & Papers

Join TBK in supporting Pencils & Paper!

Can you remember the excitement of having new supplies for school? Bright, unbroken crayons, new colored folders and pencils to sharpen?


Rochester has the second-highest child poverty rate among U.S. cities with a population of 200,000 or more, and many students do not know the joy of new supplies for school. We can help those students feel that same excitement by providing donated supplies to help students all year. The Pencils & Paper program has provided no-cost shopping to over 290 teachers from 26 schools in our community. Over 5,600 students received basic tools for learning such as pencils, pens, crayons, glue sticks and markers this semester alone.

 Pencils & Paper serves the educational and creative needs of children in the Greater Rochester Area by providing free school supplies to teachers at high poverty schools.  Temple B’rith Kodesh is committed to actively supporting Pencils & Paper not only through donations of supplies but also with volunteer hours and mitzvah project opportunities.   Please help to strengthen our community by supplying basic learning tools to local children who need school supplies but can't afford them.

The supplies teachers ask for the most includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Construction paper (50 sheet assorted)
  • Copy paper (ream)
  • Crayons (24-pack)
  • #2 pencils and pens
  • Hand sanitizer (8 oz.)
  • Markers and dry erase markers
  • Glue squeeze bottles (8 oz.)
  • Paper clips and binder clips
  • Band aid boxes (100 count)  

Donation bins are located at TBK in the South Entrance, inside the West Portico doors, and in the Relgious School.  For more information e-mail Terri Richardson or call 244-7060, ext. 229.


Parashat Vayishlach
December 14, 2019

In this Torah portion, God tells Jacob to return home. Worried that his brother Esau will kill him, Jacob divides his clan into two camps, so at least some will survive in case of a fight. Jacob sleeps alone in the desert and is awoken by an angel who wrestles him through the night. Jacob survives and is blessed by the angel and renamed Israel. Jacob meets his brother and, surprisingly, they embrace. Dinah, Jacob’s daughter, is raped by Shekhem, who then proposes to Jacob that he marry her. Shimeon and Levi brutally murder Shekhem and his clan. Rachel has another child, whom she and Jacob name Benjamin