Social Action


As Reform Jews, we are engaged in the ongoing work of tikkun olam, (repairing our world).  Throughout our history, Temple B'rith Kodesh and its Rabbis have been known for a commitment to both social action and social justice.  We invite you to become part of a community striving to help those in need and effect social change.  For more information please click here to contact  Ayala Emmett, Social Action Chair


TBK is in partnership with the Rochester chapter of No One Left Behind.  The mission of No One Left Behind is to help Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States. 

"In the midst of so much suffering, it was so good to see the board's support for our Partnership initiative with NOLB. This was TBK taking meaningful action, alleviating suffering and practicing inclusion of refugees in our community."

Ayala Emmett, Chair
TBK Social Action Committee

For further information e-mail Margie Searl or Irwin Solomon or Josh Herz


TemPro, founded by TBK members, provides emergency shelter and support for those in need.

Click here to to learn more about TemPro or e-mail Tempro by clicking here



TBK serves as a Support Congregation, and many TBK members volunteer their time, to the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN).  RAIHN assists homeless families to achieve sustainable independence.   TBK members team up with Third Presbyterian Church volunteers to welcome families in need once every three months. 
For dates and more information, e-mail Liza Robbins Theuman



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.

For more information, click here




Aaron Braveman Legacy is a group that offers Kabbalat Shabbat services twice a month at Brookdale Brighton.  E-mail Gene Spiro for further information.




 In partnership with our friends from Mt. Olivet, TBK participates in the Supper Program at Blessed Sacrament, preparing food, welcoming guests, and cleaning up. Opportunities once a month.

For general information e-mail Gail Pogal.  To be added to the mailing list, e-mail Ruth Fried.








Parashat Vayigash

In this Torah portion, Joseph’s brothers refuse to return to Canaan without Benjamin, whom Joseph has falsely accused of theft. Joseph reveals his true identity and invites his brothers to return for their father, Jacob, and bring him and their families to Egypt to live. When they return, Joseph introduces his father to Pharaoh, and, at Pharaoh’s suggestion, the family settles in Goshen, a particularly fertile region of Egypt.