“Tempro” stands for TEMple PROject to help the homeless!               

In 1969 congregants at Temple B’rith Kodesh and their Rabbi became concerned about conditions at a rundown hotel where the County Welfare Department placed homeless families and individuals in a single hotel room without cooking facilities. These congregants created a corporation, tapping their professional and business contacts, raised funds, got support from a local bank, and developed three houses on vacant city lots. This effort continued so that over the next 15 years eleven homes have been built. A contract with the County Department of Social Services, utilizing federal and state funds,  enables us to house over 150 families a year with a partnership that includes management by the development corporation of the local Catholic Diocese, and case management by an innovative social services agency.

Jerry Zakalik gives update on  Tempro activities at TBK Annual Meeting

The Rochester Continuum of Care Corporation prioritizes public and charitable services to the homeless. Households  with three to 10 family members are assigned to an appropriate Tempro home. The care manager assists them in obtaining kitchenware, food, linens, bus tokens, and toiletries and hygiene products so that they can without delay continue to live as a homogeneous family. Were it not for the Tempro houses, they would be housed in a Homeless Shelter, where in many cases  separation by gender and age in  dormitory bunks are offered.  Where public transportation is not available, our van gets the family to medical appointments, and required  intervention programs. Children are able to continue the very next day in their present school.

Expert case managers know how to get the family rehoused within a month to 45 days. They access  programs that provide funding for a security deposit and first month's rent, and in some cases continuing financial supplements  sufficient to enable the family to lease a safe and sound apartment.

Joel Kunkler, the Homeless Services Manager at Person Centered Housing Options  will be glad to hear from congregants who wish to  make donations of furniture, kitchenware, personal hygiene products and toiletries. He will also like to hear from volunteer efforts by congregants or others  with skills that will enable them to volunteer to coach immigrant families or tutor children. The entire Tempro operation is regulated by an agency of the State, which has indicated a high degree of satisfaction with us, and just awarded us $100,000 for furnishings, rehabilitation and repairs.

Congregants are encouraged to consider participation in a committee, leading to serving on the Board of Directors. These experiences can enhance one’s skills which can be carried over to your own professional development.  We would be very pleased to hear from individuals with a desire to  take individual or shared responsibility for money management for a small charitable corporation, coordination of volunteer activities, outreach and communication to the Temple and the Federation community, IT and social media, and events planned for the client families. Ours is a congenial and welcoming group of students, householders, and business and professional folks.

To learn more, or to volunteer in any capacity, call Richard Rosen, Special Projects Director,  at 585-415-3448 to be forwarded to the appropriate person.


How to donate

  •  Write a check out to Tempro Development Company Inc.  and mail to:

Temple B’rith Kodesh                                      

2131 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

  • Credit and debit card payments are accepted, call Diana Sheedy at 585-244-7060 for details.

Tempro is a 501c3 organization and all contributions to the organization are tax deductible.  Contact Tempro here.


Parashat Metzora

In this Torah portion, God describes the purification ritual for people and homes afflicted with skin diseases. God also instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the laws of the emission of bodily fluids.