Other Life Cycle Events

Baby Naming

In Biblical times, the Jewish people did not have surnames; they were known by their name and the name of their parents.  Today, we honor that tradition by bestowing upon our children Hebrew names in baby naming ceremonies. The name is up to the parents or guardians; often, individuals choose a name that commemorates a relative who has passed to honor that person’s memory.   Judaism offers special ceremonies for parents to express their gratitude at the arrival of a new baby to the family.   At this time, parents welcome the child into the covenant of the Jewish People.


Consecration marks the celebration of the beginning of a student’s formal Jewish learning.  It includes kindergarten students or those who are new to the religious school post-kindergarten.  All students receive a blessing from the congregation to mark the start of their relationship with Jewish education.  TBK's Consecration Ceremony is held during Shabbat Services on the same night as the Congregational Chanukah Dinner. 



Confirmation marks the completion Jewish studies through the 10th grade.  Confirmation classes are taught by Rabbi Stein and Rabbi Tulik on Sunday mornings.  Confirmation is not the completion of Jewish learning, because that is a lifelong process.  Instead, it is a point in time where young Jews can celebrate their education and commitment to Judaism. The service usually takes place on the last day of Religious School in May.  The students participate in the service, and are honored and blessed by the clergy and congregation.



The Rabbis are pleased to officiate at the wedding of congregants or children of congregants.  You should make an appointment to meet with Rabbi Stein or Rabbi Tulik in advance of finalizing the date for the wedding by calling Lisa Buchholz at (585) 244-7060, ext. 227 or e-mailing her by clicking here.


Funerals and Memorial Services

The Rabbis are available to conduct funeral and memorial services for congregants or their immediate relatives.  They also will guide you as to the prayers and rituals that are part of the mourning process, as well as Yahrzeit and Yizkor.  For more information, call Lisa Buchholz at (585) 244-7060, ext. 227 or e-mailing her by clicking here.




Parashat Shemot
January 18, 2020

The new Pharaoh does not remember Joseph, and makes the Israelites his slaves. Pharaoh then demands that all Israelite baby boys be killed at birth. Moses’ mother puts her son in a basket in the river, and he is saved by Pharaoh’s daughter. As an adult, Moses kills an Egyptian taskmaster who was beating an Israelite slave. Moses flees to Midian and marries Zipporah. God appears before Moses in a burning bush and tells him to free the Israelites from slavery. An apprehensive Moses returns to Egypt, where he and his brother Aaron demand that Pharaoh free the Israelite slaves. Pharaoh refuses, and God promises to punish him.