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Services

Shabbat services are held weekly throughout the year. Shabbat Morning services are Saturday, beginning at 9:30 am. BHBI does not hold weekly Erev Shabbat Friday evening services, except when there is a fifth Friday in the month (see below). Those wishing to attend a Friday evening service when there is none at BHBI are very welcome to attend services at Temple Beth Am. Men and women participate fully in our services, and visitors are always welcome!

Most Sundays, the Men's Club hosts a service, breakfast, and discussion beginning at 9:00 am, to which all are invited.

Services are also held on all major holidays. For the High Holiday Services, tickets are available to non-members for a reasonable fee.

BHBI also holds monthly joint Shabbat services with our sister congregation Temple Beth Am. On the 2nd Friday of the month, Shabbat evening services are hosted at Beth Am (located in the Temple B'rith Kodesh building). On the 2nd Saturday of the month, Shabbat morning services are hosted at BHBI. In months with a 5th Friday, joint Shabbat evening services are hosted at BHBI, while on the 5th Saturday, joint Shabbat morning services are hosted at Beth Am.

See the monthly calendar on our Home page for specific times and dates.

Education

By arrangement with our sister congregations, children of BHBI families may attend the religious school program of any conservative synagogue in the Rochester area. Congregation BHBI will subsidize a portion of this school tuition, with families being billed for the remainder. The Congregation also will provide a small subsidy to students attending the Hillel day school. Children are expected to complete at least five years of an approved religious school program in order to become a bar/bat mitzvah at BHBI.

Adult Education

BHBI is host to the monthly Small Conservative Shul Collaborative Joint Torah Study sessions, sponsored by BHBI, Temple Beth Am, and Temple Beth David. Participants join to work their way through the Torah in a free flowing discussion. Curiosity and a taste for lively discussion are the only prerequisites! New participants are welcome to join at any time. For specific dates and topics, click here.

BHBI is a co-sponsor of the "United by Faith" Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Series, in cooperation with the Turkish Cultural Center of Rochester, the Peace Islands Institute, Temple Beth Am and Temple Beth David. Panel discussions on topics of current interest, followed by the opportunity to socialize over refreshments, take place approximately once every other month.

The annual Simon Finkelman Memorial Lecture brings in a outside speaker to present on a topic of general interest.

Social

Shabbat Kiddushim typically include a light lunch, sponsored by individual members or by the Congregation. Contact the shul office if you wish to sponsor a Shabbat kiddush in honor of a special occasion.

The Congregation also holds dinners throughout the year in celebration of various Holidays. All members and friends are invited to share in a delicious meal, for a modest charge.

Highlights of the year include our annual Chanukah party and Shavuot dinner.

Membership

BHBI welcomes new members of all ages and stages of life! Membership dues are set for families, singles, and associates. Reduced dues can be arranged in situations of financial need. Come by and experience the warmth of our services, and see what BHBI has to offer you! Anyone interested in joining our Congregation should please contact the chair of our membership committee, Stan Schaffer at 473-8072, or any of our Congregational Officers.

Cemetery

BHBI owns large sections in both the Britton Road and the Stone Road Cemeteries. Plots are available for purchase by congregation members and non-members at a very reasonable cost. We also have plots available in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Donations

All donations, of whatever size, are gratefully appreciated and acknowledged in the monthly Bulletin. The congregation has a variety of funds to which contributions may be designated in honor of individuals or special occasions. These include the:

General Operating Fund
Kiddush Fund
Library Fund
Torah Fund
Rabbi Aaron Solomon Scholarship Fund
Our Youth Fund
Special Events Fund
Sam Malina Memorial Fund
The above funds help to contribute towards the general financial needs of the Congregation.

Congregation Beth Hamedresh - Beth Israel (BHBI)
1369 East Avenue  •  Rochester, NY 14610  •  (585) 244-2060