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Services

Shabbat services are held weekly throughout the year. Shabbat Morning services are Saturday, beginning at 10:00 am. Erev Shabbat Services are held every Friday at Temple Beth Am. Services are held in the Beth Am sanctuary (TBK room 103) at 6:00pm. 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.

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.

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.

Unfortunately, most social events are currently suspended due to the COVID pandemic.

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, Steve Teitel, at BHBIRochester@gmail.com or at 473-5741, 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