Programs

Community Collaboration

Federation is committed to building a strong Jewish future in Rochester. One way we do this is by facilitating connections between our community’s Jewish institutions that build bridges, enrich lives, and show the ways that we are all stronger when we work together.
 

The Community Collaboration team was formed in a time of crisis—the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. As our city shut down, community leaders, institutions, and individuals sprung into action to create a virtual Religious School program that would help our children continue to learn and connect to their Jewish values from home. But we didn’t stop there! Next, we created a virtual summer camp for kids, a Thanksgiving/shabbat experience for adults, and many other events that kept people from across our Jewish community connected when we couldn’t be together.
 

We continue to collaborate as Rochester shifts out of the crisis, finding ways for the Jews of Rochester—regardless of age, denomination, or beliefs—to gather and celebrate the joys of Judaism together.
 

Our most recent programs have included:

  • Open Tent Shabbat: Friday night services of different denominations culminated with our community coming together to share a shabbat dinner
  • Purim Carnival: community-wide event with games, costume parade, crafts, and food drive 
  • Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration: Israeli Independence Day party with activity stations that provided a “tour” of Israel, food, music, dancing, and the opportunity to donate to the local food cupboard

Contact Us

 

Rachel Kest

Director, Jewish Education and Engagement

rkest@jewishrochester.org

585.261.1011

UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb

09

Rochester Jewish Ethics Forum

Erdle Lounge at the Louis S. Wolk JCC 1200 Edgewood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

Feb

12

Bagels and Babies

The Circle Play Center 1276 Fairport Rd
Fairport, NY 14450

Feb

15

Introduction to Hebrew Reading

Yiddish Center at the Louis S. Wolk JCC 1200 Edgewood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

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