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

585.461.2000 ext. 1011




Israeli Games and Culture with the Shinshinim

Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center 1200 Edgewood Ave
Rochester, NY 14618



Beginner Hebrew

Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center 1200 Edgewood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618



Power and Spirit: Two Versions of the Meaning of Hanukkah

Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center 1200 Edgewood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

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