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Every Friday night, 6:30 pm, with Temple Beth Am


Please join us.

December 6, 2019, marked the beginning of our 9th year as a minyan, and a deeper collaboration with Temple Beth Am. TBA has graciously invited Ohel Avraham to share their space (in the Brith Kodesh building) for our services. I am sure that I speak for everyone in an expression of deep gratitude to Temple Beth Am for their generosity of space and spirit. This is an act of great Tzedakah.

Back in 2012, for our first Rosh Hashannah as a community, I wrote: "... Tzedakah is active involvement... the ultimate goal of that action is to make justice manifest ... to enable others to see and experience justice through your actions." This act counts. I hope to see as many of you as can come Dec 6 to celebrate Shabbat with our new hosts.

Friday evening services are slotted at 6:30pm. Note the later than usual time. We will resume services on our monthly pattern of 1st and 3rd Friday nights, and 2nd and 4th Saturday mornings, with pot luck vegetarian lunch. Out of respect for and deference to our hosts, please follow the guidelines below for usage of the space.

Thank you all for bearing with this transition! I look forward to davening together again. Thank you to the intelligent and stalwart board of Ohel Avraham: Bev Engel, Mara Sommer, Jennifer Gravits (z"l), Richard Popper, Jerry Engel, and Shelli Marx-Asher for doing such a fantastic job with this transition. And thank you especially to the board and members of Temple Beth Am who have opened their doors to us.

With wishes of peace, happiness, and prosperity,


Please note:

  • Temple Beth Am is in the Temple Brith Kodesh building at 2131 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618. Enter via the first door near the one-way driveway entrance of the building (north side, rightmost door). The sanctuary is on the first floor, to the left of the entrance.

  • Temple Beth Am maintains a certified Kosher kitchen, as well as a community room which is not certified. We will not use the kitchen for pot luck lunches. Our pot luck lunches will be held in the community room, next to the sanctuary.

  • In order to avoid triggering allergic reactions, please refrain from (a) wearing perfumes, and (b) bringing strawberries for pot-luck.

Ohel Avraham

Regular Shabbat services are generally the first and third Friday evenings and the second and fourth Saturday mornings each month . Friday night services run from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Saturday morning from 9:30am-noon followed by a pot luck vegetarian (dairy) lunch.

If you are new to our services and need more information than is provided here, please feel free to email us at ohel.avraham.rochester@gmail.com.

Our name, Ohel Avraham, means Abraham’s tent. Midrash tells us that Sarah and Abraham’s tent was open on all four sides to allow visitors from all directions. Midrash also shares that Sarah would make elaborate meals for visitors when they came. We have built our minyan on these foundations: welcoming all Jews, and strengthening our community through sharing food and learning.

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