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Our Sages teach of an interesting theme which connects the holiday of Purim to Pesach. That theme is redemption, known in Hebrew as Geulah. In celebrating both Holidays, there is an underlying feeling that redemption comes in many different shapes and sizes. During both holidays we acknowledge that we were saved by Hashem, however, the method used by Hashem was very different. Purim is when we experience the hidden involvement of Hashem, and that hiddenness is how we celebrate the holiday, as we masquerade to not show our true face. The Geulah we feel on Pesach is one where Hashem played a more active and public role through the miracles which led to our redemption. Both holidays display very different methods of Hashem’s interaction, yet lead to the same result, one of redemption.


“Lobby” Renewal Project

Thank you to everyone for making our Lobby Renovation Matching Donation Project a success! We have exceeded the anonymous donor’s requested threshold of $20,000, but continued donations will help beautify the shul even more! Stay tuned for details on this very exciting development for Congregation Beth Sholom.

Just as a reminder, you shouldn’t be playing games at shul…. Unless you’re at the Sisterhood/Men’s Club Game Night! Once again, this event was well attended and was a great success.

We’re looking forward to an exciting and fun Purim with our megillah readings and seudah. Please be sure to join us! Also, please place your orders for mishloach manot, and yes… It’s time to start thinking about Pesach and Shmurah Matzah orders!

Chag Kasher V’Sameach!

Jonathan S. Weissman



Thank you to all the generous AOH sponsors (2014)!


Welcome to Congregation Beth Sholom

Welcome to Congregation Beth Sholom, Rochester, New York’s largest Modern Orthodox and Zionist synagogue.  Led by our charismatic and inspirational spiritual leader, Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick, Congregation Beth Sholom offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Our synagogue is a community resource for every member’s full life, from birth, to B'nei Mitzvah, marriage, and in times of need.


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Mazel Tov to the 2014 Ambassadors of Humanity Award winners.  Please visit AOH site and the view or download Ambassadors of Humanity e-journal.  Thank you to all the generous AOH sponsors!

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Congregation Beth Sholom

1161 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Tel: (585) 473-1625


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