Ongoing Programs

Sunday Morning Brunches: Our brunches feature a variety of topics and speakers from the community. Each month, different guest chefs outdo each other in creating a delicious meal. We ask for $6 to help defray the cost of the food. Open to the community.

Books and Bagels: We meet one Sunday each month to discuss books of Jewish interest. We’re a small but dedicated group, and we’d love to have you join our conversations. Contact Carl Wetzstein (, 585-266-6982 to confirm that we’re meeting. Free and open to the community.

Torah Study: Chevra Torah meets every Saturday morning from 10-11:30am for in-depth discussions of the weekly Torah portion. Led by Rabbi Drorah Setel, we weave together traditional commentaries with contemporary perspectives and the wisdom of our own experience. Free and open to the community – visitors and guests are warmly welcome.

Men’s Club: Our Men’s Club meets at 9am on the second Tuesday of each month for coffee at Panera’s, 12 Corners, Brighton. RSVP to Michael Perlson (585-388-5211,

2019 – 2020 Brunches

Sunday, Nov 10, 11am

Jody Lehr Waite, “Behind the Veil – Revealing the Realities of Life of Saudi Women”

Waite writes, “Many women throughout the world live behind a veil, whether real or perceived. The veil may be imposed by culture, religion, tradition or politics and may have existed for millennia. This presentation explores the various elements within Saudi Arabia which enable those in power (whether religious or political) to maintain women’s subjugation to men with a glimmer of hope towards the future.”

Sunday, Dec 8, 11am

Dr. Sandra Mitzner, Hannah Vickner Hough, Esq., and Cary M. Jensen will present a discussion entitled, “Asylum Seekers at our Southern Border:  Dividing Desperate Families and What About Tikkun Olam?” Dr. Sandra Mitzner is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with expertise in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the former Medical Director of the Villa of Hope. Hannah Vickner Hough, Esq. is the Immigration Program Director for the Legal Aid Society of Rochester. Cary M. Jensen is the Legal Counsel and Director of International Services Office at the University of Rochester. 

Sunday, Jan 12, 11am

Michael Argaman, “The Political Systems and Social Divisions in Israel.”

Michael Argaman grew up in Rochester and made aliya to Israel at age 18. He lived there for 15 years, including being a member of a kibbutz on the border with Gaza, serving in the IDF, earning a degree in economics at Tel Aviv University, and being active in the Israeli peace movement. He returns to Israel frequently, including for each election, to campaign and vote. As we approach the third election in less than one year, Michael will discuss the Israeli political system and the multiple divisions in Israeli society.

Sunday, Feb 9, 11am

Adam Chodak, News Anchor and Managing Editor at WROC Channel 8, will speak on the topic, “Broadcast News.”


Sunday, Apr 19, 11am

Dr. Donna Kowal, “Emma Goldman”

2019 – 2020 Books and Bagels

This year, we’ll be meeting at 10am on Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 29, Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 22, Apr 26, May 24, and June 28 (in Seneca Park).


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