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Upcoming Events


March 20, 2013

TIAR Monthly Board Meeting. The monthly Board Meeting of TIAR is held on the 3rd Thursday of the month (barring conflicts) from 4:00 – 5:30 pm at Covenant United Methodist Church on Culver Road at Parsells. All members and visitors are welcome. Future meetings of the Board:

March 20
May 15
Sunday, June 8 (Annual Meeting – See Below)

March 24, 2014

Holocaust by Bullets: A Model for Mass Crimes of Today. A special lecture by Fr. Patrick Desbois, a Catholic priest and President of Yahad-In Unum. He earned the 2008 National Jewish Book Award for his book “The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews”. His heart-wrenching book documents the daunting task of identifying and examining the sites where Jews and Roma and exterminated by Nazi mobile units across Eastern Europe during WWII. This event is free and open to the public and will be held at 7:00 pm at Nazareth College Arts Center, Callahan Theater.

The event is co-sponsored by Yahad-In Unum, the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

March 29, 2013

Annual Reality Tour.  Everyday economic injustices cannot be ignored.  Meet people affected by a dysfunctional social and economic system that does not meet their basic human needs. Hear from people who work to end poverty every day, and people who are affected by it, from the homeless to the working poor. Learn about and become involved in the movement to win economic human rights for all. That’s what this Reality Tour is all about. So reserve your seat today. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare for rain or shine!  Please keep in mind there is only one bathroom break, so plan accordingly.

Registration: $20 donation for the tour, $15 for students and $10 for low income.  Make checks out to SWAA Rochester. Please write REALITY TOUR on the check!  Mail checks to P.O. Box 17323 Rochester, NY 14617.

Board the bus at 11:45 AM. Tour ends approximately 3:15PM.
Bus will depart from the RCSD School One, 85 Hillside Avenue,
Rochester, NY 14610. Look for the yellow school buses.
RSVP by March 24, 2014. Seats are confirmed when payment is received.

For more information call 585-969-3409

April 6, 2014

Funding Inequities: What Can We Do? The Role of Poverty
A presentation at 2:00-4:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church
220 Winton Road in Rochester.  The speakers will be Dr. Leonard M. Brock, Executive for Education, The Children’s Agenda; Rev. Dr. Michael J. Ford, Senior Minister, Lake Avenue Memorial Baptist Church; and Dr. Kevin McGowan, Superintendent, Brighton Central Schools.  For more information, please call 585.442.5111.  The program is promoted by: (GRCC) Faith In Action Network of Rochester NY.

April 6, 2014

The Fundamentals of Judaism and Islam.  The Commission on Jewish Muslim Relations presents a 3-part series on "The Fundamentals of Judaism and Islam". The March 9 discussion is on "The Sacred Texts of Judaism and Islam" at 4:00 PM on March 9 at the Islamic Center at 727 Westfall Road. The discussion will be facilitated by Rabbi Alan Katz and Dr. Irshad Altheimer. This event is free and open to the public.  Other dates, topics, and locations are:

April 6: Introduction to Jewish and Islamic Law – Halacha and Sharia at 4:00 pm at Temple Sinai on Penfield Road in Brighton.

April 7, 2014

Moving Beyond Racism Book Discussion.  Book Where Do We Go From Here? by Martin Luther King. Monday, April 7th, 7-8:30 pm, Barnes & Noble - Pittsford Plaza - Upstairs Community Room. Everyone is welcome whether or not you have read the book.  Join us for a safe, stimulating discussion. For more information call 585-288-8644 or e-mail at

Future Dates:
May 5: Latino Americans by Ray Suarez
June 2: The Unquiet Grave by Steve Hendricks
July 7: Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
August 4: The Color of Water by Janes McBride
September 8: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
October 6: Days of Destruction Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges & Joe Sacco
November 10: Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
January 5: Across Many Mountains by Yangzom Brauen

April 9, 2014

Twice Told Tales. The Interfaith Bible Study program sponsored by the Commission on Christian-Jewish Relations. This year’s series will focus on stories told twice – once in the Hebrew Scriptures and once, in a different context, in the Christian Scriptures. Programs are free and are held from 12:00-1:00 pm at the Jewish Federation of Rochester; 441 East Avenue. Each presenter – one Jewish and one Christian – will speak from his/her own faith tradition. Discussion follows. This year’s schedule:

April 9: The Multiplication of the Loaves presented by Rabbi Leonardo Bitran (Elisha) and Pastor Debbie Grohman (Jesus)

June 8, 2014

TIAR Annual Meeting: If Our Streets Could Talk: Messages of Trauma and Hope. A talk by Elaine Spaull, Executive Director of the Center for Youth. The program begins at 3:00 pm at the Shults Center on the Campus of Nazareth College. The program is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be available.

Mission of The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester

We are committed to an inclusive democratic process based upon the mutual responsibility of public officials, public institutions, and the general public. It requires honest and civility through open discussion of issues and full participation open to all citizens.

We work towards a public good that offers dignity and wholeness to all people. This includes a quality public education, a sustainable environment, a living wage, comprehensive health care, adequate housing, and a voice for people of faith in the political arena that respects the First Amendment.

As a growing and diverse interfaith community, we bring a constructive and healing witness to public and political life in the Greater Rochester community. The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester is one of many local alliances in a national coalition of people of faith.

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