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Congregation Shema Yisrael is a congregation of Jews and Gentiles who believe in the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), and who worship the God of Israel in a Jewish way. We are committed to restoring the Jewish Roots of our faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.


Our purpose is to proclaim Messiah Yeshua to Jewish and non-Jewish people, connect them personally with the God of Israel through prayer and worship, draw them into fellowship, lead them to spiritual maturity, equip them to serve, and inspire believers everywhere to reconnect with their Jewish roots.

We are located at:

250 Edgewood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618!

Please join us for our Saturday Shabbat Service at 10:00 AM!
Children of all ages are welcome, and Shabbat school is available for all children who wish to attend.

We will still be having ONLINE Shabbat services. Click here to join us live on Facebook at 10:00 am on Shabbat, or here to join us live on YouTube. 

Special Guest Speaker Rabbi Ron Goldberg: Saturday August 13 at 10 a.m.

Shabbat School Teacher's Meeting: Wednesday August 17 at 6:30 p.m. 

Parent's Meeting: Wednesday August 24 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is mandatory for all parents who will be having their children in the Shabbat School program this coming year.

Havdalah Service: Saturday August 27 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Elul Prayer: Wednesday August 31 at 8 a.m. in the prayer room. 

K'eesh Echad (As One Man) Men's Group: August 24 at 6 p.m.

Oración Selah: Mondays at 8 p.m. For Spanish speakers via phone conference. Contact Hector or Aimee Rodriguez for more information.

Messianic Judaism Class: Tuesday 7 p.m. via Zoom. Contact Rabbi Jim by email for more information. 

Connections Class: For anyone new to Congregation Shema Yisrael, new to the faith, or who would like to learn more. Contact Ava Batts for more information.  

T’Shuvah Prayer: Thursday 6 pm. Via phone conference. Join us as we pray for those in need of salvation, our nation, Israel and the world. Contact Ava Batts for more information.


Erev Shabbat Group: 7 p.m. via Zoom to celebrate Shabbat and discuss the Parshah readings for the week. Contact Neyoka for more information.


Tisha B'Av Shabbat

Why have so many calamities happened to the Jewish people? Why did so many happen on the same day, Tisha B'Av (the 9th of Av)? How have the Jewish people been able to survive these many calamities? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on Tisha B'Av, the 9th of Av, August 6, 2022.

(I Pleaded)

Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

Isaiah 40:1-26

Job 37 - Ruth 4

Hebrews 7-11

Click here to download the reading plan for the year.

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