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Friday Night at RTPV

Jacob's Ladder  			In this week's parasha, Vayetzei, Jacob lays his head on a rock and dreams: angels of God are ascending and descending a ladder that reaches to the heavens. When he wakes, Jacob exclaims, "Surely God was in this place and I did not know it ... How awesome is this place."

The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday focuses us on freedom, and the events in Paris last week awaken us to how fear of freedom can drive people to extremes.

Our goal is that through song and prayer, we create an awesome space, filled will community, awareness of the divine in each of us, and gratitude for the cherished gifts of life -- freedom being among the most precious.

Please join us for services at 8:00 followed by a yummy desert Oneg with schmoozing.

Read the parasha here.

Rabbi Levy and Rabbi Altarescu

Turkey Drive for PV Food Pantry


 How to Help to Neighbors in Need this Holiday Season
What: The Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry is collecting frozen turkeys and nonperishable food items for community residents in need who might otherwise not have a Thanksgiving dinner. If you are unable to donate a turkey, then please help us out by making a $10 donation to the pantry to help our efforts in providing our clients with a turkey for Thanksgiving.
When: Donations can be dropped off before 9:30 am on Saturday, November 21

Where: The Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry, located at Grace United Methodist Church, 337 Peekskill Hollow Rd., Putnam Valley. (Back of the building)
The Social Action Committee of RTPV wishes to thank you in advance for your participation in this project to feed those in need.
P.S.:  If you wish to stay and volunteer on Saturday the 21st, we welcome your help since we will probably have a record number of families attending the food pantry that morning.
For further info contact Roni
or visit www.putnamvalleyfoodpantry.org.

Fall Clean-Up


Fall is here and most of the leaves have fallen. Therefore, we are planning to have a fall clean up on Sunday, November 22 at 9:30 AM. Please come with a good spirit, gloves, a leaf rake, a tarp, and if you have leaf blower, it would be very useful.

We will have coffee and bagels.

I hope you can join us. Please RSVP if you are planning to come.

Thanks so much,

Giving Thanks Together


Giving Thanks Together

Reverend, Imam and Rabbis welcome all to a
Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration

A program of prayer, poetry and song, followed by a dessert reception
Monday, Nov 23 at 7:30 pm at Grace United Methodist Church

Spiritual seekers of all types are welcome!
Please bring a can of food to share with the
Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry

Reverend Jessica Anschutz of Grace United Methodist Church (Grace UMC), a member of the Open Doors Community Parish, Rabbis Steve Altarescu and Laurie Levy of Reform Temple of Putnam Valley, Religious Leader Steve Axinn of Temple Israel of Putnam Valley, and members of the Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center will lead us in a Thanksgiving program of prayer, poetry and song to commemorate a holiday that celebrates not just the harvest bounty, but honors religious freedom for all.

Monday, November 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Grace United Methodist Church
337 Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley

Reservations encouraged but not required -
events@rtpv.org, 845.528.4774

Learn to Read Hebrew in 5 Easy Lessons

Read Hebrew America logoThe Reform Temple of Putnam Valley is proud to offer to the community at large an innovative introductory Hebrew program where participants can learn to read Hebrew in only five one-and-a-half hour weekly sessions.
This course is designed for those with little or no background in reading Hebrew and even for those who would like to brush up on some rusty skills.
What:             Learn to Read Hebrew in 5 Easy Lessons
Where:           Reform Temple of Putnam Valley   362 Church Road    Putnam Valley
When:            Wednesdays, 7:30–9:30pm, beginning November 11
Cost:              FREE! No charge for class or materials.
For further info or to register contact Roni Rodman.

Rabbis' November Message

A Song of Gratitude

Dear RTPV Community,

We would like to offer you a psalm from our daily morning liturgy, for this season of Thanksgiving:

Psalm 100
1. A Psalm of Thanksgiving
    Shout to Adonai, all the earth,
2. Worship Adonai in joy,
    Come before God in glad song.
3. Know that Adonai is God—
    He made us and we are His,
    His people, the sheep of His pasture.
4. Come into God’s gate in thanksgiving,
    His courtyards in praise.
    Give thanks to God, bless His name.
5. For Adonai is good; 
    God’s kindness is forever,
    His faithfulness for all generations.

This short psalm begins with our shouting out to the Creator of All Being, and singing in joy and gladness—perhaps just for being alive. We then express our gratitude by entering God’s gate and finding ourselves in the courtyard of His sanctuary. It is here that we bring our offerings—whether in prayer, in meditations of our heart, or in acts of kindness. And God returns the favor by continuing to sustain us.

How beautiful that this psalm uses music as our entrée into the expression of gratitude. Song is the natural voice of emotion. By singing together, we have the opportunity not just to express joy and gratitude, but to draw ourselves together, as a community, though the gates and closer to the presence of God.

Please join us on Monday evening, November 23rd, at 7:30 as our RTPV community joins our voices together with voices from Grace Methodist Church and other local religious groups for our 2nd annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service, hosted this year at Grace Church. We look forward to seeing you then.


Rabbis Laurie Levy and Rabbi Steven Altarescu

RTPV T-Shirts for sale

Temple members model shirts

$15 EACH
Get your very own RTPV T-Shirt
Great for wearing to temple and community events! 
Supplies are limited
Pre-orders are being taken now

Adult Sizes  S, M. L & XL
Email Roni to reserve your t-shirt

Music for Shabbat

Many thanks to our cantor, Annice Benemy for adding to our library of music. You can now find new recordings (under the "Music" tab of our website) of some music from our Shabbat Services.

Shop at DeCicco's - Help RTPV!

We are very excited to announce a great and easy way to help out RTPV simply by buying groceries - and it won't cost you a cent!

All you need to do is shop at DeCicco's Market located at 3651 Lee Rd, Jefferson Valley (opposite the JV Mall). When you check out just tell the cashier  that you are participating in the rebate program for the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley. The cashier will look up the applicable code and enter it. Simply by doing that, our Temple will get a percentage of whatever the cost of your purchase is. No extra cost to you but a great benefit to us.
We hope that you all take advantage of this opportunity and thank you in advance for your help.

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