RTPV | Reform Temple of Putnam Valley

Friday Night at RTPV

Musing and Music on Water and Trees

Charlton Heston as Moses  			In this weeks parasha, Beshalach, the Israelites reach the Sea of Reeds on their flight from Egypt, with Pharaoh’s army in close pursuit. Moses dramatically lifts his arms and the waters divide, inviting a path to freedom. Would you wait passively for someone else to go first, or would you be the one to take that first bold step into the unknown? Do you know who our tradition says that first person was?

We hope you will join us for services at 8, followed by a desert oneg and schmoozing.

Tree tops viewed from below  			At 6:30, you are also invited to participate in our Tu b’Shevat seder and celebration of trees, nature and ecology.  Please bring a dairy pot luck dinner item to share -- preferably made with some ingredient that comes from trees.

You can read the parasha here.

Rabbis Levy and Altarescu

MLK Worship Celebration: United in Hope


January 18, 2016 3:00 p.m.

The Peekskill Area Pastors Association
The Mount Olivet Baptist Church

Invite you to the Annual
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Worship Celebration

Our Theme this year is
United in Hope:
Striving Together Towards Freedom.

The Peekskill Middle School Auditorium
212 Ringgold St.
Peekskill, NY

Rev. Dr. Robert Young
Pastor, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Key Note Speaker

Youth Choir, Dancers, Choirs, Musicians, the Spoken Word

Recipient of the 2016 MLK Community Award,
Rev. John J. Keane
Friars of the Atonement Greymoor

Hosted By:
Rabbi Steven Altarescu
Reform Temple of Putnam Valley
Rev. Stephany D. Graham
Peekskill Presbyterian Church

A Spiritual Seder for Tu B’Sh’vat

A Spiritual Seder for Tu B’Sh’vat
celebrating our connection and responsibility
to the earth and all of creation


Pot Luck Dinner and Seder
Friday, January 22, 6:30 - 7:45 PM
followed by Friday Evening Service at 8:00PM

Join us for an ecological and spiritual journey into the earth’s bounty through ritual, music and conversation

Please bring a dish to share that uses some ingredient(s) that come from trees. Soups and salads preferred!

Tour the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Museum of Jewish Heritage
MJH-logo  			We are excited to invite you to a private guided tour of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park beginning at 11:00 AM on Sunday, January 24. Larry Cohen, a friend of ours and former development officer for the museum, has graciously offered to do this for us. Larry's tour through the museum's permanent exhibit will take approximately an hour-and-a-half, after which we can have lunch in the museum cafe, and then you are free to either see the rest of the museum or enjoy some of the other sights in the area.

The cost of museum admission is: 
$12 Adults
$10 Seniors 65 and up 
$7 Students
Free for children ages 12 and under

Please see www.mjhnyc.org for more details.

We hope you will join us. Let us know if you are interested or have any questions.

All the best,
Rabbis Levy and Altarescu

A New RTPV Adult Education Series

Jewish Soul Cycles: 
An Introduction to Judaism for Non-Jews and Jews 


Sundays: January 31, February 7, February 14
10:30AM - 12:00PM at RTPV
coffee and bagels served

Session 1:
The Jewish Lifecycle From Birth to Death
Session 2: The Cycle of Holidays and Events on the Jewish Calendar
Session 3: The Soul of Judaism Through Jewish Text from the Bible to Modern Day

Sessions will include ample time for questions on all Jewish practices and beliefs
Classes are independent of each other -- come to any or all 
Open to the public -- bring friends and family

President's Message, January 2016

I recently heard from Andrea Labis, the daughter of a founding member of RTPV. She was thought it was important for the temple membership to know the history of how our temple came to be and who were the people that were instrumental in making sure that Putnam Valley had a reform temple to call their own.

RTPV began in the home of Roberta and Irving Labis on Oscawana Lake Road (directly opposite Floridan Estates) in a meeting organized by Roberta Labis. It was born of her desire to have a year-round synagogue for her children. Those that met at the first meeting were Roberta and Irving Labis, Jane and Arthur Desgo, and Lois and Sylvan Manel. At subsequent meetings both Roberta’s and Irving’s parents, Ruth and Saul Ross, and Edward and Ida Labis, attended and were integral in the temple’s formation.

It was not long before Grace Church, at that time located on Church Road, where the Reform Temple stands today, offered the use of their sanctuary. The first service was held June 15, 1967. You can click here for more details about the history of the temple.

How fortunate we are that the Labis family’s vision and desire to have a Jewish community in Putnam Valley came to fruition. Though you don’t need a building to be Jewish, or a sanctuary, or a social hall, or meeting rooms, or classrooms, you do need a place where Jewish life, culture, and tradition are nurtured. You need Rabbis and educators who dedicate their lives to ensure that our values and traditions will live on. You need a place where we can study together and ensure that our most important religious values are both taught and lived on a daily basis. That is the synagogue. It is here at RTPV that we come to understand our faith and apply it to our lives.

While we often think that synagogues are there to teach our children, and we certainly do that, we have so much more to offer to our members and the community at large. We provide ongoing opportunities to study, learn, experience, and become connected to each other. So come to a Friday Shabbat service, a movie night, torah study with the Rabbis, or celebrate a Jewish holiday with us. What we want to do is to enhance your connection with others and to a Jewish community.

I know that our founding members would be proud to know that RTPV continues to sustain a place in Northern Westchester and Putnam counties where individuals and families from diverse background can come together to worship, study, engage in tikun olam (repairing the world), celebrate joyous occasions, and support one another.


Roni Rodman

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.

Support RTPV through your Amazon purchases

Friday Night: A Musical Shabbat

Parashat Va-eira contains some of the most dramatic and best-known stories in the Bible. Faced with an unyielding and stubborn Pharaoh, God unleashes seven “signs,” “marvels,” and “wonders” to convince the Egyptian ruler that resistance to God ultimately will be useless. The plagues demonstrate to Egyptians and Israelites alike God’s ability to bend the laws of nature to the divine will and purpose. Yet behind the fantastic drama lies a story of human beings and their recognizable and very human emotions: Moses, the insecure, reluctant prophet, and Pharaoh, alternately defiant and chastened and demoralized. An overarching theme is the reassurance of God’s power and God’s eternal protection of the people Israel. 

Please join me for a Musical Shabbat with a delicious oneg and wonderful Shabbat schmoozing following the service.

Cantor Annice