RTPV | Reform Temple of Putnam Valley

Friday Night at RTPV

Back to School supplies

There are many reasons to join us for services this Shabbat:
  • it's our last wine and cheese reception of the summer
  • the rabbis and cantor are back together after our various vacations and family commitments
  • Rabbi Levy’s challah returns after a temporary hiatus!

But most important, we will be studying parshat Eikev and examining what it means to have strength of character and how we learn from our character weaknesses. We will also explore the seemingly contradictory commands presented in this Torah portion: to destroy the people living in the land that we have been promised, but also show compassion to the stranger. You can find the Torah reading here.

Thank you for all your donations of school supplies for the food pantry. Please continue to bring (or drop off) supplies this week and they will brought to the pantry on Saturday.

We look forward to seeing you at 7:15 for wine and cheese, 8:00 for services and 9:30 for schmoozing.  


Rabbis Levy and Altarescu

Rabbis' message for the month of Elul

Click here to read the Rabbis' message for the month of Elul.

Teacher's Assistant needed

The Reform Temple of Putnam Valley is looking for a
Teacher's Assistant
for our Shabbat Hebrew School


We need someone who would like to join our team from 10:00 AM-11:00AM on Shabbat mornings to teach Hebrew to students ages 8-11 using the self-paced Mitkadem Program.

Knowledge of basic Hebrew, a warm smile, and a love of children are necessary prerequisites! 

Contact Rabbi Altarescu

Help paint our classrooms


Help paint our classrooms

Volunteers are needed on the following dates to paint our classrooms
Tuesday, August 30
Wednesday, August 31
Thursday, September 1

If you are able to help out please email Shimon.

A Special Request from the Rabbis

Over the two years that we have served RTPV as your rabbis, we have seen the growth and strengthening of the board and its committees, a renewed commitment to social action, and increased participation in services. Our board of directors continues to ensure that the Temple is managed in a fiscally responsible manner.  

Our current budget does not cover three things that we have on a "wish list" for our temple. There is a Rabbis' Discretionary Fund, that allows for funds to be used for tzedakah as well as items not covered in our budget. We hope you will consider donating to this fund -- whether to honor or memorialize a special person, to mark an important occasion, or simply to pay tribute to RTPV.

  • Our services have been greatly enhanced by the diverse musical talent, knowledge and enthusiasm of Cantor Annice Benamy. Our current budget provides for Annice’s service three times a month. With an additional $1,200 we would be able to enjoy Annice’s music every Shabbat.
  • The Reform Movement published new High Holiday prayer books last year. These machzorim include the transliteration of all prayers, modern translations and beautiful inspirational readings. We strongly believe that these books would greatly enhance the holiday experience for all. 100 new prayer books will cost $4,000. 
  • Currently RTPV does not have a program for post B’nai Mitzvah students. We believe it is vitally important to continue to strengthen our young peoples’ Jewish identity throughout adolescence by providing them with a support network and encouraging them to participate in meaningful social action projects together. We hope to raise $2,500 to fund a part-time Youth Director to help create this programming for our 13-18 year olds. 

Thank you for considering a generous donation to the RTPV Rabbis’ Discretionary Fund, for either general use or earmarked for whatever program speaks to your heart.


Rabbi Steve Altarescu and Rabbi Laurie Levy

Auction Items

From last month's Cafe Night, we have two items that are now being put up for bids. Please let Phil Hurowitz know if you are interested at pdh54@yahoo.com.

The first event is Four (4) tickets to any of Dancing at Dusk Concerts during the 2016 Caramoor Summer Season.
It is a wonderful event for toddlers and teenagers. Dancing at Dusk is a Caramoor summer tradition, enjoyed by families and those who simply like to experience joyful sounds. Held on the spacious lawn of Friends Field, D@D offers you a chance to learn about and dance to music from around the globe. Opening bid is $25; the value of the tickets is $50

Caramoor’s “Dancing at Dusk”
Katonah’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts may be Westchester’s Best Kept Secret.

The second event has Four (4) tickets to the Hudson Valley Renegades.
There are 19 dates available. Tickets are $6 each. Opening bid is $15.

President's Year-end Message

President’s Report June 2016

It remains our mission to be a spiritual, intellectual, and cultural center for our membership, offering worship experiences that appeal to heart, mind and soul.

My speech on the High Holidays stressed the importance of making a connection to RTPV and the Jewish community at large. Belonging to a group or community gives us a sense of identity. It helps us understand who we are and feel part of something larger than ourselves. I truly feel that when you become involved and participate in synagogue life and connect with other temple members you begin to feel that you are a part of something good and worthwhile.

Our Rabbis, temple board, and volunteers continue to work hard to provide an environment that is open and inclusive to all that walk through our door.

We provide events and programs that we hope are educational, spiritual and fun for our membership and those in the community. These include the Sukkah Festival, once a month early service and potluck dinner, Hannukah Fest, Movie Nights, Dining to Donate, Annual Coffee House, Learn to Read Hebrew classes, Shabbat Across America, Purim Carnival, Israeli Fest, Passover Model Seder, and Adult Education.

Our publicity committee chaired by Lisa Keogh has been very busy making sure that our programs and events get advertised in local publications, on the radio and posted on our new sign outside the temple, on banner located on the façade of our building, and in flyers distributed to the membership and posted throughout the community.

I want to acknowledge Phil Hurowitz and his fundraising committee for their extraordinary efforts in raising much needed funds for the operation of the temple. Our annual Coffee House was a huge success and the movie nights, scrip cards and dining to donate events helped keep us in the black.

A big thank you to Kathy Kinzel for all of her hard work in updating the kitchen and keeping the grounds outside beautiful. Kudos to Lisa for enlisting the Devereux organization to clean the building on a regular basis and of course to Shimon for his expertise and efforts in maintaining our facility

I always tell people that the toughest volunteer job in the temple is the Treasurer’s. I would be remiss if I did not mention what a wonderful job Tia Levinson has done over the last number of years keeping the temple’s finances in order. Adding to that is Joyce Leone’s role as Vice President and head of the Finance Committee. Her knowledge and attention to detail has enabled us to come up with a balanced budget and she inspires us to work hard to reach our goal of raising $25,000 by June 30, 2017.

Our Rabbis continue to come up with new programs and events that are of great interest to our membership and that will appeal to the public at large. Such events are the Interfaith Service that was co-hosted with Grace United Methodist Church in November 2015 and our Interfaith program on Ecology and Spirituality that took place on June 10 & 11.

Cantor Annice has introduced us to new songs and melodies that inspire us and at times challenge us to become stronger singers and participators in the service.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our Rabbis Altarescu and Levy, the board, and those that volunteer to provide leadership, guidance, and assistance in keeping our temple operating smoothly and serving the needs of our members and the community at large.

It gives me no greater pleasure than to work besides the Rabbis and the board in the best little synagogue in Putnam Valley.

I wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable summer.

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

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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