October Men's Club Meeting

With the exciting, new energy going on at the
Reform Temple of Putnam Valley

it's definitely time to call a Men's Club meeting!!

Let’s get together for dinner at…

Laugh, shmooze, talk politics, sports
or whatever you’d like to discuss.

Let’s also look at RTPV and how we can all make a contribution to our Temple and community.

Please join us at Applebee’s on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:15PM!

Contact Phil Hurowitz in advance, so reservations can be made.

Friday Service

As God entrusted Noah to safeguard all the animals of the world, this week's Torah reading, Noach, inspires us to think about are relationship with the earth's creatures . 

 Come join us at 8PM this Friday for a spirited service and text study about compassion towards animals.

Looking forward to seeing you all,
Rabbi Steve Altarescu and Rabbi Laurie Levy 

RTPV Community Hike

Fall Foliage RTPV Community Hike - Sunday, Oct. 26th  

fall_leavesWe hope you can join us for a beautiful Fall foliage viewing of the Hudson River and Bear Mountain Bridge from Sugarloaf Hill.
We will meet at RTPV at 9:30 AM and carpool to the trailhead.  
Please bring snacks and/or lunch and water. 
When we reach the top of the trail, we will devote some time to taking in surrounding nature through poetry and music.
Trail Description
Sugarloaf Hill (moderate, 3.2 mi., 2 hr.)
An out and back hike in Hudson Highlands State Park. At the top is a spectacular view south of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain Bridge and Anthony’s Nose.
Parking for 8-10 cars is available at an official hiker’s parking lot. To reach it, drive between two stone pillars entitled “Wing & Wing” and “Castle Rock” on the east side of Route 9D, 1/2 mile south of Route 403, and follow the road as it bears left past the red barn to the lot. On the hill to the east is Castle Rock, a privately owned Cinderella-style castle built in 1881 by William Henry Osborn (with advice from his friend, painter Frederick Church).

Scrip Cards

Scrip cards are again available at the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley!

Buying Scrip cards is so easy and a perfect way to help RTPV while shopping at your favorite stores!

This Scrip period ends on October 28, 2014. Gift cards will be in your hands about 10 days later!
Turco's in Yorktown Heights is again available. Gift cards can be purchased in $25 and $100 denominations. RTPV earns 7%! Also, A&P Supermarket, Shoprite and Stop & Shop gift cards are available! If you are planning a home renovation and making purchases at Home Depot, they have cards in $25, $100 and $500 denominations!

It can all help RTPV!

We are offering gift cards for a widely expanded group of businesses that include retail stores, grocery chains, gas stations and restaurants.

This is how it works:

When buying a Scrip gift card, a portion of your Scrip purchase will be donated to the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley. These are businesses that you frequent, sometimes on a very regular basis.

Please download the Scrip Order Form attachment and take a look at over 75 participating businesses.

Payment must be made when order is submitted. Please make checks payable to "Reform Temple of Putnam Valley" and submit payment along with order form to:

The Reform Temple of Putnam Valley
362 Church Rd
Putnam Valley NY 10579

You can also leave your check and order form in RTPV Fundraising box in the Temple office.

Last year, we had more Temple friends participate with Scrip card purchases than ever before!

Scrip Form (PDF) or (MS Word)

Rabbis' October Message

Turn to RTPV this Fall

To everything, turn turn turn
There is a season, turn turn turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven.
                        - Pete Seeger, based on Ecclesiastes 3

We write this as we are sitting in our sukkah, with temperature dropping and leaves turning colors, aware of so many changes going on around us. As the seasons of nature turn, the season of our Jewish year turns as well, as we roll our sacred Torah back to the start and commence the reading cycle with “In the beginning….”

The High Holidays brought us together for a beautiful experience of singing, praying, mourning and hoping. We invite you to join us this Fall for some more togetherness, this time for learning.

Our adult education series, “The Genesis of Desire: Relationships in the Torah” will delve into the struggles of siblings, spouses, parents, children, and God as the Torah presents them and as commentators from the 3rd to the 21st centuries understand them. As we come to know Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Abraham and Sarah, and others, we will also come to know ourselves and each other, through personal insights based on the sacred stories of our own lives.

Ben Bag Bag used to say:

"Turn it, and turn it (the Torah), for everything is in it.
Reflect on it and grow old and gray with it.
Don't turn from it, for nothing is better than it."
                        - Ethics of Our Fathers 5:25

Please turn to RTPV for coffee, bagels and the first of our four classes on Sunday morning November 9th, from 11:00 - 12:30.


Rabbi Altarescu and Rabbi Levy

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 1-1/2 hour weekly sessions.
Taught by member Roni Rodman this course is designed for Jews with little or no background in reading Hebrew, but anyone may register, if only 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 at 7:30, beginning November 12
Teacher:        Roni Rodman
Cost:              FREE....includes course materials
For further info or to register contact Roni

Adult Education on Sundays

Mark these dates on your calendar and join Rabbi Levy and Rabbi Altarescu for bagels, coffee and discussion! Attend any number of sessions. Sundays, 11am-12:30pm All programs are free and open to the community. 


The Genesis of Desire: An in-Depth Study of Relationships in the Torah
November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8
Learners of all backgrounds invited. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish texts required.

Jewish Spirituality and Contemplative Practices
November 23, January 25, March 15 
Jewish Meditation, Torah Yoga, and Jewish Mysticism
For spiritual seekers of all types.

Sisterhood Dinner at Table 9


Join us on

Thursday, October 30th at 5:30pm

for dinner at

Table 9

in Peekskill

For further info contact Roni.

2014-2015 School Registration

Information about 2014-2015 School Registration has been posted on our Education page. Please return your Registration Forms as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to plan our faculty, classroom assignments and supplies.


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.