RTPV | Reform Temple of Putnam Valley

Menorah Design Contest

Menorah Design Contest Flyer

The Reform Temple of Putnam Valley and Temple Israel of Putnam Valley announce a menorah design contest open to all residents of Putnam Valley.

Click here for a full list of specific instructions and details.

Please send any questions or correspondence to Rabbi Levy and Rabbi Altarescu or Temple Israel of Putnam Valley.

Friday Night at RTPV

Moses Elects the Council of Seventy Elders, by Jacob de Wit

In this week's Torah portion, Beha'alotecha, Moses feels overwhelmed as the sole leader of the Israelites and complains to God. God responds wisely and places the divine spirit upon 70 elders of the people, thus giving Moses the support he needs to continue to lead and inspire the Israelites. 

This Friday evening we will honor and offer blessings to those whose spirit has moved them to serve on the RTPV Board as well as those have recently been moved to join our RTPV community.   

Please join us for services at 8 PM followed by a dessert oneg and great schmoozing. To read this week's Torah portion (Numbers 8:1–12:16) follow this link.

We look forward to seeing you.

Rabbis Levy and Altarescu

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.

History of Our Holocaust Torah

Torah scroll  			Just added to the "Our Torah" page, in the "Info, Music & Learning" tab, is a thorough history of our special torah, written by the Rabbis. You can find it here.

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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