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RTPV Services this Friday

Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem

Dear RTPV Community,

We hope you will join us this Friday evening at 8:00 PM as we celebrate Shabbat through song, poetry and prayer, and also commemorate Tisha b’Av, the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av, a day of remembering the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple by the Babylonians in 586 BCE and again by the Romans in 60 CE.

We will explore the Jewish tradition of marking, naming and sharing grief as a path towards collective comfort and healing.

This week also marks the beginning of reading the last of the five books of the Torah, Deuteronomy, essentially a series of sermons delivered by Moses to the Israelites just before they are to enter the Promised Land. You can read the Torah portion here.

Services will be followed by an Oneg and schmoozing.

Rabbis Altarescu and Levy

Unveiling for Lorraine


Dear RTPV Community,

This coming Sunday, July 26, you are invited to gather with the family of Lorraine DeSisto at 11 AM at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 101 Mill Street, Putnam Valley. (directions)

Lorraine's gravesite is on the left past the Iwo Jima Memorial.  If you need, the Rose Hills office (845-528-3516) will have more exact information. 

Rabbis Levy and Altarescu

Giant Attic Sale

Reform Temple of Putnam Valley Attic Sale

Friday, July 17 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, July 19 10:00 am to 5:00pm
Friday, July 24 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Giant Attic Sale.
Clothing, shoes, small appliances, books, VHS movies, jewelry and many other household items.

Shabbat Morning Hike

RTPV Shabbat Morning Hike

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 9 am

A path in the woods

Join Dan Sussman and the Rabbis for a relaxing two hour hike in the woods, with time to sit and take in the view, have a snack, talk and sing. 

We will walk up Sugarloaf Hill, a 3.2 mile hike round trip with spectacular views of the Hudson River and Bear Mountain Bridge. This hike is suitable for all ages; dogs are permitted on a leash. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water, a snack and bug repellant.

We will meet at RTPV at 9 am and carpool to the parking lot, on the east side of Route 9D, 1/2 mile south of Route 403 in Garrison.   
Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav taught that the best place to commune with the Divine is in the forest, for rather than praying words in a book, in the woods we are moved to pray the words of our heart. Rabbi Nachman said "when a person goes out to the meadows to pray, every blade of grass, every plant and flower enter his prayers and help him, putting power and strength into his words.”  

Please RSVP to Rabbi Levy and Rabbi Altarescu

RTPV Movie Night

Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi

Saturday August 15, 2015
7:30 PM

Please join us for a fun and entertaining Movie Night at RTPV! 


Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi is a heartwarming Israel film about a new math teacher and new school principal who discover that the 16-year-old underachiever failing classes, is really a genius. The boy's own family is too busy relying on him to mend family fences to notice his brilliance either.

The charge is $10 per person. There will be popcorn & candy as well as coffee and dessert after the film.

Please RSVP Phil Hurowitz if you are coming.

On Hand Scrip Cards

It's now easier than ever to get scrip cards!

We have ordered some of more popular scrip cards and now we have them on hand! 

So, if you need more Shoprite, Stop & Shop, A & P, Applebee's, Amazon, Barnes & Noble , CVS, Bed, 
Bath & Beyond, GAP, Home Depot and Kohl's SCRIP cards, contact  the RTPV Scrip Card Coordinator, 
Phil Hurowitz, to get more cards today.

You're an email away from getting more cards and helping RTPV!

RTPV Book Club

Announcing the first RTPV book club
Tuesday, August 11, 7:30 - 9PM
Led by Rabbis Levy and Altarescu

The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal 
The Sunflower
by Simon Wiesenthal

Forgiveness is a complicated process. Some people seem to be able to do it immediately, no matter how horrific the offense -- the families of the murdered church members in Charleston, for example. For most of the rest of us, it is not so easy. As Jews, we devote the whole holiday of Yom Kippur to the process of asking God and each other for forgiveness. But how do we really understand the meaning of this action or even the word itself? Is forgiveness always warranted? Is it always healthy?
In this short book, Simon Wiesenthal relates an experience he had as a prisoner in a concentration camp: He is brought to the bedside of a dying Nazi soldier who asks him for forgiveness for his crimes.
The Sunflower is presented in two parts. Part One is an account of Wiesenthal’s experience. Part Two contains responses - from prominent theologians, political leaders, writers, activists, psychiatrists, Holocaust survivors and many others - to the question Wiesenthal poses at the end of his book: What would you have done?
The Sunflower is available for as little as $4 used on Amazon. Please come to temple and add your voice to the discussion.

President's Message

Dear Fellow Members:

Thank you very much for your continued support of the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley. We are very fortunate to be part of a congregation that offers a variety of opportunities for us to connect and join together with fellow members. Whether it's attending Shabbat service, learning with the Rabbis at one of their torah study sessions, enjoying a dinner out with the Sisterhood, volunteering at the local food pantry or bicycling with our men’s bike group we can all find something here at RTPV that enriches our lives.

As the incoming president, I am looking forward to working with Rabbi Levy and Rabbi Altarescu as well as with our temple board to ensure that our congregation continues to flourish and thrive. The board and I are very committed to helping you engage with synagogue life and deepen your involvement with our temple community. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as our president, and I hope that my passion for all things Reform Temple of Putnam Valley and my love for our community will inspire others. In the New Year, may you continue to build meaningful connections with the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley and may you find strength and joy in being part of our congregation.

With best wishes to you and your families for a happy, healthy, peaceful and sweet new year!

Roni Rodman

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.