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.

Movie Night at RTPV


The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
Thursday, July 21
at 7:00 PM

A fascinating story of Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg is told through archival film footage and interviews with Jewish fans, former teammates, friends and family. As a great first baseman with the Detroit Tigers in the 1930’s, he endured anti-semitism while becoming a hero and inspiration to the Jewish community.

Drinks, snacks, and popcorn will be served.

After the movie, there will be a Jewish sports trivia discussion.

Suggested donation: $10

Please RSVP to Phil Hurowitz if you will be attending!

Friday Night at RTPV

Wine and cheese 			Our parasha this week is named for the king of Moab, Balak, who hires a prophet to curse the wandering Israelites as they pass through the Moabite land. It is easy to draw parallels between Balak's hatred of these newcomers and the fear that seems endemic throughout our world, breeding the impulse to subjugate the "other” who is believed to pose a threat.

At the same time, this is one of the funniest readings in the Torah, complete with a talking donkey. Please come learn, sing, and celebrate Shabbat with us: wine and cheese reception at 7:15 and services at 8, followed by a dessert oneg and the best schmoozing this side of the Hudson.


Rabbi Laurie Levy and Rabbi Steve Altarescu

Summer Clean-Up


We need your help to get RTPV presentable! We need to clean the gutters, weed the beds, and pick up branches behind the temple.

The date of the next temple cleanup is Sunday, July 31 at 10 AM. 
Please RSVP to me so I know how many volunteers will be coming.

Thank you very much, 
Building & Grounds Committee

Honoring a Loved One With a Memorial Plaque

Our Jewish tradition recognizes the blessing of memory and calls upon us to commemorate our departed loved ones. At RTPV, we have a Memorial Wall that serves as a tangible and permanent tribute to our many loved ones and friends. It is present with us always — at weekly Shabbat services, lifecycle events and the High Holy Days. On Yom Kippur, members from our congregation read each name aloud, honoring our loved ones. The purchase of a memorial plaque also includes a perpetual annual listing for your loved one in our congregation’s published Yizkor book.

Each plaque costs $250 and displays the name of the deceased with the date of his or her passing. As you will see from the samples below, you have the option of including the Hebrew name (you may also choose to include the Hebrew date).

If you would like to order a plaque in time for the High Holy Days, I'll take orders right away via email. All orders must be finalized for the vendor no later than July 24. Orders that include Hebrew lettering will require some extra review time on our end.

Of course you may order a plaque any time of year.

Checks should be made payable to RTPV and placed in the Treasurer’s slot in the office or mailed to RTPV at PO Box 232, Putnam Valley, NY 10579.

I may be reached at through this link. Please check out the samples below and let me know if you have any questions.

Joyce Leone

Please determine what you would like to include on the plaque from the list below. I will provide you with guidance on how much can fit.


*We can figure this out for you if you provide the English date and whether the death was before or after sundown.



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

Annual Pool Party!

Sunshiny day

sponsored by the Sisterhood of RTPV
Sunday, August 14  2pm-5pm.
at the home of Elaine Sanders

(Rain Date that won't be needed is August 28th)

Elaine has graciously invited us for
so many summers and we hope that you and your family
can join us once again.

So bring the whole family to enjoy a dip in the pool,
and of course delicious food and drink will be served.

Our RTPV Sisterhood will supply the main course and beverages.
We ask that you contribute a salad, side dish or dessert.
Please RSVP to Brenda Sternbach
We will try to make sure that there is plenty of sunshine.

Sunshiny day

Rabbis' Summer Message

Click here to see the Rabbi's summer message.

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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