Friday Service

We read in this weeks parasha, Toldot, that "God gave Isaac the dew of heaven and the fatness of the earth, and much grain and wine.”  We will discuss how we balance our blessings of abundance while also caring for the earth --  so that generations after us can continue to receive abundance. 

Shabbat Vayinafash - On the seventh day God took a breath. Come take a deep breath and join us at 8:00 as we enter into Shabbat with song, prayer and a delicious oneg. We also welcome a guest musician this week.

Rabbis Altarescu and Levy

Rabbis' November Message

Thanksgiving is so Jewish!

The Thanksgiving holiday very likely has its origins in the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The religious pilgrims had recently experienced an Exodus of their own by seeking out religious freedom in the “Promised Land” of America. The story is told that when they wanted to celebrate the Fall harvest in their new homeland, the pilgrims looked into the Hebrew Bible for inspiration and read: “[W]hen you have gathered in the yield of your land you shall observe the festival of Adonai…you shall live in booths seven days…in order that future generations may know…I brought them out of the land of Egypt.” (Lev 23: 39-43)

Giving thanks is a very Jewish thing to do. So is spending a special meal with family and friends. Our liturgy is filled with psalms and prayers of thanksgiving. Here are some ways you might consider adding some Yiddishkeit to your Thanksgiving meal:
  • Say the Motzi over bread at the beginning of the meal: Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, ha-motzi lechem min ha-aretz. Blessed are You, Adonai our God, sovereign of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.
  • Spend time during the meal talking about what you are grateful for in your life.
  • Use time around the table to discuss how you can give back to the community as a family, such as volunteering at the food pantry or raising funds for an organization you believe in.
  • End the meal with a blessing of thanks for the bounty that you were privileged to partake of.

If you have extra room at your Thanksgiving table or if you do not have a Thanksgiving dinner to attend, please let us know and we will be happy to make a match.

And lastly, please join us for our first annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (and “Oneg") with Rev. Jessica Anschutz and the Grace Methodist Church, Monday, Nov 24th, 7:30 at RTPV. Bring a can of food to donate to the food pantry.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes for a Thanksgiving filled with abundance and blessings. 

Rabbi Levy
Rabbi Altarescu

Fall Clean-Up

Fall is here and it's time to take care of RTPV grounds.
November 23 from 9:00 to 11:00 o'clock is our

Fall Clean-Up!raking
Please mark the date on your calendar. I really hope you can join us.

Please bring leaf blowers, rakes & tarps.

At 11:00 join us for coffee & bagels, and…

Jewish Spirituality and Contemplative Practices
Jewish Meditation, Torah Yoga, and Jewish Mysticism For spiritual seekers of all types.

Community Interfaith Thanksgiving

Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration
Monday, Nov 24 at 7:30pm at RTPV


A program of prayer, poetry and song
followed by a dessert reception

Rabbis Altarescu and Levy are excited to be working with Reverend Jessica Anschutz of Grace United Methodist Church and the Cooperative Parish of Putnam Valley on an exciting program of prayer, poetry and song to commemorate Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates and honors religious freedom for all. Spiritual seekers of all types are welcome to help us expand our celebration. Please join us!

Please bring a can of food to share with the Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry

Hanukkah & Shabbat Candles

Get your Hanukkah and Shabbat Candles through RTPV. Gelt, too!


Beautiful Israeli-made candles are now available through RTPV. Order your Hannukah and Shabbat candles, and at the same time stock up on chocolate gelt! The candles are all hand-dipped and crafted at the Safed Candle Company in Northern Israel. The milk-chocolate coins are from Carmit Candy LTD.  Not only is this an opportunity to support Israeli artisans, but it supports RTPV as well - the temple receives 50% on all sales. Orders are due by November 15 and will be delivered by December 6, so order now.

Click here for an order form with pictures and more information. Order forms are also available at the temple. Ordering is easy - either with the form provided or through a simple email. Fill out the order form and drop it off at the temple with your payment, or simply email the item numbers and quantities along with your name to Tia Levinson. Payment can be by cash or check (made out to RTPV). Drop your payment off at the temple in an envelope marked "Candle Fundraiser," or mail it to RTPV, PO Box 232, Putnam Valley, NY 10579. We will let you know when your order has arrived and is available for pickup at RTPV.
Hanukkah begins at sundown on Dec 16, 2014

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.

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.