RTPV | Reform Temple of Putnam Valley

RTPV Services this Friday

Do not remain indifferent” - Lo tuchal l'hitaleim (Deuteronomy 22:3)

Torah and pointer
This week’s parashah (Torah portion) Ki Teitzei, has the distinction of outlining more of the traditional 613 mitzvot than any other Torah portion does. Moses reviews a wide variety of laws regarding family, animals, and property. Various civil and criminal laws are delineated, including those regarding sexual relationships, interaction with non-Israelites, loans, vows, and divorce. Laws of commerce pertaining to loans, fair wages, and proper weights and measures are given. The parashah concludes with the commandment to remember for all time the most heinous act committed against the Israelites – Amalek’s killing of the old, weak, and infirm after the Israelites left Egypt.

As modern Jews, do you think that there are reasons for all of the mitzvot? Should we strive to ascertain those reasons in the 21st century?

You can read the parasha here.

We will celebrate the auf ruf (marriage blessing) of Melanie Sussman, daughter of members, Dan and Jill Sussman. Please join me in spirited song, prayer, healing blessings to Rabbi Altarescu, and Torah discussion at 8:00 p.m. followed by a dessert Oneg and schmoozing.


Cantor Annice Benamy

Friday Family Shabbat




Join Rabbi Levy and Rabbi Altarescu for
an early Evening Service at 6:30 followed
by a Potluck Dinner at 7:30
Friday, September 4, 2015

Come to the service only,
the dinner only,
or join us for both!

A great opportunity to attend an earlier service, and  then, if you wish, join us for a relaxing dinner. We also invite those who can’t make the service to come unwind over dinner
After Dessert - Optional teaching for Selichot: Preparing to Forgive and to be Forgiven before the High Holidays

Contact Lisa Keogh
if you will be bringing a potluck dish –
dairy or vegetarian, please (no meat)

Open to the Community
RSVP’s Encouraged

Friday Family Shabbat Upcoming dates:
October 2
November 6

Back to School Supplies Drive

to benefit the
Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry
School Supplies

With the start of the school year children in our community are presented with lists of supplies needed for their classes. Too often, they are from families that are struggling to meet their daily basic needs. The Food Pantry will distribute school supplies to these children if we are generous enough to donate them.

We are asking our RTPV family to donate items to give to the Pantry. Next time you are shopping please buy some pencils, crayons, notebooks or binders, pens, assignment pads, pens, or markers for these children.

Bring them to the Temple on Friday nights. There will be a box in the lobby.

Thanks for your care!

Join the Choir!


If you like to sing and enjoy the beautiful music of the High Holidays, then join Choir!
What a wonderful way to relax! How lovely the music!
Choir Rehearsal Dates:
8/24 (M)   7: 3 0pm
8/31 (M)   7: 3 0pm
9/7   (M)   7: 3 0pm

High Holiday Services:
9/13 (Su)  8:00pm   (Rosh Hashanah evening)   
9/14 (M)  10:00am   (Rosh Hashanah morning)
9/22 (T)    8:00pm   (Kol Nidre)
9/23 (W)   9:30am   (Yom Kippur all day)
We invite you to come by!
Any questions, email Howard Kilik.

High Holidays 5776/2015

High Holy Days Shofar image

Join us for the    
High Holy Days!  
Shana Tova 5776 

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

Tickets are included with membership*
Complimentary tickets for first time guests

Rabbi Steve Altarescu & Rabbi Laurie Levy
Cantor Howard Kilik & Accompanist Cary Brown

* Additional tickets available -
   $50 for members -
click here for member tickets
  $100 for non-members -
click here for guest tickets

Rosh Hashanah: 9/13-9/14
Shabbat Shuvah: 9/18
Yom Kippur: 9/22-9/23
Click here for the complete schedule.

For additional tickets or more information, contact us.

Chocolate Oneg

Chocolate Shake 			So for those of you who missed it….I recently hosted an Oneg and made chocolate shakes garnished with paper straws. I must say it was quite refreshing on a summer evening and nothing is better than a paper straw! Now that I’ve engaged you...

As the new Oneg Coordinator (thank you Roni for all the past years of coordinating!), I would be delighted if any members who have yet to sign up for an Oneg would consider doing so. You don’t have to make milk shakes! You can keep it simple. Hosting guidelines can be found at here. Open dates are below. Please note we need a host for next Friday, August 21.

Hosting an Oneg is really a nice thing to do. Why not share a celebration with your temple community? Whether it’s a new job, an anniversary, or something else entirely, or no reason at all, we love to celebrate! If you like, you can arrange with Rabbi Altarescu and Rabbi Levy to receive an aliyah to the Torah. You don’t have to have a reason to celebrate to receive an aliyah. It’s a mitzvah in and of itself to host an Oneg: “Hachnasat Orchim,” which means “Welcoming Guests.” An Oneg celebration provides hospitality, encourages schmoozing and mingling, and more often than not you can pick up a tip about cooking, cycling or a good plumber. I found the list below on the internet — #7 makes a great point. Please note that you don’t have to clean up by yourselves — there are always folks around who help. Sometimes they are schmoozing while they clean up and are totally unaware they are helping.

7 Good Reasons to Host an Oneg
  1. Honor family or friends.
  2. Celebrate a birthday or anniversary.
  3. Mark a milestone.
  4. Memorialize a loved one or an event.
  5. Celebrate the joy of Shabbat.
  6. Create community at RTPV.
  7. Because if you don't, who will?

So please check out the following dates, which are still open. You can let me know by email or you can sign up on the clipboard in the vestibule. I would be happy to have date conflicts to sort out between the emails and the clipboard! And, thank you to the many folks who already signed up! If you have ANY questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email.

August 21
September 18
October 30
December 25

January 22, 29
February 12, 26
March 18
April 8
April 29
June 24

And, consider co-hosting with another member. Many hands make light work and it’s a great way to get to know a fellow member!

A special shout out to Brenda: I will make egg creams next time!

Thank you in advance. 

Joyce Leone
Oneg Coordinator

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

Rabbis' Message for August

Dear RTPV Community,

Some of the joy and beauty of the summer was cut short for me when I fell off my bicycle and broke four ribs, three of which had to be surgically repaired. I was traumatized by the severe pain that persisted until the surgery.  

From working in a hospital, I have come to learn that trauma — illness, abuse, natural disasters, etc. — can transform us in ways we cannot anticipate. I have had no choice but to slow down and focus on my healing — especially that which comes from connecting to the people around me who reached out with calls and messages of compassion and support. It almost feels like my accident has the potential to be a blessing (I’ll let you know for sure in a few weeks…)

The Swiss psychoanalyst, Dr. Carl Jung, equated going through trauma with being in touch with God. He stated: “To this day ‘God’ is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse.”   

To Jung, God is an energy force that can guide or transform us. While we would never wish a trauma on ourselves or anyone else, we might end up feeling fortunate if we are transformed in a way we would never expect. 

May we all have the courage to use our difficult experiences to sharpen our focus to what is most valuable and meaningful.  

Rabbi Steven Altarescu

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

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!

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.