2014 Film Festival

Please join us forFilm Reel

The Putnam Valley
JEWISH Film Festival

Saturday, March 29 – Sunday, April 13
Complete listings below
Sunday shows are family-oriented

FREE Admission
(donations welcome)
Reform Temple of Putnam Valley
362 Church Rd, Putnam Valley, NY 10579
845.528.4774 / www.rtpv.org / thertpv@gmail.com

Poster of The InfidelSaturday, March 29 @ 7:30 pm

The Infidel (2010 – Ireland)
Director: Josh Appignanesi
Writer: David Baddiel
Stars: Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Archie Panjabi
An identity crisis comedy centred on Mahmud Nasir, successful business owner, and salt of the earth East End Muslim who discovers that he's adopted - and Jewish.

Poster of An American TailSunday, March 30 @ 3:00 pm

An American Tale: Fievel Goes West (1991 – USA)
Directors: Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells
Writers: Flint Dille (screenplay), Charles Swenson (story)
Stars: James Stewart, John Cleese, Amy Irving
A family of Emigre mice decide to move out to the west, unaware that they are falling into a trap perpetrated by a smooth talking cat.

Poster of CrossfireSaturday, April 5 @ 7:30 pm

Crossfire (1947 – USA)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Writers: John Paxton (screenplay), Richard Brooks (novel)
Stars: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan
Edward Dmytryk directed this landmark film noir about the brutal murder of a Jewish man that points to the guilt of one of a group of soldiers. Robert Young plays Homicide detective Finlay, who believes the murder to be anti-Semitic in motive, though can't understand why. Robert Mitchum plays an army sergeant who conducts his own investigation.
    After Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity, Edward Dmytryk's Crossfire was the only 1940s-era film noir to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, and the reason is clear. Not because it's better than any other noir, but because it has a very strong and powerful message against anti-Semitism.

Poster of The Prince of EgyptSunday, April 6 @ 3:00 pm

Prince of Egypt (1947 – USA - DreamWorks)
Directors: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, 
Writers: Philip LaZebnik (screenplay), Nicholas Meyer (additional screenplay material)
Stars: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer
This 1998 American animated epic musical semi-historical drama film and the first traditionally animated film released by DreamWorks. The film is an adaptation of the Book of Exodus and follows Moses' life from being a prince of Egypt to his ultimate destiny to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. The film won for Best Original Song at the 1999 Academy Awards for "When You Believe,” and again at the 1999 Golden Globes.

Poster of The Odessa FileSaturday, April 12 @ 7:30 pm

The Odessa File (1974 – USA)
Director: Ronald Neame
Writers: Frederick Forsyth (novel), Kenneth Ross (screenplay)
Stars: Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell
The Odessa File
is a thriller based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth, first published in 1972, about the adventures of a young German reporter attempting to discover the location of a former SS concentration-camp commander.

Poster of Sixty SixSunday, April 13 @ 3:00 pm

Sixty Six (2006 – United Kingdom)
Director: Paul Weiland
Writers: Peter Straughan (screenplay), Bridget O'Connor (screenplay)
Stars: Charlie Clark, Nick Shirm, Thomas Drewson
Sixty Six is a 2006 British biographical-comedy-drama film about a bar mitzvah which takes place in London on the day of the 1966 world cup final based on the true life bar mitzvah of director Paul Weiland.

FREE Admission
(donations welcome)

Scrip Cards Available Again

Once again, scrip cards are available at the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley!

Buying scrip cards is a perfect way to shop at all your favorite stores while helping RTPV at the same time!

This scrip period ends on April 21. Gift cards will be in your hands about 10 days later.

Scrip cards are perfect for families, friends and gift giving.

Turco's in Yorktown Heights is again available. Gift cards can be purchased in $25 and $100 denominations. RTPV earns 7%! Also, A&P Supermarket gift cards are back!

We are offering gift cards for a widely expanded group of businesses that include retail stores, grocery chains, gas stations and restaurants.

This is how it works:

When buying a scrip gift card for your local supermarket, closest gas station or favorite restaurants, a portion of your Scrip purchase will be donated to the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley. These are businesses that you frequent, sometimes on a very regular basis. Now you can help the RTPV with every purchase!

Please download the Scrip Order Form (MSWord or PDF) and take a look at over 75 participating businesses.

Payment must be made when order is submitted. Please make checks payable to "Reform Temple of Putnam Valley" and submit payment along with order form. Info on mailing in your order appears on the order form, or you can leave your check and order form in RTPV Fundraising box in the Temple office.

Last year, we had more Temple friends participate with scrip card purchases than ever before!

Thanks in advance.

Phil Hurowitz

Scrip Order Form: (MSWord or PDF)

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.


Don't forget these important dates:
Last day of class: Saturday, May 17, 2014 Tzedakah Boxes will be collected in class on Saturdays in April & May
Graduation Brunch: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10am

Holiday Workshops

Holiday Workshops

A Creative and Fun Jewish Learning Experience
for ages 3 – 7

Join us for our next workshop
image of passover food and items
Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 9:45-11:15 am
at the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley

RSVP: 845-528-4774 or Man-ching Tom

Always Fun ! ! !      Always Free ! ! !
The Holiday Workshop is a hands-on class for children to learn about the Jewish holidays through arts and crafts and story-telling. We are always glad to see new faces. So sign up and tell a friend. Please be sure to register or call. This class is free again to both members and non-members. Please join us.

Mommy & Me

Join us for our upcoming
“Mommy & Me”

Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 10-11 am

Experience Jewish tradition in a fun and creative environment.
Join us for music, creative movement, storytelling, snacks, etc.
A special place to meet other moms (or dads) and their children
in a warm Jewish environment.

for ages 1 – 4 years
(Siblings welcome)

RSVP: 845-528-4774 or via this email link

Always Fun ! ! !         Always Free ! ! !

Message from the President

search imageDear RTPV Congregants:
We wanted to update you on the progress of our search for a new Rabbi, which is in full swing.
We have reviewed applications, met with very promising applicants, conducted background checks and believe that we may be close to reaching a decision. Please know that your Search Committee is working hard to find the best possible candidate to be the next spiritual leader for our congregation. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. We will continue to keep you updated.
Shimon Ben David

Yom Ha Shoah Speaker

image of dove and barbed wire Yom Ha Shoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day will be observed the fourth weekend of April. RTPV would like to mark that day with a very unique presentation on Saturday morning, April 26.

Ruth Bachner, will be here with at the temple to share her personal experience as a child survivor of the Holocaust. Ruth lived in Vienna, Austria. Her parents made several trips to find safer locations. They were a day away from gaining passports when Kristallanacht ended that hope. They fled to Belgium, dispersed and hid. Thanks to a Priest she and her brother safely hid in a Catholic orphanage for a year and a half.
Ruth Bachner is a survivor and a member of the Speakers Bureau of The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center in White Plains.

Please join us at 11:15 AM
Saturday morning, April 26.

This program, with a question and answer period, is anticipated to run about one hour. Hebrew School will be in session and Dalet / Hay Class will be attending the presentation along with us. School will be dismissed at the regular time.
Please join us, spread the word and invite a friend.


New Prayer Books

Kids reading prayer books
We are delighted to have the new URJ Mishkan T’filah prayers books for our Sabbath services. The Mishkan T’filah is the first new Reform siddur in more than 30 years.

Sponsoring a Prayer book for use in our sanctuary is a nice way to honor a loved one, friend or life cycle event.

In addition to your tax deductible charitable contribution, a label is placed inside the cover indicating the donor and the occasion.

The cost is $20.
Please click here to download the order form.

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.