RTPV | Reform Temple of Putnam Valley

Pipes unfrozen

Pipes unfrozen!

All Services and School Classes
WILL take place at the Temple

No change of venue.

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

Holiday Workshop - Purim

Holiday Workshops

A Creative and Fun Jewish Learning Experience
for ages 3–7
Purim - Holiday Workshop

Join us for our next workshop

Saturday, February 28, 2015 9:30-11:00am
(Come in your favorite costume)


Always Fun! Always Free!

Engage Day of Service



On this community day of service, join volunteers throughout Westchester, Long Island, Manhattan and Brooklyn and get engaged!
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville, NY


Help us reach our goal of feeding hundreds!
Speaker on Hunger Awareness
Collecting and Sorting
Donated Food, Toiletries and Paper Goods**
Sandwich Making and other
volunteer service projects for the whole family
Knitting Circle: creating blanket squares
**Food Needed: 
baby food
boxed milk and coffee creamer  
canned fruits and vegetables
canned meat and fish
cereal, cookies, and crackers
coffee, teas, and hot chocolate 
pasta, rice, and instant potatoes
ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise  
soup and tomato sauce, vinegar, oil, and salad dressings  
raisins, prunes, dried fruit and nuts
**Toiletries  and Paper Goods: 
These specific items are not available for purchase with food stamps and are always needed!
paper towels
toilet paper
diapers and Depends
RSVP maida@rosenthaljcc.org or (914) 741-0333 X 48
Family focused activities to benefit recipients of the Bronx Jewish Community Council.  BJCC is a non-sectarian, community based, social service organization that is available to all low-income individuals in the Bronx. Serving 12,000.

Rosenthal JCCJCC MidWestchesterWestchester Jewish CouncilJCC on the Hudson

Purim Carnival & Dinner

PURIM 2015


Friday, March 6, 2015 – 6:30 pm

Reform Temple of Putnam Valley
Purim Carnival and Dinner at 6:30
Service with Purim-Spiel at 8:00 pm

Prizes for Most Creative Costume for KIDS and ADULTS
Hamantashen Contest:
Come taste the best Hamantashen in the Hudson Valley
Suggested donation -- $10 per family
All are welcome! Invite your friends!

RSVP by March 4

Jewish Spirituality Workshop

SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015, 11:00AM–12:30PM 


Jewish tradition teaches us that prior to Passover we prepare our homes by getting rid of “chametz”—mostly grain products that have leavened.

Please join us as we explore Jewish texts on preparing ourselves spiritually for Passover. Our workshop will include discussion and a short meditation. 

Led by Rabbi Steven Altarescu

The Reform Temple of Putnam Valley
a ‘zen’ workshop (zero experience necessary)
free & open to the public

Shabbat Across America

Join us at the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley
Friday, March 13, 2015
for Shabbat Across America   
Shabbat Dinner 6:30 pm   Services 8:00 pm

saa-2015 			On Friday Night, March 13, 2015 hundreds of Synagogues across the continent will take part in the historic national Jewish event to celebrate that which unifies all Jews  everywhere . . .  SHABBAT !
Join our temple family for a wonderful Shabbat dinner followed by evening services and an oneg shabbat. Everyone is invited: singles, families, all ages. We encourage you to reach out, and invite someone who is unaffiliated, so they can participate together with us!
$15/single $25/couple $30/family
No charge for unaffiliated first time guests!

Rabbis' February Message

Dear RTPV Community,

We celebrate Purim in early March this year. A curious aspect of the Book of Esther, the Purim story that we read on the holiday, is that God’s name is not mentioned at all. 

Esther 			Our ancient sages explain that God is ‘hidden’ in the Purim story in order to teach us that God has an invisible role in all that occurs in our lives. As modern Jews we might scoff at this idea, relating instead to the notion of the absence of God in our lives today.   

Perhaps it is the absence of the God of our childhood that some of us are feeling, the God we thought was just, fair and compassionate. But, perhaps this is not the God we should search for. Instead, when we experience God in the compassionate, listening ear of a friend, in the awe and wonder we feel at the sight of a smiling child or a colorful sunset, we might, at least for that instant, feel a sense of the presence of something ‘sacred’ or ‘holy’ that defies words.

A word of caution: If we expect that the momentary glimpse of what we might call God’s presence will bring back the God of our childhood we will only be disappointed. Life will always include senseless pain and suffering, and so we are left holding on to the realities of both experiences: tragedy and pain, and the reality of feeling a sense of wonder and awe that some label “God.” Staying conscious of both of these realities allows us to grasp life with eyes wide open and by not flinching from either experience we position ourselves to live life truly and mindfully. We then are able, in any given moment, like Esther in the Purim story, to face the challenges of life with courage and strength.

Rabbi Steve Altarescu and Rabbi Laurie Levy

President's Message, December

Dear Temple Members and Friends,

RTPV 			Happy Hanukkah!  I hope you are enjoying the warmth and joy of the Festival of Lights and that you are looking forward to continuing the celebration at this evening's Hanukkah Fest, which begins this evening at 6pm. At this time of year, I think about the success of Judah and the Maccabees in restoring worship to the temple. I am reminded of how fortunate we are to have our own place of worship, mindful of how precious it is, and how challenging it can be to retain and maintain. 

Our energetic Rabbis, Laurie Levy and Steve Altarescu, continue to infuse our temple with joy and light.  I am especially delighted by the enthusiasm of our congregants, and appreciative of the many individual efforts that contribute to our temple community, enabling us to worship, learn, and celebrate together.

Our temple, which is funded by dues and donations, and essentially run by an army of volunteers, has accomplished a great deal in just the last few months...

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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.