RTPV | Reform Temple of Putnam Valley

Café Music Night

Big BoomSarah Knapp

Café Music Night

Big Boom! and
Sarah Knapp & the Steve Alper Quartet

Sunday, May 1, 3:30pm to 7:00pm
at Bean Runner Cafe
201 S Division St, Peekskill, NY

Two great bands for the price of one!

Big Boom! Hudson Valley singer/songwriters Barbara and Mike Borok (aka New Middle Class) and the soulful Dan Pelletier distill three decades of rock, pop and soul music into one dynamic show, backed by an extraordinary rhythm section featuring Plain Jane’s bassist Rich Benson, guitarist Sean Farrell, and drummer Bill Morris. Great music and harmonies!

Sarah Knapp and the Steve Alper Quartet play a jazzy mix of vintage standards with a few originals, aka “The Great American Songbook,” and are “sweet, romantic and charming...with a retro style.” Sarah Knapp on vocals, Steve Alper on piano, Roy Williams on trumpet & flugelhorn, Michael Goetz on bass, and Adam Weber on drums.

$15 Admission. Festivities will benefit the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley and will feature a Silent Auction with baseball and football tickets, Westchester Broadway Theater tickets, Florida timeshare, area restaurant certificates, and other great items.

For reservations call (914) 737-1701

Friday Night at RTPV

Song of Songs illustration

Arise, my darling; My fair one, come away! For now the winter is past, The rains are over and gone. (Song of Songs 2:10-11) 

The most poetic book in the Bible is Shir Ha-Shirim, Song of Songs. This poem about spring and love is traditionally read at the end of Passover. During our service we will sing some of its beautiful verses and study what this book teaches about love and relationships. 

We will also learn about the meaning of the seven week period between Passover and Shavuot, considered by many to be a reflective time to spiritually prepare oneself for the holiday that commemorates the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Please join us and Cantor Annice for services at 8:00 PM, followed by a delicious oneg and schmoozing. 

Here is a link to the complete text of Song of Songs for your reading pleasure.

Join the Choir!


Do you enjoying singing (alone or with others)? Please consider joining the RTPV choir. The choir supports and enhances the congregation in singing liturgy for Bar and Bat Mitzvah services.  

Experience is never required.  

Rehearsals are from 7:15–7:45 pm on 4/29, 5/13, and 5/20. Our b'nei mitzvah will take place on 5/27 and 6/3.

Recordings of our new Shabbat morning music can be found at here.

Chag Sameach,

Cantor Annice

New Scrip Card Offering

The last RTPV Scrip Card order for this year's school year, is NOW available!

Buying Scrip cards is so EASY and a perfect way to help RTPV while shopping at your favorite stores and businesses!

This Scrip period ends on Sunday, May 8, 2015. Gift cards will be in your hands by May 13!
We are offering gift cards from a widely expanded group of businesses that includes retail stores, grocery chains, gas stations and restaurants. Check out Buffalo Wild Wings, Smash Burger (opened recently across from Curry Toyota ), Target, BP, Stub Hub, Sam's Warehouse and Shutterfly!! If you don't see what you like, check out this link for all available offerings. Anything on their website can be ordered through RTPV.

We are offering gift cards for a widely expanded group of businesses that include retail stores, grocery chains, gas stations, and restaurants. Check out Buffalo Wild Wings, Smash Burger (opened recently across from Curry Toyota ), Target, BP, Stub Hub, Sam's Warehouse and Shutterfly! If you don't see what you like, check out this link for all available offerings: www.shopwithscrip.com. Anything on their website can be ordered thru RTPV.

Remember, if you are planning a home renovation and making purchases at Home Depot, they have cards in $25, $100 and $500 denominations! Your favorites are available again: Shoprite, Stop & Shop, Amazon, Bed, Bath and Beyond, E-Bay and MORE!

NOTE: E-Bay is now being offered in $20 and $100 denominations. The Temple earns 3%. Turco's in Yorktown Heights is again available. Gift cards can be purchased in $25 and $100 denominations. RTPV earns 7%!

Also, many college and universities have their book stores affiliated with Barnes & Noble. Books could be paid with Barnes & Noble Scrip Cards! Check it out!

It all helps RTPV!

This is how it works:
When buying a Scrip gift card, 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.

Please download the Scrip Order Form attachment 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 leave your payment along with order form in the RTPV Fundraising box in the Temple office.

Last year, we had more Temple members and friends participate than ever before!!

Thank you in advance!

Phil Hurowitz
Fundraising Chairman

Rabbis' Passover Message

Dear RTPV Family,

Passover, the Festival of Freedom, is the oldest continuously observed religious ritual in the world. Seders throughout the generations have engaged participants in a multi sensory experience as our journey from slavery to liberation is re-enacted. Modern Seders frequently use the theme of the day to focus on contemporary issues of enslavement and affronts to freedom that exist in the world today. 

This is in fact exactly how Moses would have wanted us to conduct our Seders. When he assembles the people and tells them that they are about to begin their journey to freedom, he tells them that in the future they are to observe the event as a 7 day holiday throughout the generations, on which they are to eat matzah and bitter herbs. But more importantly, Moses does not lecture the people about the arduous journey ahead or about the nature of freedom. Instead, he stresses educating the next generation about it: “And when your children ask you, What does this ceremony mean to you?” (Exodus 12:26). “On that day tell your child, I do this because of what Adonai did for me when I came out of Egypt” (13:8).  

Education is what a free society is built on and what keeps it functioning. That is why Moses spoke about our duty, in every generation, to educate our children about what freedom is, why it matters and how it is achieved. If we don’t want to lose it, we must ensure that our children, which includes all the children of our community, are taught about it.

Chag Sameach. May you have a joyous Passover holiday.

Rabbi Laurie Levy and Rabbi Steve Altarescu

Israeli Dancing

Israeli Dancing

Learn basic steps and enjoy great music

3 Sunday afternoons

  • April 17, May 15 and June 5
  • classes stand alone, come to as many as you can
  • no previous dance experience necessary
  • classes start at 11:30am
  • suggested donation $10
  • No sign up needed

For more information or questions please contact Robin at events@rtpv.org

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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