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Welcome to Vassar Temple

  • Join a Reform congregation with a rich history and discover the powerful relevance of Judaism today.
  • Participate in projects that improve our world.
  • Delight in spiritual and intellectual growth.
  • Share your joys and challenges and achieve a sense of peace and belonging.
  • Enjoy opportunities for prayer, learning, social interaction, and Jewish and personal life-cycle support.
  • Enrich your life with meaningful rituals, caring friendships, and joyful celebrations.
  • Join a welcoming congregation where you are accepted as you are at any level of involvement.

 

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Important update regarding Temple office hours!

Office hours will be Monday through Friday from 10 am - 2 pm
unless otherwise announced in our weekly email.

The temple door is often locked for security purposes.
Please ring the bell and wait a moment to be admitted.

If you do not receive a response,
because staff are temporarily away from the front office,
please wait a minute and ring again.

Thank you.

 Please contact us for assistance at other times:
office@vassartemple.org
454-2570

To reach Rabbi Berkowitz for appointments and non-urgent rabbinical matters, contact her at rabbi@vassartemple.org
To reach Rabbi Berkowitz in the event of a life-cycle emergency ONLY
call 845-418-2713.

In case of any other emergency please contact
Temple President Mark Metzger at 845-475-5070


Please join us for a very special event with renowned poet and liturgist Alden Solovy:

The Art and the Act of Prayer 

Sunday, September 24th, 7 p.m. 

at Vassar Temple

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To help us prepare for Yom Kippur, Vassar Temple invites you to a special evening with liturgist Alden Solovy.  Using his innovative "Conceptual Map of Prayer," this special session will deepen our understanding of modern concepts about repentance, and enliven both the art and the act of prayer.

Alden Solovy spreads joy and excitement for prayer!  A liturgist and poet who has experienced great tragedy in his personal life, he writes of gratitude, hope and healing, and of the spirituality inherent in life's every day events.  His style challenges the boundaries between poetry, meditation, personal growth, and prayer. About Alden Solovy’s third book, "This Grateful Heart,"published by the CCAR Press, Huffington Post Religion says  “…the prayers reflect age-old yearnings in modern-day situations.”

Alden has taught in synagogues and at educational events in the U.S., the U.K. and Israel. He also teaches creative liturgy at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem. A native Chicagoan, Alden made aliyah to Israel in 2012. His latest work is available at tobendlight.com.  To learn more about Alden, watch his "ELI Talk" on   “Falling in Love with Prayer" http://elitalks.org/falling-love-prayer .  For further information about the evening’s program, please contact the temple office 845-454-2570.

 

 
 
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Check out Rabbi Berkowitz's first audio interview, a podcast with Sean Ackerman from You Leading You, which interviews area organizational leaders.  Click on the box above to listen to Rabbi's conversation with Sean in You Leading You Episode 130: Leadership and Faith in Life with Rabbi Leah Berkowitz.

Click here to read Rabbi Berkowitz's blog messages

 

 Generational Shabbat – a Vassar Temple Sisterhood Tradition
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Members of the Vassar Temple Men's Club who participated in the annual Men's Club Shabbat service on November 18, 2016 pose on the Bimah following the service. 
Rabbi Paul Golomb, Senior Scholar, honored the group by continuing a recent tradition of reading from the Torah during the service.

 

 

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Tiny Temple

tiny temple teddy  The Tiny Temple program allows young children to become familiar with the Temple, the Rabbi, and the Jewish holidays, while giving their parents the opportunity to meet and socialize with other young Jewish families.  Click here for more information

Adult Education

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Vassar Temple Bulletin

vtlogoweb  Read the Vassar Temple Bulletin online:  October 2017

Click here for prior issues of the Vassar Temple Bulletin

SCRIP Program

Judaica Shoppe

 Vassar Temple Sisterhood maintains a year-round Judaica Shop with items for sale on display in the East Chapel and in a glass case in the hallway in front of the office. The Shop is open every weekday except Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For an appointment outside of these hours, contact Perla at 
        914-456-7309 or brandaliz5@optonline.net.

Among the items we stock are jewelry, gifts, books, ritual items, art and cosmetics from Israel. We even have Jewish Silly Bandz in unique solid color, glitter pack, tie-dye pack and glow-in-the-dark varieties. Perla will also be glad to help you with special orders.

Come and see us for all your Judaica needs; we look forward to your visit!

 

Upcoming Events

21Oct
10.21.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Torah Study
21Oct
10.21.2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am
7th Grade Shabbaton
21Oct
10.21.2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Leah Barlow Bat Mitzvah
22Oct
10.22.2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Religious School
22Oct
10.22.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am
7th Grade Parent-Student Learning

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