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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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Vassar Temple Community Seder

April 10, 2017

Our SIXTH ANNUAL lay-led Seder will be offered on Monday night, April 10th, the first night of Passover. A short Seder service [with explanatory remarks]- appealing to both adults and children - will begin the evening. This year, we are part of the Passover Across America!



Support our Board--and LunchBox--Sunday 4/2
The Trustees will provide a meal for our neighbors in need. If you can donate 3 lb. all beef franks or 1-2 dozen bananas/pieces of fresh fruit/baggies of washed grapes, please contact Mark Metzger president@vassartemple.orgto let him know what you can contribute and/or if you would like to come and help. Tax deductible checks made out to Vassar Temple with "Community Tzedakah Fund" on the memo line also help support our monthly commitment to LunchBox.
Entering Mishkan HaNefesh: A New High Holy Day Experience
Adult Ed Class continues Thursday 30 at 7 p.m.

This fall, Vassar Temple will introduce Mishkan HaNefesh (Sanctuary of the Soul), a new High Holy Day prayer book. Join Rabbi Berkowitz now to explore this beautiful new liturgy, learn how and why this prayer book is different from all other prayer books, and discuss how to make the
High Holy Days meaningful for ourselves.
3/30 - Avinu Malkeinu: Machzor and Metaphor
Sundays 3/26 & 4/2
9:30-11:30 a.m
Celebrate Passover with Tiny Temple Sunday 4/2 from 11:00 am – noon
Have fun learning about Passover through crafts, story and song.  All children ages infant - 5 and those raising them are warmly invited regardless of temple affiliation.  Holiday refreshments will be served.  Tiny Temple is always free of charge, is sponsored by the Vassar Temple Sisterhood, and is held in a relaxed and friendly setting. To assist in our planning, please RSVP to Laura Brundage




Sunday, April 30     2:30pm  Boardman Library

141 Boardman Rd. Poughkeepsie

Motl Didner, Associate Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Folksbeine Theater, engages us in an illustrated conversation about the rise of the Yiddish theater, its Golden Age, and how it is flourishing today around the world. An “instant lesson” on Yiddish language and culture is included to give you all the background you need to enjoy the program.

For further information: 845-485-3445 x3312

Sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and Vassar Temple



The Dutchess Rabbis/Jewish Federation will present a program for the Omer every Tuesday between Passover and Shavuot.  The topic this year is The Five Scrolls (Megillot), the books of the Bible that are read on the observances of Passover, Shavuot, Tisha B’Av, Sukkot and Purim.

Each program will begin at 7pm.

At the Boardman Library:

Apr. 25 – Song of Songs (Pesach) with Rabbis Eliezer Langer and Dan Victor

May 2 –  Lamentations (Tisha B’Av) with Rabbis Paul Golomb and Michael Fessler

May 9 –  Ecclesiastes (Sukkot) with Rabbis Neal Loevinger and Dan Polish

At the Vassar College Bayit (end of Collegeview Ave.)

May 16 – Esther (Purim) with Rabbis Miriam Hyman and Brent Spodek

May 23 – Ruth (Shavuot) with Joey Glick and Rabbi Leah Berkowitz


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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



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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What's Happening at Vassar Temple

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:  April 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!

Refugee Group Founder at Shabbaton, Saturday 1/28 Torah study with Rabbi Berkowitz will begin at 9:00 am, followed by a Torah service at 10:00 am.  Distinguished Vassar College professor Maria Höhn, accompanied by some of her students, will speak on "Lessons from History" that illuminate the current refugee crisis. After the program, the Ritual Committee will provide a light kiddush lunch. Dr. Höhn is founder of Vassar College Refugee Solidarity and co-founder of the Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance as well as the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education.

Upcoming Events


03.29.2017 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


03.29.2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


03.30.2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am


03.31.2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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