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Friday, April 6th

10 am:  Yizkor Service

7:30 pm:  Shabbat Service

To celebrate the end of Passover, Rabbi Berkowitz will lead a round of 
Ask Me a Seder: A Passover Trivia Game! 
during our Shabbat Service.
Test your knowledge and win your pick of fabulous prizes!

Saturday, April 7th 

9 am:  Torah Study

10 am:  New Paths Worship
Please RSVP to Andi Ciminello andi@ecopkny.com
* Please note this change from our monthly Happy Hour schedule -
the April Happy Hour will occur on Saturday rather than Friday
** Please also note the change from schedule
 listed in the April Bulletin
In April…
Torah Study will be held at 9 am Saturdays (no class 4/14)
Talmud Class will be held April 10 & 24 at noon
Anita Diamant at Shabbaton Apr. 13, 14, 15
The NY Times Best Selling Author will be the guest speaker at a Community Shabbaton co-sponsored by Vassar Temple, Congregation Shir Chadash and  Temple Beth El.   Diamant is the author of 12 books including The Red Tent and The Boston Girl, and 6 guides to contemporary Jewish life including The New Jewish Wedding Now.  
        Friday 4/13 at Vassar Temple at 7:30 pm
Diamant will speak during the Shabbat evening service on How I Got to be Standing Here before You: A Writer’s  Autobiography.  Meet and greet oneg.  
TO DONATE FOOD FOR THE ONEG : contact Marian Schwartz 
Kickman492@aol.com    845-849-0025
Saturday 4/14 at Temple Beth-El  (118  S. Grand Ave, Poughkeepsie)
9:30 Main Sanctuary Service. 10:15am Torah Service
11:15am Q&A conversation with Diamant and clergy of the synagogues 
12:30pm Lunch
       1:00pm Talk followed by Q & A:  The Jewish Wedding Now: Change is a Constant 
       Sunday 4/15  at Congregation Shir Chadash (1168 NY-55, Lagrangeville)
       12:30pm Brunch, Talk: From The Red Tent to The Boston Girl: Why I Write Historical Fiction, and Book Sale/Signing  
PLEASE RSVP for any event you plan to attend at

GOODIES WANTED!  Friday evening, April 13, noted author Anita Diamant will be speaking at our temple as part of the annual Community Shabbaton.  We will have a great many guests from the local Jewish and general communities.  Please help us show our well-known Vassar Temple hospitality by donating one of these items for the oneg: baked goods that can be eaten with the fingers (i.e. cookies, bars, small pastries), kosher parve and gluten free cookies/finger foods, cheese cubes, crackers. If you cannot bake or shop, we can use cash contributions to purchase items for the oneg.  Please let Marian Schwartz know what food item you'll be donating at Kickman492@aol.com or 845-849-0025
Rabbis in Conversation: A Learning Series for the Omer
Boardman Road Library, 5 Tuesdays, 7 p.m. (NO Class on 4/24)
Join rabbis from the Dutchess County Jewish Community as we explore some of the "Big Ideas" of Jewish faith and practice. Each week, two rabbis from different Jewish institutions will discuss a topic they find essential to living a Jewish life. This series is in observance of the omer, a seven-week period of reflection and learning between Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Pentecost).
  • 4/10 Rabbi Eliezer Langer (Congregation Schomre Israel) and Rabbi Leah Berkowitz (Vassar Temple): Sacred Memory
  • 4/17 Rabbi Paul Golomb (Vassar Temple) and Rabbi Neal Loevinger (Vassar Brothers Medical Center): Practices of Jewish time and Jewish eating
  • 5/1 Rabbi Brent Spodek (Beacon Hebrew Alliance) and Rabbi Paul Golomb (Vassar Temple) Teshuvah--Repentance and Forgiveness
  • 5/8 Rabbi Daniel Polish (Congregation Shir Chadash) and Rabbi Daniel Victor (Temple Beth El): Imitation of God5/15 Rabbi Miriam Hyman (Temple Beth El) and Rabbi Michael Fessler (Reconstructionist Rabbinical College): Theodicy: God and the Problem of Evil
Area synagogues and the Harding Club are collaborating to collect donations of new (preferably packaged) underwear for the children in Morse Elementary School, Poughkeepsie.  A drop off bin will be located in the temple during the month of April, and money collected in the temple tzedakah boxes in April will also go toward purchasing underwear for the children. You may also donate toward this effort with a check made out to Vassar Temple with "underwear" on the memo line.  If you have any questions about this project, please contact socialaction@vassartemple.org   Thank you for helping these beautiful children with this essential need!
Public Forum: "Helping the Formerly Incarcerated Through Faith-Based Initiatives," Thurs., Apr. 12, 6-9 p.m., Catharine Street Community Center.  
Spring Interfaith Celebration:  "Blessing Our Sacred Places"  Sun. Apr. 29, 10:30-11:30am, Innisfree Garden,362 Tyrrel Road, Millbrook.  Farmers, gardeners, and individuals are invited to bring their seeds to be blessed.
More Information:  845-471-7333 or  https://www.facebook.com/DutchessCountyInterfaith      

Sisterhood Book Club

Thursday, April 12th at 2 pm

in the Community Room of Collegeview Tower

141 Fulton Avenue, Poughkeepsie 

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Muriel Lampell, discussion leader

RSVP or more information: Linda Babas 473-7931 orlinda.babas.41@gmail.com

Vassar Temple Sisterhood Chai Noon
Wednesday, April 18th at noon
at Bread Alone
45 East Market Street, Rhinebeck
Dutch treat.  Hope you can join us!
RSVP to Perla Kaufman at 
Environmental and Health Care Advocacy
Groups interested in advocating for environmental and health care issues will both meet at the Temple Thursday 4/19 at 7 pm.  All invited--Info: socialaction@vassartemple.org
SPRING Rummage Sale 4/22
Collection starts on Sunday 4/15
Bring all rummage to the social hall and place it on the left side
No rummage accepted after 4/20
Two evenings available for rummage drop-off:
Wednesday 4/18 and Thursday 4/19 from 6-8 pm
Sale: Sunday 4/22 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Bag sale: 2 – 5 pm
Questions or information: 
rummage@vassartemple.org or the Temple office
We CANNOT accept textbooks, old TV's or computers, or heavily damaged goods.
For large items, please contact us before you bring them!
Volunteers are always welcome and needed!!
Vassar Temple Sisterhood Generations Shabbat Service and Dinner 
Friday 4/27

Be sure to come to Temple for services at 7:30pm on April 27th when we will both honor long-time members of our Temple and celebrate the contributions of our Sisterhood. Members of Sisterhood will lead the service, during which everyone who has been a member of the congregation for 40 or more years will be recognized.
Please join us for a special family dinner prior to the Sisterhood/Generations Shabbat service at 6 pm.  Come enjoy a delicious Shabbat roast chicken dinner (with a vegetarian option). Rather than charge a set amount for the dinner donations for the cost of the meal are greatly appreciated.
It is important that we know how much food to prepare, so we ask that you please RSVP for the dinner by April 24th to Danah Moore at
danahmoore@hotmail.com.  Those who are being recognized as a “Generations Member” are invited to be our guests at the dinner, but we ask that you let us know that you’re coming.
Tiny Temple’s Special Shabbat 4/28
  Please join us for Tiny Temple’s Special Shabbat at Vassar Temple on Saturday, April 28 from 10:30am-11:30am. The tots will participate in an interactive Shabbat service with Cantorial Intern Laura Stein. There will be songs, stories and a craft in a relaxed and friendly setting. A special Shabbat snack will be served. 
   Parents, grandparents, families and children ages infant to 5 are warmly invited to join in the fun. Tiny Temple is open to all regardless of temple affiliation, is always free of charge, and is sponsored by the Sisterhood.

   To assist in our planning, please RSVP to Emma Arnoff and Jas Russo at  tinytemple@vassartemple.org . They will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about this wonderful, free, monthly program, and to put you on the Tiny Temple e-mail list.  Vassar Temple is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, and additional information is available at www.vassartemple.org or by calling the Temple Office at 845-454-2570.
Laura's Favorite Things:
A Concert to Benefit Vassar Temple
Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m.

(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
For Laura's final concert, she'll be sharing her favorite songs from various genres. Join us as she sings funny cabaret songs, sweet showtunes, jazzy classics and of course, Jewish prayer and folk tunes. As usual, Laura will teach new music, ask for audience participation and bring in Havdalah with familiar tunes.
The evening will include a festive dessert table.
Tickets are $18 at the door. 
RSVPs appreciated to
Fannie and Doris Berlin Lecture 
Sunday, April 29,2018 4:00 pm
Dr. Deborah Tannen, Guest Speaker
Vassar Temple Sisterhood is proud to announce that this year’s Doris and Fannie
Berlin lecturer is Deborah Tannen, author of the four-year, #1 New York Times best seller You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation. This book brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness.
Dr. Tannen, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, is a frequent guest on such radio programs as NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and TV shows such as 20/20, Today, The PBS NewsHour, and Good Morning America. She is also a featured writer for such newspapers and magazines as The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Atlantic. She will talk about women’s friendships, as compared to men’s--the topic of her recently published twelfth book, You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships.
The Doris and Fannie Berlin Lecture will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm at Vassar temple.  The community is invited to join us for this exciting opportunity to hear a uniquely entertaining and engaging speaker.
Mitzvah Day – Sun.  May 6
A Day of Community Service ~ "Be a Part of It"

REGISTER  AT  www.jewishdutchess.org   NOW!
Register by 4/15 to be entered in raffle
Free kickoff breakfast/Sign-In starts 9 am at Headquarters (Congregation Schomre Israel, 18 Park Ave., Poughkeepsie).  Most service projects begin by 10 am at community sites or HQ, rain or shine.  Register for the project right for you and sign up for meals at 
www.jewishdutchess.org Project & registration info is on that website or see the April Voice centerfold, including projects captained by Vassar Temple members: Adriance Library Planting-Ellie Charwat, Appalachian Trail Cleanup-Ron Rosen, Birthday Bags-Jasmaine Russo, Cereal Counts- the Samsons, Historic Cemetery Cleanup-Rabbi Berkowitz, Lunch Box-Gil Seligman. 
For vets: Toothpaste, toothbrush, sugar free/low sodium foods- bring to Vassar Temple or bring to Mitzvah Day
For Birthday Bags: Cake mix, canned icing, birthday candles-bring to Vassar Temple between  Apr. 8- May 3 
Cereal: preferably to HVCC,  4/8 thru morning of 5/6
  Questions? Jewish Federation of  Dutchess County 471-9811 or
We have a full inventory of SCRIP for all of the local grocery stores
and numerous major retailers.  We can obtain cards for over 500 national stores.  To see the full list, visit 
SCRIP costs you nothing extra but has a significant positive impact on temple finances.  Contact Sandra Mamis,  scrip@vassartemple.org or 914-456-3524 to place your order, or contact the temple office!
Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot  - Saturday 5/19, 7:30 pm at Vassar Temple