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March Tzedakah- Emergency Fund for Jewish Families
Money collected in our tzedakah box during March will benefit the Emergency Fund for Jewish Families.  This is a last resort lifeline for area Jewish families who have nowhere else to turn when they are unable to pay for rent, utilities, medicine, job search expenses, or other necessities in times of temporary financial hardship.  The fund was established by Jewish Family Services of Dutchess County and depends solely on public donations. You can also make a donation to this fund by check made out to Vassar Temple with Emergency Fund on the memo line.  For further information about the fund, or for information on how to apply for assistance, contact  the Jewish Federation at director@jewishdutchess.orgor socialaction@vassartemple.org
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, fresh grapes, 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

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 

This March and April, as you clear your cabinets of canned and non-perishable chametz foods in preparation for the holiday of Passover (or, have Passover-friendly foods left after the holiday!), we hope you will consider dropping off them off at our Temple and placing them in the CAN JAM bin.  We would so appreciate these items which in turn will be delivered to the Morse Young Child Magnet School for their food pantry, where they will be distributed to children in need of food supplies especially on the weekends and during school holidays.  Help us lend a hand to these beautiful children and their families.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Passover.
Questions? Nancy Samson or Marian Schwartz, Social Action Committee

845 235 2860 or canjam123@aol.com
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 is once again accepting applications for Scholarship Awards from the Andrea Rabin and Youth Funds through May 15th to help defray costs for Temple students attending Jewish Summer Camp programs in 2018.  Students are asked to please submit a brief letter with their name, the camp name, duration of the camp, cost of the camp, reason they are attending and benefit to self, family, and Temple. Letters may be sent to Vassar Temple Sisterhood at the temple address.  These Scholarship Awards are stipends and not need-based.  Scholarship money used for these students comes from the Andrea Rabin and Youth Funds which is restricted in its use for our Temple youth and students. Contributions to these funds is always appreciated.
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!
Sisterhood Generations Shabbat Dinner & Service  - 
Friday 4/27
Laura Stein Concert - Saturday 4/28
Fannie Berlin Lecture - Sunday 4/29
Mitzvah Day - Sunday 5/6