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Starting in January, Rabbi Golomb's Talmud Study class will meet only on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, or as stated on the online calendar. During Danuary, which has 5 weeks, class will take place onJanuary 9th and 30th.
Sub-freezing weather!  Shelters overflowing! 
 How can we help?
*Donate to Hudson River Housing's Wind Chill Fund in the tzedakah box, or by check to Vassar Temple with Wind Chill Fund on the memo line.
*Bring to the shelter boxin the temple: toiletries & personal hygiene items, towels, bedding and pajamas in good condition, disposable baby diapers, new socks and underwear, pillows, feminine hygiene supplies, toilet paper, tissues, cleaning supplies,laundry detergent.
*Bring to our CanJam bin especially these: baby formula, boxes of cereal, canned goods, coffee, tea,  sugar.
Thank you for responding with open hearts at this time of critical need in our community!  
Judy, Nancy, & Marian of the Vassar Temple Social Action Committee  socialaction@vassartemple.org
Vassar Temple Sisterhood is sponsoring our next
Lunch Box on SundayJanuary 7

You can support Sisterhood with donations of the following foods,which can be dropped off at the temple beforehand any time the building is open: 1 - 2 dozen pieces fresh fruit/bananas, or 3 lbs. ground beef or ground turkey browned with 1/2 cup onions.  We also need volunteers to  help cook and serve at the Family Partnership Center between 10:30 am and 1:15 pm that Sunday.  Please LABEL all food "For Lunch Box." There will be a bin near the entry to the kitchen for your donations of nonperishable fruits. Perishables go in the fridge.  For questions, to volunteer or to donate food, please contact January Lunch Box Captain Ronni Jarvis at ronni@clcpro.comor 845-797-3380.  (P.S. Your tax deductible check made out  to Vassar Temple with "Community Tzedakah Fund" on the memo line also helps our Lunch Box project!)
A Vassar Temple Tikkun Olam Dialog
Tikkun Olam:  Healing the World

WE NEED YOUR RSVPfor planning purposes

In these challenging times, the Union for Reform Judaism is asking all congregations to make an increased commitment to social justice.  We are inviting the congregation to come together to identify a social justice issue that we can all agree to support. Please join us to focus our attention and energy on making our world a better place.
Thursday, January 11th at 7 pm
(Snow date:  January 18th)
Together, we will prepare for consensus-building and engaging in Tikkun Olam.  It is important for all of us to participate in this conversation  and for varied voices and viewpoints to be heard.
Please RSVP and direct any questions to

by January 6th.
Click here to RSVP for the January Happy Hour
Join us for the first 2018 Sisterhood 
Chai Noon Luncheon
on Thursday, January 18th at 12 noon of course! 
Athena Gyro
1167 Route 55
 in Lagrangeville (near Arlington High School) 
We will have lunch (Dutch treat), we will shmooze
and best of all we will spend time together!
Let Perla know you are coming, please! 

Tisch Shabbat:  Soup & Chili Dinner
Friday, January 26th at 6 pm

Cantorial Intern Laura Stein will help lead a Tisch Shabbat in the Social Hall.  A “Tisch” or Table Shabbat is held around the Shabbat table and features melodies and stories and highlights community.  The service will include Shabbat prayer and liturgy as well as a spirit of learning and singing.  Sisterhood will provide a festive meal of homemade soups, vegetarian chili, challah, cornbread and salad to be enjoyed during the service.
Donations for the dinner are very welcome, and checks should be made payable to Vassar Temple Sisterhood.  While reservations are not required, we would greatly appreciate having an idea of how much food to prepare.  Please RSVP to Cathy Bokor January 24th at
catherine.bokor@gmail.com or 462-5862. 
Saturday, January 27th Shabbaton
An Intergenerational Tu B'Shevat Seder
and Service for Shabbat Shira
featuring Cantorial Intern Laura Stein!

Tu B'Shevat is a festival celebrating trees, fruit, and nature. Join our Torah Study Group and our Religious School at 9 am for a Tu B'Shevat Seder, featuring many different kinds of fruit. At 10 am we will join together in a Shabbat service led by Rabbi Berkowitz, Cantorial Intern Laura Stein, and our Religious School students in honor of Shabbat Shira.
Shabbat Shira is the Sabbath of Singing, when Jews all around the world chant from the Torah, remembering the momentous and joyful occasion of Moses and Miriam leading the Israelites across the Red Sea. This Shabbat Shira also marks the 7th Yartzeit of Debbie Friedman, an innovator in Jewish music, worship and culture, and a woman whose compositions fill Vassar Temple's sanctuary today. This Shabbat Shira, Cantorial Intern Laura Stein will deliver a Sermon in Song in which she'll celebrate the legacy of Debbie Friedman by telling her story and teaching some of her lesser-known melodies.
Refugee Resettlement Project Update
Sunday, January 28th from 3 - 5 pm

Last year, Vassar Temple joined with Vassar College and other faith-based communities to form the Mid-Hudson Refugee Resettlement Project. There was much excitement about the possibility of multiple families from refugee communities across the world joining our community. While the numbers have not been what we anticipated, this group has achieved much success over the year. Vassar Temple will host a community meeting to update the community on the Mid-Hudson Refugee Resettlement project. The meeting will feature brief presentations from leadership from Vassar Temple, Masjid Al Noor, Christ Episcopal Church and Vassar College on the accomplishments of this project over the past year. Key achievements have included the resettlement of two families, one from Congo and another from Egypt. The group has also provided financial support for Syrian and Iraqi refugee families in Albany. Following the presentations, we will gather downstairs for refreshments and socializing.
Andi Ciminello & Lisa Rubenstein
Vassar Temple Refugee Resettlement Team Co-Captains

An exciting new group, Becoming A Soulful Parent, will be starting Wednesday, January 31st at 6:30 pm. This 4-week long group will be facilitated by Emma Arnoff and is open to all Jewish parents in the area.


Becoming a Soulful Parent is a program, grounded in Jewish wisdom, that helps guide participants to reflect on the kind of parent (and partner) they want to become. Becoming a Soulful Parent gives participants room to be honest about their struggles as an important first step in experiencing more joy as a parent. If you’d like to be less concerned with how your children behave, and more concerned with valuing your children as they are, then join us on a journey of Becoming a Soulful Parent.

Join us for Sisterhood’s annual
Sunday, February 4th (snow date 2/11/18)
9:00 – 1:00 in the temple kitchen

R.S.V.P. to Judy Rosenfeld
635-2414 or hamantaschen@vassartemple.org
Please bring a batch of dough made from the temple recipe (link below) and a rolling pin if you have one.  Remaining supplies and fun provided!
Not able to come and help?  Dough can be brought in in advance and placed in the Temple freezer - just let Judy know.
Click here for Hamantaschen recipe

Tiny Temple Purim Party
Sunday, February 4 from 10:30am-11:30am

Please join us for Tiny Temple’s free Purim Party! The tots, along with the Religious School, will learn about Purim through crafts, story, and song in a relaxed and friendly setting, and a special holiday 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.