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Challah Baking
Come ‘Knead” with me!

Want to learn how to make challah?
We will take out the mystery and put in the fun on

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 9:30am –
to when we are finished [probably by noon]

Learn the basics of making dough: easy!
Learn how to braid a different number of ropes: fun!
Learn how to stuff with you favorite filling: delish!

Just bring a sheet pan and a rolling pin
[come even if you don’t have one]
Ingredients will be provided by Sandra Mamis
Expect to go home with your own ‘ready to bake’ challah

RSVPs are a MUST, so there are enough ingredients for everyone.
RSVP to Sandra Mamis, mamis@optonline.net by January 16, 2020

Everyone can bake challah like an expert: no prior experience necessary.

Have questions?  Contact Sandra Mamis at (text or phone): 914-456-3524 or email at mamis@optonline.net
Hope to see you there.
[No snow date scheduled, so pray for dry weather!]

     With antisemitism on the rise, it is a most unsettling time in our country, especially for the Jewish community, but for all who seek peace and understanding.   Sadly, it does call for greater vigilance and security.  We are grateful that local law enforcement has increased its presence around synagogues, and we appreciate your cooperation with our enhanced building security policies. 
     Even as we must, unfortunately, take these steps, it is incumbent upon us not to let fear inhibit us from living our lives publicly as Jews; for if we do, then those who hate us will indeed be victorious.  “The whole world is a narrow bridge,” taught the great Hassidic master Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, “the most important thing is not to be afraid.”
     As a proud member congregation of the Union for Reform Judaism, we support its mission of tikkun olam – repairing the world – by enhancing religious freedom, pluralism, acceptance and justice. It is time for our leaders, at all levels, to move beyond public condemnation of these horrific acts, and take actions that will get to the root of hatred and seek to create opportunities that will foster greater understanding between people of different religions, races, ethnicities and cultures.
      It was affirming to come together for the recent vigil in which leaders of multiple faith groups shared their prayers and messages for understanding, embracing diversity and peace.  Just as the members of our local interfaith community have stood with us when Jews have come under attack, so we will continue to stand with others.  Hate is not limited to any group.  Let us strengthen efforts to ensure that “hate has no home here.”
     May we never be afraid to stand up proudly as Jews;
     let us raise our voices to speak out for the rights of all to practice their religion in peace and safety and demand the protections guaranteed to us by the founders of this great nation;
     and let us continue to join hands with all who fight against hatred and strive for a time when the lights of peace, friendship and understanding will burn brightly and never be extinguished.  

Join us at 6 pm on Friday, January 31st
Soup and Chili Dinner 

as part of a wonderful Tisch Shabbat
featuring our Cantor, Elizabeth Goldmann

Sisterhood will provide a festive meal of homemade soups, vegetarian chili, challah 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. If possible, please
let Roz Kaflowitz know you are coming by January 28 at
roslynkaflowitz@gmail.com or 845-297-4320

Upcoming Events

  1. Fri 24

    Shabbat Service

    Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  2. Sat 25

    Intergenerational Shabbaton

    Jan 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Sun 26

    No Religious School

    Jan 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Sun 26

    Challah Baking

    Jan 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  5. Sun 26

    No Post B’nei Mitzvah Program

    Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  6. Tue 28


    Jan 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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