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.

The Officers and Board of Trustees
and the families of our confirmands
cordially invite you to attend our

Confirmation Shavuot Service
On Sunday, June 9th at 10:00 a.m.

The service, led by the Confirmands, will include Yizkor.
A celebratory kiddush will follow in the Social Hall.

Mariel Kelson, daughter of Claudia and Joel Kelson
Sam Kelson, son of Claudia and Joel Kelson
Jordan Alivia Russo, daughter of Jasmaine Russo and Mark Russo

The bus is filling up!  Reserve NOW for a congregational trip to
The Museum of Jewish Heritage in
to see the special exhibit
Auschwitz:  Not long ago.  Not far away.
Sunday, September 15th

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot  
Saturday, June 8 at 8:30PM
at Temple Beth El

Prepare for the holiday of Shavuot with havdalah, music, traditional dairy refreshments, and a study session with Rabbi Renni Altman and Rabbi Daniel Victor on “An Argument for the Sake of Heaven”: an exploration of Jewish perspectives and stories on healthy engagement with difference. This program is co-sponsored by Temple Beth-El and Vassar Temple, held at Temple Beth El, and all are warmly welcome to attend.


Vassar Temple is united with our interfaith community in condemning all forms of hatred and bigotry. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends locally and globally following the horrific attacks in New Zealand.  We mourn the victims and pray for the injured, families, and Christchurch community.


Annual Picnic Shabbat and Happy Hour
on the Temple lawn

Friday, June 7th at 6:00 pm

followed by outdoor service at 7:15 pm
with Rabbi Renni Altman and Cantor Jacob Niemi
* Honoring our new members *

Hosted by Marilyn & David Lampell

Featuring wraps and salads,
including a veggie option,
pizza for the kids, cold beverages,
wine for the adults, and dessert

Please bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket

*Alternative indoor seating will be
available in the East Chapel

*Professional security will be provided for this event

Guests are welcome, and a special invitation
is extended to returning college students

Please RSVP by  Tuesday June 4th to
so that we can order enough food

Sisterhood continues to generously sponsor
these events – a $10 donation per person
or a family contribution
is suggested to help defray expenses

In case of inclement weather, the festivities
will take place in the Social Hall


Upcoming Events

  1. Tue 25


    Jun 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  2. Thu 27


    Jun 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  3. Thu 27

    Shelter Meal

    Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  4. Thu 27

    VT Board Meeting

    Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Fri 28
  6. Sat 29

    No Torah Study

    Jun 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Recent Purim Tot Shabbat!
Generational Shabbat 2019 – a Vassar Temple Sisterhood Tradition
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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.