Join us as we celebrate Shabbat “Tekumah – Shabbat of Revival” a relatively recent innovation of Israeli Reform congregations for the Shabbat between Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day).  We will celebrate and reflect on Israel’s 73rd birthday and on the progress of the Israeli Reform movement.

Shabbat Service with Rabbi Altman,
music with Melissa Wall, and Joseph Bertolozzi on keyboard
Friday, April 9 at 7:30 pm

Torah Study with Rabbi Altman
Saturday, April 10 at 9:00 am

New Paths with Rabbi Altman
Saturday, April 10 at 10:15 am 

Vassar Temple Purim Service and Spiel 2021

Performed by the Vassar Temple Purim Players

Megillah Madness:  “THE WIZARD OF OZ”

New Purim Lyrics by Rabbi William Dreskin & Cantor Ellen Dreskin

Music adapted from M-G-M’s “The Wizard of Oz”



Update on our COVID-19 Response

The Health and Safety Committee continues to monitor COVID-19 conditions in the community and update Temple policies accordingly.  Given the significant spread of the virus, we have updated our organizational plan, and as we continue to monitor the New York State COVID Dashboard, we have established the following tiered policy: 

  • Should our local area be placed in a NYS “yellow” zone, all non-ritual in-person gatherings will be prohibited regardless of size
  • Should our area be placed in an “orange” zone, services will move from the sanctuary to clergy’s homes and continue to occur on Zoom
  • Should our area be placed in a “red” zone, the Temple office will also move to remote function

The safety of our Temple community is paramount.  Please note that any currently planned events are subject to change based on community conditions, and monitor your weekly and other Temple email to stay informed.  Religious School, Torah Study and other classes, and committee meetings will continue on Zoom.

We continue to ask that you arrange any visits to the Temple in advance.  Masks are required, and you need to stop in the lobby for a temperature check and contact form.  If you need SCRIP, please contact the office to place your order so that it can be ready when you arrive with “contactless” delivery.  We also request that, if on site for any reason, you refrain from entering the office if possible, in order to limit exposure in staff space.

If you have questions or concerns or need assistance during these challenging times, please reach out to us.  We may not be physically in the Temple building together, but we remain a community.  We will try to connect and help in any way we can

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  • 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.



Upcoming Events

  1. Wed 14

    Hebrew School

    Apr 14 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
  2. Wed 14

    Adult Education

    Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Thu 15

    Talmud Study w/Rabbi Golomb

    C: Rabbi Golomb
    Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  4. Thu 15

    VTS Book Club

    Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  5. Thu 15

    Racism Reading Group

    Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Fri 16

    Shabbat Service

    Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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