Shabbat Evening Service  – Hybrid 

Led by Rabbi Altman
Music with Elena Collins
Friday, August 12, 7:30 pm


Torah Study – Zoom only
Led by Rabbi Altman
Saturday, August 13, 9 am



Our doors are open to all for the holidays for both in-person and remote attendance. Holiday information has been mailed to all members. Guests are welcome, and must register, with an optional suggested donation to support our operations.  Register by emailing office@vassartemple.org or calling 845-454-2570.  You can also access our guest registration form here; please return it by September 9th. Members can access our Memorial Book form here, and this is also due by September 9th. 

Please review the health and safety requirements for in-person attendance below. Zoom links will be provided to members and guests by email. Professional security will be present at all services.

Whether or not you attend, we welcome donations of non-perishable foods for our annual Yom Kippur Food Drive to benefit a local food pantry. Shanah Tovah!

Selichot Service: Saturday, September 17th

  • 7:45 pm with presentation of Arnold Award ~ Social Hall
  • 9:00 pm Selichot Service ~ Sanctuary

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 25th at 8:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 26th

  • 10:30 am – Morning Service
  • 3:00 pm – Family Service at Sunset Lake, Vassar College (sanctuary in case of inclement weather)
  • 4:00 pm – Tashlich at Sunset Lake, Vassar College (on 9/27 in case of inclement weather)

Rosh Hashanah Second Day Service: Tuesday, September 27th at 10:30 am

Shabbat Shuvah Service: Friday, September 30th at 7:30 pm

Memorial Service: Sunday, October 2nd at 2:00 pm at Vassar Temple Cemetery on LaGrange Avenue

Kol Nidrei: Tuesday, October 4th at 8:00 pm

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 5th

  • 10:30 am – Morning Service
  • 1:00 pm (time and location tentative) Study Session with Rabbi Paul Golomb
  • 1:00 pm – Family Service (on the temple lawn, sanctuary in case of inclement weather)
  • 4:00 pm – Afternoon Service
  • 5:30 pm – Yizkor (Memorial) Service
  • 6:00 pm – Ne’ilah (Concluding) Service followed by Havdalah and Ritual Break the Fast
  • Break the Fast meal – TBA

Erev Sukkot Service: Sunday, October 9th at 6:00 pm

Erev Simchat Torah Service: Sunday, October 16th at 6:00 pm

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Yizkor Service: Monday, October 17th at 10:30 am

Please look for details about these services in the September Bulletin, weekly email, and here on our website

July 20, 2022

Effective immediately, we are again updating our Covid policy. Masks will be optional for services, events, and other visits to the building.  

Vassar Temple is a “judgment-free zone.” Please keep in mind that individuals choose to mask or maintain distance for a variety of reasons and respect that choice. To this end, we are creating a “masks only” seating area in the rear of the sanctuary for anyone who wishes to be seated at a greater distance and only near others who are also masked. This is purely optional, and anyone who chooses to be masked is welcome to sit in any location.  

While we understand that making masks optional may result in different comfort levels among attendees, we also understand the likelihood of Covid, an unusually contagious illness, having a long-term presence. More than two years into the pandemic, we continue to strive for a balance that reflects the range of our community’s needs and preferences, prioritizes health and safety, and satisfies the goal of keeping our members and others connected to congregational life.  

We continue to use CDC guidelines as an objective standard. We consider our vaccine requirement to be crucially important to our success thus far, and vaccination will remain a significant factor in our precautions. We will continue to require up to date vaccination, as defined by the CDC, for participation in services and events. Please note the following guidelines, which have been updated with booster requirements. 

  • The CDC considers you up to date when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible. 

  • Vaccine recommendations differ depending on age, the vaccine first received, and time since last dose. Currently this applies to those 6 months and older, with boosters for those 5 years and older when eligible based on age and other considerations.

  • Please refer to the following CDC site for detailed information:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

Religious School and young family programs will continue to operate on a separate policy reflecting the public schools. As always, policies are subject to change in response to community conditions and state and federal guidance. Our annual High Holiday information will be available in early August, with the understanding that conditions could change again by the time the holidays begin in mid-September.

Please facilitate our building protocols by continuing to provide us with your updated Covid vaccine information to include boosters. Send information to vaccine@vassartemple.org and reach out to rabbi@vassartemple.org if you need to discuss a confidential exemption.

Out of a continued abundance of caution, please do not come to the Temple if you are exhibiting symptoms of any sort of illness or have someone ill in your household or daily close contacts. If there is a chance that you have been exposed to Covid, even if you are vaccinated and asymptomatic, please avoid potentially exposing those who may be more vulnerable.

Please reach out to us at health@vassartemple.org with your questions, comments, and suggestions.

On behalf of the Health & Safety Task Force,

Lisa-Sue Quackenbush, President and Task Force Chair

Rabbi Renni S. Altman



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Upcoming Events

  1. Wed 17
  2. Wed 17

    VT Finance Committee Meeting

    Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Thu 18

    Lunch Box

    Aug 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Thu 18

    Chai Noon – Sisterhood

    Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  5. Fri 19

    Shabbat Service

    Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Sat 20

    Torah Study

    Aug 20 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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