Shabbat Shuva led by Rabbi Altman, music with Bob Abrams

Join us to congratulate and honor Judy Rosenfeld, as she is presented with the Arnold Award

We will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9-11

Friday, September 10 at 7:30 pm

Torah Study, led by Rabbi Altman, Zoom

Saturday, September 11 9:00 am


August 14, a dozen of us braved the heat to celebrate Shabbat in nature, culminating with a hike through the orchards at Peach Hill Park, Town of Poughkeepsie.


  • All services, with the exception of outdoor and off-site gatherings, will occur in a hybrid fashion
  • Advance sign-up required (form below)
  • Zoom links will be provided to members and guests via email in advance
  • Professional security will be in place at all services

Selichot: Saturday, August 28th
• 7:30 pm – Program
• 9:00 pm – Service

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 6th at 8:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah: Tuesday, September 7th
• 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

Rosh Hashanah Second Day Service: Wednesday, September 8th at 10:30 am

Shabbat Shuvah: Friday, September 10th at 7:30 pm with the presentation of Arnold Award

Memorial Service: Sunday, September 12th at 2:00 pm at Vassar Temple Cemetery on Lagrange Avenue

Kol Nidrei: Wednesday, September 15th at 8:00 pm

Yom Kippur: Thursday, September 16th
• 10:30 am – Morning Service
• 1:00 pm – Study Session with Rabbi Paul Golomb in Social Hall/on Zoom
• 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
• 6:15 pm – Ne’ilah (Concluding) Service followed by Havdalah

Erev Sukkot: Monday, September 20th at 6:00 pm

Erev Simchat Torah: Monday, September 27th at 6:00 pm

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Yizkor Service: Tuesday, September 28th at 10:30 am

Please look for details about these services in the September Bulletin and weekly email.



Dear members,

As expected, once again we find ourselves updating our Covid-19 policies in response to changes in NYS guidance as well as feedback to our new survey. As you are likely aware, the State has recently lifted remaining restrictions, with the caveat that unvaccinated individuals should remain masked in many settings. As always, we endeavor to respect the wishes of members while providing as many options as possible for participation; our goal is to strike a balance between robust protection of our community and recognition of the desire and need to return and the benefits of participation. Being part of the Temple community is good for our health!

We are monitoring the daily “case rate” in our region while bearing in mind that our membership may be more vulnerable than the general population due to its average age. Given the current low risk in Dutchess County, effective immediately we will update policies as follows for services (changes in bold).  Should the case rate increase, we will re-implement mask and social distancing requirements, and we have specific markers for these decisions that have been provided by medical professionals. 

Services continue to be open to those that are fully vaccinated or unable to be vaccinated due to medical or age limitations.  Masks are required.  We will continue to ask for confidential vaccine documentation in order to enforce this policy. You can send your card to vaccine@vassartemple.org or present proof upon arrival. Individuals who are unable to be vaccinated due to medical or age limitations must remain masked, and we continue to ask that you let us know if you fall into this category by contacting vaccine@vassartemple.org or reaching out to rabbi@vassartemple.org if needed for a private conversation so that we can put you on our list. 

We ask that everyone refrain from physical contact such as shaking hands or hugging. Hand sanitizer will be readily available, and you must continue to sign in as a precaution. 

An empty row an a minimum of two empty seats between family groups is required.

All services will continue to be hybrid as an option for those who need or prefer to attend virtually. 

As always, please do not enter the Temple for any reason if you are experiencing symptoms or have a known exposure, regardless of vaccine status, in order to protect others. 

The above policy will remain in effect for High Holy Days unless case rates increase – by the same token, should rates continue to fall we will consider additional holiday activities. Please watch your mail later this summer for the High Holy Day mailing with detailed information. Although we have had a robust response to the new survey, it’s highly likely that we will ask everyone to provide planned attendance at that point, so that we can monitor capacity for the more heavily attended services. 

Finally, we want to reiterate that our older building does not lend itself easily to improved ventilation. We plan to consult with a professional in this area to determine what means, if any, are available to monitor and improve air exchange in the sanctuary, and we hope to outfit the classrooms and other smaller spaces with air purifiers prior to the beginning of school. 

Thank you as always for your incredible support and trust through this unforeseen ordeal. Being able to gather once again is truly a blessing and occasion for gratitude.  You can reach us at health@vassartemple.org 




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Upcoming Events

  1. Sun 19

    Religious School

    Sep 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Mon 20

    Sukkot Service

    Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  3. Tue 21
  4. Wed 22
  5. Wed 22

    Hebrew School begins

    Sep 22 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
  6. Wed 22

    VT Finance Committee Meeting

    Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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