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Vassar Temple is currently collecting money to help provide school supplies to Morse Elementary School located on Mansion Street in Poughkeepsie, which has about 550 students, and will assist children in additional schools if possible. The fundraiser for school supplies will run through the months of July and August.  Please help the children learn by donating to this project today.
Please bring or mail your tax-deductible check in any amount to Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.  Checks should be made out to Vassar Temple with “School Supplies” on the memo line.
Last year, through your generosity we raised enough to not only provide basic school supplies to Morse, but also to provide supplies for their art teacher, as well as to make a donation to the Poughkeepsie teen closet to be sure all middle and high school students have access to such essentials as deodorant, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, underwear and socks.  Money collected in the tzedakah box by the stairs during July and August will also go toward school supplies for the children.  Investing in the next generation is sure to yield great dividends–thank you for whatever you can give!

~Marian Schwartz  Vassar Temple Social Action Committee   845-849-0025   socialaction@vassartemple.org



Sunday, July 28
10:30 AM-11:30 AM

For children infant to age 8 & their parents, grandparents, & families!
Yoga and Snack
with Liz Torres (Mindlful Yoga) & Emma Arnoff (The Sensory Space)

Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Avenue Poughkeepsie
No charge ~ To RSVP & for questionsTinyTemple@VassarTemple.org



Bridge Music 10th Anniversary at Vassar Temple!

For ten years, Bridge Music has been and remains a touchstone of internationally recognized public sound-art. Composed by our house musician Joseph Bertolozzi, this decade of Bridge Music will be celebrated on
August 3, 2019 with several events,
one of which is here at Vassar Temple at 5:30 pm

Bridge Music in Film & Print will offer screenings, commentary and Q&A examining films and books about Bridge Music with Joseph Bertolozzi, the film makers themselves and music professionals providing context to Bridge Music’s place in music history. Screen & projection provided courtesy of Story Screen.

All events are free and open to the public. Other happenings that day are:

2:00 pm – Re-Dedication and Tour of the Bridge Music Installation
with Composer Joseph Bertolozzi
at Johnson-Iorio Park
281 Haviland Road,  Highland, NY 12528

A festive ribbon cutting is followed by a tour led by Bertolozzi out to the Listening Station on the west tower of the Bridge itself where the public can play along to the music with supplied drumsticks.
There will be free giveaways such as BM10 tote bags, magnets, various other swag.

9pm – The Bridge Music Light Show on the Mid-Hudson Bridge
Tune in to Q92.1 FM from anywhere you can see the Mid-Hudson Bridge and watch the lights on the bridge change color and pulse to the rhythms of a complete broadcast of Joseph Bertolozzi’s Bridge Music.
Join the live broadcast from the Walkway Over the Hudson.


The bus is filling up!  Reserve NOW for a congregational trip to

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City

to see the special exhibit

Auschwitz:  Not long ago.  Not far away.

Sunday, September 15th

Click here for Museum trip details    


SUMMER VOLUNTEERS are urgently being sought to help prepare and serve the evening meal at
Lunch Box from 4pm-6pm on the 2nd Monday and Friday
of the month during July and August (July 12, Aug. 9 & 12).
If you, your teens, your family, friends or club can help on any of those dates,
please contact: Nyhisha T. Gibbs, Volunteer Administartor, Dutchess Outreach,at nyhisha@dutchessoutreach.org or 845-454-3792 (T,W,Th).


We have a full inventory of SCRIP
for all of the local grocery stores
and numerous major retailers.  We can obtain cards for over 500 national stores.  To see the full list, visit https://www.shopwithscrip.com/
and scroll down and click “retailer list“. SCRIP costs you nothing extra but has a significant positive impact on temple finances.  Contact Sandra Mamisscrip@vassartemple.org or 914-456-3524 to place your order, or contact the temple office!



August 14 – Family Picnic & Music Night at Vanderbilt’s with West Point Band