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Vassar Temple Weekly Newsletter

Please join us to welcome Shabbat!

Friday, September 27th

7:30 pm – Shabbat Service

Saturday, September 28th

9:00 am – Torah Study 

Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday evening 9/29
7:30 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Wishing you a sweet and healthy new year!

Tiny Temple Celebrates Rosh Hashana
Monday, Sept. 30    9:00-9:30am
Children, toddler through first grade, parents and grandparents, celebrate Rosh Hashana, in our social hall.  Holiday songs and stories with Rabbi Altman and Cantor Goldmann.  For more information & to RSVP: Tinytemple@vassartemple.org

B.Y.O. breadcrumbs and join us in symbolically casting your sins upon the waters at a brief, informal family-friendly tashlich ceremony to be held
Monday Sept. 30 at 4 pm
at beautiful Sunset Lake, on the grounds of Vassar College
All in the community are welcome to attend. There will be a shelter in case of inclement weather and refreshments will be served.  For further information contact the Temple at 845-454-2570.

The Temple office will be
closed for Rosh Hashanah
Monday 9/30 & Tuesday 10/1
Click here to view the complete 2019 High Holiday Schedule

Support Vassar Temple’s Yom Kippur Food Drive

“Is this the fast I seek, a day of self-affliction?… Is not THIS the fast I look for: to unlock the shackles of injustice, to undo the fetters of bondage, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every cruel chain? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and to bring the homeless poor into your house?” (Isaiah 58:5-7).

  • Please take home a grocery bag on Rosh Hashana Sept. 29, 30, Oct.1
  • Please bring it back full of nonperishable foods for those in need on Yom Kippur Oct. 9


Please join us for Shabbat Shuvah
Friday 10/4 at 7:30 pm

Congregants Isabelle Hartman, Jim Robinowitz & Michele Sinn will share their personal reflections on their experience from our recent trip to The Museum of Jewish Heritage to visit the exhibit Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.

Correction: Erecting the Sukkah is scheduled for October 6, NOT October 13
as it is listed in the monthly bulletin. We need volunteers to help put up the
Sukkah on October 6 and to take it down on October 27.
Please contact Glenn Tanzman at gtr714@yahoo.com if you have questions.

Memorial Service
Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 pm
Vassar Temple Cemetery
Lagrange Avenue, Poughkeepsie

****   High Holidays are on the horizon  ****
Remember to use SCRIP 

We have a full inventory 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“.
Example: the temple receives $10 for every $100 Adams card.
That is $10.00 just for shopping!!
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 at 845-454-5270


Wednesday, October 9th
Prepaid reservations are a MUST!
Children under 13 – $5; adults – $18
RESERVATIONS are confirmed by receipt of payment
Please RSVP By October 4th
Mail your check made payable to: Vassar Temple with
Break the Fast” in the memo line

Questions or assistance contact:
Polly Lewis, Bella6034@yahoo.com, 845-476-9778

Traveling for the High Holidays? Click here to download the URJ Reciprocity form if you need to request courtesy tickets at another Reform congregation. Print, complete, and return to the temple office.


Enjoy holiday dinners with your temple family
and joyous services with Rabbi Altman and Cantor Goldmann

SUKKOT – Sunday, October 13

6 pm – Family friendly service in our sanctuary
7 pm – Dinner in the Sukkot (outdoors by the sukkah weather permitting) Enjoy pizza, salad and dessert hosted by The Mens Club.  Donations gratefully appreciated helping defray the cost of dinner.  Please contact Joel Kelson at jkelson1@gmail.com or 845-462-1360

SIMCHAT TORAH – Sunday, October 20
6 pm – Dinner will be provided courtesy of Sisterhood.

7 pm – Service follows at 7 pm featuring the “Unrolling of the Scroll.”  Parade and dance with the torahs, followed by an oneg – fun for all!  Please RSVP  to Gail D’Alessio at gaildalessio@yahoo.com or 845-723-4657

New!  Learners’ Services at Vassar Temple
Oct. 12 and Oct. 26
10:15 am – 11:45 am

East Chapel with Rabbi Altman
Learn what the prayers mean, how they are organized, why we stand or sit or bow.  Learners’ Services integrate teaching and discussion within an actual service, including Torah reading.

Book Club to Discuss “The Tattooist of Auschwitz”
2:00 PM on October 17th 

Community Room of Collegeview Tower
141 Fulton Avenue, Poughkeepsie
Vassar Temple’s Sisterhood Book Club will discuss “The Tattooist of Auschwitz“. To RSVP or get more information, please contact
Linda Babas at 473-7931, or linda.babas.41@gmail.com.

Kabbalat Shabbat Happy Hour in the Sukkah
October 18
Join your Vassar Temple community for a joyous
Kabbalat Shabbat Happy Hour on Friday, October 18 at 6:00pm.
Join us in the Sukkah for a vegetarian/harvest themed happy hour
. Fern Wolf and Melissa Erlebacher are hosting this month’s Happy Hour.
All Vassar Temple Happy Hours feature a variety of food from local restaurants and some of Vassar Temple’s finest chefs.Suggested donation is $10. We thank the Vassar Temple Sisterhood for their ongoing support of these gatherings.

Interested in hosting a future Happy Hour? Hosting is fun and easy. We have a step-by-step guide. If you would like to host an upcoming Happy Hour,
contact Melissa Erlebacher (maerlebacher@gmail.com) or Andi Ciminello (andi@ecopkny.com).

50th Annual Interfaith CROPWalk Against Hunger Sun. Oct. 20, starts 10am, HQ at Temple Beth El. Walk all or part of a safe 6 mile route to raise funds to combat hunger locally, nationally and globally.  WALK with family, friends, by yourself, or at 1pm with Rabbi Altman & other Vassar Temple members.  To sign on, contact Ron Rosen at cropwalk@vassartemple.org , and to receive sponsor donations on line you can additionally sign onto https://www.crophungerwalk.org/poughkeepsieny/Team/View/113067/Vassar-Temple . To BAKE for the bake sale or TAKE A SHIFT at the registration table on 10/20,  please contact Marian Schwartz at socialaction@vassartemple.org or 845-849-0025.

Adult Ed Discussion Brunch 
Vassar Temple Adult Education Committee invites everyone to attend a free discussion and brunch here at
Vassar Temple on Sun. Oct. 27 at 12:30 pm,
to discuss the Resnick Lectures on Jewish American Life that are being held at SUNY New Paltz on select Wednesday evenings during Sept. & Oct.
We particularly encourage you to attend Oct. 16th’s lecture.  For further information and to RSVP, please contact Dan Scherrer at danielscherrer55@gmail.com .
** See below for more information on the lecture series.

Vassar Temple Gala
November 2, 2019
6 – 10 pm
Mill Creek Caterers, Hopewell Junction
If you have not received your invitation please contact the temple office454-2570 or gala@vassartemple.org

Fall Rummage Sale11/10/19

Start cleaning those closets of gently used items and packing your
bric-a-brac; the Rummage Sale is coming very soon!
We will start collecting on Sunday, November 3rd

*Please note:  We CANNOT accept textbooks, tv’s, computers, or heavily damaged goods.  For large items, please contact us before you bring them!
More details to follow……

**   Volunteers are always welcome and needed!! **

Envision: celebrating Shabbat with 5000 Reform Jews; problem-solving with members of congregations from North America, Israel, and around the world; hearing from leaders of our movement and other prominent individuals; sharing in decisions about the policies of the Reform movement; learning in intensive sessions about social justice, engagement, leadership, or membership; losing yourself in study or joyous music; exploring a world of Judaica. Whatever aspect of Judaism or temple life speaks to you, it will be enhanced when you attend the URJ 2019 Biennial, which will take place in Chicago from December 11-15.  We are building a Vassar Temple delegation and applying for a small congregation grant to offset travel and registration costs.  “Early bird” registration runs through mid-October, and you can attend for any or all of those dates.  For more information, visit www.urjbiennial.org.  You can also speak to Rabbi Altman or Susan and David Hecht, who are all planning to attend and have participated in past conventions.

Volunteer at Morse School Library!

    The Jewish Social Action Coalition is continuing its support of Morse Elementary School in Poughkeepsie.  There will now be staff coverage in the library on WThF.  Volunteers are needed to help eager students find books, check books in and out, shelve returned books, and possibly read to groups of students. Sign up for shifts at morsevolunteers.org .  Each shift serves 3 classes scheduled for weekly library time.  Morning shift: 9:20-11:20, afternoon shift: 12:25-2:30.  To have your questions answered and arrange for training, please contact Roberta Tracy (tracyajrs@aol.com 914-456-5266) or Muriel Horowitz (845-464-8728).

The Adult Education Committee invites everyone to attend one or all of the Resnick Lectures on Jewish American Life held at SUNY New Paltz.               *See schedule below.  
*** We especially encourage attendance at the October 16th Lecture ***
Join us for a discussion brunch on Sunday October 27th at 12:30 at the Temple.  Refreshments will be served.
Please contact Daniel Scherrer with any questions. danielscherrer55@gmail.com
845 532-3133

Louis and Mildred Resnick Institute-FALL LECTURE SERIES

Director, Gerald Sorin

October 2 – David Bell –Princeton University
“France and the Jews: An Entangled History”

October 16 – Annie Polland – American Jewish Historical Society
“Emma Lazarus and the future of the American Jewish Community”

October 23 –Carolyn Dean – Yale University
“The Witness Avengers: Armenian and Jewish Assassins on Trial, 1921 and 1927.”

HATE HAS NO HOME HERE CAMPAIGN–  We would like to make more HHNHH lawn signs, window signs, bumper stickers and pins available to those who visit the temple during the High Holy Day season.  Your donation to the GoFundMe link below will help; thank you in advance!~Vassar Temple Social Action