What’s Happening

Please join us to welcome Shabbat!

Friday 8/17

7:30 pm – Shabbat Evening Service
with Rabbi Renni Altman

Saturday 8/18

9 am – Torah Study with Rabbi Altman

Rabbi Renni Altman joined Vassar Temple in July. 
She is continuing to look for opportunities to
connect with our members at services
as well as smaller get- togethers.So additional gatherings are being planned by
the Membership/Engagement Committee
to take place over the coming months
at the homes of members who have agreed
to host the events we are calling:
We want everyone to participate! The next two scheduled events are on
Thursday, October 11th from 7-9pm
and Sunday, October 21st from 1-3pm,
both at homes in the town of Poughkeepsie near Vassar College.

If you want to attend one of these events, let me know.  You will enjoy some quality time with the Rabbi while enjoying  a bit of a nosh.  Space is limited in order to allow for thoughtful interactions; we will do our best to accommodate all who are interested in attending.

Contact me, Sandra Mamis,
by email [mamis@optonline.net]
or phone [914-456-3524].

IF YOU LOST YOUR KEYS at the temple…
We found keys with a small yellow ball and a Panera card on the ring.  If these are yours please contact the office.
Questions?  Marian Schwartz  845-849-0025  socialaction@vassartemple.org
Vassar Temple member Wayne Cochran  will speak  Sept. 2 at 10:30am at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 S. Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie.  All invited! “Through the Lens of the Holocaust: Theodicy and the Problem of Evil“:  How would you have dealt with the problem that God could allow such evil to exist in the world? The presentation will include Holocaust poetry and group discussion.
Vassar Temple seeks 100% Voter Participation

According to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, in the 2016 election, 42% of eligible voters stayed home.  This was the lowest turnout in 20 years. To reverse this trend, Vassar Temple’s Social Action Committee is making a nonpartisan effort to empower more people to exercise their right to vote, and to help ensure Jewish voices are present in the public square, regardless of party or politics.

Our goal is to have 100% of our congregation’s eligible voters registered to vote and committed to vote in the 2018 mid-term elections. To that end, we are reaching out to every member of the congregation to find out if they are registered, and to assist them in registering if they are not.  We know we can get 100% participation at Vassar Temple! Won’t you help by reaching out to relatives, friends and neighbors? If you or someone you know needs assistance to register or vote, please contactsocialaction@vassartemple.org.

All members received a mailing with complete information about the holidays.  For your convenience, the holiday schedule is available here:
2018 HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE – click here
Our doors are open to everyone for High Holiday services regardless of membership or financial status.
Guest admission is available for a recommended donation by using the form available here. For security reasons, it is required that guests have nametags (which are used in lieu of tickets).  Please fill out the guest form and return it byAugust 15th. Guest nametags may also be arranged by visiting the Temple office. Your donations support the life of our synagogue and are greatly appreciated!
2018 HIGH HOLIDAY GUEST FORM – click here
Shabbat Happy Hour on the Patio:
Friday, September 28
Please join us for Happy Hour on the Patio at 6:00pm, hosted by Daniel Scherrer and Jo Schaffel. We’ll enjoy food, wine and good company before services. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Guests are always invited and welcome! Happy hours are generously sponsored by Sisterhood; we suggest a $10 per person donation to help defray expenses. In case of rain, this event will be held in the Social Hall.
If you’ve been attending Happy Hours and enjoy these events, please consider hosting one! Its easy to host a Happy Hour. We have setup and kitchen support as well as easy-to-follow directions. Contact Elena Collins atbellaviol1@gmail.com if you would like to host an upcoming Happy Hour. See you on the patio!
The Vassar Temple Sisterhood Friendship Calendar Project

Everyone loves having a copy of the annual Sisterhood Calendar!  And, if you list your events, they will be announced at Shabbat services!  We hope to have your support this year.  Add your personal listings: birthday, anniversary andyahrzeit dates listed on their respective calendar day.  The calendar will be in your hands before the beginning of next year.  The calendar supports Sisterhood, which in turn gives endless support to the life of the Temple.  If you have any questions, or if you would like to support the Temple by soliciting a business in your area to place an ad in the calendar, please contact Perla Kaufman Perlakaufman22@gmail.com or in the evening at 463-2838.

Click here for a copy of the calendar form. Please return your form before September 12th !
BYO breadcrumbs and join us in symbolically casting your sins upon the waters at a brief, informal, family-friendly Tashlich ceremony to be held Monday 9/10 at 4 pmat beautiful Sunset Lake on the grounds of Vassar College. All in the community are welcome to attend. There will be shelter in case of inclement weather, and refreshments will be served.  For further information contact the Temple at 845-454-2570.
Questions or assistance contact:
Polly Lewis, Bella6034@yahoo.com, 845-476-9778
Sisterhood meets on weekdays on the 18th of the month at noon. It is called, after all, a 
“Chai Noon Luncheon.”
We have met in different restaurants this past year: Café Maya, Athena Gyro, Bread Alone to name a few….we are looking forward to meeting two more times after the HHDs – Thursday, October 18 and Tuesday, December 18! Be on the lookout for our flyer!!  Restaurant names mentioned: Christos, Asian Temptation, do you have a favorite?  Join us!  A warning… we do shmooze a lot!!
Looking forward to seeing you!
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://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Shop/Product/Browse#?saved
SCRIP costs you nothing extra but has a significant positive impact on temple finances.  Contact Sandra Mamis,  scrip@vassartemple.org or 914-456-3524 to place your order, or contact the temple office!