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Tickets are available starting tomorrow!

The Golden Gelt Raffle
with all cash prizes!!

Only 200 tickets will be sold, thus dramatically
increasing the odds of winning a prize *

First prize: $5000.00 cash
Second prize: $1000.00 cash
Third prize: $500.00 cash
Fourth prizes (4): $250.00 cash each

The cost of each ticket will be $100.00

This raffle is open to the community, so please encourage your friends, relatives near and far, business partners and acquaintances outside the temple to participate.
Tickets will be available in the office, Monday-Friday, as well as through various sellers.
The drawing will be held on April 14, 1:00 pm in Vassar Temple’s Social Hall.

For more information
or to assist with this event,
please contact Gail D’Alessio:


*Prizes above based on sale of all 200 tickets,
to be adjusted as follows:
First prize:  25% of sales
Second prize:  5% of sales
Third prize:  2.5% of sales
Fourth prizes:  1.25% of sales

Payment may be made by the following methods:
  • A check made out to Vassar Temple Fundraiser with “Golden Gelt Raffle” written in the memo line
  • Cash
  • Credit cards may also be used for this purchase; if you have an updated card on file, you may call the office so they can expedite the process while saving you a ticket or you may visit the office Monday-Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm


All temple teens thru 12th grade are invited to come help cook/serve at Lunch Box
between 10:30 am-1:30 pm this Sunday, February 3

Also needed: donations of 3 lb. all beef hot dogs
or 1 to 2 dozen bananas/ pieces of fresh fruit/ or sandwich baggies of washed grapes.  Anyone who can come that day or can donate food, please contact Danah Moore at danahmoore@hotmail.com  or 845-849-0952. 
Nonperishables may be dropped off beforehand during regular temple hours in the bin on the counter just inside the kitchen door.  Please leave perishables in the fridge and label everything prominently “For LunchBox.”

Our organist, Joseph Bertolozzi, invites Vassar Temple to celebrate with classical radio station, WMHT, as they honor his 60th birthday this Monday,
with a broadcast of his works for orchestra.
Tune in to 88.7 FM this Monday February 4 at 1:40pm. It will also be streamed at wmht.org.
Mazel Tov Joe!

Code Blue has been declared, which means that due to the severe cold, no homeless person can be allowed to remain on the streets.  The local overnight shelter was already at 150% capacity, and the overflow has to be transported to, and placed in, local hotels. Hence we are continuing to collect in our temple tzedakah box for Hudson River Housing’s  Wind Chill Fund. Your tax deductible checks made out to Vassar Temple with “Wind Chill Fund” on the memo line are  also appreciated, and may be dropped off or mailed to the Temple.  Any and all donations will help, and if you can see your way to donate $36 (Chai), that amount will provide one person blessed space in a shelter for one night.  You can also help the homeless by preparing a dish for a “shelter meal” and/or donating bath towels in good condition.  Please contact Judy Harkavy  at  harkavyjudy@gmail.com or 471-4973
to tell her how you can help.

Race: The Power of an Illusion“- a series of community discussions co-sponsored by the DCIC and facilitated by the Race Unity Circle. Based on the PBS documentary.  Three Wednesday nites from 7-9pm.
Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome!
Session 1: The Difference Between Us (How do you define race?)  Feb. 6 at Temple Beth El, 118 S. Grand Street, Poughkeepsie
Session 2: The Story We Tell (beliefs about racial superiority)  Feb. 13 at Beulah Baptist Church, 92 Catharine St., Poughkeepsie
Session 3: The House We Live In (how one’s race can subtly influence certain social benefits) Feb. 27 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 S. Randolph Ave., Pougheepsie

Tot Shabbat
Saturday, February 9

Tot Shabbat is a 30 minute, monthly introductory worship experience specially designed for toddlers and their families, and led by  Rabbi Altman along with our music teacher Olivia DiIorio. All in the community are invited to join us at our next Tot Shabbat for singing, a story, healthy snacks, and engaging with other families with young children.
RSVPs appreciated, call 845-454-2570; walk ins welcome!

Click here for information about the upcoming LEXICON OF FORCED MIGRATION speaker series sponsored by Vassar Refugee Solidarity

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 Mamisscrip@vassartemple.org or 914-456-3524to place your order, or contact the temple office!

14th Annual Dutchess County Interfaith Council
Sunday, February 10, 2:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
67 South Randolph Avenue, Poughkeepsie
Featuring 7 storytellers
Suggested is donation $10 to benefit “Coming Home” (a local project to help previously incarcerated people reintegrate into the community).

Are YOU on Facebook?  Help us by visiting both the Temple and the Sisterhood website….if you like our postings, don’t forget to
Like” and “Share” them. It will make them more visible, thank you!

100 Cups of Coffee Community Gathering and Discussion –Sunday, February 17, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Topic: “Religious Diversity & Compassion: Strengthening Inclusiveness- How do we overcome hatred? What positive changes can be made? What solutions can we create together?” 
Location: Town of Fishkill Recreation Center (793 NY-52, Fishkill).
Presented by: The Dutchess County Human Rights Commission
For more information: Jody Miller at  
jmiller@dutchessny.gov or (845) 486-2165 OR Dr. Seema Rizvi at seema.rizvi1682@gmail.com 

Next Talmud Study with Rabbi Golomb
is Thursday, February 21 at 12:00-1:30

Come to the next Intergenerational Shabbat!
Everyone is invited to learn, pray and joyously interact together at Vassar Temple’s next
Intergenerational Shabbat
on Saturday, February 23

Adults, teens, and our religious school children will all share special Shabbat experiences together, followed by a family friendly kiddush lunch.  The weekly Torah Study session with Rabbi Altman will be woven into the program, enhanced by the music of  Cantorial Intern Iana Goldman.
Come, make new friends, and let’s learn with and from one another. For the children, this program will be in lieu of Religious School on Sunday, Feb. 24, and for everyone it will be a very special Shabbat morning of community, worship, and education.

Thursdays, March 14 & 21, April 11th, 7:30 – 9:00, at Vassar Temple
Adult Education with Rabbi Altman:
“Reform Judaism: 
Why we Do What we do”