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Still some time left to buy Golden Gelt tickets.
Somebody will be the lucky winner…it may be you. Why not?  $$$$$

The Golden Gelt Fundraiser 
for Vassar Temple
* Each ticket purchased will help us meet our fundraising goal *
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 eachThe cost of each ticket will be $100.00
**The drawing date for the Golden Gelt Raffle has been changed to April 28.

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.*More sellers are needed*
The drawing will be held on April 28, 1:00 pm in Vassar Temple’s Social Hall.

** More assistance is needed in selling tickets to the community to make this a successful fundraiser for our Temple. To help promote the raffle, please call the office or call
Gail D’Alessio@845 723 4657 or  

*Prizes above based on the 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


“Reform Judaism:  Why We Do What We Do”

With Rabbi Renni S.  Altman DD
APRIL 11 /  7:30pm-9:00pm

This March marks the 200th birthday of Rabbi Isaac Meyer Wise, the founder of Reform Judaism. Along with many other Reform congregations, we will mark this occasion through study, with a 3 part series of classes taught by Rabbi Altman.  The primary focus will be an exploration of the development of the movement’s platforms and its prayer books.  Each, in different ways, serves as a reflection of how Reform Judaism was practiced in its time and will provide the background to understanding how the movement got to where it is today and why we “do what we do.” All are welcome and there is no charge to attend.  Please RSVP to the office@vassartemple.org or call the office at 845-454-2570, (whether you plan to attend one session or all sessions)

OUR LAST LUNCH BOX?   We do not have enough money left in the Community Tzedakah Fund to continue to serve a monthly meal at Lunch Box after this April.  Beyond donations of meat and fresh fruit from congregants, there is a cost of $100+ per month to purchase the various foods such as beans, rice, milk and salad, that we need to prepare the monthly meal.  If you do not want to see this vital program end, please make a donation in any amount to Vassar Temple with “Community Tzedakah Fund” on the memo line. Those who can may opt to donate $100 to “adopt” a month’s Lunch Box, or to dedicate it in honor or memory of a loved one. Please feel free to contact me for more information at socialaction@vassartemple.org or 845-849-0025, Marian Schwartz, Social Action Chairman

 Passover sale going on now!
 in the East Chapel
14th from 9:30-12 noon

Seder plates, matzah plates, kiddush cups and much more….

Hate Has No Home Here
Sunday April 14th from 4 – 6 pm
Christ Episcopal Church
20 Carroll Street, PoughkeepsiePerformances by:
Betty and the Baby Boomers
Acoustic quintet
Pat Lamanna
Souls United of the Hudson Valley
Interfaith gospel choir
Muriel Horowitz
StorytellerEnjoy great music, take home lawn signs,
bumper stickers, window posters and buttons.
Spread love, not hate, in Dutchess County and beyond!
Admission is free; donations to the campaign accepted.
All welcome!
RSVPs appreciated – text or call 845-464-8728


April 18 – 12:00-1:30:  Talmud Study with Rabbi Golomb: “Elijah’s Cup, or Does Every Question Have an Answer” taught by Senior Scholar Rabbi Paul Golomb


Vassar Temple’s 8th
Community Seder

 Friday, April 19th
6:00 pm

Vassar Temple’s 8th Annual Seder will be held in the social hall on Friday, April 19th (the first night of Passover), and everyone in the community is invited to attend.  A short, meaningful, lay-led Seder service, appealing to all ages, will begin at 6:00 P.M.
followed by a delicious kosher- style dinner including matzah ball soup, appetizers, entrée (choice of rotisserie chicken or fish), herbed vegetables, Pesach desserts, ritual wine, juice and soft drinks.  Attendees may also bring their own table wines.
Space is limited, so please reserve early.
Fees have been set to cover expenses:

       Adult $40

       Age 5-13 $12

      Under age 5 free

If you cannot afford the fee, support funds are available.

The RSVP deadline is April 8th; your payment is considered your reservation.  Make checks payable to Vassar Temple; in the memo area please note ‘Seder’ and the number of adults and children.  Include your e-mail address and indicate your entrée selection(s) of chicken or fish.
Checks should be brought or mailed to Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
so that they are received by April 8th.

For questions, or if you have any special dietary requirements or would like financial assistance, please email seder@vassartemple.org or call one of the co-chairs: Ron Rosen at (845)454-4936 or Polly Lewis at (845) 476-9778.

HATE HAS NO HOME HERE” LAWN SIGNS are now available in the temple free of charge.  Donations appreciated to enable the campaign sponsors to purchase more lawn signs, as well as window signs and bumper stickers. How wonderful it would be to see all our streets lined with this message! Questions? socialaction@vassartemple.org



During the month of April, we are collecting new and new packaged underwear for boys and girls in need, ages 6-10, who attend Morse Elementary School.  Please leave your donated items in the Captain Underpants collection box in the temple. Money collected in our tzedakah boxes this month will also go for this purpose.  If you cannot shop, checks in any amount made out to Vassar Temple with “underwear” on the memo line are also appreciated and will be used to purchase these items.
Thank you for your support of this essential project, which is sponsored by the Jewish Social Action Coalition (a collaboration of area synagogues, including Vassar Temple, and the Harding Club).

Chametz to Table Food Drive

Let all who are hungry come and eat,

Let all share the hope of Passover.

Do you have chametz food that is boxed or canned and not out of date? Perfect to donate! Just drop it off in the Can Jam bin at the Temple.  Everything will be donated to a local food pantry to nourish and cheer our neighbors in need.

Friday, April 26th
10:00 a.m

Celebrate the last day of Pesach at our Festival morning service;
an informal service in the East Chapel including the
Festival Torah reading and Yizkor,
the traditional memorial service associated with the festivals
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!



Holocaust Memorial Day Program at Wallace Center

Film & Discussion: NUREMBERG: ITS LESSON FOR TODAY, with Sandra Schulberg

Wednesday, May 1, 2019  2:00PM

Location: Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum

Cosponsored by the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County — this is a Morgenthau Holocaust Collections program. Free but registration required–register at https://conta.cc/2TLeGXK   Questions? Clifford Laube 845-486-7745

Mitzvah Day is Sunday, May 5 ~ Be a Part of It!

Sign up early for the service project of your choice

Reserve your free breakfast and Lunch

Register by APRIL 18 to be entered in a gift card raffle

GO TO www.jewishdutchess.org for complete details and to register.

Join us on Sunday, May 19th at 7:30 pm 
for an evening of cabaret!Broadway Biblewith Rabbi Deborah Zecher
“The Cabaret Rabbi”A program linking familiar Bible stories
with beloved Broadway show tunes!Rabbi Zecher’s credits include the Cabaret Workshop
at the Berkshire Music School, the
National Cabaret Conference at Yale University,
and the Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Conference.
She performs for synagogues and community
organizations throughout the country as well as in public venues.~ Recently nominated for the Best Female Debut Award by both the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and BroadwayWorld.com ~Tickets are $36 and include
a dessert and glass of wine

On sale now at the Vassar Temple office


Memorial Day Ceremony Slated for Sun. May 26
Pvt. Herman Siegel Post 625 Jewish War Veterans of the USA will hold their annual Memorial Day ceremony
Sunday, May 26 at 11 AM
in Schomre Hadath Cemetery, Lagrange Avenue, Poughkeepsie
All are invited to come to honor our deceased veterans on this day of remembrance and gratitude for their service. The Post also assures that flags are placed at the grave sites of veterans at Dutchess County’s Jewish cemeteries in time for Memorial Day.  For further information about the ceremony contact Ron Markowitz at ronmarko@prodigy.net 



Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Temple Beth-El ● 118 South Grand Avenue ● Poughkeepsie ● 845-454-0570
Save the Date for this Community Celebration
of Israeli Music, Culture & Food!
Israeli Style Dinner (Small Fee)
Free Concert—All are welcome
CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE FOR THE CARAVAN: www.israelscouts.org/friendship-caravan
Temple Beth-El, Vassar Temple, Congregation Shir Chadash,
The Sherman Fund, The Zimet Fund, The Harding Club & various private donors
Publication support from Jewish Federation of Dutchess County


Please join us for the 2019 Flexible Feast!
Hosted by Paul and Kathy Colbert
Saturday, June 1st at 6 PMA Gourmet Dinner at the
Colbert Residence 
in Pleasant ValleyA tax-deductible fundraiser for Vassar Temple
Click here for Flexible Feast menu and reservation information


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 – reservations by April 30th



May 3 – Happy Hour on the Patio

May 5 – Mitzvah Day

May 31 – Generations Shabbat Service Dinner

Saturday, June 1 – Vassar Temple Moveable Feast