What’s Happening

What’s Happening at Vassar Temple
Souper Sale Update:

Due to a scheduling issue I will not be able to do the soup pick up on Sunday, 1/13/19. I am in the process of putting in the order and finalizing a date. Once I’m all set I’ll let you all know of the new pick up date. I’m sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. Please feel free to email me at shaarirs@gmail.com. Thank you for your understanding.  Shaari Roland


VOTE FOR DUTCHESS OUTREACH, which operates LunchBox and the largest local food pantry. They can win up to $500 in this photo contest!  Spread the word! You can vote once a day through this Friday at

  (also see photo of OUR kids on the Lunch Box page of their website dutchessoutreach.org )


The Wind Chill Fund

This month’s donations to the Temple tzedakah boxes will benefit Hudson River Housing’s Wind Chill Fund, which supplements their emergency overnight shelter when that facility is overflowing.  HRH provides the homeless not only a warm, clean, safe place to sleep, but also dinner, breakfast, a hot shower, transportation to and from the shelter, and perhaps most importantly, referral services.  Checks made out to Vassar Temple with “Wind Chill Fund” on the memo line also are appreciated.  Any donation will help, and if you can see your way to donate $36 (double chai), that amount will provide one person blessed space in a shelter for one freezing wintry night.


Don’t Miss It!  Rabbi Altman speaks at
“Lunch & Learn Bunch”
Wednesday, January 16, 11:30am-12:30pm
Topic: The Biblical figure Miriam.
Snack & Shmooze 11:00am
Program 11:30
Lunch (bagel & schmear)12:30pm
Cost: $6 /$4 without lunch (no outside food please)
Location: Temple Beth El, 118 South Grand Avenue
Sponsor: JFedDC————-
REMINDER:  Your Vassar Temple Sisterhood Friendship calendar is waiting for you in the Temple office.
We thank you again for your continued support!
Don’t forget to patronize our advertisers!————-

Next Talmud Class with Rabbi Golomb

Thursday, January 17th at 12:00pm – 1:30pm

The topic: “The Building of a Text: One Lesson on Top of Another.”
Vassar Temple Sisterhood is going to “Formosa”
825 Main Street Poughkeepsie
for the first Chai Luncheon 
of the new year on Friday, January 18 (of course) at 12 noon
Let Perla know you are coming by sending her an email at perlakaufman22@gmail.com.
Hope you can join us!————-
ARTISTS WANTED! As part of a redecorating effort at the overnite homeless shelter to make it more welcoming for those who already face so many of life’s challenges, Hudson River Housing is seeking volunteers with artistic abilities to design and create artwork and murals to decorate the walls. Please contact Kristine at kkortright@hudsonriverhousing.org or at 845-454-5176 if you can help.


Martin Luther King Service
Sponsored by the Dutchess County Interfaith Council
A Martin Luther King Service will be held on
Sunday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m.
at Beulah Baptist Church (92 Catharine Street, Poughkeepsie)
For more information, contact Beulah Baptist Church at (845) 473-1662


Please note in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the office will be closed all day on Monday, January 21, 2019.


Saturday, January 26
Festivities start at 9:00 a.m. 
Intergenerational Tu B’Shevat Seder featuring fruits, which are symbolic of the holiday.  Interactive learning and Shabbat morning worship.
Cantorial Intern, Jenna Mark will lead us in song.
Stay and share a dairy Kiddush lunch.
This special program is being held in lieu of Sunday School that weekend.
For further information or to RSVP for the Tu B’Shevat seder
and/or for the kiddush lunch, please contact David Hecht at vtritchair@gmail.com or 845-518-8523.
(No Torah Study on January 26)
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!————-
VT Musicians Wanted!
Do you play an instrument?  If so, we want you!
We are looking for folks willing to share their musical talents to enhance Friday evening services approximately once a month.  We would like to gather an ensemble that could play during the service and bring more variety to our musical offerings.
Curious? Interested?  Please contact music@vassartemple.org.  Be sure to note what instrument you play.
Let’s mix it up!
Soup & Chili Dinner
Tisch Shabbat
Friday, February 1 at 6 pmCantorial Intern Ilana Goldman will help lead this event in the Social Hall.  A “Tisch” or Table Shabbat is held around the Shabbat table and features melodies and stories and highlights community.  The service will include Shabbat prayer and liturgy as well as a spirit of learning and singing.
Sisterhood will provide a festive meal of homemade soups, vegetarian chili, challah, cornbread and salad to be enjoyed during the service. Donations for the dinner are very welcome, and checks should be made payable to Vassar Temple Sisterhood.While reservations are not required, we would greatly appreciate having an idea of how much food to prepare.  If possible, please let JoAnne Abraskin know you are coming by January 29th at abraskinmomma@yahoo.com or 901-0373.
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!