November 22, 2022 - Kislev 5783 - Upcoming Hanukkah Events, See's Candy Fundraiser and more! 
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The Generations [of Isaac]
Genesis 25:19−28:9 / Learn more . . .

UPDATE: Hybrid Services Continue

Masks are now optional. While services are now held both in our Sanctuary and via Zoom, we ask that for everyone's safety and security, in-person attendees must be fully vaccinated.

This Week at a Glance

FRIDAY, November 25 - Rosh Chodesh Shabbat Service at 7:00 pm with Chazzanit Annice - ZOOM ONLY

The service will including a discussion about the Hebrew month of Kislev

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Upcoming Dates & Events

Putnam Valley Holiday Gathering in the Park

Rabbi Sklarz will be participating at the Putnam Valley Holiday Gathering on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 pm. He will be speaking at 6:15 pm. All are welcome to attend. This is an outdoor event so dress for the evening temperatures. 

Holiday Music, Bonfire, S’mores, Hanukkiah and Tree Lighting, and a visit from Santa!  Arts and Crafts, Toys for Tots drop, Photo-booth, performances by local groups. Bring nonperishable food items to donate to Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry.

For info check or call at 845-526-3292. Sponsored by PV Parks and Recreation
Shabbat Hanukkah Service with hanukkiah lighting at 6:30 pm followed by HanukkahFest at 7:30 pm. Bring your own hanukkiah from home and share the significance or a story behind it. Watch for more details about the Latke Contest, and don't forget to pull out your best ugly sweater!

Volunteers Needed to Light our Hanukkiah!

Our Outdoor Hanukkiah will be on the porch of our temple for the eight nights of Hanukkah beginning on Sunday, December 18. Volunteers are needed to light the Hanukkiah each night. If you or your family would like to activate the lights (battery-operated) on one of the eight nights of Hanukkah, please contact Lisa Keogh at

No experience needed - Instructions will be provided.

Gift Giving Just Got Easier!

For the upcoming Holiday Season, RTPV is partnering with See's Candies, famous candy makers since 1921. As you prepare your Holiday shopping list, consider these great See's Candies gifts for family, friends and business associates. Every purchase will benefit RTPV. ORDER HERE.
Order before December 2. Your gifts will ship out 5 to 7 days later. Shipping is free for orders over $70 (to one address), $5.95 for orders over $40, or $7.95 for orders under $40. To get discounted shipping, items must be sent to one address.
Contact Phil Hurowitz with any questions at


Mark these dates on you calendar!

  • Monday Israeli Dance Classes continue - check for dates and times
  • November 25, Friday - Rosh Chodesh Shabbat service at 7 pm with Chazzanit Annice - ZOOM ONLY – including a discussion about the Hebrew month of Kislev
  • December 2, Friday at 6:15 pm - Putnam Valley Holiday Gathering at Town Park on Oscawana Lake Road. Rabbi Sklarz will be lighting the menorah and speaking. All are invited. 
  • December 16, Friday - HanukkahFest Service and Celebration beginning at 6:30 pm 
  • Hanukkah begins at sunset on Sunday, December 18 through 26, 2022
Many people mark a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, wedding or other Simcha by hosting the Oneg Shabbat. Others may choose to honor a loved one's yahrzeit by being present to say Kaddish and hosting an Oneg Shabbat. If you are interested in hosting, please contact our Oneg Coordinator, Pam Kolber Zicca at 

Temple Note

As we continue to move through these strange and challenging times, please know that we appreciate your participation in services and programs online. We are committed to maintaining our thriving community as well as your well-being and safety! Every action we take is with your health and safety foremost in our minds. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

"Chazak, chazak v'nitchazeik," be strong, and let us strengthen one another. May you be blessed with good health and spiritual strength!

RTPV E-Shofar comes out each Tuesday. Please reach out to temple president, Robin Bass, with any questions.

About RTPV
Founded in 1967, The Reform Temple of Putnam Valley is a progressive congregation serving Putnam and Northern Westchester. RTPV’s mission, as a House of Prayer, Study and Assembly, includes these goals: To honor the individual’s role in developing her/his Jewish identity; to offer an inspirational place of spiritual contemplation, remembrance, and honor; to foster a sense of Jewish identity by stressing the importance of acts of kindness and by working towards a just and compassionate world; and to participate in social action to make the world a better place for all people.

Shabbat services are held Friday evenings at 7:00 pm, currently in person as well as on Zoom. The Hebrew School provides religious school for preschoolers through young adults and adult education programs. The congregation is particularly sensitive to the varied needs of members, including individuals raised in various Jewish traditions and interfaith families, and welcomes Jews from all backgrounds and lifestyles.

RTPV is proud of its commitment to the community, most notably as co-founders of the Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry. Events include High Holy Days services, Hanukkah and Purim Fests, hiking club, movie nights, summer BBQ, Coffee House Evening, Sisterhood and Brotherhood Events, Social Action and more. For more information, email Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz at, visit, or come to a Friday night service at the temple - all are welcome!
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