September 2, 2022 - Elul 5782
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This week's parsha is Shof'tim שֹׁפְטִים
Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9  / Learn more . . .

Hybrid Services Continue

While services are now held both in our Sanctuary and via Zoom, for everyone's safety and security, in-person attendees must be fully vaccinated and masking requirements continue to be in effect. - from RTPV's Safety/Security Committee

This Week at a Glance

TONIGHT - Friday, September 2, 2022 at 7:00 – Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Sklarz – in person and on zoom (link below)

Preparing for the High Holidays: Elul Shabbat Service with liturgy and music from Mishkan HaLev.

Join us in person, or join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 856 8531 2700
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Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 8 pm 

Please join us as we open our hearts with Havdala on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 8:00 pm.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 879 1776 5740

Upcoming Dates & Events

ANNUAL POOL PARTY - Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 1pm

Elaine has graciously invited us for many summers to her home and we hope that you and your family can join us once again. Bring the whole family to enjoy a dip in the pool and of course delicious food and drink will be served. Our RTPV Sisterhood will supply the main course and beverages.

We ask as in the past that you contribute a salad, side dish or dessert. Please let Brenda know what you are bringing so we do not have people bringing the same side.

Please RSVP only to BRENDA at
If you have any questions call Brenda at 845-284-2437

Looking forward to seeing everyone again!


Put these dates on you calendar!

  • September 3, Saturday - Zoom Havdala with Chazzanit Annice Benamy
  • September 6, Tuesday - Board Meeting at 7:30pm via Zoom (link to follow)
  • September 9, Friday at 6:45 pm - Outdoor Pet Shabbat Service with Rabbi Sklarz at the PV Grange.(come at 6:15 before the service for wine and cheese sponsored by Rabbi Andrew and Susan Sklarz)
  • September 10, Saturday at 6:30 pm - RTPV Movie Night featuring Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run
  • September 11, Sunday - Annual Pool Party, Home of Elaine Sanders, 1 - 5 pm
  • September 16, Friday at 7pm - Selichot service with Rabbi Sklarz - followed by Art Installation in the Sanctuary / celebrating and honoring artist Phyllis Chazanoff
  • September 22, Thursday - "Book of Life Collage" project for Rosh Chodesh Tishrei - via Zoom
  • September 25, Sunday - Rosh Hashanah begins sunset
  • October 4, Tuesday - Yom Kippur begins at sunset
  • October 9, Sunday - Sukkot begins at sunset on Sunday
  • October 16-17 - Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah begin at sunset
  • Hanukkah begins at sunset on Sunday, December 18 through 26, 2022

Fundraising Notes


Reserve your leaf on the RTPV Simcha Tree - $180 donation to RTPV

Is there someone you wish to honor or a life-cycle event you wish to mark?
Rabbi Sklarz will dedicate the leaf during a Shabbat Service in the Sanctuary and on Zoom. Please contact Lisa Keogh at for more information.

Memorial Plaque - $270 donation to RTPV
Honor the memory of your departed loved ones by placing a plaque on the Memorial Wall.

The name(s) of your loved ones are also inscribed in our Yizkor Remembrance Book in perpetuity and read aloud during our Yizkor service on Yom Kippur.

Due to supply chain issues we cannot guarantee that Memorial Bronze Plaques ordered now will be delivered by Yom Kippur this year, although we will do our best to expedite.

Assistance is available to design and/or research the Hebrew name for your plaque. Up to two names may go on one plaque.

Please contact Lisa Keogh at 914.282.3931 or as soon as possible.


Please visit Pam Zicca Croton Arts to see beautiful hand-made blank note cards from Pam's collection of flora and fauna and landscapes that include the Freedom Tower and local nature. 10% of all sales go to RTPV. Pam is an active RTPV Board member participating on the membership, sunshine, and fundraising committees, and scheduling Oneg Shabbat refreshments.

To see all the beautiful pottery on Etsy by Faith Oland and Maxine Oland, please click FaithOlandPottery, long time RTPV member and Maxine Oland: Functional Artisan Pottery . . . soap dispensers, honey pots, and mugs.

10% percent of sales to members go to RTPV.

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 Wednesday. 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 Sklarz at, visit, or come to a Friday night service at the temple - all are welcome!
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