October 18, 2022 - Tishri 5783 - Simchat Torah, Congregational Field Trip and more! 
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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, October 21 at 7:00 pm - Simchat Torah service at 7 pm with Rabbi Sklarz and Chazzanit Annice - In-person and via Zoom (link below)

With the Oneg Shabbat hosted by Brenda!
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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 
Thanks so much to our Sukkah decorating team. We enjoyed a wonderful Shabbat service celebrating Sukkot last Friday. Our potluck Oneg Shabbat gave everyone a chance to indulge in delicious treats and spend time together. Please join us for Shabbat. And if you are interested in lighting the Shabbat candles or saying the Kiddush blessing, please contact Robin Bass, temple president, at

Upcoming Dates & Events

Join us to see the play, ARRIVALS: A Sephardi-Ashkenazi Love Story at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St. NYC on Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 3pm. After the play we will have dinner at Salam Cafe & Restaurant (104 W 13th St/middle eastern fare).

Tickets for the show are available for purchase online: $50 general admission (after October 9) at

Email with any questions and to sign up for ride sharing.


Put these dates on you calendar!

  • October 21, Friday - Simchat Torah service at 7 pm with Rabbi Sklarz & Chazzanit Annice
  • October 22 - Havdallah cancelled
  • October 30, Sunday - Congregational trip to NYC to view a play, Arrivals: a Sephardi-Ashkenazi Love Story, at the Center for Jewish History on 16th St.
  • November 12, Saturday - Movie Night at 6 pm. Watch for details.
  • November 20, Sunday, Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 4 pm at Temple Beth Am in Yorktown
  • 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 at Yom Kippur. 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


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 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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