August 23, 2022 - Av 5782
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This week's parsha is R'eih רְאֵה
[This Day I Set Before You Blessing and Curse]
Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17 / 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

Friday, August 26, 2022 at 7:00 – outdoor Shabbat Service
at the Putnam Valley Grange – in person only

128 Mill Street, Putnam Valley, NY (at the corner of Mill Street and Peekskill Hollow Road)

To usher in month of Elul, the month of preparation for the High Holidays, we will be reading the beautiful liturgy from Miskan HaLev:Tabernacle of the Heart, and learning melodies of the High Holidays. Read Rabbi Sklarz' full message here >

Thank you to Gail and Michael Bennett for making this location available for our congregation once again! Since we are observing Shabbat outdoors, there will be no Zoom option this week.

This Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Usher in Rosh Chodesh Elul by “Opening Your Heart with Psalm 27.”

Join the Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 895 8539 0812

Also this Sunday at 4 pm - Our Next Free Safety Training at RTPV 

The High Holidays are just around the corner . . . with that in mind, The RTPV Reopening/Safety Committee is offering TWO special Training Classes, on Sunday, August 14 and Sunday, August 28 at 4 pm. Each class will run 45 minutes to an hour and will be held in person at RTPV.
Gail Bennett, who has a very strong medical and safety background, will lead the classes, covering common-sense approaches to medical emergencies, RTPV building safety, and how to call/respond to 911. Both classes will cover similar topics so if you can't make one class, you can make the other. Or, come to both! No RSVP is necessary.

Upcoming Dates & Events

Question for the Congregation - please respond by tomorrow (8/24) . . .

. . . if you haven't already! We are considering holding Erev Rosh Hashana service earlier this year - since it falls on a Sunday and some have expressed what a challenge it is to join with family and attend the service. We want to hear from you:
Email Robin Bass at, or call the temple at (845) 528-4774 and leave a message with your choice (5pm, 6pm, 7:30 pm or It doesn't matter to me.)

Thank you in advance.

Next Week! - FIRST CHOIR PRACTICE - Thursday, August 30, 2022 6pm at RTPV

For camaraderie and creativity with the RTPV choir, contact Barbara Borok or Robin Bass, or simply show up on August 30!

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!

  • Rosh Hashanah begins sunset on Sunday, September 25, 2022
  • Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Tuesday, October 4, 2022
  • Sukkot begins at sunset on Sunday, October 9, 2022
  • Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah begin at sunset on Sunday, October 16, 2022
  • 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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