November 29, 2022 - Kislev 5783 - Movie Night, Scrip Card Offering, LAST CHANCE for See's Candy Fundraiser, HanukkahFest and more! 
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Vayeitzei  וַיֵּצֵא
And [Jacob] Left
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, December 2 - Shabbat Service at 7:00 pm with Rabbi Sklarz - IN PERSON and via Zoom

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Holiday Gathering in the Park - before services this Friday

Rabbi Sklarz will be participating at the Putnam Valley Town Park Holiday Gathering this Friday - Dec. 2 at 6 pm. He will be speaking at 6:15 pm at 156 Oscawana Lake Road. 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

Upcoming Dates, Events & Fundraisers


RTPV has partnering with See's Candies, famous candy makers since 1921. For your Holiday shopping list, consider tSee's Candies gifts for family, friends and business associates. Every purchase benefits RTPV. ORDER HERE by 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

Holiday Scrip/Gift Card Offering for the Holidays

ShowWithScrip is now RaiseRight!
The RTPV Fundraising Committee presents a Holiday Gift Card Offering in time for Hanukkah and Christmas through RaiseRight. Orders must be in by Wednesday, December 7 - you will have Gift Cards in your hands that weekend! Check the 750+ businesses and services available through this link: A percentage of each card purchase is donated back to RTPV - varies by brand, generally 5 to 12 percent. Consider Airbnb, Amazon, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Shoprite, CVS, Dunkin' Donuts, ACME, Stop & Shop, Home Depot, Applebee's, Chipotle, Kohls and more!

Email Phil Hurowitz with your order at

Movie Night - December 10

Join us for a very special Movie Night on Saturday, December 10 at 6:30 pm: The Pound Ridge Massacre, a documentary written and produced by Jon Scott Bennett, son of RTPV members Gail and Michael Bennett. After the film, Jon will be on hand to answer questions from the audience. About the film: On one forgotten night in March of 1644, a combined force of Dutch and English colonists attacked a Native American village in present day Westchester, NY. It was one of the deadliest attacks on the indigenous people along the Atlantic Coast. This is the story of that event, the colony of New Netherland (later New York), and the "River Tribes" of the Hudson River Valley.

Suggested donation $10 per person. We will have individually wrapped refreshments . . . feel free to bring your own beverage from home. Masks will be optional. Please contact Phil Hurowitz at with any questions.


Shabbat Hanukkah Service with hanukkiah lighting at 6:30 pm (in person and via Zoom) 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.


Mark these dates on you calendar!

  • Monday Israeli Dance Classes continue - check for dates and times
  • December 2, Friday at 7 pm - Shabbat Service at RTPV in person and via Zoom
  • 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 9, Friday at 7 pm with Chazzanit Annice - ZOOM ONLY 
  • December 10, Saturday at 6:30 pm - Movie Night - A Pound Ridge Massacre
  • December 16, Friday - HanukkahFest Service and Celebration beginning at 6:30 pm - in person and via Zoom
  • Hanukkah begins at sunset on Sunday, December 18 through 26, 2022 - Volunteers needed to light our Hanukkiah on RTPV
  • December 23, Friday at 7 pm with Chazzanit Annice - ZOOM ONLY 
  • December 30, Friday at 7 pm with Chazzanit Annice - ZOOM ONLY 
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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