November 15, 2022 - Heshvan 5783 - Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, See's Candy Fundraiser and more! 
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Chayei Sarah  חַיֵּי שָׂרָה
The Life of Sarah
Genesis 23:1−25:18 / 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 18 - Shabbat Service at 7:30 pm with Chazzanit Annice - IN PERSON and via Zoom

Including a discussion on The Aftermath of Sarah's death - Land and Mourning.

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SUNDAY, November 20 - Interfaith Service of Thanks

At 4pm at Temple Beth El in Yorktown Heights - 203 Church Place

Sisterhood Announcement and Planning Meeting

The RTPV Sisterhood would like to thank Brenda Sternbach for all her hard work, generosity and dedicated service for the past eight and a half years - she is stepping down as Sisterhood President and passing the sisterhood torch to Nicole Berglas. Thank you, Brenda, we wish you much happiness! And thank you Nicole, we wish you all the best in your new position! All sisters (and prospective sisters) are invited to help plan events and activities for the upcoming year - we are meeting at the temple this Sunday, November 20 at 2pm. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Nicole at

A message from our temple president, Robin Bass

Even though the High Holidays are over, it's not too late to give a donation from the heart. Your donations are essential to keep RTPV strong and healthy.

Please be as generous as you can, and be sure to join us for our many events. Friends and neighbors are always welcome.

Please mail your tax-deductible donation to: RTPV, PO Box 232, Putnam Valley, NY 10579. Or click DONATE at

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

Upcoming Dates & Events


Mark these dates on you calendar!

  • Monday Israeli Dance Classes continue - 7-9 pm with Robin Bass
  • November 18, Friday - Shabbat service at 7:30 pm with Chazzanit Annice - in person and via Zoom – including a  discussion on The Aftermath of Sarah's death - Land and Mourning.
  • November 19, Saturday - Havdalah at 7 pm with Chazzanit Annice - Zoom only
  • November 20, Sunday, RTPV Sisterhood planning meeting at 2 pm at RTPV 
  • November 20, Sunday, Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 4 pm at Temple Beth Am in Yorktown
  • 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. 
  • 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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