RTPV | Reform Temple of Putnam Valley

Friday Night at RTPV

Post Thanksgiving Gratitude

Pals 			In this week's parasha, Hayyei Sarah, Abraham dies, and his sons, Isaac and Ishmael, who have been at odds, jointly bury him. Our sages comment that the brothers' actions underscore the importance that reconciliation should play in our lives. During this season of giving thanks, we will look at how having gratitude for our material and spiritual blessings might help us on a journey to reconciliation.

We invite you to read the parasha here, and we look forward to seeing you this Friday at 8 PM for an evening of song and prayer, schmoozing and noshing.

Blessings for joyous Thanksgiving,
Rabbis Altarescu and Levy

Scrip Cards for the Holidays


With the Holidays right around the corner, it is a perfect time to buy GIFTS for family members, friends and co-workers!
There is no easier way to SHOP and HELP the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley!

This is how it works:
You can buy SCRIP cards for your family, friends and gifts for birthdays, Hannukah, graduations and MORE! You can buy SCRIP cards for ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Acme, Turco’s, Gas Stations, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Amazon, Smash Burger, Applebee’s, Walmart, and much, much more! When buying a Scrip gift card, a portion of your Scrip purchase will be donated to the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley. These are businesses that you frequent, sometimes on a very regular basis, so please do show your SUPPORT!

Check out the link for all available offerings: www.shopwithscrip.com. Anything on their website can be ordered thru RTPV.

Also, TOPS has moved to the area (replacing Hanneford's) and they are available as well!!

Remember, if you are planning a home renovation and making purchases at Home Depot, they have cards in $25, $100 and $500 denominations! Also, most hotel chains are available.
This Scrip period ends on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, and you'll have the scrip in your hands a week later!
Turco’s in Yorktown Heights is again available. They can be purchased in $25 and $100 denominations. RTPV earns 7%! Mrs. Greens is also now available!

It all helps RTPV! Please download the Scrip Order Form.
Payment must be made when order is submitted. Please make checks payable to "Reform Temple of Putnam Valley" and submit payment along with order form to in the RTPV Fundraising box in the Temple office.

We look forward to everyone making this the best SCRIP card offering EVER!
Thank you advance!

Philip Hurowitz 
Fundraising Chairman

Fall Clean-up



Sunday, November 27, 9:30am

Fall is here and most of the leaves have fallen. 
Please come with a good spirit, gloves, a leaf rake, a tarp, and if you have leaf blower it would be very useful.
We will have coffee and bagels.

Please RSVP to Shimon


Rabbis' message for the month of Elul

Click here to read the Rabbis' message for the month of Elul.

A Special Request from the Rabbis

Over the two years that we have served RTPV as your rabbis, we have seen the growth and strengthening of the board and its committees, a renewed commitment to social action, and increased participation in services. Our board of directors continues to ensure that the Temple is managed in a fiscally responsible manner.  

Our current budget does not cover three things that we have on a "wish list" for our temple. There is a Rabbis' Discretionary Fund, that allows for funds to be used for tzedakah as well as items not covered in our budget. We hope you will consider donating to this fund -- whether to honor or memorialize a special person, to mark an important occasion, or simply to pay tribute to RTPV.

  • Our services have been greatly enhanced by the diverse musical talent, knowledge and enthusiasm of Cantor Annice Benamy. Our current budget provides for Annice’s service three times a month. With an additional $1,200 we would be able to enjoy Annice’s music every Shabbat.
  • The Reform Movement published new High Holiday prayer books last year. These machzorim include the transliteration of all prayers, modern translations and beautiful inspirational readings. We strongly believe that these books would greatly enhance the holiday experience for all. 100 new prayer books will cost $4,000. 
  • Currently RTPV does not have a program for post B’nai Mitzvah students. We believe it is vitally important to continue to strengthen our young peoples’ Jewish identity throughout adolescence by providing them with a support network and encouraging them to participate in meaningful social action projects together. We hope to raise $2,500 to fund a part-time Youth Director to help create this programming for our 13-18 year olds. 

Thank you for considering a generous donation to the RTPV Rabbis’ Discretionary Fund, for either general use or earmarked for whatever program speaks to your heart.


Rabbi Steve Altarescu and Rabbi Laurie Levy

RTPV T-Shirts for sale

Temple members model shirts

$15 EACH
Get your very own RTPV T-Shirt
Great for wearing to temple and community events! 
Supplies are limited
Pre-orders are being taken now

Adult Sizes  S, M. L & XL
Email Roni to reserve your t-shirt

Shop at DeCicco's - Help RTPV!

We are very excited to announce a great and easy way to help out RTPV simply by buying groceries - and it won't cost you a cent!

All you need to do is shop at DeCicco's Market located at 3651 Lee Rd, Jefferson Valley (opposite the JV Mall). When you check out just tell the cashier  that you are participating in the rebate program for the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley. The cashier will look up the applicable code and enter it. Simply by doing that, our Temple will get a percentage of whatever the cost of your purchase is. No extra cost to you but a great benefit to us.
We hope that you all take advantage of this opportunity and thank you in advance for your help.

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