President’s Message

Dear Temple Family and Friends,

Shalom. I hope you are enjoying a safe and healthy holiday season. 

Given the ongoing pandemic and all that has come with it, this has been a very challenging year for many of us and for our temple! Despite these challenges, we continue to host weekly hybrid Shabbat services led by Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz and Chazzanit Annice Benamy or lay leaders. We also had very successful High Holiday services, despite having to go virtual instead of in-person, and a lively in-person Chanukah event. We are planning a special Martin Luther King service in January that we hope many of you will attend.

I want to thank everyone who has generously donated over this past year. This has been a year of transition, so if you didn’t receive a personal response and would like a hard copy or email acknowledgement letter, please let us know.

As we end 2021, I want to share just how important your donations are. The money we get from dues does not cover our expenses even without emergency expenditures. Although we are not in the building like pre-pandemic times, we still have to pay for the phone, heat and electricity throughout the year; we still have to make repairs to keep the building from deteriorating. Additionally, this year we had a major unexpected expense: fixing a hole in the water pipe that leads from the temple to the main road. This repair was over $10,000 but could not be delayed as it would only have gotten worse and more expensive. As with all emergency repairs, it was not  budgeted.

I know that at this time of the year, most of us have many extra expenses…often end of the year donations to the charities of our choice. I am hoping that Reform Temple of Putnam Valley is on your list of meaningful charities and that you will make a tax-deductible donation as we end the year 2021.  You can mail your donation to RTPV Box 232, Putnam Valley NY 10579, or donate at our website, by scrolling down to DONATE at the bottom of the Home Page.

Thank you again for supporting us. Whether you do or don’t give a donation, we appreciate you. If you have  any ideas on how RTPV can better serve your spiritual needs, please contact me. 

I look forward to seeing you either in person or on zoom in the near future.


Robin Bass

RTPV President