President’s Message

Dear RTPV Family,

I hope this note finds the light of the season shining brightly for you and your family. It has been a challenging year full of changes for all of us. Many in our congregation have been isolated and their only spiritual connection has been through our Zoom Shabbat Services, High Holiday services or one of our virtual get togethers. Our two B’Nai Mitzvah students in 2020 used Zoom, welcoming virtual visitors across the globe. While there is no substitute for in-person worship and learning in our beloved sanctuary, we continue to provide Jewish worship, study and connection. We anxiously await the day when we can welcome our students back inside the building for Hebrew school and when we are able to join together in the sanctuary for weekly worship and holiday celebrations. 

In the meantime, Cantor Annice Benamy is engaging our Hebrew school students through various virtual platforms. While this is not ideal, it is enabling one B’Nai Mitvah student to attend class while living on another continent. We have launched a bi-weekly E-mail newsletter to consolidate our email communications. Please be sure to read the E-mail newsletter on Wednesdays and Fridays as we will not be sending news other than the Rabbis’ weekly email in other email communications. 

Our beloved Rabbis will be retiring on June 30 and our search committee has been hard at work in the search for a new spiritual leader.

I am writing today to ask that you make a year-end donation to our 2020 Winter Appeal. While some of our expenses are not as high as when the building is in use, we have incurred new expenses, such as a Zoom membership, and we have had to postpone our large annual fundraiser. 

Our income is based on dues, Hebrew school tuition, High Holiday ticket sales, fundraising efforts and support from congregants like you who generously contribute a tax-deductible year-end donation. Our goal is $4,000 for the 2020 Winter Appeal. Please consider a gift in any amount to help RTPV accomplish this effort. 

We continue to make necessary repairs to our building which we look forward to using again in the near future. A successful Annual Appeal will enable us to balance our budget and continue to grow an emergency fund, which is prudent and responsible. 

We hope you will be inspired to make a donation today. Please donate online at You will see the DONATE button on the left side of our HOME PAGE, toward the bottom. Or mail a donation to PO Box 232, Putnam Valley, NY 10579. Consider a donation in someone’s name and we will alert them of your generosity. We take our role as your preferred house of worship and destination for all things Jewish very seriously. Wishing you a peaceful, safe and joyous secular New Year. 


Lisa Keogh

Lisa Keogh, RTPV Board President, on behalf of the RTPV Board of Directors, 914-282-3931 (my cell #)

Winter 2020 Appeal