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Hamantaschen Baking is this Sunday, 2/26!!

Tiny Temple will bake hamantaschen this Sunday 2/26!!  11am-noon
Calling all tots!  Let's make yummy hamantaschen in anticipation of the joyous holiday of Purim, at this month's Tiny Temple program.  All children ages infant to 5 and those raising them are warmly invited to join in the fun. Tiny Temple is open to all regardless of temple affiliation, is always free of charge, and is sponsored by the Vassar Temple Sisterhood.  Invite your friends and neighbors with young children to join in the fun! To assist in our planning, please RSVP to Laura Brundage at  tinytemple@vassartemple.org

Temple Beth-El & Vassar Temple Annual Joint Shabbaton

Rivalry & Redemption


Dr. Diane Sharon, scholar in residence

Dr. Diane Sharon 

Friday, March 17

7:30pm Joint Evening Service at Vassar Temple:

Cosmic Rivalry and the Theology of Israel

Pivoting from human rivalry to the struggle between one God and many, Dr. Sharon will speak of the cosmic battle that is the central theme of Israel's redemption from Egyptian slavery and informs our self-understanding as Jews today. Meet Dr. Sharon during the oneg

Saturday, March 18

9:00am-10:15am Study Session in Temple Beth-El’s chapel:

My Brother’s Keeper?

The Cain & Abel story (Gen. 4) reveals unsuspected themes and insights that illuminate both the biblical text and our own lives today

9:30am start time: Shabbat Morning Service (TBE sanctuary)

11:15am (approximate time) Talk during the service:

New Insights into the Rivalry between Sarah and Hagar

12:30pm Kiddush lunch & Conversation, TBE:

Rivalry in Genesis as a Metaphor for the Story of Israel.

Examine relationships in the Book of Genesis to reveal patterns that reflect our own modern dilemmas, identifying elements that can lead to reconciliation when neighbors and families are divided by their political and social positions.

RSVP for the lunch to info@tbeny.org or 845-454-0570 so we can prepare adequately. The community is warmly welcome to attend all services and events of the shabbaton!

Dr. Diane M. Sharon is a scholar and teacher of Hebrew Bible, Comparative Religion, and Ancient Near Eastern Literature, currently on the faculty of The Skirball Academy at Temple Emanuel, and has published and edited books and articles on the Bible, comparative religion, and women’s studies, and has served as a scholar-in-residence in more than 50 congregations nationwide.

 On Friday, March 11, Vassar Temple will celebrate Purim! 

The annual Vassar Temple Men's Club Purim Pasta Dinner
will be held at 6pm followed by the Purim Shpiel. Stay tuned for details ...

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Check out Rabbi Berkowitz's first audio interview, a podcast with Sean Ackerman from You Leading You, which interviews area organizational leaders.  Click on the box above to listen to Rabbi's conversation with Sean in You Leading You Episode 130: Leadership and Faith in Life with Rabbi Leah Berkowitz.

Click here to read Rabbi Berkowitz's blog messages



Members of the Vassar Temple Men's Club who participated in the annual Men's Club Shabbat service on November 18, 2016 pose on the Bimah following the service. 
Rabbi Paul Golomb, Senior Scholar, honored the group by continuing a recent tradition of reading from the Torah during the service.



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Judaica Shoppe

 Vassar Temple Sisterhood maintains a year-round Judaica Shop with items for sale on display in the East Chapel and in a glass case in the hallway in front of the office. The Shop is open every weekday except Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For an appointment outside of these hours, contact Perla at 
        914-456-7309 or brandaliz5@optonline.net.

Among the items we stock are jewelry, gifts, books, ritual items, art and cosmetics from Israel. We even have Jewish Silly Bandz in unique solid color, glitter pack, tie-dye pack and glow-in-the-dark varieties. Perla will also be glad to help you with special orders.

Come and see us for all your Judaica needs; we look forward to your visit!

Refugee Group Founder at Shabbaton, Saturday 1/28 Torah study with Rabbi Berkowitz will begin at 9:00 am, followed by a Torah service at 10:00 am.  Distinguished Vassar College professor Maria Höhn, accompanied by some of her students, will speak on "Lessons from History" that illuminate the current refugee crisis. After the program, the Ritual Committee will provide a light kiddush lunch. Dr. Höhn is founder of Vassar College Refugee Solidarity and co-founder of the Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance as well as the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education.

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