An Evening With Leon Botstein

Leon BotsteinHadassah and the women’s groups of Vassar Temple, Schomre Israel, Temple Beth-El, and Shir Chadash are teaming up to bring you An Evening with Leon Botstein on Monday, November 3 from 7:00 to 9:30 PM.

Leon Botstein is a Swiss-born naturalized American conductor, scholar, and the President of Bard College.  He is a leading advocate of progressive education, the  author of Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture  and has published widely on music, education, history, and culture. He graduated at age 16 from the High School of Music and Art in New York, and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in music history.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Congregation Schomre Israel, 18 Park Avenue, Poughkeepsie.
Refreshments will be served and reservations are not required. The organizing committee is asking those who attend to participate in a community service project to collect baby supplies for families in our community.
Please bring a package of disposable diapers and/or a small quantity of ready-to-use baby formula. The items will be collected at the event and delivered afterward to a Dutchess County agency that will distribute them to the families of babies in need in our community.

We hope you will plan to join us for this wonderful evening with one of the Hudson Valley’s most illustrious citizens, and that you will also support the community mitzvah being planned as part of the event.

Simchat Torah

We gathered together, unscrolled the Torah and danced and sang.

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Build, Decorate & BBQ


sukkah_4Join us today, Sunday 10/5  at 4:00 to build and decorate our Sukkah at our interim location the Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church.  Bring something to share for a BBQ (no dairy please).
Sukkot is from sunset October 8, 2014 to nightfall October 15, 2014.  To learn more, take a look at Judaism 101.

Selichot Service

We began our High Holy Day season with a Selichot study session and service last Saturday evening with the unusual opportunity to learn from three Rabbis, and to listen to the music of two Cantors and two choirs.  During the break between study and prayer, we enjoyed dessert and each other’s company.  We are pleased that Linda Perfecto, President of Temple Beth El let us know that her congregation appreciated the evening and looks forward to other joint events.

ShofarDear Victor, Jane, Rabbi Polish and Cantor Hirschenfang,

On behalf of our congregation, thank you for hosting such a moving and inspiring Selichot program last night! The choir and cantorial selections were beautiful; the study session really got me thinking about the liturgy and the themes of the high holidays.
Thanks also for the delicious refreshments, and for your consideration in providing kosher-supervised goodies. The dessert-break was a lovely opportunity to get to meet some of your members.
Please convey to everyone how much we enjoyed the evening and how appreciative we are. We look forward to future occasions for joint learning, celebration and reflection.
Best wishes for a good and sweet New Year,
Linda Perfecto

Rosh Chodesh Brunch & Discussion

Sunday November 16th 10:30 AM—12:30 PM
At the home of Susan and Allen Fink
13 Carriage Hill Lane, Poughkeepsie (off 376/Hooker Avenue) 473-3168

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Museum Hoffman

New York Times Book Review
Alice Hoffman has always celebrated the marvelousness of what’s real in the world, even as she creates the distinctive atmosphere of uncanniness and magical potential that looms over her fiction. Her devoted readers expect melodramatic stories imbued with the atmosphere of folk tales. Omens and portents are her stock in trade. Feminist themes and generous amounts of Renaissance Faire-style potted history make her storytelling all the more suggestive. Eerie and powerful acts of nature signify undercurrents of mood the way irregular minor chords in the background music tell us how to feel during ominous scenes at the movies. Lost in a dark forest of one kind or another, Hoffman’s characters have a heightened awareness of the hidden meanings that surround them as they struggle toward the light…more

Publisher’s Synopsis
Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum,” alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River...more

 Boston Globe Review
Alice Hoffman specializes in fairy tales for impressionable grown-ups and cautionary tales for precocious adolescents. Not infrequently, the two overlap.

Her latest fiction for the former demographic, a melancholic love story that spotlights corruption and exploitative labor practices in 1911 New York City, revisiting kid-enticing motifs from the author’s earliest young-adult novels “Aquamarine,” “Indigo,” and “Green Angel”: mermaids, conflagrations, and children with webbed hands….more





Coming Up

Services are at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 12.  Rabbi Polish will talk about “The most important time of the Year” leading us in a reflection about the month of Elul and how we can make use of it as we prepare ourselves for the Yamim Nora’im/ the High Holy Days.


Visit our booth at East Fishkill Community Day on Saturday, 9/13.


Enjoy Shalom on Grand on Sunday, 9/14.  Contact Ellen Rand if you’d like to help work the booth.

Gesher and Ivrit

Aleph BetCongregation Shir Chadash has joined up with Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie to bring our young people Hebrew classes and a High School curriculum. Scheduling details for the beginning of the term are below.  All classes for Ivrit and Gesher on on the Shir Chadash calendar.

Sunday, September 7th at 9:30 AM. and Tuesday, September 9th at 4:30 PM parents are invited to opening assemblies.  After the assembly there will be a 15-20 minute period during which you are invited to go with your child to his/her classroom to meet the teacher and find out more about the curriculum. (Location – Temple Beth-El)

Wednesday, September 10th at 6:30 Gesher students will have dinner and meet their teachers. Then they’ll choose the courses that interest them which is what will be used to make the schedule for the upcoming year. (Location, Temple Beth-El)


This summer Rabbi Polish spoke at an interfaith conference in Berlin for “emerging leaders” from the Catholic and Jewish worlds, co-sponsored by the Vatican Commission on Religious Relations with the Jewish people, the International Jewish Committee for Interfaith Consultations, and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. It was his first visit to Germany. He also traveled to Budapest, Hungary and on to Jerusalem. It was hardly a restful summer. This upcoming Shabbat (9/5) he will report on his experiences.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Book of Remembrance

Every year Shir Chadash publishes a Book of Remembrance which includes the names of loved ones who have passed away. The format is:
Name of Loved one, Relationship, Person Who is Remembering


Such as:

Sidney Rothman, father of Michael Rothman

The cost is $25 per name.

If you would like to have any names included in the Book of Remembrance use the PayPal button below. You can also call ( 845 223-5925) or email Michael Rothman.

Name of Loved One
Relationship & Your Name


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