Cooking Class and Festive Holiday Luncheon

Robbie SchiffJoin us on Dec. 6th, immediately following services (approximately 11:30) and learn to vegan-ize three Jewish holiday favs!

  • Latkes
  • Kugel
  • Chopped Liver (yes, we can do vegan chopped liver!)

But wait!  There’s more!  We’re starting our own new tradition with a really yummy kale salad!

We’ll prepare the food and then enjoy it together and when you leave, you’ll have some experience at veganizing traditional fare, a full tummy and some new recipes.

The class is led by Robbie Schiff, co-author of The Vegetarian Shabbat Cookbook and Thanksvegan.

Interested?  Contact Robbie with your questions or to let her know that you’ll be there.

Simchat Torah

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

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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

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

Out and About

Shir Chadash is out and about having fun meeting our neighbors.  Here are some photos from our booth at Beekman Community Day held earlier this month.  We gave out hundreds of yummy vegan muffins and made 150 paper tissue flowers with kids.  Stay tuned for more Out and About news.

Win/Win With Groceries UPDATE!

Join us in an easy fund-raising effort that will fit right into your weekly grocery trip.  Just buy grocery GIFT CARDS from Shir Chadash.  This is how it works:
  • Buy gift cards in in$25 increments from Shir Chadash
  • Choose Hannaford, ShopRite,  Adams Fairacre Farms or Stop & Shop
  • When Shir Chadash has accumulated $1,000 per store, you get your cards
  • A percentage of the money you spend comes back to Shir Chadash
Use PayPal to place your order – you can use a credit card even if you don’t have a PayPal account.

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