Officers and Trustees
Steven Getzoff, President
Pam Doman-Petlick, Executive  Vice-President
Steven Wasserman, Treasurer
Beverly Kissel, Corresponding Secretary
Ronna Blau, Recording Secretary
Linda Borkow
Vicki Greif
Faye Kimerling
Steven Lillien
Dayle Michael
Esther Mildner
Yakov Peter

For More Information:

Sponsor Kiddush-
Esther Mildner
Pam Petlick
Programs-Barry Gold
High Holidays-Barry Gold
Services-Steve Wasserman
Interfaith Caring  Community- Karl Schapira, Alan Shapiro 
Social Action-
Bev Kissel
Lesley Levine
Women's Study Groups
Ronna Blau
Pam Petlick

Contact Us
Rosh Pinah
of the Rivertowns
:P.O. Box 27, Hastings-on-Hudson,
N.Y. 10706



Shabbat Services & a Jewish Community

Tu B'Shvat

 Shabbat kiddush
January 27
TuBshvat Fruits of Israel
 Celebrate ecology with Rosh Pinah at our kiddush in honor of Tu B'Shvat, the 'New Year of Trees' with special foods for the holiday.

Membership Database, Directory
&Yahrtzeit Information

  We are updating our membership database, yahrtzeit information and creating a membership diretory. Members, please send information (including opt-out of the directory) as indicated on the attached forms.

Rosh Pinah Anniversary Celebration

 Celebrating Years 13 to 15
 with a great evening

Rosh Pinah celebrates anniversary

Thank you to Beverly Shipko
 for the beautiful photos

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women's bible study

Schedule: 2017-2018
next meeting:

7:30 pm
at the home of
Beverly Sloofman
the topic will be:
Jewish Law, Jewish Choices
How do we view our allegiance to Jewish law? Are we guided by ethical precepts, community norms, inherited traditions, rabbinic commands? As modern Jews, what guides our approach to observance of mitzvot? 
We'll look at a variety of contemporary approaches to Jewish law and discuss what shapes our own observance. 

The December meeting celebrated Rosh Hodesh and Chanukah.

The prior meeting focused on the challenging story of the Akedah (the Binding of Isaac), looking at Sarah's role ... through text study, poetry, music, and visual art.

future schedule:
MON. APR. 16
Rosh Chodesh leader, Amy Gottleib, is a novelist, poet, educator and editor.  She worked as the Director of Publications for the Rabbinical Assembly and is well versed in Jewish topics. For the past 20 years she has been a member of a Rosh Chodesh group consisting of rabbi’s, scholars and writers. Her book, The Beautiful Possible is an artfully woven story of love and loss, of spirituality and desire, of the stories that make us who we are and the stories we tell ourselves” (Jillian Cantor, author of Margot and The Hours Count).

   If you need more information or you wish to be on the mailing list or attend a session of the Women's Rosh Chodesh Study Group, please send an e-mail to Ronna Blau at
New members are welcome!



 As a member-led Chavurah we are always in need of volunteers to fulfill all of these roles. Do not feel intimidated! Preparing a Dvar Torah, reading Torah or Haftarah and even public davening are uplifting experiences; just ask anyone who has volunteered. We will provide tapes, resources, help and guidance. Please volunteer!



Sponsor Chavurah Kiddush

Who are we?

Rosh Pinah Chavurah of the Rivertowns is a member-led Jewish religious congregation. Services, in the Conservative, egalitarian tradition, are held every shabbat and for all Jewish holidays, including Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We read the full weekly torah portion and use the original Sim Shalom siddur. We formed the chavurah to create a fellowship of Jews who wish to daven (pray) and congregate in an atmosphere of respect, joy, warmth, camaraderie and trust. The Chavurah invites anyone interested to join us for services.

Our Jewish community

The Chavurah is very participatory and those with various synagogue skills are invaluable to our community in many capacities. Chavurah members serve as shaliach tzibur (cantor), leyn (read Torah), serve as gabbayim (service 'helpers') and prepare the drashot (Torah commentary or sermons). Rosh Pinah has ongoing study groups, a women's Rosh Chodesh group and has had an adult bat mitzvah class. We also hold social events, sponsor social action programs and participate in the life cycle events of our members, including shivas, aufrufs and baby namings.

Our location & organization

We meet at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings and are indebted to that congregation for allowing us to use space in their beautiful synagogue building. Our members are from Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, Irvington, Tarrytown, Scarsdale, other parts of Westchester, and beyond. We are a non-profit organization with a Board of Trustees.

Do you wish to be added to our mailing list?

Semi-Annual Chavurah Meeting For All Members

 The Chavurah Semi-Annual Membership Meeting  will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom.  All members are invited to attend and participate.

Next Board Meeting

Next Board meeting will be Tuesday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. at the home of Dayle Michael.

Board of Trustees meetings are generally scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month.
Shabbat morning services
Our regular Shabbat morning services are held at 9:00AM at Temple Beth Shalom, 740 Broadway in Hastings in the large classroom on the lower level.  Because of Bar & Bat Mitzvahs taking place there simultaneously, PLEASE park on side streets and Broadway and NOT in the parking lot. THANKS!

Scheduled Dates

On Saturday, Jan. 20, Bonnie and Karl Schapira will be sponsoring the kiddush in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary

 On Saturday, Jan 27, the kiddush is sponsored by Esther and Mark Mildner in honor of the Yahrzeit of Esther’s mother. The coming holiday of Tu B'Shvat,  the 'New Year of Trees', will be celebrated with a holiday kiddush including traditional special foods.

The kiddush on February 10 is sponsored by the Rosenkranz family in celebration of Arthur Rosenkranz's birthday.

On Feb 17, we will have a kiddush for all members who would like to celebrate, honor and/or commemorate any simchas (anniversaries, birthdays, other Shehechayanu moments) or Yahrzeits occurring during the first quarter of the year (1/31-3/31). If you would like us to mention your simcha or Yahrzeit, and/or would like to co-sponsor the kiddush, please contact us at We will be having a similar kiddush each quarter.


  Rosh Pinah is a member of:

Interfaith Caring Community
Rivertowns Jewish Consortium
Westchester Jewish Conference

"If you will it, it is no fairytale"
Theodor Herzl (1860-1904)

"If you build it. they will come"
Field of Dreams, 1989


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