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



High Holidays services

Wishing  you and your family
a sweet, happy and healthy 5778

High Holiday services

All Rosh Hashona and Yom Kippur services will be held at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown. Rooms are available for those who do not drive on the holiday. Rosh Pinah, since our founding, has been pleased to make our High Holidays services open to the public. No membership or tickets are needed  although we request that you send us an RSVP.

for further info:

High Holiday Schedule

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
services will take place
 at the Westchester Marriott
670 White Plains Road,
 Tarrytown, NY 10591
Phone:  914-631-2200

Rosh Hashonah

Erev Rosh Hashonah Wednesday, Sep. 20
at 6:30 p.m.
Mincha & Maariv

Westchester Marriott
First Day of Rosh Hashonah Thursday, Sep. 21 at 8:30 a.m.
Westchester Marriott
Tashlich Thursday, Sep. 21 at 5:00 p.m.
Scenic Hudson Park, Irvington, NY
Second Day of Rosh Hashonah Friday,Sep. 22  at 8:30 a.m.
Westchester Marriott
Shabbat Shuvah Saturday, Sep. 23 at 9:00 a.m.
Temple Beth Shalom,

Yom Kippur

Mincha and
Kol Nidrei*
Friday, September 29
at 6:00 p.m.

Westchester Marriott
Yom Kippur Morning Service and Yizkor Saturday, September 30
at 8:30 a.m.

Westchester Marriott
Yizkor      (approx) 11:00 a.m.
Study Session 3:30 p.m.
Westchester Marriott
Mincha and Neilah Saturday, September 30
at 4:30 p.m.

Westchester Marriott
Neilah        (approx) 6:00 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

*We will be collecting men's socks & underwear for distribution by the Midnight Run,

print version (pdf) of High Holidays schedule

see calendar page to download the pdf version of the fall calendar or download events to your ical based calendar

Annual Book of Remembrance

Lulav and Etrog

 Please  send in your form  to be included in our annual Book of Remembrance,
 due on Sunday, Sep. 10
Suggested minimum contribution: $18

lulav & etrog

  The order form for the Lulav and Etrog is also attached and is due on Sept 18.

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 by Sep 10.

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

 (depending on your browser, you might need to 'allow' blocked images) 

 Rosh Pinah
Participation in Midnight Run 
Sat. night, November 4

9:15 PM-12:30 AM
and food preparation

The Midnight Run is an independent organization set up to distribute food and other needs to homeless individuals in New York City.  Alan Shapiro is the coordinator.  A van will leave from the Midnight Run HQ in Dobbs Ferry to go to  NYC around 9:15 pm and come home about 12:30am. We have room for 5 or 6 volunteers to provide food and friendship to our homeless friends  and distribute clothing , blankets,  toiletries and other items. 
Preparation for the run will require preparing about 80 bag lunches  and 4 gallons of soup. The lunches contain a hardboiled egg, a sandwich, a piece of fresh fruit and dessert ( e.g. small packaged cakes) – optional chips and a package drink.
Message from Alan:
 This is a great opportunity for us to gain spiritual merit. We are commanded to love to do acts of kindness.    
Contact Alan for any questions or to sign up as a volunteer on the run or to prepare the food. He can be reached through


women's bible study

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?

Next Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be Tuesday, Oct 10, 8:00 pm at the home of Linda Borkow.

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

Morning Holiday Services
will be held on Sukkot Day I  Thursday, Oct. 5, Sukkot Day 2  Friday, Oct 6, on Shmini Atzeret Thursday Oct 12, and Simchat Torah Friday, Oct 13. All are at 9:00 a.m. at Temple Beth Shalom.

  Friday night dinner and shabbat service on November 17 with student cantor Anna Chapman (from JTS) will be held at the D.F. Women's Club. Our guest cantor will also be with us for regular shabbat morning services on November 18. More information will be posted. 

  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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