Officers and Trustees
Steven Getzoff, President
Neal Allen, Executive  Vice-President
Steven Wasserman, Treasurer
Carol Neiditch, Corresponding Secretary
Ronna Blau, Recording Secretary
Linda Borkow
Pam Doman-Petlick
Robert Fryd
Victoria Greif
Beverly Kissel
Steven Lillien
Esther Mildner

For More Information:

Sponsor Kiddush-
Esther Mildner
Pam Petlick
Programs-Barry Gold
High Holidays-Barry Gold
Services-Robert Fryd
Shiva-Bonnie Schapira
Interfaith Caring  Community- Karl Schapira, Alan Shapiro 
Bikur Cholim
Judy Nebel
Study Group &
Women's Rosh Chodesh-
Rabbi Halina Rubinstein

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



Shabbat Services & a Jewish Community


Tikun Layl Shavuot
 Saturday night June 11, 6:45 PM
 at Temple Beth Shalom

tikun layl shavuot and services

Shavuot Services
First Day-Sunday, June 12
Second Day - Monday, June 13
(includes Yizkor)
9:00 AM at Temple Beth Shalom

Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Hebrew: תקון ליל שבועות‎)

 DATE:  Saturday, June 11th, 2016

6:45pm -  Mincha
7:15pm - Seudah Shlishit (the 3rd meal of Shabbat – a dairy buffet)
7:40pm - Studying begins
9:18pm -  Ma’ariv
9:45pm -  Studying resumes
? -  Studying ends

 WHAT WE WILL DO: The custom is to study on the first night of Shavuot (traditionally the whole night).  On the second day of the holiday, before reading the TORAH, we read the Book of Ruth.  This year, at our Tikkun, we will study various commentaries on this ancient text (which is not well known or understood by most of our members).  It is one of the two books of the Bible with a woman’s name (the other is ?).   Individuals volunteer to read a commentary before the Tikkun, and then make a short presentation to the group.  Lively discussion always follows.  All who participate and/or attend find the experience interesting, eye-opening, and inspirational.

 Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come!

If you would like a commentary to study,
please send an e-mail to:

The evening is incredible, and you don’t have to be a Torah scholar to enjoy the experience.

 more information (docx)

Photos from May 17
JCC Golf and Tennis outing

Rosh Pinah member Barry Gold was honored

All photos taken by Alan Shapiro
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women's bible study

The Women’s Torah Study Group (not to be confused with the Rosh Hodesh group)


 (Bring your own dairy or kosher lunch) 


The curriculum consists of a careful in-depth reading of the weekly Torah portion (not in-sync with the synagogue readings)  and an in-depth discussion of a book of Jewish interest.

This is a wonderful non-threatening environment to study Torah with focus on text analysis (in English), commentary and discussions on themes relevant to community, prayer, women’s issues, concepts of God, belief, values and many others.




 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.

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Semi-Annual Chavurah Meeting For All Members

The Chavurah semi-annual meeting for all members will be held on SUNDAY, JUNE 26 at10:00 a.m. at Temple Beth Shalom. Breakfast will be served. 

Next Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be Tuesday, June 14 at 8:00 pm at the home of Bev Kissel.

Board of Trustees meetings are generally scheduled for the second Wednesday 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

At shabbat morning services on Saturday, June 4 we will be having a special kiddush in honor of Rabbi Halina's new appointment and in appreciation for all of the wonderful things she has done for our congregation over the years and the countless students she's mentored. Please attend, and RSVP to Lesley at 

Friday night, June 24, we will have dinner and a Friday night shabbat service led by guest Cantor Brian Kalver at the Dobbs Ferry Women's Club. RSVP will be needed for dinner. More info will be posted. On shabbat morning, June 25, our guest cantor will lead parts of the shabbat morning service.



  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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