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


 Annual Rosh Pinah
Chanukah Celebration

 Sunday, December 17
at 6:00 pm

Chanukah dreidel

Location: home of the Sloofmans
 Once again, the Sloofmans
 will graciously host our annual Chanukah dinner

Pleae RSVP  to Pam at RSVP for Friday night dinner by Tuesday, 12/12/17

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:
WED. DEC. 13
7:30 pm
To celebrate Rosh Hodesh and Chanukah, we'll focus our session on a discussion of the women who bring light to our lives -- whether historical figures, inspirational role models, mentors, teachers, relatives, friends.  We'll conclude our session with candle-lighting and a silent meditation related to the "hidden light" of the candles. 

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?

Next Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be Tuesday, Dec 12,
at 8:00 pm at the home of Steve Wasserman.

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

The kiddush on shabbat morning, Decenber 16 will be sponsored by Esther and Mark Mildner for the yarzheit of Esther's father, Irving Elkin.

At shabbat services, Saturday, Dec. 23, we will be celebrating the baby-naming of the second daughter of Matt and Jess Scheer. The kiddush will be sponsored by proud grandparents, Gus and Liz Scheer.To help us with planning, please RSVP to Lesley
The baby-naming  was re-scheduled from an earlier date.


  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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