Joint Services with Temple Beth-El

Shabbat_shalomOn April 17 and May 15 we will have joint Kabbalat Shabbat services with Temple Beth-El featuring the students in the joint Hebrew program of both congregations.

On April 17 at 7:30 both congregations will welcome Shabbat at Temple Beth-El, 118 S. Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie and the 5th and 6th grade students will participate in the service. On May 15, Temple Beth-El will join us for our Kabbalat Shabbat service and the 3rd and 4th grade students will participate in the service.

Students in the joint Ivrit (Hebrew) program have been studying Shabbat prayers in their classes. These joint services will be an opportunity for the students of both congregations to participate together in Reform and Conservative worship, and for the congregations to show support for the children and their families.

There will be no services at Shir Chadash on Friday, April 17 when we are together at Temple Beth-El.

Mitzvah Day 2015

MitzvahDaySunday, May 3 Joint Shir Chadash to work at Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie.

Breakfast is at 9 at HVCC and work at the Children’s Home starts at 9:45.
Want to really make a difference?  Bring the following to breakfast:

  • New children’s socks
  • Pet food & supplies
  • Used cell phones & other electronics for returning troops
  • Boxed cereal

And don’t forget to bring yard and garden hand tools, wear painting/work clothes, and don’t forget your sunscreen, hat and water!

We’ll be scraping, painting and staining; gardening; relocating a children’s playground.  If it rains we’ll paint indoors.

Questions?  Contact Steve Herschbein or Kathy Walker.

For more info about other Mitzvah Day projects and/or to register check out


Annual Meeting

PPBowdoinChapel1Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 31 at 10 AM at the Chapel at Bowndoin Park in Wappingers Falls located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Members in good standing who are at least 18 are eligible to vote.  Can’t make it to the meeting?  Proxy votes will be available.

More information posted soon.

Concert ~ Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway


~Save the date~

Saturday, May 30

8 PM

James Earl Jones Theater ~ Poughkeepsie Day School

Tickets $35 in advance | $40 at the door | $20 students

Building Update

The Board of Trustees has listened, researched and contemplated. After much thought and discussion among all our members, the Board recognizes that as lovely and enticing as the building at 991 Noxon Road is, it’s not the right building at the right time for us and we will no longer pursue that purchase.Chagall_JW_Candelabra

The strength of Shir Chadash has to do with the process; getting to the right place only works if we get there the right way and we journey together. How many organizations know what the right path looks like? Not many.

The path involves weighing the factors and listening to the stakeholders. It’s knowing how to look backward at what we’ve been even as we look forward to envision what we want to grow into.

Setting up the online members corner was one way in which all voices could contribute in a safe, thoughtful way. No flaming, no anger – just a calm place in which all congregants could speak their mind and ask their questions.

So while some of us are bound to be disappointed with the decision, and others of us will be relieved, all of us participated in figuring out this important puzzle that would determine our future. This is the Shir Chadash way – to speak and listen and think. To be respectful of each other and trust that together we’ll work it out.

We did good.

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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