Selichot ~ Finding It In Your Heart to Forgive

Dewey Bozella

Poughkeepsie Native Dewey Bozella

From The Innocence Project
View Dewey Bozella’s Story on Youtube

8:30pm Saturday, September 5th
at Temple Beth-El
118 S. Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie native Dewey Bozella served 26 years in prison for murder before he was exonerated in 2009.  The Innocence Project  uses DNA testing to free people who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes.  They helped Bozella gain his freedom and in 2009 Bozella received the ESPN Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

  • 8:30pm Program & light refreshments
  • 10:00pm Musical Selichot Service including clergy from Temple Beth-El and Congregation Shir Chadash and a joint synagogue choir

This program is jointly sponsored by Congregation Shir Chadash, Temple Beth-El and The Jewish Federation of Dutchess County

Sharing Sweetness

HoneyJoin Congregation Shir Chadash on Saturday, September 12, at 9 a.m. as we prepare to welcome the High Holy Days as a family and explore Rosh Hashanah with all of our senses. We will HEAR the shofar and learn to blow it. We will SMELL the fresh scent of apples and TASTE the sweetness of honey in anticipation of a sweet new year.

Throughout the morning we will abandon the usual order of our Sharing Shabbat to gather together in exploration, tell stories, cook using traditional recipes, design meaningful greeting cards, and sing songs of celebration in activities appropriate for every age.

Sharing Sweetness is open to members of Shir Chadash, non-members and anyone who is preparing for the High Holy Days. For more information and to RSVP contact Melinda Margulies at

Welcome Melinda!

Melinda MelindaWe are pleased to announce that Melinda Margulies has been appointed religious school director. Ms. Margulies brings 35 years of experience in early childhood settings, and is known to the local community for her seventeen years teaching and as the Director of the Early Childhood Center, a Judaic program at the Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County.

Ms. Margulies was a Tot Shabbat teacher for Shir Chadash years ago and was the PJ Professional for Harold Grinspoon’s PJ Library in Dutchess, Ulster, and Columbia counties from 2009-2014. As an extension of her duties as Early Childhood Director at the JCCDC, Ms. Margulies was responsible for family programming for the Jewish Community such as parent education,  Community Purim Carnival, and the Community  Hannukah and TuB’Shevat celebrations.

Ms. Margulies looks forward to working with Rabbi Polish, Cantor Hirschenfang, the teachers and the Shir Chadash education committee to bring fresh life to religious education classes for children. New materials, a different overall direction for classes, and Melinda’s enthusiasm for connecting families to rich Judaic experiences will invigorate the school environment.

The entire community is invited to participate in a newly developed family centered class for young children during Sharing Shabbat with an introductory event  Sharing Sweetness; Welcoming the High Holy Days as a Family on Saturday, September 12th at 9 am.

Please join us as we start a new partnership with Melinda.



How Academic Efforts to Boycott Israel Harm Our Students

We are proud of our friend Jill Schneiderman, a long time member of the Congregation Shir Chadash family, for the editorial that appeared in the Washington Post and Cleveland Plain Dealer.  In it she talks about her experiences at Vassar College last year.

In March 2014, I and my co-teacher stood with 27 Vassar College students at the sparkling Auja Spring in the parched West Bank of the Palestinian territories. We listened attentively as environmental educators from the Auja Eco Jill SchniedermanCenter and a Palestinian graduate student from Al-Quds University explained the Auja village’s dependency on this sole water source. Sadly, this learning experience almost didn’t happen. My colleague and I were nearly prevented from embarking on the trip by opposition from a surprising source: the faculty and students of our own academic institution.I am a tenured geology professor at Vassar, an elite liberal-arts school. I research, teach and write about the complex and intimate connections between land and water resources and social justice. For the study trip I led to Israel and the Palestinian territories, I created a syllabus designed to explore difficult issues and engage diverse perspectives that was vetted by Vassar’s faculty and administration. I have successfuly

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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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