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 Shabbat Tots 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.



Buy Fair Trade

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  • Fairly Traded coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, & chocolate chips
  • Certified Kosher
  • Delivery in early September (in plenty of time for your High Holiday celebrations and baking)
  • Order and pay on line
  • Ordering deadline is August 15, 2015

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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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