Officers and Trustees
Steven Getzoff, President
Vicki Greif, Executive  Vice-President
Steven Wasserman, Treasurer
Beverly Kissel, Corresponding Secretary
Ronna Blau, Recording Secretary
Linda Borkow
Pam Doman-Petlick
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


Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Yahrtzeit candle Yom Hashoah

will be held on
Sunday, April 23

400-6:00PM at
at Temple Beth Shalom
Please join us for a special Yom Hashoah program The service will be accompanied by the movie "From Swastika to Jim Crow," a one-hour documentary that tells the previously untold story of the many German Jewish professors who, expelled from their homeland by the Nazis, found new lives and careers at all-Black colleges and universities in the South

JCC Golf & Tennis Outing
Tuesday, May 16

 Celebrating Inspiration & Tradition
We are delighted to announce that we will be
honoring our longtime dedicated member,
Paul Neustadt
JCC Dinner with Rosh Pinah honoree

Invitation   RSVP/Ad forms 
Journal Ads due April 18
Reservations and sponsorships due May 2

Welcome JTS Cantorial Student
Jen Rolnick
  Shabbat  May 12th & May 13th


shabbat services  with guest cantorial student

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM
 Service & Dinner
 at the Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Club
 54 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry

Jen will provide a guitar accompaniment to the Kabbalat Service prior to the start of Shabbat & will be leading Friday night davening.

 Cost: $15.00 per person Please make checks payable to: Rosh Pinah Chavurah of the Rivertowns
may be mailed to Rosh Pinah at
P.O. Box 27, Hastings NY, 10706

RSVP: Barry at

by Friday, 5/5/17

On May 13th, Jen will join us for shabbat morning services and kiddush at Temple Beth Shalom.


women's bible study

 NEXT MEETING with  leader, Amy Gottlieb
will be on
 Wednesday, April 26, at 7:30 pm
at the home of Janet Rothstein
Please RSVP to Ronna Blau

meetings are scheduled for:
  May 24, June 8
Please RSVP to
Topic for next session: Rabbinic tradition states that each person should count the 49 days of the Omer -- from Passover to Shavuot -- as a way of marking the passage from the Exodus from Egypt (Passover) to receiving the gift of Torah (Shavuot). We will discuss the kabbalistic interpretation of counting the Omer, look at some innovative approaches to the ritual, and explore some creative approaches of our own.  


This year (2016-2017), because Rabbi Halina has accepted a Rabbinical position, we have a new leader, Amy Gottleib. Amy 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).


 New members are welcome and encouraged to join. If you need more information or you wish to be on the mailing list or attend a session, please send an e-mail to Ronna Blau at
Please join us!



Photos taken by Alan Shapiro
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 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, May 9 at 8:00 pm at the home Steve Lilien.

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

On shabbat morning, April 8,
Shabbat Hagadol, the kiddush will be sponsored by Doris Dembicer in honor of her friend Shirley Silver.


  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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