Understanding and Responding to Antisemitism: Reform Temple of Putnam Valley to host Adult Education Lunch and Learn on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 12 – 1:30 pm
Time: 12 noon – 1:30 pm (Class is free; bring a bagged lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided)
Place: Reform Temple of Putnam Valley, 362 Church Road, Putnam Valley, NY
Jewish communities all over are struggling with the seeming continual antisemitic violence in our midst. We feel sadness, anger and fear over the recent events in Monsey and Jersey City.
With these events in mind, Rabbi Steven Altarescu will moderate a class for adults devoted to a discussion on how to understand the current wave of antisemitism as well as an opportunity to openly express emotions and thoughts in a supportive atmosphere.
Not required reading for the class, but below and attached are articles that may be helpful in understanding the antisemitism being promulgated in today's world.
The Reform Temple of Putnam Valley, founded in 1967, is a progressive congregation serving Putnam and Northern Westchester. RTPV’s mission, as a House of Prayer, Study and Assembly, includes these goals: To honor the individual’s role in developing her/his Jewish identity; to offer an inspirational place of spiritual contemplation, remembrance, and honor; to foster a sense of Jewish identity by stressing the importance of acts of kindness and by working towards a just and compassionate world; and to participate in social action to make the world a better place for all people.
Shabbat services are held Friday evenings at 8 pm, followed by an Oneg with dessert. Early family services are held once a month at 6:30, followed by a pot luck dinner. The Hebrew School provides religious school for preschoolers through young adults and adult education programs. The congregation is particularly sensitive to the varied needs of members, including individuals raised in various Jewish traditions and interfaith families, and welcomes Jews from all backgrounds and lifestyles.