Philipstown Reform Synagogue and hundreds of synagogues will participate
On Friday evening, March 2, the Philipstown Reform Synagogue (PRS) will host Shabbat Across America, along with hundreds of other synagogues across the United States and Canada. This yearly event brings thousands of people together on the same Friday evening to celebrate and explore the meaning of Shabbat (Sabbath in English), considered the most important ritual observance in Judaism. The Hebrew word Shabbat comes from the Hebrew verb shavat, which literally means “to cease.”
This community event will take place at St. Mary’s Parish House, located at the corner of Routes 9D and 301 in Cold Spring, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A brief Shabbat service will be led by Paul Kaye and Cathy Duke and will include the lighting of candles – everyone’s candle sticks are welcome. A traditional chicken dinner will follow. Those who would like to bring a side dish, dessert or bottle of wine to share are welcome to. Guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food to support the Philipstown Food Pantry.
To cover the costs of the evening there is a suggested donation of $20 per person. For reservations or more information, please contact Cathy Duke at 845-265-2711 or by e-mail at [email protected]. All are welcome.
PRS was founded in 2002 with the purpose of creating an inclusive venue to investigate the practice of Judaism, both intellectually and spiritually. PRS hosts monthly services led by Rabbi Michael Rothbaum and other guest leaders, provides religious education and offers opportunities to participate in social welfare activities. PRS can be contacted at 845-265-8011 or via email at: [email protected]