Early on Saturday evening, Dec. 8, the Philipstown Reform Synagogue (PRS) will welcome friends and congregants to its annual “Latke Shabbatke” Chanukah celebration. Paul Kaye will begin the evening observances at 5 p.m. by leading a short Havdalah service to end Shabbat. At 5:30, refreshments and latkes will be served as the children settle down for a Chanukah story. Celebrants will then gather around a table full of menorahs as prayers are recited and candles are lit, creating a communal glow to mark the festival of lights — all menorahs welcome! There will be small gifts provided for all the children. A potluck dinner will follow and holiday songs sung over dessert.
All are welcome to attend this event, which will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on the corners of Routes 9D and 301 in Cold Spring. There will be a suggested donation of $18 per family at the door. If you would like to bring a dish, please let us know, and for drinks — BYOB. RSVPs are not required but are appreciated for planning purposes. At all PRS gatherings, donations of canned goods and money are collected for the Philipstown Food Pantry.
PRS is marking its 10th anniversary. The synagogue was created in 2002 with the purpose of creating an inclusive venue to investigate the practice of Judaism, both intellectually and spiritually. PRS hosts monthly services and holiday events, provides religious education and offers opportunities to participate in social welfare activities. PRS can be found on the web at philipstownreformsynagogue.org and be contacted by calling 845-265-8011 or by e-mail at [email protected].