Nation’s synagogues celebrate together on March 1

On Friday evening, March 1, the Philipstown Reform Synagogue (PRS) will host Shabbat Across America, along with hundreds of other synagogues across the United States and Canada. This yearly national 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.”

All are welcome to attend this event, which will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on the corner of Routes 9D and 301 in Cold Spring, beginning at 6 p.m. Shabbat evening prayers will accompany the lighting of candles (everyone’s candlesticks are welcome) followed by a potluck dinner.

There will be a suggested donation of $15 per family at the door. If you would like to bring a dish, please let us know, and drinks are BYOB. Reservations 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 year 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. For more information, visit, call 845-265-8011 or email [email protected].

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