Silent auction benefits food pantry
The Philipstown Reform Synagogue (PRS) celebrated Hanukkah on Friday, Dec. 11, with a communal Sabbath dinner and menorah lighting led by Rabbi Helaine Ettinger. As is PRS’s custom, attendees brought their menorahs to light. Rabbi Ettinger invited people to tell the stories behind each one before leading the congregation in the traditional prayers. After Shabbat dinner, the rabbi shared her perspectives on the history of Hannukkah and the nature of miracles, citing sources as diverse as the Talmud and the legendary rock group Queen.
As part of the synagogue’s ongoing support of the Philipstown Food Pantry, held a silent auction with the help of donations from a number of businesses, including Robert’s Hair Salon, Cuppochino, The Country Goose, Old Souls, Le Bouchon and Momminia.
The Philipstown Reform Synagogue was founded in 2002 to investigate the practice of Judaism, both intellectually and spiritually. It holds its services in the parish hall of St. Mary’s Church of Cold Spring. For more information, call 845-265- 8011 or visit philipstownreformsynagogue.org.