Synagogue to Host Blessing of Animals

Takes place at St. Mary’s lawn July 23

Philipstown Reform Synagogue will hold a Sabbath service for the blessing of the animals at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 on the great lawn of St. Mary’s Church of the Highlands in Cold Spring. Rabbi Helaine Ettinger will provide the blessings.

This service is being held in honor of St. Mary’s Church, its congregation, and leadership who have graciously provided a holy space for the synagogue for more than 10 years. The synagogue will encourage participants to offer donations which will be given to St. Mary’s to help meet their goal of preserving its remarkably beautiful and historic lawn, which has been a hallmark of Cold Spring for nearly 150 years at the corner of Route 9D and Main St.

“The synagogue has been honored to use St. Mary’s parish house for its services and activities for most of its history,” said Cathy Duke, president of the Philipstown Reform Synagogue. She thanked Father Shane Scott-Hamblen and the congregation for the assistance the church has given to the Jewish community, and to their spirit of true fellowship.

In the event of rain, the service will be held inside the parish house. For more information, call 845-265-8011 or visit

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