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Congregation Schomre Israel

Welcome to Congregation Schomre Israel, a modern orthodox synagogue located in  Poughkeepsie, New York in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley.

To see the shul's mission statement click here


                    Programs & Events

"Know Your Book - Ezra & Nechemia"

Continuing on Thursday, October 29th  at 7:00 PM Rabbi Langer will be offering  new weekly classes in the "Know Your Book" series.  To listen to classes already held in this series click here.

Crash Course in Judaism

Beginning Tuesday, November 17th Rabbi Langer will be presenting a five-week crash course in judaism. Click here to see schedule and class subjects.

Movie Night Returns

On Saturday, November 21st at 7:00 pm Movie Night at Schomre Israel returns. The fall season begins with the movie - GRAVITY.  Refreshments will be served and there is a suggested donation of $5.

Annual Chanukah Dinner

This year's dinner will be held on the 7th night of Chanukah, Sunday, December 13, 2015. For more details and reservation information please click here.

Chair Yoga Class

The shul will be offering classes in Chair Yoga  taught by Toni Farkas, with the initial introductory class scheduled for December 20th at 10:00 am. There will be no cost for this first class. There will be a nominal fee for the subsequent classes, for which the schedule  will be published within the next few weeks.

Annual Hamentashen Sale

The Sisterhood will shortly begin their 33rd year of making hamentashen for sale as part of their fund raising efforts. Last year they produced 8500 hamentashen. For information regarding the flavors available and how to order please click on this link.

Upcoming Speakers

Rabbi Dovid Cohen - January 31, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Rabbi Shmuel Schneid - February 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Rabbi Eichanan Zohn - March 6, 2016 @ 10:30 am

Click here to see the subject of each presentation. 

Shabbat Across America

On March 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm the shul will join with many shuls across America to celebrate Shabbat Across America. To make on-line reservations and pay by credit card click here.

                     Ongoing Activities


* The Sisterhood of Schomre Israel is providing breakfast food(cereal and bananas) to the local homeless shelter once a month. If you would like to assist the Sisterhood by providing four boxes of cereal for a specific month, please contact Sandy Corwin at 845-452-2436.

* Bingo is played every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 4:00 pm.

* The Private Herman Siegel Post 625 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States holds its monthly meeting on the first Sunday of each month, at 9:30 am at the shul. For more information please contact the Post Commander, Robert L. Morrison at

              Recent Programs & Events

Jewish History Classes

The history classes by Rabbi Langer are completed and you can hear the transcripts of each of the classes by clicking here.

Schomre Israel Hosts 17th Annual Read Hebrew America and Canada

Rabbi Eliezer Langer, on February 24th, completed a five week Hebrew Reading Crash Course that focused on teaching the Hebrew alphabet and basic reading skills to members and non-members with little or no background in Hebrew.

Movie Night at Schomre Israel

On February 28th the shul had a screening of the movie -  ESCAPE FROM SOBIBOR -  on March 22nd the movie - THE CHOSEN - and on April 19th the movie - THE FRISCO KID.  The movie - CAST A GIANT SHADOW - was shown on sunday night, May 31st. This was the last movie of the spring season. Movie night will resume in the fall.

Annual Raffle and Cocktail Party  

The shul's annual raffle and cocktail party was held on June 7th.

Rabbi Shalom Hammer - Guest Speaker

On Sunday, July 19th at 7:00 pm, Rabbi Shalom Hammer was a guest lecturer at the shul.  His presentation may be heard by clicking here. Also a number of pictures from the presentation may be seen here.  

Jewish Heritage Night at the Ballpark

 Jewish Heritage night was held on August 23rd at Dutchess Stadium. Click here to see pictures from the event.

Rabbi's Installation

Rabbi Langer's installation took place on August 30, 2015. Pictures from the installation may be seen here. You may also listen to the presentation here.

NYC Bus Trip to Jewish Museums and Janina Synagogue

Schomre Israel had a bus trip to lower Manhattan on Sunday, October 18th. We visited the Jewish Heritage Museum for a guided tour, followed  by a guided tour at Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue & Museum.  Pictures from the trip here. Video clips here.

Wed, 25 November 2015 13 Kislev 5776