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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


Revised Covid Policy(5/25/21)


As we are all aware, as more and more people are becoming vaccinated, the CDC and other government agencies have eased up the advice and standards for gathering.  The Board has met this evening, and the Board has agreed upon the following new guidelines:

  • Masks:  Anyone who is fully vaccinated (2 weeks after their second shot) can come into Schomre without wearing a mask.  Anyone who is not fully vaccinated, must continue wearing a mask while they are in the Schomre building.  This is both for Schul members and for guests that we trust.  Noone should be discouraged from wearing a mask, even if they were vaccinated.
  • Kiddushes and other -potential events - We will start having kiddushes indoors, but for the meantime the foods will be individually wrapped.
  • Sefer Torah Procession - We will be reinstating the procession of the Sefer Torah, while people may caress the Torah, they should still not kiss it, nor kiss any holy items
  • Alcohol - We still require that when people come to schul that they alcohol their hands (or wash them with soap and water) right away.
  • We are hoping to start a kiddush and mini meal after Arvit on Friday evening.  This will be indoors.
  • Anyone who has fever or symptoms, or who has been in contact with someone who has covid must refrain from attending for two weeks.
  • In the event that someone comes to shul, and finds out that he has contacted covid (even lightly) we will return to the original guidelines for the next two weeks.  This will also be true if there is Heaven forbid another spike.
  • Anyone who comes to shul who learns that they have covid should notify Rabbi Krasner, in order to assist in assessing what steps to take
  • While people are now socializing, we are still very particular that you do not socialize during davening.

May Hashem bless and guard His people,

Rabbi Krasner

                    Programs & Events

Service Schedule

Fall / Winter Davening Schedule

·  Shacharis (weekdays): 7:30 AM

·  Shacharis (Sundays and Holidays): 8:30 AM

·  Maariv (winter, weekdays): 6:40 PM (Zoom)

·  Kabbalat Shabbat: around candle lighting time

·  Shacharis Shabbat: 9:00 AM

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Classes and events


Candle lighting: Earliest  - 6:51  *   Shul  – 7:20   *   Latest – 8:04  

Mincha 7:00pm  *   Shabbos concludes  -  1 minute after 9:04



· Sunday, July 25 - ~9:20am – Talmud 5th chapter

· Monday, July 26 – 10:00am – Hebrew 2 –  Possessives and Baruch Sheamar

· Sunday, August 1 - ~9:20am – Talmud 5th chapter

· Monday, August 2 – 10:am – Hebrew 2 – Baruch She’amar


· Thursday, July 29 - 10am – The Yiddish Club of Dutchess

· Friday erev Shabbat 7:20pm – Mezuzah Raffle


Rabbi's zoom classes

Talmud Studies with Rabbi Krasner Sunday Morning after Shacharis – Starting with the 4th Chapter of Brachos.

4K (Kvetching, Kvelling, Kibbitzing, Koffee) Club meetings are held the last Sunday of each month at 9:20 AM. A different topic is presented each month.

Is this the End of Days? The Book of Daniel on Tuesdays at 10:30AM.  A personal journey of dedication, yearning, and vision.
Timeless Thoughts on the Parsha - Thursday Nights at 7:00PM where we will study and discuss a topic from the Parsha.


On hold until we can resume our normal routines . . .
Return of the Yiddish Club  -  will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 10:00 AM  -   We have reestablished a Yiddush club!  As with all events and programs spearheaded by Schomre Israel, this is intended to be open to all in the community. You don’t need to be fluent in the language. Let us know you are interested in being added to our list, please email or call us at or 845.454.2890. 

All zoom events will be using:  pwd- 2448  |      646 558 8656   ID: 2448244824

Sisterhood Fund Raiser

 These are just a sample of the handmade cards available.   






Chair Yoga for Seniors suspended 

The shul's weekly Chair Yoga classes ,  taught by Toni Farkas,  are held on Monday and Thursday from 11:00am-12:00pm.  There is a nominal fee of $5 per class. If you have any questions please call the office at 845-454-2890.


                     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
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* 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
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              Recent Programs & Events

Sisterhood Annual Hamentashen Sale

Sisterhood has completed baking hamentashen for Purim 2020.


     Last tray of hamentashen for 2020                           Rabbi Krasner and Holly

Respect for Life

On Thursday January 23rd  Dr. Shirley Lapiidus  lead  the discussion in "Healing during Grief", followed by a talk on "the Torah Perspective on Living Wills, Healthcare Proxies and the Value of Life in a Comtemporary Medical Society"

Reading Hebrew 101 Classes   

On November 11th Rabbi Krasner began Monday classes on reading hebrew, starting from the absolute basics, and  focused on being able to read properly and fluently. The classes were held from 6-6:45pm thru the end of January. 

Mitzvah Workshops

Rabbi Krasner  presented a number of mitzvah workshops from November 5th thru January 7th. Click here for more details.

Siyum Haşhaş Live Hookup

January 1. 2020 at 1:00pm there was a live broadcast of the Siyum Hashas at the shul for members to see and hear the program being held at Giants stadium in New Jersey.

Shabbat Project - November 14-16, 2019

During the weekend of November 14-16 Schomre Israel participated in the Global Shabbat Project, along with thousands of synagogues and millions of Jews. The weekend included a Challah Bake and a guest speaker, Rabbi Yerachmiel Milstein.


Jewish Heritage Museum trip

On July 14th the shul sponsored a bus trip to the Jewish Heritage Museum for the Auschwitz Exhibit. This trip was open to the community.  Click here to see the Museum write-up regarding the exhibit.

Annual Raffle and Cocktail Party

The shul's annual raffle was held on Sunday, June 23th. 

Annual Purim Dinner 

The Sisterhood's annual Purim dinner was held on Thursday, March 21st .

                   Brisket                                                        Hamentashen


Sisterhood's Annual Hamentashen Sale

The Sisterhood recently completed baking hamentashen for its 36th annual sale. Shown below are some of the bakers.

Scholar in Residence Shabbat

Dr. David Luchins was our Scholar in Residence during the weekend of October 26-27. Details about his presentations are in the flyers here and here

Jewish Heritage Night

This year's Jewish Heritage Night at the ballpark was held on Sunday, August 19th.

Purim Dinner  

The shul's annual Purim Dinner was held on March 4th. Pictures from the dinner are in the photo album section.

Sun, July 25 2021 16 Av 5781